By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Lenovo today announced a corporate-wide reorganization that divides the company into four groups: PC business, mobile business, enterprise, and ecosystem and Cloud services.
The new format replaces the company’s current structure that has it divided into two elements, Lenovo business and Think business.
The PC business group will be led by Gianfranco Lanci, who now heads Lenovo EMEA. This group will contain the Lenovo and Think compute brands and focus on the company’s core PC business.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple reported higher fiscal first quarter sales and operating profit, driven by iPhone and iPad sales, but flat net profit for the quarter ended Dec. 28, 2013.
Apple posted record quarterly revenue of $57.6 billion compared with $54.5 billion in the prior year’s opening quarter.
Quarterly net profit of $13.072 billion was posted, flat with the prior year’s $13.078 billion. Operating profit was $17.5 billion in the quarter compared with the prior year’s $17.2 billion.
New York – GfK’s year-long study of soundbar retail print ads found advertised prices varied greatly throughout 2013.
The research firm noted that 89 percent of the soundbars advertised were priced less than $500; however, as the year progressed, the focus shifted to lower-priced soundbars.
In the early part of 2013, 50 percent of the advertising focused on sub-$300 models, and this trend increased with the sub-$300 products comprising 70 percent of all soundbar advertising, GfK said.
San Jose, Calif. — Adobe today released an update to Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) that gives the photo-editing software 3D printing capabilities.
The update allows user to build, refine, preview and print 3D designs. This includes letting 3D designers create objects from scratch or change existing 3D models, the company said.
“With the huge adoption of Adobe Photoshop CC, this announcement means that a massive influx of people will now have access to 3D modeling tools,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Wearable devices have a relatively high level of consumer awareness at around 50 percent, but factors such as bulk, cost and durability may hinder adoption rates, according to a report by The NPD Group.
The study found that about 33 percent of consumers asked are likely to buy a wearable, defined for this report as smart watches, smart glasses and fitness bands. Smart watches have a slight lead in recognition, with 36 percent of all consumers saying they know of the devices, compared with 32 percent for fitness devices and 29 percent for glasses.
Las Vegas – Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis made an excellent case for the power of International CES during the Leaders in Technology Dinner Wednesday.
Pettis told the crowd of industry, political and entertainment leaders how Makerbot landed its first booth, located at the far end of the LVCC’s South Hall, by winning a CEA contest. And now, just a few years later, the company has a modern factory in Brooklyn, N.Y. and is a leader in the 3D printing category.
Las Vegas Three start-up companies exhibiting in this year's Eureka Park TechZone were named winners of the International CES 2014 ShowStoppers Launchit Pitch Competition.
Chosen from more than 200 start-ups, the top three winners were chosen by a panel of professional angel investors representing the New York Angels and the Las Vegas Angel community. The winners are:
First place: Touchjet (booth 75004), a precise touch-enabled pico projector with a built-in Android OS that transforms any empty wall into interactive 80-inch tablet.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - Facing a daunting array of issues from spectrum auctions, net neutrality, the IP transition, a re-writing of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, unlicensed spectrum, cellphone use on airplanes and even his favorite historical figure, new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler laid out his agenda during a one-on-one talk with Consumer Electronics Association president/CEO Gary Shapiro.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - Cisco CEO John Chambers’ Tuesday afternoon International CES keynote bore a greater resemblance to a religious revival meeting than a tech conference as he forcefully argued for the world to embrace the “Internet of Things” (IoT).
At the start of the address, Chambers immediately walked off the stage and conducted his impassioned pitch while walking among the crowd.
“2014 will be the transformational pivot point for the Internet of Things,” he said.
Las Vegas – Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was joined Katie Couric, John Legend, David Pogue and Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson who helped illustrate some of the changes being made by the Internet stalwart.
Mayer ran through a long list of changes that she has been implementing at Yahoo since taking over as CEO earlier this year. This includes revamping how news will be delivered, improved video and entertainment and two new online magazines covering the tech and food categories.