By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
Las Vegas – Brands and marketers must learn to leverage the power of social networking and mobility – and integrate those tools with broadcasting and other traditional media – to more closely communicate with their customers.
That was the conclusion of the Brand Matters power panel on Wednesday, comprised of leading media and marketing executives and moderated by MediaLink chairman/CEO Michael Kassan.
Happy New Year, and if you are like most of TWICE’s loyal readers, welcome to the 2014 International CES here in Las Vegas.
As usual, TWICE’s staff has worked on this special CES edition of TWICE, as well as the Official Daily of CES, during the holiday season and has had an early peek at the many and varied new products and technologies that will be unveiled during this week.
2014 CES Las Vegas - T-Mobile's entertaining and often foul-mouthed CEO John Legere poked another finger in the eye of its cellular carrier rivals by announcing it will pay consumers' early termination fee (ETF) for up to $350 per line and an instant credit of up to $300 per trade-in device for up to five lines.
"This is not a promotion," Legere insisted, after reveling in his physical ejection from the AT&T event the night before. "This is forever. This is the end of contracts."
Las Vegas - Harman Kardon launched its first tabletop speaker that uses Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, DLNA, and Wi-Fi to stream music from any mobile device.
The Aura Wireless Omnidirectional Home Audio System, retailing for a suggested $399, can also be used with a Harman Kardon Remote app for iOS and Android mobile devices to stream music stored anywhere on a home network to an Aura speaker anywhere in the house, the company said.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - Technicolor is demonstrating for International CES attendees that it is much more than a movie mastering house by showing its expanded TV streaming, Ultra HD up-conversion, natural wide-color gamut display certification and home-automation technology businesses here.
At the same time, Technicolor made a series of announcements about new partnerships for a few of its various business interests.
Las Vegas – The first ProSource board of directors was announced here this week, marking the formal merger of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) and the Home Entertainment Source (HES) buying groups.
The announcement was made on the eve of International CES at PRO Group’s traditional Monday night reception at Bally’s, which was co-sponsored this year by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Las Vegas – Startup ClearView Audio is targeting A/V specialists and high-end design, home furnishings, and department stores for a tabletop 2.1 Bluetooth speaker that uses a thin, curved transparent acrylic sheet to generate music with a wide sweet spot.
The company is also targeting high-end home furnishings catalogs, wireless carrier stores, and wireless specialty stores, said Allan Evelyn, business development VP.
Las Vegas – Scosche is introducing the magicMOUNT system of cradle free magnetic mounts for car, home or office.
Users apply the magicPLATE directly to their device and hover it over one of Scosche’s new magicMOUNTs to securely lock the smartphone, tablet or GPS into place, the company said.
Las Vegas -– Voxx Accessories’ Terka brand introduced here its MyWayTV with Roku streaming, an integrated set-top device that marries a Terk 360 degree TV antenna for urban and near suburban areas with a hard-bundled Roku streaming stick.
The device, which will ship to leading CE retailers this spring at a $169 suggested retail price, will give consumers free HD over-the-air broadcast programming and streaming programming in an solution.