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Gaming Pioneer Baer Dies at 92
December 8, 2014

We have sad news to report today as Ralph Baer, the man behind the first home video game console, has died. Baer, 92, was a German immigrant who created what was initially called “the Brown Box.” It would appear in homes throughout America as the Magnavox Odyssey. Baer also created a “light gun” controller believed to be gaming’s first peripheral, and the popular pattern-matching toy Simon. He never quit inventing, holding more than 150 patents. His accomplishments earned him a spot in the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame and a 2006 National Medal of Technology.


Almo Kicks Off Expo Series in New Jersey
May 24, 2012

Dealers from around the Eastern region had the chance to view new products and get some how-to training this week at Almo's Mid-Atlantic Expo. The two-day event, held in Cherry Hill, N.J., was the first of four scheduled this summer.

Barrett's Technology Solutions, Naperville, Ill.
August 1, 2011

Barrett's Home Theater changed its name last May to Barrett's Technology Solutions. But for six full months after that, the name was about the only thing that had changed. Retail CE products still took center stage in the store, with design, installation and other offices relegated to the perimeter.

Runco Headlines 2011 CE Hall of Fame Class
May 24, 2011

The Consumer Electronics Association Tuesday announced its 11-member CE Hall of Fame class for 2011, and it includes three executives: Runco International Founder Sam Runco, SanDisk cofounder Dr. Eli Harari and Hubbard Broadcasting CEO Stanley S. Hubbard.

Jerry Lawson, Inventor of Modern Game Console, Dies at 70
April 11, 2011

Gerald "Jerry" Lawson, creator of the first cartridge-based videogame console, died Saturday morning in a Mountain View, California, hospital, Wired.com has learned. Lawson was 70.

As an engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, Lawson designed the electronics of the Fairchild Video Entertainment System, later renamed the Channel F, in 1976.

Predating the release of Atari's Video Computer System by a year, the Channel F was the first videogame machine that used interchangeable game cartridges

Learning From 2010
December 15, 2010

For consumer technology retailers and vendors, 2010 was one long, painful battle for market share. Waves of price and margin erosion roiled the industry as Best Buy, Amazon.com and the newly CE savvy Walmart competed against each other and expanding regionals, such as hhgregg, Ultimate Electronics and P.C. Richard.

Full-year 2010 U.S. industry unit shipments are expected to increase about 3%, compared to the previous expectation of 5%. Manufacturers' total 2010 TV sales to dealers were down 19% through September, according to CEA. In the back half of 2010, video vendors slashed pricing and cranked out promotions to keep factory lines moving.

Taking share was the name of the game. "That's all you can do in this environment," said Michael Perlman, president and CEO of BrandsMart USA in South Florida. BrandsMart USA opened in 1978 and weathered multiple recessions but, "They were nothing like this," Perlman said.

Learning From 2010
December 1, 2010

For consumer technology retailers and vendors, 2010 was one long, painful battle for market share. Waves of price and margin erosion roiled the industry as Best Buy, Amazon.com and the newly CE savvy Walmart competed against each other and expanding regionals, such as hhgregg, Ultimate Electronics and P.C. Richard.

Full-year 2010 U.S. industry unit shipments are expected to increase about 3%, compared to the previous expectation of 5%. Manufacturers' total 2010 TV sales to dealers were down 19% through September, according to CEA. In the back half of 2010, video vendors slashed pricing and cranked out promotions to keep factory lines moving.

Taking share was the name of the game. "That's all you can do in this environment," said Michael Perlman, president and CEO of BrandsMart USA in South Florida. BrandsMart USA opened in 1978 and weathered multiple recessions but, "They were nothing like this," Perlman said.

Amazon Weighed Down by Rivals' Free Shipping
November 15, 2010

Amazon.com Inc shares tumbled as much as 4 percent on Monday on concerns that offers of free shipping by Wal-Mart Stores Inc and other retailers could challenge the online company's results. Amazon shares have fallen $12.37, or 7.1 percent, since hitting a 52-week high of $173.37 last Wednesday. "It's going to be a fight for revenue that could impact profitability," said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis. Also on Monday, a shopping website circulated a Black Friday flyer for Wal-Mart stores with heavily discounted electronics that strike at the heart of Amazon's gadget sales.

Sonic CEO: Connected Consumers Watch Four VOD Movies a Month
November 10, 2010

Consumers with connected devices in the living room are watching about four transactional video-on-demand (VOD) movies a month, according to Sonic Solutions CEO Dave Habiger. In a call following the Novato, Calif.-based company’s quarterly financial results, Habiger said the data is based on a consumer purchasing at least one VOD transaction per month for three consecutive months. He said the pattern, which is up 136% up from last year, makes that consumer likely to watch four VOD movies per month going forward. Habiger said digital distribution of movies through the Internet continues to encroach upon packaged media