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In Defense of Bose 'Spying' on Consumers

The doom and gloom of Bose 'spying' on consumers should start the conversation that consumers don't own their data, and that is okay.

The Discount Divide: Bringing Value to Millennials and Baby Boomers

Rampant discounting in department stores has conditioned a great majority of consumers to wait for…

What the Hell is Happening to Retail?

Retail is having a moment. Since the calendar flipped to 2017, we’ve seen more bankruptcies than all of last year. What’s going on?

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Headphones

The doom and gloom of Bose 'spying' on consumers should start the conversation that consumers don't own their data, and that is okay.

I learned as much about the audiophile community as I did about the new products that were on display at the first-ever CanJam NYC.

We've seen a lot of advancements recently in the truly wireless earbud space. But just as fast as we are seeing products appear on the market, we are already seeing slight stagnation. Hopefully, that doesn't come off as a knock against companies like Bragi, Phazon, Apple, Samsung or Jabra who have all poised to make long lasting…

Operations

Rampant discounting in department stores has conditioned a great majority of consumers to wait for…

Retail is having a moment. Since the calendar flipped to 2017, we’ve seen more bankruptcies than all of last year. What’s going on?

Having just finished a conversation about smart doorbells and their inherent awesomeness in the smart home market, the Dealerscope editors turned our attention to Amazon for a quick minute for two reasons. 1) We wanted to see a quick comparison of MSRPs on smart doorbells for “research purposes,” and 2) we basically talked ourselves into…

Video

Netflix has released a list of "recommended" Smart TVs, but their criteria makes some wonder if they should even dabble with this much power.

We found a spreadsheet with nearly all of the Black Friday TV deals out there, and analyzed some of the data trends. Bottom line: they’

Although its popularity has never been greater, streaming digital media has been around for a quite a while and the momentum is reachin

Drones

GoPro's pre-announced its first-quarter earnings and to sum it up, they are planning to cut 270 more jobs. If we are still keeping score, that adds up to 570 jobs, with 100 in January last year and another 200 in November. The steady hemorrhaging of positions can be blamed on a few different narratives. Many…

An important Super Bowl Sunday first for the consumer tech industry? Drones played a major role during the halftime show.

More bad news for the drone industry as French-based manufacturer Parrot is laying off a third of their drone division. Following a massive drop in fourth-quarter earnings, Parrot said they missed their target by about 100 million euros (~105,000 USD) with their drone revenue generating about 60 million euros between commercial and consumer. These distressed…

Policy

With the CIA hacking details continuing to drip out of WikiLeaks, what’s the resulting impact on business and personal privacy?

Apple, among others, look to kill ‘Right to Repair’ legislation. Are they right to tell consumers what to do with their electronics?

Ultimately, the move by Verizon to get back to unlimited data plans is a result of increased competition in the mobile market.

Connected Home

Control4’s latest acquisition of Triad Speakers solidifies their position as one of the most driven companies in the industry.

Barely a day after the official close of CES 2017, news broke about Fitbit that probably would’ve stolen the show out in Las Vegas. According to a post on smartwatch maker Vector’s website, the company has been acquired by Fitbit for an undisclosed amount. The move comes a little more than a month after the…

A home network is a sanctuary. The last place you would think to be hacked or spied on would be on your home network. Most of the time, that level of security is passed off to the router or less reliably the ISP. However, CUJO offers that piece of mind…

Smartphones

There are reports that Apple could ditch the Lightning connector in the new iPhone for USB-C. But is that something we really want?

Reports in 2016 said commercial 5G would be ready by 2020 and Verizon is hoping to be first in line piloting 5G in 11 U.S. cities.

Maybe the biggest hit Samsung and subsequently the Android market saw last year was the curious case of exploding phones. While the definition of exploding might be a bit sensationalized - it was more of a sudden flame - both the Note7 hype and Samsung's reputation were caught in the blaze. Initially, Samsung didn't know…

VR/AR

Historically, the editors at Dealerscope have been kind of hard on VR. And truthfully, we've been burned by it. But we see the good as well, and we are staying optimistic. We have also followed the general narrative produced by consumers as well. When the 2012 Kickstarter kicked off the first announcement of the Oculus Rift, people…

High-powered VR headsets—like Oculus, or HTC’s Vive, or even Sony’s PlayStation VR—have been incredibly slow to catch on.

What should we really make of the VR industry as a whole, and how much can we really expect it to boom in the next few years?

Audio

Sonos’ latest venture is making noise in the wireless home audio space – materializing in the shape of artificial intelligence integrat

Specialty retailers much embrace Millennials to stanch declining sales.

Samsung will leverage “expertise in connected mobility, semiconductors, user experience, displays and global distribution channels” for

Events

There’s something about anniversaries - especially those that end with a zero - that prompt many of us to pause and reflect on the past. As I flew home from CES 2017, I kept thinking about how much has changed since the inaugural show, 50 years ago. The many exciting changes I’ve seen since my…

Two years in, I’ve had two very different experiences attending CES, the massive tech tradeshow put on by the Consumer Technology Association. Both were exceptionally overwhelming, but both were exceptionally fun as well. Year One was much more of a feeling out process than anything. A little more than three months on the job, I…

Although a lot of different companies have a lot of reasons to succeed at CES this year, I'm really hard-pressed to find anyone more excited to generate positive attention. And while Samsung dominates virtually every area it invests in; their CES lineup ran the gamut of wearables, appliances, computers, and televisions. Let's dive into each…

News

Barely two months ago, I threw the idea out there that action cam maker GoPro has possibly peaked as a company. That notion was based on the fact that the company has seen its stock price nosedive in the last year and a half. Since reaching nearly $87 per share in July 2015, GoPro rested…

Using data, the Consumer Technology Association tries to make some sense of post-purchase consumer behavior.

More than any other factor, the presence or absence of a free shipping offer can make or break a sale.

Laptops/Tablets

The gaming industry is stepping up to provide a new, better, and more meaningful platform for the curved screen.

Chris Ely, senior manager of industry analysis at the Consumer Technology Association, shares his thoughts on potential areas of growth

Independent CE dealers have a lot to learn from Best Buy

Gaming

Nintendo’s Super Mario Run iPhone app hit 40 million downloads in its first week, but it has major flaws that are turning users of

Car Electronics

Lets be honest, Apple had a rough 2016 with their iPhone 7 headphone jack crisis, the Airpods delay, and more. Heres to a happier and h

Wearables

Two household names have seen their revenues decline and stock prices take major hits over the past year. What’s going on, and what’s t

In wearables entertainment, this is expected to be a breakout year for Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) headsets – and a boon

Emerging Tech

About three years ago, Google presented an ambitious idea for a modular cell phone. The concept enabled swappable Lego-like parts to add extra batteries, speakers, or a camera (among many other options) on the fly. Dubbed Project Ara, the $100 device was set to disrupt the idea that the only available cell phone options on…

The speed at which technology has advanced over the past few decades is simply incredible. In this, the 50th year of the Consumer Electronics Show, looking back on what technology was being released in 1967 compared to the tech toys that we’re seeing drop on a regular basis—folks from yesteryear would look at 2016 like…

Self-driving car shipments will go from just a few hundred thousand in 2020 to 24 million units by 2030, according to the Berg Insight

People

Establishing recognition for the powerful women in the Consumer Technology industry was one of the first items on our editorial to-do l

It used to be that someone passionate about investing time and money into musical playback was described as an audiophile.

Having a universally intuitive product has helped Fitbit become synonymous with tracking steps.

Business Model

Through their Black Friday Deals Store, Amazon began rolling out some tens of thousands of holiday deals with new sales and promotions

It’s been a rough year for retail. The department store model has derailed into irrelevance,…

With the rise of social media and online reviews, interactions between brands and customers have been forever transformed.

Research

According to CTA’s holiday forecast, spending on tech will increase 3.1 percent to reach $36.05 billion during the 2016 holiday season.

Forbes recently estimated that women drive approximately 70 to 80 percent of all consumer purchasing. This estimate and other reports have led many experts to consider the female demographic the engine of today’s economy. Women are buying products for their professional lives and for the home and family, which means that behind most women lies…

Joe Cassity, the operations manager of Tunes-N-Tint, wanted to run an experiment this past Black Friday to correlate how advertising ma

Services

Target’s Cartwheel app has already proven successful in engaging and influencing shoppers; more than 27 million people have downloaded

Marketing

Don’t you just love it when Apple releases a new product. It brings out the haters. The iPhone 7 release last week was no exception.

For brands and retailers, there’s no better time to go after the next generation of consumers. Centennials, otherwise known as “Gen-Z,” are on track to make up 40 percent of the population by the year 2020, and they already spend more than $40 million annually. But to truly appeal to this generation of consumers, brands…

If retailers can identify how to market to the differences between the male and female brains, they will leave less money on the table.

Accessories

The importance of consumer technology is growing in the workplace and at home. And whether we’re purchasing tech products for our families or our careers, women are more tech-savvy than ever before. For these reasons, it’s important for retailers to remember that women purchase tech accessories not just for social reasons, but to help us…

The future of technology gets a lot of attention. But, as much as we use them, tech accessories tend to get left out of the discussion.

Household ownership of wireless audio, wearables and connected devices saw huge ownership gains, but what’s driving consumers?

Social Media

No one has a perfect blueprint for social media marketing because every company has a different voice and the results happen live.

What are your thoughts on 4K? How are manufacturers and content creators handling the new technology? How are consumers recieving it?

Here's the Tweet of the Day:

What is your opinion?

E-Commerce

There will be no room or time for brand-bovarism in 2015. Savvy marketers in 2014 encountered colossal change to their marketing platforms and with it their brand investment bets. Brand-making, brand-shaping, brand-taking chores have changed and will continue to do so at hyper-speeds during the coming years.  

Automation

CEOs most certainly recognize by now that for consumers it is futile to resist buying through a beautiful piece of connected glass! The real question is what are the digital tools, levers and language to ensure the utmost competitive market share advantage?