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Smartwatch Sales In 2016 Experienced Signficant Decline

July 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Smartwatch Sales In 2016 Experienced Signficant Decline

The global smartwatch market experienced a decline by 32% in the second quarter of 2016, with Apple Watch shipments down by 55% when compared to a year earlier, according to research firm IDC. The decline — the first since the market started in 2013 — is expected to reverse next year after Apple and Google launch important operating system updates this fall, IDC said. Also, more watches will launch with cellular connections to LTE wireless without the need to connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone. Apple... 

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Is The Apple Watch Dragging The Smartwatch Industry Down?

July 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is The Apple Watch Dragging The Smartwatch Industry Down?

After dragging up the smart watch industry thanks to its legions of fanboys who will buy any old rubbish provided it has an Apply logo, Jobs’ Mob is causing it all to crash again. For those who came in late, after Apple invented the smartwatch two years later than its rivals, it was supposed to sell millions of them. To be fair it did reasonably well considering its product was out-of-date and pretty much useless. It sold about six million of them to the loyal fanboys base who would buy a dog turd... 

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Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

U.S. satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp reported an unexpected loss in pay-TV subscribers as more consumers increasingly opt for online video-streaming services. Dish said it lost 281,000 net pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter ended June 30, missing the average analyst estimate of a loss of 91,000 subscribers, according to market research firm FactSet StreetEstimate. However, average revenue per user rose to $89.98 from $87.91, helped by price increases for its video service. Dish raised... 

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Is LG Making Gains In The 4K Display Arena?

July 18, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is LG Making Gains In The 4K Display Arena?

LG Display has said that it is seeing signs of improvement in the display panel industry and expects its business performance to pick up in the second half of the year. LG Display CEO Han Sang-beom said that times are a changing thanks mostly to the outfit’s cost cutting. Panel makers have suffered from price declines in recent quarters due to weak sales of consumer electronics such as smartphones and televisions. But there are signs that things have bottomed out and panel prices for some televisions,... 

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Nissan Launches New Semi-autonomous Driving Features

July 14, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nissan Launches New Semi-autonomous Driving Features

Nissan Motor Co Ltd had unveiled a suite of semi-autonomous driving functions, stressing they were intended to assist and not replace drivers, just two weeks after similar technology in another maker’s car was involved in a fatal crash. Japan’s second-ranked carmaker by vehicle sales said its ProPilot can drive a vehicle on single-lane motorways and navigate congestion. It said the feature will first appear on a Serena minivan model on sale in Japan from next month. As global automakers... 

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Display Screens That Fold, Roll Will Be Available Next Year

July 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Display Screens That Fold, Roll Will Be Available Next Year

Displays capable of being folded and rolled up have been shown in prototype smartphones, wearables and other devices — but when will such products be available? Advances in technology suggest they aren’t too far off in the future. Such devices could start showing up as early as next year or 2018, said Jerry Kang, senior principal analyst for emerging display technologies and OLED at analyst firm IHS. Manufacturers are trying to launch them in devices like tablets that can fold into a... 

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LG Electronics, VW To Develop Connected Car Platform

July 7, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG Electronics, VW To Develop Connected Car Platform

South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc made the announcement that it will join forces with German carmaker Volkswagen AG to develop a connected car platform to enable vehicles to communicate with external devices. LG, in a statement, said it and Volkswagen will work to jointly develop over “the next few years” technologies allowing drivers to control and monitor devices in their homes such as lights and security systems, as well as in-vehicle entertainment technologies and an alerting... 

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Apple Pulls The Plug On Thunderbolt Display

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics

Apple announced that is will discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, the high-resolution external display that users of the MacBook and other Macs could use to get a better picture and work with more apps. The company said Thursday that the 27-inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology will be available on Apple’s online store, in Apple retail stores and from authorized resellers while supplies last. The Thunderbolt Display currently retails on the Apple online store at $999. It has a 2560... 

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Changes Finally Coming To Cable’s Required Set-top Boxes?

June 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Changes Finally Coming To Cable’s Required Set-top Boxes?

The U.S. pay-TV industry put forth a plan to allow more than 50 million subscribers to get rid of costly set-top boxes required to view television and video programs to try and convince federal regulators to abandon more far-reaching reforms. Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, proposed in January opening the $20 billion cable and satellite TV set-top box market to new competitors and allow consumers to access multiple content providers from a single app or device. Under... 

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Apple Adds Panic App To Apple Watch

June 16, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics

Apple took the idea of a quick wireless call for help one step further with the announcement of the SOS feature for Apple Watches, coming this fall in the new watchOS 3. SOS will quickly let a user call for help by pressing and holding the side button on an Apple Watch running watchOS 3 “no matter where they are in the world,”according to Apple publicity. The call is made via cellular wireless through an iPhone connected by Bluetooth to the watch or through Wi-Fi if the watch is connected... 

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Amazon To Get Join The Already Crowded Music Streaming Business

June 13, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon To Get Join The Already Crowded Music Streaming Business

Amazon.com Inc is gearing up to launch a standalone music streaming subscription service, placing it squarely in competition with rival offerings from Apple Inc and Spotify, according to sources familiar with the matter. The service will be offered at $9.99 per month, in line with major rivals, and it will offer a competitive catalog of songs, the sources said. Amazon is finalizing licenses with labels for the service, which likely will be launched in late summer or early fall, the sources said. Amazon,... 

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Slate Tablet Market Continues Downward Spiral

June 6, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Slate Tablet Market Continues Downward Spiral

Demand for slate-shaped tablets is losing steam even faster than expected. For all of 2016, global tablet shipments will drop by 9.6% over 2015, market research firm IDC forecast this week, marking the second straight year of decline. In March, IDC had forecast a decline of 6% for this year. The decline will occur even when newer detachable tablets, often called 2-in-1s, are included with slate tablets, IDC said. “The impact of the decline of slates is having a bigger impact, faster than we... 

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Google Unveils A.I. Challenger To Amazon’s Alexa

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Unveils A.I. Challenger To Amazon’s Alexa

Alphabet’s Google Inc  introduced us to its answer to Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant along with new messaging and virtual reality products at its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday, doubling down on artificial intelligence and machine learning as the keys to its future. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai introduced Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant, along with the tabletop speaker appliance Google Home. He also unveiled Allo, a new messaging service that will... 

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Is There A ‘For Sale’ Sign In Pandora Music’s Future?

May 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is There A ‘For Sale’ Sign In Pandora Music’s Future?

Corvex Management LP disclosed that it owns 9.9 percent of Pandora Media Inc and urged the internet music streaming company to consider being sold instead of pursuing a “costly and uncertain business plan.” Corvex, a hedge fund run by Keith Meister, a protégé of billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, said it had met with the company’s management and had withdrawn a plan to replace some of its board members. However, it now believes Pandora should hire an investment bank to... 

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Nissan Competes With Tesla, Offers Home Battery System

May 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nissan Competes With Tesla, Offers Home Battery System

Japanese auto maker Nissan and power management company Eaton have announced a joint venture to provide wall-mountable lithium-ion batteries to power homes. The new home battery system, called xStorage, will be in direct competition with Tesla’s Powerwall lithium-ion wall-mounted battery, which the company announced last year. Tesla’s Powerwall will come in 6.4 kilowatt hour (kWh) and 10kWh capacities. The 6.4kWh battery retails for $3,000. Recently, Tesla removed the 10kWh Powerwall... 

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