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A Little Something Extra
January 1, 2001

By Beth Conahan Who would feel complete without the right accessories? The consumer has the electronic of his dreams, and manufacturers can complete the ensemble. Remote controls are Zenith's biggest accessory business, with 88 models on the market. It will introduce several new lines of remote controls at CES. The ZENGM2 universal remote control is ideal for Playstation 2. It operates up to four products—a TV, VCR, cable box and a second TV or VCR. It can work with the Playstation 2 via a port controller. Its suggested retail price is $19.99. Zenith offers a remote for children. The Klicker Jr universal remote is a simple, scan-only

E-tailers' CES Presence
January 1, 2001

By Tatyana Sinioukov Here's a quick rundown of what e-tailers and companies that provide support and services for them are doing at the show. SatisFusion, a provider of customer, retention-based support services for e-tailers, will debut its eRetentions Platform. The eRetentions Platform integrates ESPs, warranty claims processing, sales and distribution support services, and e-support content into one customer-branded system. Geared toward consumer electronics e-tailers, this program offers such services as repair arrangement, status tracking and customized product portfolio management. One of the distinguishing features of the eRetentions Platform is its after-sale product support and how-to content. In time for CES, MobileToys is relaunching its mobile electronics Web

Editorial Index
January 1, 2001

Company Web Site Page# 2Wire www.2wire.com 58 3Com www.3com.com 32, 58 AccessorySolutions.com www.accessorysolutions.com 54 AMD www.amd.com 58 Audiovox www.audiovox.com 32, 64 B&W www.bwloudspeakers.com 52, 73 Belkin Components www.belkin.com 32, 70 Buy Link www.buylink.com 54 Canon www.canon.com 16 Channel Master www.channelmaster.com 71 Cidco www.cidco.com 72 Cisco Systems www.cisco.com 58 CMC Magnetics Corp. www.cmcdisk.com 72 CMi Worldwide www.cmiworldwide.com 40, 76 Cobra www.cobraelec.com 16, 64, 66 Compaq www.compaq.com 60, 58 Computer Expressions www.computerexpressions.com 70 Conexant www.conexant.com 58 Creative www.creativelabs.com 50 DataPlay www.dataplay.com 67 Denon www.del.denon.com 38 Dirt Devil www.dirtdevil.com 77 EnGenius www.engenius.com 62 Epoch www.epochsales.com 36 Ericsson www.ericsson.com 64 EspriTV, Inc. www.espritv.com 40 Fujitsu www.fujitsu.com 36, 67 Harmon-Kardon <a href="http://www.harmon.com"

Products for the Bottom Line
January 1, 2001

Hundreds of products appear in Dealerscope's pages every year, but only a few products are selected as the "Editors' Choice." This year, the Dealerscope Editors' Choice Awards recognize breakthrough technologies, ambitious retail initiatives and no-nonsense solutions addressing consumers' needs and desires. Each type of product is essential to the retail bottom line. Please join us in congratulating this year's Dealerscope Editors' Choice Award winners. 3Com's Kerbango Internet Radio—innovation, ease of use and Internet entertainment, all in one package. Audiovox Video-in-a-Bag & JVC Road Theater—retail solutions that made car theater accessible to a wide range of consumers in 2000. Belkin Signal Point Home Cabling

Full Speed Ahead in Audio
January 1, 2001

By David Dritsas Despite the setbacks of the market economy in the latter half of 2000, home and personal audio sales have still been strong. Recent numbers from the Consumer Elec-tronics Association report that the first three quarters of 2000 were up 11 percent over 1999, totaling $6.2 billion in revenue. Following suit, manufacturers are showing no signs of slowing down product introductions. At the 2001 CES, audio enters the new year with some interesting new technologies, as well as the convergence of other consumer technologies into traditional devices. No doubt, the transition of MP3 and digital audio to home audio components is

Hot Products - eBooks
December 1, 2000

After Stephen King released "Riding the Bullet" exclusively as an electronic book, publishers scrambled to come up with an eBook business plan, and skeptics questioned if the public wanted to read from a computer screen. Then in 1999 entered the Rocket eBook from NuvoMedia and the Softbook Reader from SoftBook Press. Despite mild success, both companies were purchased by Gemstar, and the devices were reintroduced in a joint venture between Gemstar and RCA. At press time, both devices were to be ready by Thanksgiving at prices of $299 for a monochrome version and $699 for color and additional features. With pundits criticizing the high prices,

Texas Instruments Adds Direct Encoding to DSP Chips
December 1, 2000

LAS VEGAS—Texas Instruments, a manufacturer of digital signal processors as well as consumer electronics, today announced that its DSPs will support direct encoding of music directly into a portable device. This will allow user to encode and transfer files to portable digital audio players without the need for desktop encoding software. It could also mean that digital music encoding may not need to be restricted to PC systems or dedicated encoding devices. Currently, the software upgrade to the DSP chips only supports real time encoding up to 160kbps (the default industry standard being 128kbps), but it may reach double-speed recording capabilities by

College Electronics - Music to Their Ears
December 1, 2000

RADNOR, PA.—A college dorm room somehow doesn't seem complete with only a bed and a closet. The traditional-age college student thrives on noise from stereos, televisions, VCRs, DVDs, cell phones, anything with a voice, buzz, beep or a whistle. Cabrini College is a small, quiet liberal arts college outside Philadelphia. Quiet, that is, until the residence halls wake up. Conflicting tastes in music battle it out in the hallways, phones ring, pagers beep, video games come out, and televisions come alive. But which of these gadgets do the students consider essential? College students are generally strapped for cash. So they all want

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