By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
ESPN’s news that they plan to discontinue their 3D channel at the end of the year has the tech industry asking, “Is 3D dead?”
3D has ebbed and flowed for 50-plus years and most recently burst back onto the scene with the initial introductions of 3DTVs at the 2009 International CES. With these product introductions at CES, 3D became a home entertainment
Minus the parenthetical “Still,” the title of this post was an early ’80s ad headline created for Pioneer by our then-advertising agency Chiat-Day. It answered the question asked by some considering buying Yamaha, Denon, Sony, Technics, etc., home audio: “Why Pioneer?”
None of these or any other home audio companies had to answer the question, “Why buy home audio?” Back then large numbers of consumers knew they wanted good sound at home. They
The devastating tornados that have hit Oklahoma and Texas have drawn the attention from two consumer electronics companies in the area: Jasco Products and RadioShack.
I just spoke with Steve Trice, president of Jasco, which is based in Oklahoma City. Luckily, only one of Jasco’s employees lost a home to the several tornados that have caused terrible damage in the area. “But everyone here knows someone who knows somebody who has been affected,” Trice said.
Back in 2000 I called an executive a major CE manufacturer to inform him that Amazon.com was carrying his company’s products. He adamantly said, “That’s impossible. We have not authorized any website to sell our products!”
Today can you imagine any major CE brand not wanting to be carried online today, especially Amazon?
Back then a lot of veteran retailers began yelling, “The sky is falling!” when discussing online retailing and
As CE devices continue to shrink while adding computing power, the logical assumption is that carrying your gear around should be getting easier. Nothing could be further from the truth for this reporter. Smaller hardware just gives me license to carry more devices.
On any given day I’m lugging back and forth to work my (admittedly outdated and heavy) laptop, an iPad Mini, my 160GB iPod, smartphone, DSLR, digital voice recorder, vintage Flip video camera, assorted chargers
As you have read, Sears Holdings lost $279 million in its fiscal first quarter. It is a major loss in a string of many for the retailer that operates Sears and Kmart.
While we don’t wish this on any company, this has to beg the question: “What happens if Sears goes away?”
In major appliances, where it is still No. 1, Sears had $7.28 billion in sales
If you remember the May 6 issue, we covered the industry’s buying groups and their members, the independent retailers. In this one, we will shift our focus to the annual TWICE Top 100 CE Retailers Report, which covers calendar year 2012, and it is one of the most unusual Top 100 reports I can recall. As a group, business declined 0.3 percent in 2012.
(A copy of the complete report is now available online. Please
Judging by the number of pitch emails I’ve received since International CES, Bluetooth “leashes” are exploding in popularity. Here are some recent additions to the ambitious crowd-funding crew:
MotionsTek has thrown its hat in the ring, hoping consumers will donate to Indiegogo to help get its TagIt tracking device off the ground. The TagIt, which costs $40 on Indiegogo
Proxy statements have been sent to Best Buy shareholders, who, among other pieces of business, are being asked to vote in a new slate of directors, including Dick Schulze’s nominees Brad Anderson and Al Lenzmeier.
The board has endorsed the former senior officers as part of its rapprochement with Schulze, and they are expected to retain their two-month-old directors’ seats.
What’s more interesting though is chairman Hatim Tyabji’s letter to shareholders
I read a blog online the other day about Best Buy’s turnaround in recent months, but halfway through, its author began to go down the road of gloom and doom.
I didn’t keep the link so pardon me if I don’t give the proper credit (or blame) to the author, but one line in the piece went something like this: “If Best Buy’s revival doesn’t succeed, consumer electronics will no longer have a national retail presence.”
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