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By: Steve Smith |

Riding The Media Bus With Panasonic’s Perry

When you go to CEATEC or travel with one manufacturer or another during a trip to Japan you rarely have one of the top U.S. executives to ride along on the media bus

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By: Steve Smith |

Calif. Should Not Set Nat’l CE Energy Policy

As you probably have heard, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is about to decide to accept proposed restrictions on power use by TVs sold in that state. Tuesday

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By: Steve Smith |

CE Disrupts Another Biz Again - Baseball

Chalk up another industry that is being disrupted by consumer electronics: Major League Baseball. It’s been about a week since the 2009 World Series ended here

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By: Steve Smith |

CES Rite Of November Is Welcome

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) held its rite of November on Tuesday, its annual New York Press Preview and CES Unveiled event at the Metropolitan Pavilion

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By: Steve Smith |

CEA Podcast: The Future Of Retail

At last month’s CEA Fall Forum in Phoenix, yours truly had the pleasure of moderating a panel called “The Future of Retail,” which discussed

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By: Steve Smith |

Black Friday Becoming Black Thanksgiving?

I remember hearing the phrase “Black Friday” in the early 1980s when I first began covering the toy industry. Few outside of the retail industry were

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By: Steve Smith |

Black Friday ’09 Reporter’s Notes

Black Friday 2009 began for me by putting on local TV around 8:00 a.m. to see, to my surprise, one of Channel 11’s reporters at the Best Buy I have visited for

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By: Steve Smith |

Panasonic Sees Future In Solar, Energy-Saving Tech

Panasonic told Bloomberg News today that it plans to invest $1 billion by 2012 to make its solar power and energy-saving technologies for homes and buildings its

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Best Buy Vs. Other Retailers ... & Vendors?

The news from Best Buy this week - that it would be emphasizing value for the holiday season via its in-house brands Insignia, Rocketfish and Init - is not surprising

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By: Steve Smith |

Slogging Forward Into The 2nd Half

During a reception at the CEA CEO Summit in Dana Point, Calif., last month I joined a conversation between a major retailer and manufacturer. After a couple of quick

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