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Neil Young, an icon of music for going on five decades, hasn't listened to music for 15 years. Why not? Because music in the mp3 format is so degraded that Young can't stand it- even his own. "Everything else was getting better," he thought, "while music got worse." So the rock icon decided to do something about it- he built a new music ecosystem, including both a music store and a player. That's called Pono Music, and it's now reached retail, following the launch of the Pono Music Store.
Distributor New Age Electronics at International CES announced a major new partnership at International CES, adding the B&O Play brand from Bang & Olufsen. New Age is working with B&O to bring the products beyond B&O's former strategy of selling only high-end merchandise in B&O retail outlets.
Some of what we saw at the Pepcom Digital Experience event at the Mirage in Las Vegas Monday night (Photos and captions by Stephen Silver)
Sony brought back the iconic Walkman at International CES on Monday. Although really, the Walkman never went away. The famous tape player of the 1980s has been resurrected numerous times over the years, often as a competitor to various versions of Apple's iPod. Now, the Walkman has returned as a hi-res audio player, introduced at a press conference by Sony Monday afternoon
Gibson Brands, the company formerly known as Gibson Guitars, made a further move into the consumer electronics space, announcing at CES the arrival of its first headphone product, Trainer by Gibson.
You may remember the name Stream TV from the aborted 3D TV era, when the company was working on a glasses-free alternative technology called "Ultra D" (not to be confused with Ultra HD, a term which Stream TV's technology predates.
The opening CES keynote by Samsung and the Samsung Electronics CEO, BK Yoon, was a significant departure from the bombastic, bombshell-filled opening keynotes that Microsoft used to stage each year. There were no celebrity guests and no blockbuster announcements- just Yoon speaking hopefully about the future, and the Internet of Things.
Hisense at International CES Monday took the wraps off the new VIDAA Max 100" Laser Cinema TV. The introduction came as the Chinese brand seeks to grow its market share in North America.
At the 2014 International CES, Netflix announced a wide variety of manufacturer partnerships to stream in 4K/Ultra HD. Now, ahead of the 2015 event, there's about to be another major hardware 4K partnership for Netflix: Roku. Variety reported Sunday that Roku "plans to team with manufacturers on 4K Ultra HD television sets — along with a partnership with Netflix to deliver 4K content through the TVs." In addition, Roku has reached another deal, with Best Buy, to provide Roku-powered TVs under Best Buy's private label Insignia brand.