Cellphone Makers Hit “Refresh” for 2008 Handsets
April 2, 2008

Screens are bigger, megapixels now start at 2, form factors are lighter and skinnier, and there are more reliable options for content-on-the-go...but the latest handsets on display this week at CTIA 2008 in Las Vegas are, overall, more “improved” than “new.” The good news is that flashy applications which worked fairly well in ‘07 cellphones, like live mobile TV broadcasts, are maturing, which, in the mobile industry, means they’re getting easier, faster and cheaper. The bad news is that there’s no one “Aha!” device (such as last year’s this-changes-everything iPhone) to text home about. But just because mobile manufacturers are mostly refreshing

A New Camera Category Altogether? The “High-Speed” Casio EX-F1
January 8, 2008

LAS VEGAS- It’ll hit the market this March at a hefty $999, but Casio is offering Americans a new camera which company spokesman Bill Heuer boldly says “could change the world of photography.” It’s called the F1 and what it does, which at this point in the industry is truly unique, is shoot 60 frames per second, all at 6-megapixel resolution. (Most digital cameras these days can capture up to 10 frames in burst mode.) “Now, you have the opportunity to get the precise moment that the bat hits the ball,” says Heuer, who unveiled the F1 at a CES press conference.

Satisfy Their Craving
January 1, 2008

Camera manufacturers have responded to the blog and social networking frenzy with “shoot to share” web-ready cameras. Built-in features facilitate quick uploads to YouTube, Flickr and blogs with minimal fuss. The explosion of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace has only fueled the fire, sparking feature-specific cameras to satiate the voracious appetites of online junkies. The following should give retailers a good sense of which product fits a particular customer. For obsessive YouTubers, Casio’s Exilim Zoom line is the perfect out-of-the-box solution. At the top of the lineup is the 10.1 megapixel Exilim EX-Z1080. Casio simplifies the laborious process of capturing, digitizing,

J.D. Power Ranks 2007 Digicams
October 10, 2007

It’s always interesting to see how the major digital camera manufacturers fare in the annual J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction Study. The research firm recently released the results of this year’s study and a different manufacturer sat on top of all four of the digicam categories they measure. The Canon PowerShot SD series ranks highest in the premium point and shoot segment, the Casio Exilim Zoom series ranks highest in the ultra slim segment, the Fujifilm Finepix F series leads the point and shoot segment and the Nikon D series ranks highest among DSLR model. The study, which

The New New
June 29, 2007

Dave and Audrey seek out the newest of the new at Pepcom Digital Experience.

Bluetooth Group Projects Two Billion Device Shipments by Early ’08; Announces Merger with Wibree Forum
June 15, 2007

The nearly 8,500 member companies of the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) report that they cumulatively shipped a billion Bluetooth-enabled devices through last November -- and that they expect to exceed the two-billion cumulative-shipment mark by early 2008. According to Michael Foley, executive director of the group, who spoke at a multi-supplier Bluetooth demonstration/product display in New York Thursday, “for 2010, our goal is to ship two billion devices in a single year.” Evidence of the robustness of Bluetooth technology, which will mark its 10th anniversary in January, came in the form of an announcement this week that the group

New Digital Cameras From Casio, Panasonic
May 22, 2007

On Monday, Casio and Panasonic each announced new cameras boasting higher-than-12-megapixel resolution. Casio describes the Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200 as the “flagship” of their Exilim line, with 12.1 megapixel resolution as well as face detection and motion analysis technology. The camera utilizes CCD shift image stabilization and an auto-tracking AF system as well as the Exilim-exclusive eBay Best Shot mode, which optimizes settings for taking photos of items to be displayed on the eBay Web site. The Exilim Zoom EX-Z1200 will be available in mid-July in silver and black for an MSRP of $399.99. Panasonic asserts that their 12.2 megapixel Lumix

Allen, Bose, Nine Others Elected to CE Hall of Fame
March 28, 2007

The CE Hall of Fame grew by 11 members on Monday, as the Consumer Electronics Association announced its eighth class of new inductees at a luncheon during its Washington Forum. The class of 2007 consists by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Bose founder/chairman Amar Bose, the three German engineers who invented the mp3 format, and Eastman Kodak engineer Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera. Also inducted were journalist Art Weinberg, Best Buy founder Richard “Dick” Schulze, former Casio CEO John McDonald, Crutchfield founder William Crutchfield, and J. Edward Day, the CEA’s own longtime lawyer. The induction ceremony for the new members will

Casio Debutes First US Cell Phone
January 11, 2007

Casio made its entry into the US cell phone market with a Verizon CDMA GzOne, styled after Casio’s popular G-Shock series of watches. Like the G-Shock watches, the GzOne phone is waterproof. It includes a 2MP digital camera, flashlight/lamp and GPS. Its rugged design makes it suitable for outdoor and sports enthusiasts. It’s available now from Verizon for $299 with a 2 year contract. Casio has been in the cell phone market for five years in Japan. --Grant Clauser

January 1, 2007

Every year Dealerscope has the pleasure of honoring the most influential leaders in consumer technology with the Dealerscope Hall of Fame Awards. The inductees are selected by the magazine staff after consulting with various members of the industry. This year, Dealerscope honors five individuals from the retailing and manufacturing parts of the industry. These inductees represent the best and brightest talent in the consumer electronics world. They have singled themselves out through their vision, leadership and accomplishments, and have helped shape the industry for the better. In the pages that follow we profile this year’s inductees and allow them to share their experiences and