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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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
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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
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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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

ARM: We've signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff

ARM Holdings has dodged the impact of slowing device sales with 41 customers signing new deals to license its chip technology. The company Tuesday announced a nine-per-cent jump in second-quarter profit to £68m on revenue that climbed seventeen per cent to £187.1m. Earnings per share increased 11 per cent to £3.91. But …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2014

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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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 …

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

Former Systemax execs charged over $9m fraud, tax evasion

The Feds have now charged ex-Systemax senior exec Gilbert Fiorentino, following on from his brother and former colleague Carl, with allegedly perpetrating fraud to the tune of millions of dollars as well as evading tax. The criminal case was last night confirmed by the US Attorneys’ Office for the southern district of Florida …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2014

NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

Nokia is back in consumer electronics with an iPad rival, the new N1 tablet, just six months after Microsoft snorked up its phone division. The Finnish firm has said that many more devices will follow. Youtube Video The Atom-powered, Android-based, mini-sized N1 enters a crowded marketplace with a price tag of just $250. It's …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2014
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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

China's customs cops grab 76 MEEELLION tech products

Chinese customs cops claim to have confiscated a whopping 76 million items thought to have broken copyright laws last year, many of them electronics, highlighting the persistent problems associated with IPR in the Middle Kingdom. Some 98 per cent of the goods – accounted for in 20,464 batches – violated trademark rights, the …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 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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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

CES 2014 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 …

Bored hackers flick Shellshock button to OFF as payloads shrink

Malicious and benign attacks against systems vulnerable to Shellshock had halved by Sunday after peaking three days following the bug's disclosure, Akamai researchers say. The variety of payloads targeting vulnerable sites increased dramatically over the same period before tapering off, in a possible sign that hackers were bored …
Darren Pauli, 03 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella

Damage control (noun): When Microsoft's CEO kickstarts diversity plan after women pay gaffe

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who earlier this month made astonishingly sexist comments to a room full of women, has decided it's about time to make his workforce more diverse. The Microsoft boss said in a leaked memo to employees that the software giant would begin a series of initiatives including making sure that employees …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2014

Court flushes VirnetX's $368m check from Apple down the toilet

A US court has dashed a $368m windfall for technology hoarder VirnetX, which successfully sued Apple for patent infringement. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington today tore up [PDF] the infringement damages figure given by a jury in a lower court – and sent the case back for reconsideration. A jury in the Eastern …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as the saying goes, but Apple’s design guru and very precious genius Sir Jony Ive doesn’t see it that way - he reckons its more like robbery. The knighted creator of all things i-related was asked by an audience member at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Fran, if similar …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2014
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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

Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

Samsung has confirmed sluggish sales of smartphones and tablets combined with efforts to shift the stock mountain that cast a shadow over Europe, denting group sales and profits for calendar Q2. The Korean chaebol has been out of step with falling market demand and as exclusively revealed by The Channel back in May, Sammy UK …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jul 2014
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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

Comment It isn't just Apple that looks a little less miraculous today – the entire consumer electronics industry is looking a bit tragic and battered. Ever since the iPod became a hit, the media has looked to Apple for divine miracles, for revolutionary market-making products that "restore a sense of childlike wonder", as Fake Steve …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Sep 2014

Amazon shovels cash into hush-hush Lab126 despite Fire Phone fizzle

Amazon's much-hyped Fire Phone met a cool reception from consumers, but that won't stop CEO Jeff Bezos from doubling down on his consumer electronics ambitions, industry insiders claim. Citing anonymous sources, Reuters reports that the e-commerce giant plans to invest another $55m into its secretive Lab126 division, which …
Neil McAllister, 24 Sep 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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Strap-on cam pro GoPro in IPO share grow show

GoPro’s shares soared on its stock-market debut, gaining 30.5 per cent to give the wearable camera-maker a market value of $3.9bn. The firm’s clip-on high-def video cameras, beloved of extreme sports enthusiasts and amateur rocket-builders, have become the top-selling camcorders in the world, according to beancounters at IDC. …
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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
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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

U2 singer Paul Hewson (aka Bono) has hinted that Apple is working on a new music format that will make buying music “irresistible” all over again. With Bono – who is a director of a VC fund with an interest in interactive media - it’s hard to tell to what extent he may be hyping his own interests, or how much he’s hyping Apple’s …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Sep 2014
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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

Video 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 …

BOOM BOOM: Dixons fires the human cannon

Dixons claims to have fired about 50 workers out the redundancy cannon in its latest battle against the human costs of doing business. At least 100 staff based at the Hemel Hempstead office were put on a 45-day notice of redundancy in early May, just days before Dixons went public with the £3.7bn Carphone Warehouse mega borg. …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2014
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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

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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Cisco gets into consumer electronics

Cisco sees a growing percentage of its future business coming from consumer electronics. The networking giant believes increasing demand for networked devices will allow it to compete with the likes of Sony and Samsung. In an interview with the Financial Times Charles Giancarlo, chief development officer at Cisco, said that …
John Oates, 16 Jan 2006
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Tablet boom quiets down a bit as growth slows

The meteoric rise in tablet sales could be tapering off a bit as analysts at IDC saw quarterly shipments fall short of forecasts. The research firm estimates that that while the market maintained positive growth over the same period last year, a number of top vendors saw both their shipment volumes and market shares take a hit …
Shaun Nichols, 01 May 2014
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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

Analysis It has been more than 100 years since the first wireless power systems were demonstrated and the principles are about as well-known as any in the technology field. While wireless networking has been the norm for over a decade, wireless power is still very much in its infancy and is years away from mass adoption. Last week, the …
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2014

Forget the accountancy scandal, our biz is back: Tech Data

If companies operate as intended then sales growth should be a given, and with its accountancy scandal pretty much behind it Tech Data reported business as usual for the fiscal third quarter that ended last month. The world’s second largest tech distributor reported a 6.1 per cent hike in sales to $6.76bn, largely aided by …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2014
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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Analysis Today's long overdue update to Apple's iPhone line - which had been moribund for years - look set to squeeze some rival manufacturers to death. New iPhones at last means that Android, Google's smartphone middleware, will soon look attractive only for budget vendors selling into fast-growing emerging markets. The problem, in a …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Sep 2014
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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

Analysis It looks like Satya Nadella's honeymoon as Microsoft CEO is over, and it happened during what's already being called "Cortana-gate" by Redmond's own commentards. Smart and decisive, Nadella has enjoyed good press and huge support within Microsoft. But his instant response to the many strategic issues bedevilling Microsoft - …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2014
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Report: Samsung joining virtual reality race with Galaxy headset

Samsung is reportedly developing a virtual reality headset for use with its Galaxy line of mobile devices. News blog Engadget cited sources close to the company in reporting that the consumer electronics giant is planning to release a headset which would function as a wearable display for Galaxy handsets and tablets. The report …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2014