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By: John Strohbeen | April 18, 2014

Speakers May Be The Weakest Link Audio Systems

When you've been in the audio business for a while, family friends, friends — and even friends of— assume that you know something, or at least more than they do.

So we get questions — at family gatherings, by phone and by email.

Over the years, a frequent and recurring question runs something like this: “I've got an ABC amp and a DEF turntable — or CD player, or another kind of input source device — and XYZ speakers. I know I'm

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By: Alan Wolf | April 18, 2014

No Blah, Blah, Blah: An Open Letter To HTC

Dear HTC:

I love your phones.

Your Evo 3D had a glasses-free 3D display years before Amazon’s rumored handset.

Your UltraPixel cameras with Zoe frame burst easily outshine my point-and-shoot.

Your Sense overlay for Android, with that neat BlinkFeed info stream, is among the best in mobile.

Oh, and the HTC Ones! Like the monolith from 2001, those elegant slabs of metal are a triumph of engineering and industrial design, and are arguably the most

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By: Chet Kanojia | April 17, 2014

Aereo’s Founder On ‘Protect My Antenna’ Initiative

Last December, we agreed to the broadcasters’ request to seek review of their claims by the United States Supreme Court. We made that decision because we wanted their claims against Aereo resolved on their merits, rather than through a wasteful war of attrition.

On April 22, Aereo will present our case to the United States Supreme Court. We remain steadfast in our conviction that Aereo’s Cloud-based antenna and DVR technology falls squarely within the law. We have every

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By: Steve Smith | April 16, 2014

Wearables, ‘Force Fields’ & Calling Balls & Strikes

The baseball season has finally begun, and if you are a fan, you have also begun to experience, once again, the selective calling of balls and strikes by Major League umpires.

For whatever reason — the way they are crouched behind the catcher and the plate, their opinion on what a “the real strike zone” is, dare I mention eyesight? — each umpire seems to have his own strike zone.

On the heels of video replay of disputed calls this season in MLB comes

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By: Anna Gray | April 15, 2014

What Could Have Been …

The year is 2000, and I’m 10 years old. I’m mesmerized by the Cybiko. It’s purple, and it has a little antennae and lots of buttons.

 It’s the first portable computing device I’ve seen that does more than your average calculator, and it’s made just for me; if only I can get my mother to shell out a hundred dollars. I swear, I ran to KB Toys

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By: Steve Smith | April 11, 2014

So I Got A Call From Harry …

“STEVE!”

The well-known slightly raspy voice tinged with his Brooklyn roots was unmistakable. Harry Elias was calling.

Harry Elias

The former executive VP/

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By: Anna Gray | April 11, 2014

TV Equals Family

More than ever before, I think the television is returning to its roots.

I remember my mom telling me stories about how, when the first person in her neighborhood back in Jamaica got a TV, everyone came together each week to watch the "Ed Sullivan Show." It all seems so far away and hokey, but I’m getting a glimpse of it thanks to Netflix and its emerging binge culture.

Last week my sister and her family came for a visit, and her husband snuck away to catch up

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By: Delara Derakhshani | April 09, 2014

CU: Time Warner Cable/Comcast Merger Bad For Consumers

Consumers stand to lose out if Comcast and Time Warner Cable are allowed to merge, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. 

Comcast filed its formal plan for merging with Time Warner with the Federal Communications Commission today. 

“Consumers are fed up with Comcast and Time Warner, which already rank towards the bottom of the barrel when it comes to customer satisfaction,” said Delara Derakhshani,

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By: Gregory Yankelovich | April 08, 2014

The First One Now Could Later Be Last

It is only a matter of time and success rate before competitors re-engineer the functionality of your new product or service, and bring to the market a newer, shinier and more affordable option.

When that happens your growth stumbles, market share starts to decline, price pressure begins to erode profit margin, and your brand becomes an also-ran instead of a leader.

The same can happen to your customer experience if you don’t pay attention to the market landscape,

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By: Steve Smith | April 07, 2014

Economic, Tech Trends Should Make For Good Year

Last Monday the baseball season officially opened in New York. That morning it was rainy and cold with a bitter wind. Snow was blowing near the New York Mets’ home, Citi- Field. Yet the local meteorologists predicted clear skies, maybe even some sun, by the first pitch that afternoon. For once they were absolutely correct.

We can only hope recent predictions that we have heard about the electronics/appliance industry for this year, and the future, are close to being that

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