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WD Debuts Streaming Media Player
February 12, 2013

Western Digital this week announced the launch of a new streaming media player, the WD TV Play, which will stream Internet channels and compete with Roku and Apple TV.

Winning With Windows 8
January 10, 2013

How do you solve a problem like Windows 8?

A major advertising and marketing campaign for a major software release—from the major computer software company in the world, no less—receives little more than a lackluster response from consumers and businesses. So while retailers should approach Windows 8 and its associated hardware with caution, they may still eke out some gains by offering systems that have been specifically designed for the new operating system.

Unlike some previously disastrous introductions, such as Windows Vista and Windows Millennium Edition, there are no glaring flaws in the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system. Users haven’t been plagued by hardware compatibility issues as they have in the past, or faced with major software upgrades to make programs work with the new OS. And cost hasn’t been an obstacle. Microsoft offers an upgrade version of the software for just $40.

Samsung Unveiling the New Shape of TV
January 2, 2013

Samsung has posted a mysterious video to YouTube teasing a new TV that is supposed to have a “radical new shape,” according to previous reports we’ve heard. Given that the new TV is still under wraps — literally — in its debut video, it’s hard to say much about that shape, though.

Google TV Updates with Voice Search, New PrimeTime Guide
November 14, 2012

The Google TV sitting in this user experience lab can access years worth of programming. In addition to everything on cable, it connects to the libraries of Netflix, YouTube, and 150,000 movies and television shows available on Google Play.

"Great -- you have all this content," says Rishi Chandra, director of product management for Google TV. "Now, how do you find a way to watch it?"

Usability has been the primary question about Google TV since it launched in 2010. Early reviewers found Google's first take on connected TV to be frustrating

Pioneer Announces Winners of AppRadio Hackathon at 2012 SEMA Show
November 8, 2012

On Monday, Pioneer Electronics Inc., announced the winners of its first AppRadio Hackathon held last week during the 2012 Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event occurred over a 69-hour period and had more than 81 registered developers, who competed to develop the best new apps compatible with Pioneer's AppRadio products.

Super Electronics For a Super Bowl
November 7, 2012

Making the most of the biggest sporting event of the year no longer means having the biggest, baddest screen on the block. Football fans and Super Bowl dilettantes alike are looking to reach out and expand the social aspect of fandom beyond the living room.

This year, in addition to state-of-the-art flat screens and sound systems, retailers need to acknowledge the networking trend with gadgets that connect viewers to Facebook friends, streaming online services, and mobile apps that integrate home video and audio gear with smartphones and tablets. Whether it’s indignation at a blown call or celebratory shout-outs when their team scores, football fans want to share the games not only with those around them, but with friends and family miles away. This leads to the increased use of second screens—like tablets—so that viewers can follow friends’ comments on Facebook, or trends on Twitter, while watching the game. 

Azione Names New Vendors
October 25, 2012

Azione Unlimited this week announced two new members to its "intentionally short" list of vendor members, adding Assurity Design Group and Triad Speakers. The buying group had added Bel Canto Design earlier this month. 

AmTRAN Details JVC 55-inch E-LED TV Rollout
October 17, 2012

AmTRAN Video Corp. will begin full retail deployment in January of its Model JLE55SP4000 Wi-Fi-equipped 55-inch 3D E-LED (Edge LED) BlackSapphire JVC-branded TV – a set featuring a proprietary audio system called XinemaSound 3D that is said to circumvent the need to add a soundbar or other type of audio system to compensate for flat panels’ notoriously poor sound quality.

Creating the Omni-Channel
October 16, 2012

There’s no bigger industry evangelist for omni-channel marketing—the capability to meet and service consumers at every possible touch point—than Best Buy. The retailer has declared it a top priority to render the product research and buying experience seamless for buyers, whether they are toggling between mobile devices and home computers, calling in an order or browsing the showroom floor. And despite Best Buy’s recent problems, it has the resources to execute the play on a grand scale.