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360-Degree Video Making Coming Soon

Another good sign that theater in the round may be rapidly coming into reality dropped in my inbox this morning.

Canadian and Hollywood 3D video producer and advanced equipment technician Roham Rahmanian, who runs a full production services company called “The Astronaut's Guild” (TAG) in Los Angeles, said Tuesday that he and his TAG partners have begun test trials on 180- and 360-degree camera systems to capture first-person virtual reality experiences. 

Production guild expands from 3D to 360 degrees
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Best Buy Goes Bar Hopping

The No. 1 electronics emporium is hoisting more than a few this fall, but the glass it is raising isn’t the kind you drink from.

Instead, the promo-savvy CE chain has embarked on a nationwide 4K pub crawl in which it installs a trio of Ultra HD TVs at popular watering holes to acquaint patrons and local press with the technology.

Embarking on a 4K bender this fall
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Wearables Ripe For The Workplace

Corporate and industrial applications, rather than much-publicized consumer use cases, will be the initial drivers of the wearable device market.

In the enterprise space, compelling uses for wearable devices are coalescing. In the consumer market, dynamics are more complicated.

Consumers are more fashion conscious and price sensitive than corporate and industrial workers. As such, use of wearable devices by consumers will be limited until prices drop and the aesthetics of wearable devices become more like prescription lenses, sunglasses or jewellery.

The greatest opportunity for wearables isn't in the consumer channel
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How To Thrive In Specialty Retail

People always ask me, “How can a retail franchise like Batteries Plus Bulbs be successful selling only batteries and light bulbs?” It’s a good question, and I understand the curiosity.

A primer in specialty retail tactics by the CEO of Batteries Plus Bulbs
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Pity The Wireless Salespeople

Pity the smartphone salespeople and consumers who need graduate degrees in number theory to decipher wireless-carrier rate plans.

Choosing a rate plan, and comparing it to competing plans, requires as much effort as researching and committing to a home mortgage. Why should it take as much effort, if not more, to choose a family plan that might cost $300 per month as it does to choose a mortgage that costs $3,000 per month for 30 years?

This does not compute.

Pity the smartphone salespeople and consumers who need graduate degrees in number theory to decipher
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Innovation Shaping The Store Of The Future

When people think of innovation, they may think about a latest product — a widget that changes everything. But innovation doesn’t have to be a revolutionary new widget; it can be a new way of thinking, a shift that changes cultural expectations about how we buy, consume or experience a product or service.

Innovation can be as simple as a new way of thinking
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Watch List

The Watch List is an ongoing series that focuses on CE start-ups reaching out to consumers via crowdfunding and other non-traditional methods.


The ThingCharger is an all-in-one charging solution with swappable tips and storage. It’s priced less than $30 on Indiegogo.

Selling Point: Wall outlets with built-in USB ports aren’t enough. My counter looks exactly like the spaghetti mess in the video, and I know I’m not the only one.

3 start-ups and projects to keep your eye on
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As PC Demand Slips, Desktop Approvals Climb

 Customer demand for computing devices continues to decline, but a new study from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows an unusually high satisfaction rate from a somewhat surprising category segment -- desktops.

The annual measure of personal computers fell 1.3 percent to an ACSI score of 78 (on a 0-100 point scale), the report found, with laptops showing the largest decline (-4 percent to 76), while tablets dipped slightly (-1 percent to 80). But desktops, ACSI said, gained 3 percent to take the lead at 81 points out of 100.

Study suggests mobile devices may need to step up
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The Store Of The Future Is Already Here

Until recently, access to retail technology has been limited to large enterprises and e-tailers, while small, independent dealers have been left with cash registers, punch cards and other outdated systems.

With a multitude of changes over the last few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled a new retail reality, where the small- to medium-business (SMB) retailer has the edge on enterprise-scale retailers through the use of smart devices in-store, and Cloud-integrated software online.

The Internet of Things is leveling the playing field for small dealers