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Handspring Announces Trade-Up Program, Lower Profits
June 11, 2001

By David Dritsas Last week Handspring, makers of the Visor line of Palm OS-based PDAs, announced a PDA trade-in program for PDA users to upgrade to the Visor Edge, its latest, slim-style PDA. Meanwhile the company announced a conservative forecast for its fiscal fourth quarter. As of June 8th, Handspring began offering a trade-in program just about any user of PDA's including Palms, Pocket PCs and others. The program allows owners of PDAs to purchase a Visor Edge with a $100 credit. Additionally current Visor users can receive $100 off the purchase of a Visor Edge by supplying the company with a proof of purchase. Currently

Onkyo at CompUSA?
June 4, 2001

By David Dritsas Yes, it's true. You will now be seeing Onkyo products in computer retail stores. The company announced last week that it is now entering the multimedia speaker arena. It already begun shipping PC speaker systems for both Windows and Macintosh computer systems and intends to grow this category. At press demonstrations held at Onkyo's U.S headquarters in Upper Saddle River, N.J. the company showed its entire line of home a/v products, including new receivers and home-theater-in-a-box skus and unveiled a two models of PC speaker systems in home theater configurations. The two products are starting out a line that the company says is

At NAB 2001 - Some DTV Momentum
June 1, 2001

By Markkus Rovito Amidst the bulk of professional broadcasting and content creation news and products announced at the National Association of Broadcasters 2001 trade show, an underlying theme was the momentum gain the industry feels is happening in the transition to digital television. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that they would be partnering in a promotional effort to expand consumer awareness of DTV products and programming options. A print and broadcasts advertising campaign will launch in the fall along with retailer tie-ins. The groups will be meeting in June to work out more details.

5/01 Editorial Index
May 1, 2001

Company Web Site Page# AirPrime airprime.com 16 Alpine alpine.com 22,23 Apple apple.com 10 AT&T Wireless attws.com 16 Audiovox audiovox.com 16 Avanti avanti.com 27,28 Belkin Components belkin.com 20 Blaupunkt blaupunkt.com 22 Casio casio.com 24 Cingular Wireless cingular.com 16 Compaq compaq.com 10 CMC Magnetics Corp. cmcdisk.com 23 Danby danby.com 27 eBrain Market Research ebrain.com 8 Epson epson.com 6 Ericsson ericsson.com 16 Essential Reality essentialreality.com 20 Faroudja faroudja.com 12 Good Technology goodtechnology.com 23 Hewlett Packard hp.com 3,6,10 Handspring handspring.com 16,23 I-Jam i-jam.com 23 InterAct Accessories interactaccessories.com 20 Iomega iomega.com 23 Infinity Products infinity.com 22 JBL jbl.com 22 JVC jvc.com 23,26 Kessel kessel.com 23 Kenwood kenwood.com 12,23 Kicker kicker.com 22 Kinyo kinyo.com 20 Kodak kodak.com 23 Konica konica.com 23 Konka konka.com 26 Kyocera Wireless Corp kyocera-wireless.com 16 LG Electronics lge.com 27 LG InfoComm USA lginfocomm.com 16 MCC/Verbatim verbatimcorp.com 10 Mad Catz madcatz.com 20 Maxell maxell.com 10 Memorex memorex.com 10 Microsoft microsoft.com 18 Mitsubishi Wireless Communications mitsubishiwireless.com 16 Motorola motorola.com 16 my-Vox my-vox.com 23 NEC America nec.com 16 Nextel nextel.com 16 Nintendo nintendo.com 18 Nokia nokia.com 16 Palm Computing palm.com 23 Panasonic panasonic.com 10,16,24,26 Philips philips.com 10,26 Pioneer pioneer.com 6,22 Polaroid polaroid.com 23 Ricoh ricoh.com 10 Royal royal.com 23 Sampo sampo.com 23 Samsung samsung.com 16,23,26,27 Sega sega.com 18 Sendo sendo.com 16 Sharp Electronics sharpelectronics.com 27 Siemens siemens.com 16 Sirius Satellite Radio siriusradio.com 6 SonicBlue sonicblue.com 23 Sony sony.com 18,24 Soundcrafters soundcrafters.com 22 Sprint PCS sprintpcs.com 16 Sub-Zero sub-zero.com 27 TDK tdk.com 10 Telemania 24 Thomson Multimedia rca.com 3,6,10,26 Thrustmaster thrustmaster.com 20 Toshiba toshiba.com 26 Uniden uniden.com 24 Verizon

DVD Recordable Media--Is This the Year?
May 1, 2001

By David Dritsas There has been a lot of talk about DVD recording. Movie studios and broadcasters are worried about copyright protection, and CE manufacturers are still coming to terms with which re-cordable format to use. Some hardware is already selling, but is this really going to be the year for consumer DVD re-cording? Or are we just in for a slow and rocky start? "We believe it will take more time," said Chris Bailey, digital and optical products manager for TDK, commenting that, while the DVD recordable market is going to grow, he didn't agree it would explode this year. TDK currently offers three levels

Mindshare
March 1, 2001

By Janet PinkertonFree Association: A meditation on the consumer electronics industry. Last month, I wrote "Hey, satellite radio is cool!" It still is. Probably. XM Satellite Radio said STMicroelectronics nailed its much-needed chipsets. Sirius signed Sanyo and Sony as hardware suppliers. Good deal. But I wonder what happens to all of those smart regional retailers who use demographic-specific radio—the jazz stations, the NPR-types, the hipster boomers—for efficient advertising. These demographics for many reasons are likely to buy into satellite radio, Internet radio, satellite video. Globally available, high-quality audio and video media services may create a problem, long term, for the retail marketers, as newspapers lose their

Editorial Index
December 1, 2000

Company Web Site Page# Adobe www.adobe.com 34 Amana www.amana.com 36 America Online www.aol.com 34 Apple www.apple.com 16 Compaq www.compaq.com 16 Charmed Technology www.charmed.com 34 Dell Computers www.dell.com 16 DigiScents www.digiscents.com 34 Dolby www.dolby.com 33 E-Book Systems www.ebooksystems.com 34 Electrolux Home Appliances www.electrolux.com 36 Energizer www.energizer.com 35 Eyeball.com www.eyeball.com 34 Fedco www.fedcoelectronics.com 35 GE Appliances www.geappliances.com 36 Infinite.com www.infinite.com 34 Intel www.intel.com 34 JBRO www.jbro.com 35 JVC www.jvc.com 16 Marantz www.marantz.com 33 Maytag www.maytag.com 36 Microsoft www.microsoft.com 16, 26, 34 mySimon.com www.mysimon.com 34 Nintendo www.nintendo.com 16 Nokia www.nokia.com 16 Onkyo www.onkyo.com 33 Panasonic www.panasonic.com 33 Philips www.philips.com 32 RCA www.rca.com 16 Rayovac www.rayovac.com 35 Sanyo www.sanyo.com 35

Pipeline
October 1, 2000

Sharp's 15-inch LCD TV Sharp is shipping the LC-15A2U 15-inch, LCD-based television. The 15A2U weighs just over 10 pounds and features a 181-channel cable tuner, component, S-Video and composite inputs and a 200:1 contrast ratio. It retails for $1,299 and comes with a swivel tabletop stand. Wall mounting brackets are optional. Thomson's RCA-Brand eBooks Thomson introduced its RCA-branded eBook line at the New York is Book Country book fair last month. Sold under the RCA brand name and licensed from Gemstar-TV Guide International, the REB1100 and the REB1200 are portable, at 17 ounces and 33 ounces, respectively. Both devices use the Gemstar eBookT

MacWorld New York - Shakes Things Up
September 1, 2000

By David Dritsas Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' keynote speech at MacWorld New York resembled a fashion show. New iMac colors, G4 configurations, movie-editing software, a retail relationship with Circuit City, the Power Mac G4 Cube—an entirely new product for both the company and the computer industry—all drew excited reactions from the audience. Meanwhile, exhibitors showed some of their latest in a growing product category of Mac peripherals. The show-stopper was Apple's new, fifth product category. The G4 Cube is a compact, 8-inch cube with all the benefits of a G4 desktop tower, including expansion slots for extras, such as sound and graphics cards. The first-level

Circuit City Changing for Gain
August 1, 2000

By Janet Pinkerton RICHMOND, Va.—Never say that Circuit City is afraid to change. Late last month, the retailer stunned the industry by announcing they would exit the appliance business by the end of November to launch a three-year plan to remodel all superstores nationwide in an expanded CE-only format. Discontinuing the sale of appliances allows Circuit City to expand its consumer electronics and home office selections, add more interactive displays and a greater selection of "take-with" merchandise, along with cash registers for easy checkout—remodeling each store at a tune of $2.5 million on average. In the interim, Circuit City will replace the appliances