By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
I’ve been to more than my share of buying group meetings over the years — really too many to count, especially Nationwide PrimeTime! events where the majority of members are independents of all types and sizes.
Many of the regional powerhouses with the PRO Group and NATM Buying Group started as small local operations. Nationwide members who run independent stores are the same types of people who are members of its rivals Brand Source and Mega Group, and the gone-but-not-
In the Aug. 12 print issue of TWICE, I wrote a feature that examined crowdfunding and its relationship with startup CE companies. Click here to read the online version.
This CS update will focus on smartphone accessories.
The EleMount from Ele
The consumer electronics industry has gone through a massive sea change over the last several years as Apple has defined the next generation of user experiences for millions of consumers through devices like the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and more. In addition to beautiful physical design, ease of use is the key differentiator for Apple, and it is this element of user experience that has set the stage for the hardware wars of today.
At the same time, the rise of the Internet of Things and
Best Buy is fighting fire with fire.
The No. 1 CE chain, which has been ceding share to online retailers, has updated its mobile app with a feature that encourages customers to visit its physical stores.
The new “check-ins” component is available to members of the company’s Reward Zone loyalty program, who can receive up to 10 bonus points by launching the program within a geo-fenced area at a compatible Best Buy location.
Points are awarded for up to
I set the dials, pressed the “On” button, and when the smoke cleared, I found glimmers of products that, a decade later, would
The headphones category was buzzing this week as several manufacturers announced new products.
SMS Audio, the audio company helmed by rapper 50 Cent, said it’s now shipping the Street by 50 active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones. Details include 40mm drivers and memory-foam ear cushions. Playtime is a reported 70 hours via the lithium-ion battery, and they can still operate even without ANC.
Brian Nohe, president of SMS Audio, spoke with TWICE a few
In the past two days Panasonic, Sony, Sharp and Toshiba reported on their fiscal first quarter results (ended June 30), and, in varying degrees, there has been progress as they try to emerge from prolonged losing streaks.
The problems began with the worldwide recession, the after-effects of the Japanese earthquake of two years ago, and the overvaluation of the yen. It also includes longtime problems, such as heavy price promotions; large workforces; the popularity of mobile products
Much wringing of hands continues in the broadcast and multichannel TV service industries over the growth of over-the-top (OTT) TV viewing activity as services begin to beef up their lineups with compelling original content.
But recent research continues to indicate that at least, so far, there is no immediate threat to establish delivery paradigms.
According to research and analytics gathered from the viewing habits of TiVo DVR users across the country, subscriptions to online
Motorola. Nokia. BlackBerry. The Novatel of the ‘90s. H.H. Scott. Fisher. Zenith. Admiral. These were high-flying consumer electronics and cellphone companies whose market shares fell precipitously and, in some cases, disappeared as the companies went out of business.
Will Apple join them?
That’s what I began to think when I looked through the details of Apple’s third-quarter 2013 financial report and found that for the nine months to date, unit and dollar
In the classic holiday film, “It’s A Wonderful Life” Clarence, the angel-trainee, said this to a depressed George Bailey: “Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?”
This line came to mind recently. As many of you remember in February the industry lost one of its great executives Don Patrican, who spent 30 years in the recording media business, with two stints
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