By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
For retailers, holiday advertising is like a game of reverse chicken: to see who can jump in first rather than pull away last.
We’ve written at length about promotional creep, as the starting gate for seasonal campaigns moves inexorably forward. Case in point: this past June, when the first back-to-school ads aired even before some kids received their
Samsung is preparing to launch its first smartwatch, and Apple is rumored to be developing its first smart watch.
But for all the hype, the smart watch is an old concept that harkens back to the era when pagers were a top-selling mass-market consumer electronics product.
In 1990, Motorola launched the world's first wristwatch pager, which received numeric pages over traditional paging networks. That same year, startup AT&E began marketing the Seiko
Amazon.com has quietly opened a dedicated department for home automation.
The virtual storefront culls the e-tailer’s mammoth selection of programmable products and assorts them into four main categories: entertainment systems, home monitoring and safety, energy management, and kits and controllers.
Items include Sonos streaming audio components, Yamaha network A/V receivers, Belkin WeMo plug-in Wi-Fi control switches, and Leviton whole-home control systems.
Since the news broke last night that Microsoft is going to buy Nokia’s cellular-handset business and license its patents for $7.16 billion everyone is awash with in theories as to what it means.
And pundits have had a field day. The opinions run the gamut, such as: This is a good deal for Microsoft, but a bad one for Nokia; it is a good deal for Nokia, but a bad one for
Nearly one third of college students and recent grads have either broken or had their mobile devices stolen, a new Google Survey shows.
The poll, conducted on behalf of extended warranty provider ProtectYourBubble, also indicates that the mobile mishaps occurred most often while at a party or a bar.
Giving credence to the “Animal House” portrayal of college life, 9.5 percent of respondents said their mobile devices were
El Segundo, Calif. — Even as the market for the first curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV sets begins to emerge, display markers are advancing another compelling application to follow – flexible OLEDs.
That’s right – flexible. Such technology would make for virtually unbreakable portable devices and could eventually lead to foldable or rollable self-emitting displays that can be rolled up and pulled down, like a window blind.
But it will still
Here are some recent additions to the crowdfunding world:
iBlazr is an external flash that plugs into a smartphone’s 3.5mm aux port. It features four LED lights, with a built-in 200 mAh battery that can reportedly flash up to 1,000 times, according its makers. Pricing started at $33.
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Michael Petricone, government and regulatory affairs senior VP with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), visited TWICE’s offices this afternoon and outlined the group’s legislative focus for the fall when Congress reconvenes: immigration reform and patent trolls.
Both are issues that CEA has championed on Capitol Hill for several years, long before others jumped on board, and Petricone is hopeful that progress — dare we say legislation that passes both houses
With a rapidly shifting contemporary marketplace – from product and share to the ascendancy of so many fresh Asian factories – it’s interesting to recall the face of retail prior to big box and Internet.
In the ‘80s and ‘90s independents dominated the appliance and electronics business to the extent that they were not even grouped into a category as they are today.
Rather, in appliances there stood Sears with its 40 percent market share. Nearly all
I think there is hope for Sears.
But a visit to my
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