San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) launched an online contest on Facebook to celebrate the 55th Grammy Awards.
Winners will receive high-performance audio products so they can “hear music as their favorite artists intended,” CEA said.
Clifton, N.J. — Custom-install distributor Ultimate Integration has joined the PowerHouse Alliance, the national network of CE wholesalers.
Ultimate, which services the New York and New Jersey markets, is PowerHouse’s 13th member and brings to 37 the number of fully stocked, strategically located warehouses within the distributor group, which serves custom-install dealers nationwide with CE, IT, automation and security products.
LAS VEGAS — Samsung president Dr. Stephen Woo gave a terrific International CES big-stage keynote but was overwhelmed by the star power of another president — William Jefferson Clinton.
The 42nd president of the United States spoke passionately about the power of technology to help people around the world — especially the poor. Clinton also tackled gun control, climate change, healthcare challenges and the American political scene in 15 brief minutes.
LAS VEGAS — The second annual IAWTV Awards were held at the Palazzo Theatre at the Venetian Resort Hotel as part of the International CES Entertainment Matters Conference.
The IAWTV Awards is an official web television industry awards show established for content creators, by content creators.
The winners are:
Best Animated Series – “Red vs. Blue”
Best Cinematography – “H+ The Digital Series” – Brett Pawlak
LAS VEGAS — Gary Shapiro, president/CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) gave a rousing speech to a packed ballroom, championing innovation as the cure for many of America’s ills.
Shapiro said, “Innovation is our best hope for growth, jobs and advancement of the human condition. As we debate how government should tax and spend, we can agree that encouraging innovation is a strategy that helps economic growth which reduces budget deficits and is good for nations and people.”
Las Vegas — Despite a decline of 1 percent in 2012, global sales of consumer electronics are expected to rise 4 percent in 2013, to $1.106 trillion, based on joint research by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and GfK Digital World.
Steve Koenig, CEA industry analysis director, cited weakness in the GDPs of major mature markets, including the U.S. and Western Europe in 2012, but said emerging markets, led by such countries as Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as Brazil, Russia and China, will drive overall growth in 2013.
Washington — CTIA-The Wireless Association will consolidate its two annual trade shows into one in 2014, the association announced.
The consolidated show, called CTIA 2014, will take place Sept. 9-11 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The association has held two annual shows in the U.S. in recent years. The fall show has focused on products and services for the mobile enterprise, while the spring show has focused on consumer devices, network infrastructure and vertical markets in the wireless industry, a spokesperson said.
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) launched a new membership category exclusively for startups.
CEA said the special focus on startups is part of its commitment of fostering innovation as a national strategy