Items tagged with consumer electronics

Well here's a bit of promising news. According to a survey conducted by IDC Manufacturing Insights for the United Parcel Service (UPS), around 85 percent of technology executives polled in the U.S. believe President Obama will successfully achieve his goal of doubling exports within the the next three years. Going back to 2010, only 40 percent of pollsters believed the Obama administration could achieve its export goal. "It's really being driven by this emerging middle class that have more disposable income and a heavy appetite for technology products like cell phones, tablets, and laptops," Ken... Read more...
The number of brick-and-mortar electronics shops available to do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders and consumer electronics (CE) junkies has fallen dramatically in the past several years. First it was Good Guys that fell by the wayside in 2005, then CompUSA that sunk itself into financial trouble a year later before being bought out by Systemax, and finally Circuit City, which Systemax also scooped up after the chain filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Could Fry's Electronics be next? Take this with a grain of salt, but a popular news and rumor site claims to have heard from sources (and confirmed with... Read more...
You win some and you lose some, is the way it goes in life, even for Intel. The Santa Clara chip maker stands head and shoulders above everyone else in the semiconductor market, but it doesn't win all of its battles. To wit, Intel is disbanding its Digital Home Group, which builds SoC Atom variants for smart TVs and other similar consumer electronics devices. Boxee Box and Google TV are both based on Intel's CE4100 Atom SoC. "This was a tough decision; Intel led the creation and launch of the smart TV category and its first products," an Intel spokesperson told Gigaom. Intel isn't abandoning CE... Read more...
Two separate consumer surveys came to the same conclusion: the iPad is on top of everyone's gift wish list. But 3D TVs? Not so much. Fortunately, your chances of getting an iPad are pretty good -- as both of those studies also said that people plan to spend more this holiday season, mostly on consumer gadgets, compared to 2009. Indeed, a report on planned consumer holiday spending by Retrevo said that people are actually giving up their holiday travel so they can buy cool electronics. Of the 1,000-plus respondents, 16% said they will spend more on electronics in 2010 over 2009 spending levels while... Read more...
In need of some good news for your weekend? Try this on for size. With the economy on the rebound, many analysts are looking to the consumer electronics sector to see if disposable income is once again being spent on new PCs and other gadgets that we could probably live without, but would rather not. After Microsoft, Intel and just about everyone else suffered less than ideal quarters throughout 2009, we've seen some rather glowing reports from the earnings front this year. And now, the Consumer Electronics Association (the same trade group that organizes CES each year) is estimating that spending... Read more...
Not long ago, we learned about Walmart's plan to expand its consumer electronics offerings. The big-box retailer is not alone. Target also has a system-wide plan to upgrade its TV, gaming, and digital imaging sections and product offerings.  The rollout began last month and should be completed by June. With the new CE department design, Target stores will get an updated TV wall that should make it easier for consumers to compare TVs across brands. Along with the display, Target plans to offer clear signs that highlight product features, making it even easier to compare models. The display... Read more...
Walmart is expanding its home entertainment and technology offerings in an effort to keep Americans connected inside and outside the home. Sometime this month, the retailer is planning to carry more streaming Blu-ray players, new Internet-ready HDTVs, LED HDTVs, additional wireless products for home networking, and much more. The retailer will also rollout a dedicated area for pay-as-you-go, non-contract mobile broadband products with offerings from Verizon, Cricket, Virgin, and AT&T. Walmart Adds New Hi-Tech Devices and More Ways to Save For the Always-Connected Life Attractive New Rollbacks,... Read more...
We've got a couple of editors out in Las Vegas currently at the whirlwind that is the Consumer Electronics Show (myself included), and saw some cool stuff at an event this evening that we thought many of you would like to check out.  There are a few big announcements coming over the next couple of days that we'll be talking about in due time, and the show technically doesn't start until tomorrow, but that didn't stop some major players from showcasing their wares a bit early...          NVIDIA and Viewsonic NVIDIA was showing off a few things, including its Ion... Read more...
MTI MicroFuel Cells sent out a press release that states that by the end of 2009, the company will have a pocket-size charger available for consumer electronics that runs off a methanol-fuel-based fuel-cell technology. MTI promises that you can get up to 25 hours worth of power from a single cartridge. At this early stage it's hard to tell how people will react to the prospect of having potentially, highly-combustible fuel in their pockets. Alas, there is no word yet on just how safe the technology is... For instance, will it be allowed on airplanes?The press release is below...MTI MICRO DEBUTS... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the London NYC Hotel yesterday to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months. We attended the event and took a few photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you here.We're sure many of you have already seen a few of the items that were on display, but we were able to get a bit more up close and personal with a few of them and can give more insight into their operation. The various demo stations were filled... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday, to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you all here.  We suspect the shots and info regarding the quad-core Phenom-powered system running John Woo’s ‘Stranglehold’ will be of interest, as will the slick notebooks, HTPCs, and hand-held devices.  Check them... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday (yes, the same place that Lindsey Lohan had her meltdown a few weeks ago), to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you here. We're sure many of you have already seen some of the items that were on display, but we were able to get a bit more up close... Read more...
Consumer electronics is becoming the largest single driver of the semiconductor industry. Consumer Electronics are semiconductor devices that are incorporated into products, which are purchased by individual consumers, such as desktop & laptop computers, home networking, printers, audio-visual entertainment, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and automobiles. Factory Sales of Consumer Electronics has increased from $95.9 billion in 2000 to $140 billion in 2006. Demographics for consumer electronics markets are also changing. The market for electronic products, traditionally a Japanese, North... Read more...