Expectations have been high in the wireless category for the past few years at CES. And while wireless may have been an important buzz word last year, the full effects of convergence are finally being seen across sweeping product categories. In fact, music, entertainment and computer-related tasks are all using some type of wireless capability to stream content and connect devices. And as networking becomes an even greater reality this year at home, Bluetooth and wireless-enabled devices are becoming critical as all-in-one gadgets. At last year's CES, many wireless manufacturers struggled to find a balance between how many features one device should be able
Interfacing was a major theme among this year's CES car electronics exhibitors. That was obvious in the proliferation of iPod interfaces from Alpine, Audiobahn, Audiovox, Clarion, DLO, Monster, Peripheral Electronics, Pioneer and dozens more. Also important was the increased emphasis on interfacing aftermarket electronics with OEM electronics from companies like Scosche, Axxess, PAC and Metra. At this CES, Audio Control and JL Audio announced audio interfaces, and Alpine stressed its ability to work with OEM systems. For example, Alpine's VPA-B211A Vehicle Hub Interface Adapter ($300) "allows a consumer to keep the factory system, keep all the integrity of the wiring and
LAS VEGAS- Sirius and XM Radio both made announcements yesterday in hopes of generating more buzz about the satellite subscription format. While Sirius has spent a great deal of time touting the anticipated Howard Stern crossover by 2006, XM also announced a slate of new talk show hosts, including conservatives G. Gordon Liddy and Dr. Laura. XM also introduced "Connect-and-Play," a technology designed to integrate the service into a range of home entertainment devices, such as setero and home theatre receivers, radios, portable media players and DVD players, among others. For an added $50 fee, users can plug the antenna into an XM-ready product
It might seem like corporate heresy but an increasing number of technology investors and experts are asking whether Research in Motion needs to ditch its BlackBerry handset business to survive.
The idea that is gaining favor, albeit only among a minority of shareholders, would see the Canadian company fully open its secure and highly respected network to rival smartphone providers and concentrate on that business while getting out of the hardware game altogether through a sale.
Disappointing quarterly results, including a dismal outlook for Blackberry sales and word that RIM
iSuppli, an electronics industry monitor, reported that Nokia expanded its leadership position in the mobile handset market last year, shipping more units than its next two closest competitors combined. But the biggest waves in the market in 2006 were made by Sony Ericsson, posting quarter-over-quarter growth in Q4 of all mobile-phone makers, with shipments rising 61.5 percent to 26 million units, up from 16.1 million units during the same period in 2005. The joint venture between Sony and Ericsson enjoyed a great 2006, generated more than 15 percent growth in the second, third and fourth quarters of 2006.