By: Greg Tarr | February 12, 2013

Western Digital Adds $70 Streaming TV Player

Irvine, Calif. — Western Digital introduced Tuesday a new addition to its line of WD TV set-top streaming devices, offering a more affordable price point, easier to navigate user interface, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Western Digital WD TV Play ($70 suggested retail) is designed to bring smart-TV flexibility to the many consumers who have opted to buy lesser-featured TVs in recent years.

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By: Steve Smith | February 12, 2013

A Tale Of Two Retailers

The final big-screen TV sales and profit numbers aren’t in yet, but indications are that retailers had a pretty good Super Bowl season.

But no matter how strong, a soft TV market is expected to continue this year with OLED and Ultra High-Definition TVs making a bigger impact by 2014, unless a surprise happens.

When you talk about financials, recent holiday season reports from two key retailers in the CE industry that come from opposite sides of the spectrum –

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By: Steve Smith | February 04, 2013

Don Patrican, RIP

A giant of the industry passed away this weekend, the longtime Maxell Corporation of America executive and a 30-year member of the recording media business, Don Patrican.

And when I say “giant,” I am not just referring to his height — he was around 6 feet, 5 inches, or 6 feet, 6 inches tall. My interviews and interactions with Don over the years, seeing him in action at International CES and the old International Tape/Disc Association (ITA) meetings, and the

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By: John Laposky | January 30, 2013

Accessories Outlook Bright

Futuresource Consulting has released a short video assessment of the CE accessories market’s outlook through 2016.

In it, Simon Bryant, Futuresource’s head of consumer electronics, called accessories the “bright spot” of the CE industry and predicted annual year-over-year growth rates of around 15 percent for the overall category, driven mostly by the continuing explosion of portable device ownership. It’s an optimistic view and one that Bryant backs up

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By: Bill Matthies | January 28, 2013

Things And Outcomes: What Do (Will) You Sell?

“WASHINGTON: The inexorable push for mobility in gadgets has reshaped the electronics industry, a shift that reflects a changing of the guard at the world's biggest consumer technology show.

Gone from the 2013 International CES, to be held January 8-11 in Las Vegas, are giants such as Microsoft, and longtime tech stalwarts such as Intel and Hewlett-Packard are taking a back seat to firms focused on more portable, or even wearable, devices.”

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By: Calvin Hsieh | January 17, 2013

Is Apple Changing its Mind on Touch Panel Structures?

Recently, the supply chain has been buzzing about potential changes in the touch technologies used for future iPhones and iPads, in particular involving LCD suppliers rather than touch panel makers. First came a report that Innolux had delivered TOD (touch on display) samples

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By: Alan Wolf | January 16, 2013

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Showrooming

That could have been the title of a special showrooming panel held this week at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF’s) Annual Convention & Expo in New York.

According to NRF senior director Angela Elder, the panel’s overriding message was that “Showrooming isn’t going anywhere, and retailers should use it as an opportunity to remain focused on how to gain customer trust and loyalty.”

How exactly to do that?

Panelist Jerry O

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By: Greg Tarr | January 14, 2013

Will TCL Theatre Mark A Branding Revolution?

Apparently, while many of us were admiring its expanded International CES booth, stuffed with 4K TVs, smartphones and tablets, TCL, the major Chinese TV manufacturer, was closing a deal to add its brand name to the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

TCL reportedly spent more than $5 million on the naming rights deal. The move marks a major marketing step for a Chinese company here in the United States, and a strategically important one, targeting, as it did

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By: Lisa Johnston | January 14, 2013

Fitbug Finals

Here are my Fitbug Challenge final results. Since I do production work for the CES Daily, my tallies were predictably lower for the second two days of the show.

Press Day: 12,391 steps

Day One: 13,094

Day Two: 9,220

Day Three: 9,401

I took the red eye home Thursday night, so it also registered the 1,001 steps it took for me to shuffle through the airport at 5 a.m. and collapse into bed

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By: Lisa Johnston | January 10, 2013

CES Briefs

In no particular order, here are three of the cooler things I’ve seen at this year’s show:

1. Audi’s booth: I haven’t seen any pictures that do it justice (including mine), but it’s basically like standing inside of a light bulb.

2. The four Parrot AR.Drone quadricopters that perform synchronized “dance” shows.

3. Motion-sensing Legos that can be

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