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The cellphone business destroyed some markets and created others. As soon as I saw the first flip phone that doubled as an MP3 player, I knew the MP3 market was eventually headed for a free-fall. Other folks scoffed.
When I saw the first flip phone with 1-megapixel camera, I knew the market for compact digital cameras was headed for trouble. Other folks scoffed.
Then smartphones and tablets began doubling as IR remotes for TVs and audio systems and Wi-Fi remotes for connected
I probably look at my iPhone 50 times a day to check my email. Rarely do I actually use it to make a phone call.
But, interestingly, if I have a question for Apple, email is not an option. The company making the most sought-after electronics in the industry does not offer electronic mail as a customer service channel.
And, if you look across the electronics industry, there’s no template for customer service.
Sure, there are fantastic stories of Steve Jobs replying
Recently I attended the Ipro annual conference in Ft. Lauderdale. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ipro, it is the independent manufacturers’ representatives’ organization.
The conference message was frightening. I mean really scary. They had three great speakers and two of them had me questioning the viability of integrators in the future. It seems like there is a clock on profitability and hardware. Both speakers, Rich Green and Mark Valenti, spoke about the
In the classic World War II drama “Casablanca,” when American expatriate and nightclub owner Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) is asked by Major Strasser if Blaine could “imagine” if he could see the Germans in Paris or London, Blaine diplomatically avoided the questions.
Strasser finally asked directly, “How about New York?”
Blaine declared, “Well, there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to
On last Sunday’s broadcast of 60 Minutes, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos startled viewers, and correspondent Charlie Rose, by unveiling a nascent fleet of self-piloted drones that can make aerial deliveries of small orders.\
The R&D project, dubbed Amazon PrimeAir, can ferry
With all the discussion about stores opening on Thanksgiving, this year I decided to visit two of the stores that I’ve gone to on Black Friday for around a decade. Both traditionally have been closed on the holiday, and both were closed again this year: P.C. Richard & Son in Astoria, N.Y., and the Costco in Long Island City, N.Y.
My observations are completely unscientific, but they are a snapshot of that day and how it compared with my visits to those same stores on
With its first Ultra HD TV now out of the gate, Hisense USA is looking to take the technology and the brand to the next level in 2014.
The company, which ranks among the top TV manufacturers in its native China and is moving to build a stronger U.S.-brand presence in coming months, recently launched its 55-inch T880 series Ultra HD smart TV at a $1,999 suggested retail.
“We’ve just started to track sales and it’s performing about as expected for this early in
Have an audiophile or a techie on your gift list? Good holiday deals on CE accessories abound in stores and online as part of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and every-other-day-in-between promotions. Here's a roundup:
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Available at: musemini.com
Dates: Nov. 23 – Nov. 26
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Multi-room Wi-Fi speakers use an assortment of technologies and implementations to let you stream music from mobile devices and computers to multiple rooms at a time.
After playing with a trio of products, I personally prefer systems that do it all: stream music from mobile devices and use the mobile device as a remote controller to select PC-stored music. I have more music on my PC than I do on my phone, and this solution is the most convenient for me as a consumer.
But as a
I’m old enough to remember exactly where I was 50 years ago today. I was in grammar school, Annunciation School on Havemeyer Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. Our principal, Sister Mary Dominic, in her full habit, literally ran into our classroom and got our teacher out into the hall. We knew it was important because our principal never ran anywhere.
After much commotion, our teacher, Sister Mary Christine, told us that the president had been shot. We weren’t told, or we didn
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