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Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

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
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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

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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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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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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Apple: C'mon, flick on iBeacon. Let us track you. You'll get BADGES

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

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

Virtual-reality Dev Kit 2 game goggles by Oculus – now with less vomit!

Virtual reality gaming-goggles maker Oculus has released a new model of its Rift headset for software developers. The company said its Dev Kit 2 unit does a better job of smoothly rendering scenes when the wearer's head is moving around, an improvement that's key to reducing the motion sickness suffered by some users of early …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2014

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

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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EC antitrust cops raid offices of Philips, Samsung, others

EU antitrust regulators have raided the European offices of Philips, Samsung, retail group Media-Saturn, and several other consumer electronics companies, but so far they're not saying what they were looking for. "The European Commission can confirm that on 3 December 2013, Commission officials initiated unannounced inspections …
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2013
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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

Amazon has announced that it's teaming up with Samsung Electronics and media firms like Warner Bros and Lionsgate to try to drum up consumer interest in "4K" ultra high-def tellies. The online warehouse's Instant Video subsection said that it wanted to work with top Hollywood studios and the world's leading electronics firms on …
CES 2012 Week

Ten... stars of the Consumer Electronics Show

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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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

Sony got off to a terrible start to the week on Monday after credit ratings company Moody’s downgraded its status to junk thanks to the continuing poor performance of its TV and PC business. Moody’s Japan said it lowered Sony’s issuer rating and long-term senior unsecured bond rating from Baa3 to Ba1. Junk status means a bond is …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014
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Spin that disk drive forecast, Gartner: Watch those desktop units dive

Gartner is forecasting that total hard disk drive shipments will grow at a leisurely 2.9 per cent CAGR from 2013 (552 million units) to 2018 (635.1 million units). But bear in mind that's an average: desktop drives unit shipments will be shrinking at a -7 per cent CAGR over the period while high-capacity business drives grow at …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

Demonstrating once again that consumer electronics companies don't understand security, ReVuln has turned up a hard-coded password in Philips “smart” televisions. Shown off in the video below, the vulnerability is simplicity itself: the WiFi Miracast feature is switched on by default, has a fixed password (“Miracast”, for heaven …
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Don't tase me Pro: WD brings out Thunderbolt external drive

WD has bought out a Thunderbolted My Passport Pro external drive with power delivered over the speedy data cable. WD My Passport Pro Wd Thunderbolt My Passport Pro It comes in 2TB and 4TB capacities using two 2.5-inch drives, with either RAID 0 (striping) or RAID 1 (mirroring) for MAC users. RAID 0 delivers up to 233MB/sec …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
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Tech Data names CE director after divisional shake-up

Distie goliath Tech Data (TD) UK has handed company veteran Mark Glasspool the directorship of its consumer electronics division following a summer shake-up. Glasspool will retain his role as director of strategic opportunities at TD, which he has held since May '12, and oversee the ten-strong CE team. In a canned statement, he …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013

Bosch launches obligatory Internet of Things push

Bosch is the latest of the industrial majors to get on the Internet of Things bandwagon, setting up a new division to focus on devices, software, and expertise to consolidate its sensor-based applications. Announced at CES (where else at this time of year?), the division will initially focus on sensors in home automation, …
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Consumer Electronics Show Complete Coverage

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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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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Microsoft Australia slashes price of Surface Pro 128GB by $AUD400

Walk into JB HiFi, Australia's most prominent purveyor of consumer electronics, and slap down $AUD597. You'll walk out with this HP 15-d004au and its 15.6-in screen, quad-core AMD A6-5200 running at 2 GHz and packing a Radeon HD 8400 graphics card, 2GB of RAM and a 500GB disk. Take just two dollars more to Microsoft Australia's …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2014

Qualcomm chief: Why is China probing us? We haven't a clue

Qualcomm's chief still has no idea why the chipmaker is being investigated by antitrust regulators in China, he told Reuters today. In November, the chipmaker said that China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) had started a probe of the firm, but added that it wasn't aware of any violations. "We really don't …

Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

Although this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was chockablock with Bluetooth-connected wireless speakers, the UK's Imagination Technologies bucked the trend: it demoed its own wireless-speaker tech, the Wi-Fi–enabled Caskeid system. Caskeid – pronounced "cascade" – was announced last September, but CES 2014 was the …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2014
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Boxing Day sales bubble boosts Dixons - but don't hit the champers just yet

UK saps shoppers spent more than £100,000 a minute at Dixons Retail during the Boxing Day sales helping to drag it into growth during the Christmas quarter for the second consecutive year. But CEO Sebastian James held off talking up any recovery given the torrid time that many electronics retailers have faced in the past four …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014

Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'

Google's Maps team has made an early entry into this year's April Fools' crop of pranks with the introduction of Pokemon to the mobile application. The company said in a video that it would be adding the Pokemon-tracking functionality as part of a campaign to hire a new "Pokemon Master" position within the company. Those who can …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2014

Acer cozies up to Google with new 'droid PCs and fondleslab, Chromebook

Acer might traditionally be a Microsoft client, but the OEM is using next week's CES to display a much deeper relationship with Google, sticking the Chocolate Factory's Android operating system on two new all-in-one desktop PCs and a new tablet, and adding another Chromebook to its lineup. The all-in-one systems can be used as …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jan 2014
Apple virtual reality headset design

Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

Apple has filed for a patent which suggests the company is looking into developing its own head-mounted virtual reality system. The patent application, disclosed Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), was originally filed by Apple in December of 2013. It describes a set of goggles which would be worn by users to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2014

Apple execs: 'Consumers want what we don't have'

The latest patent row between Apple and Samsung is showing the unpleasant details of the ongoing market battle between the two consumer electronics giants. In documents submitted to the San Jose District Court, internal memos from the two firms show that Samsung has become fixated on Apple more than any other competitor in the …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Apr 2014
New USB SuperSpeed Type C cable

USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

There's usually a significant delay between a new technology hardware standard being finalized and seeing it in commercial systems, but the latest update to the USB spec looks like it's going to be rolled out much faster than people think. Google Play redesign One cable to rule them all (click to enlarge) Last week, the …
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2014
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Panasonic will go Firefox OS for TVs

Panasonic has used CES to announce that it's going to work with Mozilla to build smart TVs based on the Firefox OS. Whatever you think about smart TVs, the vendors remain utterly committed to the idea that more computing power and a user interface driven through the remote control is the future of the idiot box. To date, much …
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Sony denies Vaio-to-Lenovo rumour

Another week, another major acquisition by Lenovo? Not so, says Sony, which has taken the unusual move of hosing down reports like this Reuters effort suggesting it's been chatting with Lenovo about taking on its loss-making PC business outside of Japan. Sony's response is blunt: “A press report on February 1, 2014 stated …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2014
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LG to bring Palm's webOS BACK FROM THE DEAD in TVs next week – report

South Korean electronics giant LG plans to debut its first smart TV based on the webOS operating system next week, industry insiders claim. Citing an unnamed source, the Wall Street Journal reports that the webOS-powered boob tube will be unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, due to run from January …
Neil McAllister, 30 Dec 2013
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Woz backs Chinese 'Apple of Far East' in play for US hardware market

Apple grandee Steve Wozniak has said a Chinese firm mockingly dubbed the "Apple of the Far East" could compete with the fruity firm on its home turf. The fruity firm's co-founder jetted over to China to give his backing to Xiaomi, a tech company which sells smartphones and consumer electronics based on its own flavour of Android …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jan 2014
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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

Stumbling consumer electronics giant Sony has confirmed it will axe 5,000 workers worldwide and offload its loss-making PC business to private equity firm Japan Industrial Partners (JIP). The ailing Japanese corporate revealed the restructure as it forecast a ¥110bn loss (£665m) for the current financial year ending March …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2014
Dell's Wyse Cloud Connect thin client on a stick

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa

Dell's Project Ophelia PC-on-a-stick will finally come to fruition “before Christmas”, staff of the newly-privatised entity told The Reg at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Melbourne today. Now known as “Wyse Cloud Connect”, Project Ophelia debuted back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. By May rumours …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2013
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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

Video game maker Valve has let loose the first photographs of its prototype Steam Machine hardware, in addition to sharing a few more details about its plans for the upstart, PC-based console. The photos come care of a report in the Seattle Times on Monday, which gave us our first glimpse at what an actual piece of Valve-made …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013

Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

Samsung has filed a design-patent application with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for what appears to be a cross between a Bluetooth earpiece and Google Glass. Being a design patent, there is very little descriptive text about the device, but its title describes it as an "earphone" (이어폰) and what little text there is …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2014
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Panasonic throws in towel on plasma tellies, preps for BILLION-dollar kick in pants

Panasonic is reportedly planning to pull out of the plasma TV business by the end of the financial year. The TV market has proved more and more unprofitable for once-dominant Japanese consumer electronics firms and Panasonic was expected to give up on the plasma display industry at some point, though its exit is sooner than …
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Imagination details mucho macho PowerVR GX6650 mobile GPU

At last month's Consumer Electronics show, UK chip designer Imagination Technologies unveiled its new PowerVR Series6XT Rogue GPU architecture for SoCs. On Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it released details of what it calls "the shining star of the PowerVR Series6XT," the PowerVR GX6650. Block diagram of …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2014

Tablet-types drive demand for all-in-one desktop PCs

More than a third of desktop computer sales in Britain are all-in-one machines, up from a quarter during the first half of the year. So says local market-watcher GfK, which noted a sudden jump in over-the-counter sales of AIOs in August and September. AIOs grew by 27.4 per cent in sales value, driven by a 6.5 per cent increase …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2013
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Sony to close North American ebook store, punt customers to Kobo

Struggling Sony has announced that it is quitting the ebook-selling business in the US and Canada and will instead rely on Kobo to supply content for its ereader devices in North America from now on. "Sony's Reader Store customers and their current eBook libraries will transfer to the Kobo ecosystem starting in late March," the …
Neil McAllister, 06 Feb 2014
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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

Networking gear maker Linksys has resurrected one of its most popular, customizable routers – the WRT54G – with a new version that takes advantage of the latest wireless technologies. The Belkin subsidiary revealed the new device, a spruced-up Wi-Fi router based on its venerable WRT54G design, at the Consumer Electronics Show ( …
Neil McAllister, 07 Jan 2014
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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

Some of Japan’s biggest technology companies send certain employees to “boredom" or "forcing-out" rooms where they’re forced to undertake menial tasks designed to make them quit. A New York Times report detailed the experience of 51-year-old Sony employee Shusaku Tani who refused to take early retirement after his position at …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

It has a silly name, but a surprising price. Tesco’s new seven-inch Android tablet, the Hudl, will cost a mere 60 quid and a stack of Clubcard points. Well, when a Google Nexus 7 will set you back £199, every little helps. Ahem. The Hudl incorporates a 1440 x 900 LCD, 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4 …
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2013
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Frustrated fanbois rejoice as Facebook releases MIDAS Mac security tool

Facebook and Etsy have teamed-up to develop and publish as open source a security tool for Apple's Macs, following similar moves by Google. The "Project MIDAS" Mac intrusion detection framework was announced by Facebook in a blog post on Friday, and sees the two companies collaborate on a tool to help companies manage large …
Jack Clark, 07 Dec 2013
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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

Wireless technology specialist CSR has come up with the world's thinnest touch keyboard, which is less than 0.5mm thick. Ultra thin keyboard The ultra-thin keyboard The flexible Bluetooth-capable interface can change any surface into a keyboard or extend the touchscreen of tablets and smartphones, CSR said. The Cambridge- …
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ITU signs off network spec for personal medical devices

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has signed off a new standard for communication between personal medical devices. It will come as no surprise to learn that Intel, Cisco, IBM, Oracle, several consumer electronics giants and the industry groups behind WiFi, Bluetooth and Zigbee are behind the new standard, as they …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2013