By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
Two major chains in this business both announced financials this week, and some online “pundits” have lumped them together, with their futures being described as precarious at best.
On the one hand, we have RadioShack, which reported quarterly and full-year losses, announced it would close up to 1,100 stores, and has had problems with branding, merchandising and
Consulting firm Vivaldi Partners recently released a study of the many behaviors of a group they call the “always-on consumer” (or AOC). This study illustrates a drastic change in the way connected consumers discover and engage companies in pursuit of products and services that are relevant to their connected lives. The entire report can be accessed by clicking here.
It’s been a busy week so far for Dish Network. On Monday, the satellite-TV provider reached a long-term carriage agreement with The Walt Disney Co. that includes putting limits on its controversial Auto-Hop ad-skipping service for ABC’s programming, and then revealed its Dish Anywhere remote viewing app will now be available on Kindle Fire HDX tablets in addition to iPads and Android devices.
Although the two announcements were not directly related, the two have
According to industry analyst Gartner, 435 million smartphones were sold worldwide in the second quarter of 2013 alone. Smartphone theft is also on the rise: Consumer Reports said that 1.6 million phones were stolen from US consumers in 2012.
Smartphone and mobile device
Oscar nominee Jonah Hill owes Best Buy a huge shout-out, whether or not he wins Best Supporting Actor this weekend.
He explained on the talk show circuit how he prepared for his role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” as the fast-talking, drug-addled securities felon Donnie Azoff by calling Target and Best
“Young Frankenstein” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” come to mind whenever someone talks to me about putting an electrode-embedded headcap on your head. But that’s just what the mad scientists at DTS did to make the point that improving a tablet’s audio quality will improve the mobile entertainment experience more than improving video quality.
For its experiments on human subjects, DTS hired Neuro-Insight, a “neuromarketing”
Whenever my appendages hit the keyboard, this philosophical entity invades my body and out spews idyllic ideas.
I’m thinking about manufacturers caught in this web called growth. Typically, it’s top line growth. How much more can we sell? Are there new customers somewhere that are untapped?
Then invariably I get a call along the lines of, “Richard, we’ve made a decision to add this dealer, or this buying group, or this chain.” My first reaction,
Last week while watching the new Google Glass gaming ad, I had a frightening premonition. I could see myself on a train sitting next to a person caught in a gaming trance: the state where your thumbs are pounding away on a keyboard and you’re swaying rapidly from side to side. The eyes are rapidly twitching, and they’re whispering excited words of encouragement to their avatar — except I can’t see this game. I’m denied the pleasure of watching you play, and
Northlandz is a model-train mecca in suburban Flemington, N.J., that has delighted my two young sons for years. Now almost 10 and 8 years old, they have finally outgrown their train obsession stage, but over the years we logged many hours exploring the 52,000 square feet of scaled-down towns and cities and the more than 80 model trains that weave in and out of the various landscapes.
The entire place was designed and built by one man, Bruce
So, when is a report on lower monthly CE and major appliance sales not necessarily bad news?
When it is weather related is my answer. During the snow, ice, rain, sleet, hail storm that hit half the country for the past couple of days, the U.S. Commerce Dept. said that CE and appliance retail sales were down 4.7 percent in January.
As many of you know the U.S. Commerce numbers for the industry are usually conservative and differ from other industry research which centers on CE
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