Articles about Consumer Electronics

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Apple accounts for 20% of all US consumer electronics cash

The latest research data on US consumer electronics spending from analyst house NPD shows that Apple has a commanding market position, taking 19.9 per cent of all sales in 2012. The top five companies by spending last year were Apple, Samsung, HP, Sony, and Dell, but of those only Apple and Samsung actually saw their market …
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2013
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Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

CES 2014 As the tech world revels in its orgy of big screens, baffling gadgets and marketing hype that is the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, analysts predict further decline in the, er, consumer electronics market. Market research firm IHS forecasts that worldwide manufacturing revenues in the consumer electronics ( …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jan 2014

Did you know Twitter has a 'consumer product division'? Ex-Google Maps boss now runs it

Profit-impaired Twitter has poached Google's Maps director Daniel Graf to head up the micro-blogging site's consumer product division. Graf – who is rarely seen Google+ing, facebooking or indeed tweeting – confirmed via his Twitter account on Tuesday that he was moving on. "Followed Maps to find that the flock was just around …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2014

Apple bests Dell for first time as preferred US consumer PC choice

Apple is now the preferred choice of US consumers shopping for desktop PCs, according to a nationwide survey of 2,500 "US broadband households" conducted by the research firm Parks Associates. "Apple topped the list of intended brands for desktop purchases for the first time this year," said Parks Associates' director of …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Dec 2013
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UK shoppers spent £1bn less on consumer electronics in 2011

UK retail officially continues to be the worst market to operate as a reseller after spending on consumer electronics fell by £1bn in 2011, GFK Retail stats confirmed. The beancounter said the size of the sector had declined 4.5 per cent, but with spending down 7.5 per cent in January alone compared to the same month one year …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2012
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Cheaper Apple iStuff? Foxconn eyes costs-busting Indian move

Taiwanese multinational and Apple device manufacturer Hon Hai/Foxconn is planning to expand into India, opening roughly ten factories and date centres by 2020, according to Indian government officials. Reuters reports the touted move may lower prices in "the world's third largest smartphone market where [Apple] trails Samsung …
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The electronics island where COPS shoot ARMY and workers are rioting

Where your kit gets made On November 20th, I visited the Indonesian island of Batam. And about an hour after I left, a protest by local workers over the minimum wage just about turned into a riot. The day before, I've since learned, local Police and Army units fought each other in a six-hour battle sparked by allegations Army members freelanced as fuel …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2014
The Register breaking news

FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has written to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asking for a rethink of the current ban on using electronic items in flight. Currently all electronic devices have to be switched off on US aircraft operating below 10,000 feet, and can only used in flight-safe mode ( …
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2012
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'Perfect storm' drives electronics stores to EXTINCTION

The window of opportunity for traditional bricks-and-mortar consumer electronics retailers to catch up with web-based and supermarket rivals has closed and many more will go the way of the dinosaur. So says channel beancounter Canalys, which predicts others will follow in the footsteps of monolithic consumer outlets such as Best …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2012
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Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

1980s fashion icon Swatch has confirmed it is working on a smartwatch. The Swiss biz on Thursday said it will produce a wrist-puter that will include electronics for NFC payments. CEO Nick Hayek told shareholders the new model is set for an August launch in Switzerland and "one big country" that has yet to be named. Other …
Shaun Nichols, 28 May 2015

Trade body, universities row over US patent troll act proposals

A spat has erupted between US universities and the trade body representing the $286bn (£193bn) consumer electronics industry, over a proposed crackdown on patent trolls. The row is centered upon the proposed Innovation Act, a bill which collapsed and died last spring in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but which has now been …
Kat Hall, 09 Apr 2015
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Dissolving silk electronics melt in your body, not in the hand

When it comes to electronics, boffins are usually going one way - how to make them smaller, faster and longer lasting, but a few researchers are going against the tide - looking for electronics that can last just a moment and then disappear. Boffins insert dissolvable implant into a lab rat At the University of Illinois, with …
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Samsung, LG wash dirty laundry in two separate court cases

LG Electronics' home appliances top brass Jo Seong-jin has been indicted for allegedly sabotaging four of Samsung Electronics' high-end washing machines at a trade show last year. LG said on Sunday Jo and two others had been indicted by South Korean prosecutors for the alleged sabotage in Berlin last September. Separately, on …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2015
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5 Times An 'Unhappy Person' Dared To Use The Word 'Boring' At CES 2015

BUZZGASM! 1: This Year, 69 Per Cent Of CES Attendees Protested Against Dull Speakers With Their Actual Eyelids at #CES #CES2015 when a poor moderator & a guest speaker are boring & don't get what the audience wants2hear you get pic.twitter.com/JqZPLydUWd — Bat-Ami Gordin (@zongrik) January 7, 2015 Sleepy follow! 2: 34 Per Cent Of …
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Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

Huawei claims to have banked over $11bn in smartphone revenue in 2014 despite falling short of its volume prediction. Consumer chief Richard Yu says the Chinese giant shifted 75 million units in the year, a little short of the 80 million it had predicted - but still up 40 per cent from 2013, the WSJ reports. Three of the top …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jan 2015
Snipping the ribbon to open a new Microsoft Authorized Reseller

'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

The gradual winding-down of Nokia as a consumer electronics brand continues, with Nokia retail stores and Care repair centres worldwide now morphing into Microsoft sales outlets. "Nokia retail stores will be called Microsoft Authorized Resellers and will showcase a range of Microsoft experiences and products including Lumia, …
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2015
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EPIC asks FTC to stick a probe up Samsung over 'snooping' smart TVs

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has lobbied the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Samsung's collection of user information in its Smart PCs. The group filed a formal complaint with the FTC alleging that Samsung is misleading its customers and running afoul of the US Electronic Communications …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2015
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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

Vid A pair of thieving dolts – caught after selfies taken on a stolen iPad were automatically uploaded to the owner's iCloud account – have been spared jail after pleading guilty to felony charges of theft. Dorian Walker-Gaines, 20, and Dillian Thompson, 22, each pleaded guilty to stealing cash and consumer electronics from the …
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Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

Disk drive shipments have a negative CAGR, and will fall by 3.7 per cent between 2013 and 2020, said spindle motor maker Nidec. Within that, traditional enterprise drive shipments will decrease by 17.6 per cent, PC drives will drop 8.1 per cent, consumer electronics drives by 6.9 per cent and external drives by 0.4 per cent, but …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2015
Sony X85 65-inch flat panel 4K TV

Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

While electronics giants are showing off their internet-connected 4K TVs, most people still do not have the web bandwidth to stream stuff in ultra high-def. That's the conclusion reached by the latest quarterly report [PDF] from internet backbone-manipulation outfit Akamai, which shows that only about 12 per cent of netizens …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2015

Acer to unveil a 15.6-INCH Chromebook WHOPPER at CES

CES 2015 Acer has bigged up an embiggened Chromebook with a 15.6-inch screen ahead of the opening of the world's largest consumer electronics trade show – CES – in Las Vegas in a few days' time. The vendor claimed that it had developed a robust Google OS-powered laptop with a case that it promised would "withstand up to 60kg of force, …
Team Register, 03 Jan 2015
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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

Vid Samsung is disputing claims that its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone is just as bendy as Apple's iPhone 6 Plus – and has put together a video to make its point. Galaxy S6 and S6 edge 80lbf Three-Point Bend Test Last week consumer electronics insurer SquareTrade put the two handsets, and the HTC One M9, through some bending tests, and …
Iain Thomson, 06 Apr 2015
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Shin avoids boot: Samsung hangs onto mobile chief despite crappy Galaxy S5 sales

Samsung has surprisingly opted to hang onto its current head of mobile JK Shin, despite rumours that he was for the chop after the mobile division underperformed all year. Reports suggested last week that Shin would be ousted in favour of appliances and telly boss BK Yoon because sales of Sammy’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, …
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Midwich eyes consumer electronics

IT distie Midwich has acquired a majority share in Invision UK Ltd. Midwich finance director Stephen Fenby said its takeover of audio-visual (AV) distie True Colours in April this year helped the firm decide to do the deal with Invision, a trade-only distie of home technology products. "The success of True Colours and our own …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2007
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THANKS OBAMA! Prez predicted iPhone mania back in 2007

Future president Barack Obama was one of the first non-Apple staff to see the iPhone, according to a new political memoir, and predicted it would be a huge smash. According to a new book from former Obama staffer David Axelrod, then-Senator Obama met with the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and got a special preview of the phone at …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2015

Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

MWC 2015 Pebble is opening up its eponymous smartwatch to third-party hardware makers. They’ll be able to build straps or other attachments that that can provide a range of additional functionality to a Pebble – such as specialist sensors for fitness or medical tasks – or just additional power. It’s a very Pebble way of doing it – keep …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Mar 2015

Pew, pew, pew! Sammy shoots out updates to plug mobile keyboard snooping bug

Samsung has promised to deploy updates to resolve a serious mobile keyboard snooping bug, with security policy fixes expected in the coming days, the company said on Thursday – while simultaneously downplaying the issue. As previously reported, researchers at security firm NowSecure warned that a problem involving the keyboard …
John Leyden, 19 Jun 2015
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You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

Swiss watchmaker Swatch simply isn't going to roll over and give up in the face of Apple's upstart wrist-puter challenger. Biel-based Swatch is apparently working on a new smartwatch that will talk to Microsoft Windows computers and Google Android. In an an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Nick Hayek said his company will build an …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2015

Wannabe a nano-bot-manufacturing giant? Better cozy up to Apple

Apple's demand for minute mechanical gizmos in its iThings is more or less dictating who wins and who loses among MEMS manufacturers, analysts reckon. Supply-chain researchers at IHS said the Cupertino idiot-tax operation's use of Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) and sensors in iPhones and iPods draws so much business that …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2015
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Apple: C'mon, flick on iBeacon. Let us track you. You'll get BADGES

CES 2014 Apple will show off its creepy iSpy fanboi-tracking system at the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show. Attendees at CES will be able to use iBeacon to take part in a treasure hunt around the exhibition, with a prize for whoever manages to track down a complete set of "badges". The iSpy work out is organised by the Consumer …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Jan 2014
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TV's goggle gaggle: EVERYBODY'S first with something at consumer tech feast

IFA 2013 If you’re in Berlin and have a tech habit, then IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show, rages on for another couple of days. On display you'll find all manner of things upon which the consumer tech giants want us to focus our spending – even those that may well soon be redundant. As mobile content viewing explodes, it …
Bob Dormon, 10 Sep 2013
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Huawei: Phone sales helped fatten our bottom line in 2014

Phone sales helped network equipment giant Huawei to bank 20 per cent more revenue in 2014 than the previous year, the company said today in an earnings guidance. The Chinese company estimates sales for the 12 months to come in at between ¥287-289bn (£30.3bn to £30.9bn) when the final numbers for calendar ’14 are reported in …
Team Register, 13 Jan 2015
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Ten... stars of the Consumer Electronics Show

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week Las Vegas, gambling’s natural home played host to 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. Here, the technology giants placed their bets and showed their hands with the launch of hundreds, nay thousands, of new technology products. On the table, PC manufacturers were upping the stakes with Ultrabooks …
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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

Global fondleslab sales are levelling out with a smaller percentage point increase in the number of people set to purchase tablets this year than in 2014, according to analyst house Gartner. Last year sales rose just 11 per cent to 216m. This year market growth is expected to slow down further, with an eight per cent increase to …
Kat Hall, 05 Jan 2015
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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

Breaking Fad Will 2015 be the year that upstart OLED TVs finally catch on with the TV buying public? LG, long time advocate of the futuristic panels, believes so. At its recent annual trade preview held at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey, the company declared it was revving up OLED panel production and spread-betting on 4K UHD across the board …
Steve May, 19 Mar 2015
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Wanna play PlayStation games but don't have a console? Samsung's got a TV for that

Buyers of select Samsung Smart TVs in the first half of 2015 will be able to play Sony PlayStation games without buying a separate console. The TVs will ship with an app that can access Sony's PlayStation Now game streaming service, which offers a library of more than 200 PlayStation 3 titles that can be played over the internet …
Neil McAllister, 24 Dec 2014
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Consumer Electronics Show Complete Coverage

CES 2010 Didn't get to this year's Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show? Here are the key stories. CES on Video Latest Asus Eee Keyboard desktop demo'd Demo'd: how to turn an iPhone into a universal remote Plastic Logic shows executive e-book reader Beamz shines light on laser-strummed musical instrument Kodak intros 3D remote Google …
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Cyanogen said to be hoovering up cash, but NOT from Microsoft

Sources say Android alt-firmware outfit Cyanogen is close to closing a new round of funding, but Microsoft reportedly won't be among the investors. Bloomberg reported on Friday that Cyanogen is close to an agreement that would see it raise $110m from a group of financiers including PremjiInvest, the investment firm of Wipro …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2015
HTC and Valve's Vive

In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

MWC 2015 HTC has followed in the footsteps of Facebook-owned Oculus and Microsoft with its own VR headset. It’s making the unit, dubbed Vive, in partnership with Valve, and claimed it would be in punters' hands by the end of the year. HTC was coy showing it off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today: El Reg didn’t even get to try …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Mar 2015
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Surging dollar value brightens Tech Data’s European revenues

The unfavourable forex rate leaving US vendors with a damp patch on their financial results in Europe ironically might have helped Tech Data in its opening quarter of fiscal 2016. The world’s second largest tech distie reported sales of $5.8bn for Q1 ended 30 April, down 12 per cent year-on-year, but better than Wall Street …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2015
Tesla's Elon Musk

Who's the auto tycoon that makes Apple employees swoon? It's ... MUSK!

Auto firm Tesla has taken advantage of Apple's new-found policy on poaching by hiring away staffers from the consumer electronics giant. According to a report from Bloomberg, the battery-powered automaker has hired away some 150 employees from the house that Steve Jobs built – more than any other single company – ranging from …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Feb 2015

Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

Legendary comedian Robin Williams has, we're told, topped 2014's chart of the most searched for thing or person on Google. Apparently, porn doesn't count because people are always searching for it, whereas Google is interested in stuff that "trends" – pops out of nowhere and soars in popularity before fading away, in other words …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2014
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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

Apple has delayed plans to tout a fabled 12.9-inch iPad, if you are inclined to believe the latest round of speculation. Analyst house KGI Research (via AppleInsider) said the MaxiPad will be pushed back from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2015. It's claimed Apple's assembly lines and component suppliers have been …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2014
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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

Remember Palm? The company that made the PDA a must-have item in the 1990s may be long gone, but it looks like the Palm brand may be due for a resurgence this year. The eagle-eyed fanatics at webOSNation.com were the first to notice that the palm.com website – and indeed any subdomain of palm.com – now redirects to a site with …
Neil McAllister, 31 Dec 2014
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About 4King time: Panasonic finally reveals voice-control Firefox OS TVs

CES 2015 Panasonic today tore the wraps off Firefox OS-powered 4K TVs, high-def 4K camcorders, and home surveillance cameras, at CES in Las Vegas. Julie Bauer, the appliance giant's consumer electronics president, said her conference keynote that the new gear will go on sale in 2015. Panasonic 4K TV A Panasonic 4K TV That will include …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jan 2015
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Time to bag a tablet bargain this Chrimbo – Brit stocks are high

British retailers will be looking to clear a tablet glut this Chrimbo, and falling sales prices and cooling consumer interest in slabs will mean they’ll need to shift more to stand still. According to Gartner, 83 million fewer slabs will be sold this year worldwide, with consumers sweating their assets for longer, renewed …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2014
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Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is HERE ... by which we mean India

The first commercially available phone running Samsung's Linux-based Tizen mobile OS has finally launched in India, and proud papa Sammy says this is only the beginning for Tizen in 2015. We've been hearing rumblings about the Samsung Z1 for months now, but actually finding a market for the device has proved difficult for the …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2015

Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

CES 2014 Apple and Google are preparing to compete on yet another front. They reportedly plan to race each other to design the world's most powerful smart car dashboard. At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show next week, Google isexpected to announce a new tie-up with Audi, which will see Mountain View help to design an in car computer …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Dec 2013
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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

Analysis Networking kit giant Huawei didn’t even make mobile phones four years ago, but its classy new P8 flagship shows what astonishing progress it’s made to come within striking distance of the market leaders. The Shenzen-based, employee-owned company unveiled its P8 at a huge, splashy launch in London’s Old Billingsgate Market. There …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2015
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Report: Sprint to bring Sony Xperia into tough US smartphone market

Stateside mobile carrier Sprint is reportedly planning to bring the Sony Xperia handset to the US market for the first time. The rumours come just a few weeks after Sprint's newly-installed boss Marcelo Claure said he planned to make aggressive moves to help the company regain market share. Now, according to separate reports in …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Aug 2014