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Amazon vs. Walmart: Who Has the Better Shipping Deal?

As if the coverage of the two companies hasn’t made it clear enough, let me start by spelling this out for you: Amazon and Walmart are clearly having it out against one another. Over the last month or so, the two sides have positioned and re-positioned themselves in order to better compete with one another…

Verizon Pilots 5G in Select U.S. Cities

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.

Why ZTE’s Project CSX Phone Still Matters

Even if ZTE kills the Hawkeye phone, Project CSX was a complete success, because it showed how successful crowdsourcing can be.

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Operations

As if the coverage of the two companies hasn’t made it clear enough, let me start by spelling this out for you: Amazon and Walmart are clearly having it out against one another. Over the last month or so, the two sides have positioned and re-positioned themselves in order to better compete with one another…

Even if ZTE kills the Hawkeye phone, Project CSX was a complete success, because it showed how successful crowdsourcing can be.

Looking to return to their former glory, Walmart is taking hoping to rout Amazon Prime by offering 2-day shipping on online orders. With the only minor stipulation that it needs to be more than $35, there is no additional fee unlike the annual $99 for 2-day shipping from Prime. Amazon's premium service quickly loses value if…

Smartphones

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.

VR/AR

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?

Policy

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.

A recent criminal case highlights the FBI’s alleged use on informants inside of the Best Buy Geek squad division. Here’s what we know.

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…

Headphones

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…

Drones

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…

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

Connected Home

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…

Slumping smartwatch sales and a lack of consumer interest resulted in the slowest growth, year-over-year, for the wearables market.

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

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

Video

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

Amazon recently announced the launch of Amazon Video Direct (AVD), which invites people and companies to share their videos with the Am

Retailers

Kubi is a telepresence robot that lets the user make video calls via an iOS or Android app for an immersive videoconferencing experienc

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?

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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?