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Convergence is Hell
December 1, 2000

The electronics industry cranks out new digital products with the promise that they can work together in some capacity and make our lives more exciting. Merchandising these convergence products, however, can be an expensive hassle, one that is frustrating the retail ranks, with the possible exception of the national chains. The national chains, capable of leveraging sizeable internal and vendor resources, face a different challenge: how to execute and maintain a convergence merchandising effort over hundreds of store locations. The challenge is basic. Digital technology can create wonderful experiences, how can retail present those experiences to customers—to demonstrate what happens when you

Japan Products
November 1, 2000

Aiwa's IC-M336 Mini IC Recorder Aiwa Co. introduced the IC-M336 a stick-type mini IC recorder that offers a maximum of 336 minutes of digital recording. With its powerful IC memory system, the IC-M336 features long recording times (a maximum of 5 hours and 36 minutes) and a four-file system for separate recording according to recorded content without getting them mixed up (each file can hold up to 100 messages). The compact stick design makes the recorder convenient for carrying anywhere, and it offers fast-access functions, such as scan playback/skip/search/pause/erase (one message or all). Suggested retail price is ¥18,800. Panasonic KX-PW96CL Color Facsimile Machine Kyushu Matsushita Electric

Japan Products
November 1, 2000

Aiwa's IC-M336 Mini IC Recorder Aiwa Co. introduced the IC-M336 a stick-type mini IC recorder that offers a maximum of 336 minutes of digital recording. With its powerful IC memory system, the IC-M336 features long recording times (a maximum of 5 hours and 36 minutes) and a four-file system for separate recording according to recorded content without getting them mixed up (each file can hold up to 100 messages). The compact stick design makes the recorder convenient for carrying anywhere, and it offers fast-access functions, such as scan playback/skip/search/pause/erase (one message or all). Suggested retail price is ¥18,800. Panasonic KX-PW96CL Color Facsimile Machine Kyushu Matsushita Electric

Digital Media Presents More Speed, More Options
November 1, 2000

35mm film is 35mm film, whether it was made by Kodak, Fuji or Agfa. But the matter is not so simple for digital photography. There are a ton of options. SmartMedia, CompactFlash and MultiMedia Cards are pretty common throughout the digital media market, but, as if there weren't enough already, formats such as Memory Stick, Secure Digital (SD) cards and on-the-horizon optical formats are trying to throw even more choices—no matter how confusing—into the mix. Speeding things up at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Lexar Media, Inc. announced the availability of 10x and 12x speed Type I CompactFlash cards in 256MB and 320MB capacities. At

A Preview of Fall 2000 COMDEX
November 1, 2000

Whenever a new technology for CE makes its appearance, it often does so at COMDEX. Call it coincidence or call it the natural course of the industry being integrated with all-things computer. Specialized pavilions on technologies such as MP3, biometrics BlueTooth, Linux systems and home networking will be on tap in the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Here's a quick look at some of the technologies and products you can see at the show. Intel will demonstrate its latest in processor technology at the Pentium 4 Software Pavilion. The new processor is expected to launch at the end of this year with

E-Commmerce Video - Caught in the 'Net
December 1, 1999

When Thomson Consumer Electronics launched RCA.com in October some retailers cried foul. The site, which features about 100 RCA products, including the Lyra MP3 player, DVD players, camcorders and some accessories, sells directly to consumers. It also has a dealer locator and on-line versions of product manuals and product specifications."RCA.com is a destination site designed to provide a vast amount of information on RCA brand products," said Greg Bosler, vice president of Thomson Direct. To protect against undercutting the brick-and-mortar dealers, Thomson will not sell products direct for less than MAP. "We are committed to pursuing electronic commerce opportunities that also strengthen our current dealer relationships," noted

PCs and Peripherals Latest at Comdex
November 1, 1999

COMDEX Fall '99 marks the 20th anniversary of the convention. A number of keynote speakers and panels will discuss future topics, such as e-commerce, information appliances, broad band Internet. But that doesn't mean you won't find a wide range of new PCs and peripherals, and here's a taste of what will be on the floor. Acer's ScanWit 2720S ($499) brings a new slide and film scanner that features 2700 x 2700 dpi optical resolution, 36-bit color, 40-second scanning speed at max resolution, a six-frame-loading mechanism that allows for simultaneous scanning, and one-touch scanning buttons. Belkin Components' BusStation ($99.99 SRP) is a USB hub that allows the