Schaefer's: Setting the Experience Benchmark
August 8, 2012

Before the term ever became popular, “interactive” was a byword at Schaefer’s, a 66-year-old family-owned electronics/appliance dealer in Lincoln, Neb. 

The 2012 Dealerscope Retail Excellence Award Winners
August 8, 2012

For the last few years we’ve been asking readers to provide nominations for our annual Retail Excellence Awards. Once again, they gave us some great suggestions, which we boiled down to BrandsMart,, Bjorn’s and Schaefer’s. Congratulations to this year’s class! Each of them, in their own way, has attracted the industry’s attention for their overall excellence in marketing, merchandising, store/site design and leadership. 

Nexus 7 Tablet Gets an In-Dash Installation in a 2008 Dodge Ram
August 7, 2012

It looks like one Nexus 7 user has recently made a rather big commitment to the device - an in-dash installation. The folks at Sonic Electronix have posted a video of YouTube detailing the in-dash installation of the Nexus 7 tablet in a 2008 Dodge Ram truck. And while they make a good point of the Nexus 7 begin a lower cost alternative to the iPad, we cannot help but think how much nicer this would be if the Nexus 7 had cellular connectivity.

Google TV Will Get its Own Version of AirPlay
July 25, 2012

Google will bring AirPlay-like functionality to its Google TV platform, allowing users to play and control media directly from their Android tablet or handset, GigaOM has learned. The functionality will first be available via Google's YouTube app, but the company wants to eventually open it up to third-party app developers as well.

There have been numerous attempts to turn mobile phones and tablets into remote controls, capable of flinging content straight from the second screen to the TV, but Apple's AirPlay has so far proven to be most successful

Smart TV Buyers Like Netflix, YouTube the Most
July 19, 2012

TV manufacturers, in an effort to, you know, sell more TVs, have in recent years begun to add “smart TV” apps to the sets, making it possible for the user to view Internet content through their TVs.

Sony's First Ultrabook Targets the Budget-Conscious
July 19, 2012

If you're shopping for a new laptop, you might find the term "Ultrabook" popping up a lot during your research. An Ultrabook is thinner and lighter than a regular laptop, but it doesn't sacrifice such features as a full keyboard, and it uses a different kind of memory instead of traditional hard drives to offer speed and good battery life, so you can use it as your main computer for everyday tasks like browsing the Web and working on documents. After a trend started by Apple's MacBook Air, Windows PC makers

Panasonic Debuts Five New Lumix Compact Cameras, Including Super-Fast LX7 and FZ200 Superzoom
July 18, 2012

Panasonic's G5 is a relatively minor upgrade to the company's Micro Four Thirds camera lineup - today's biggest changes were saved for the point-and-shoot market. The company released five new high-end compact cameras today, offering a combination of huge zoom, fast lenses, and impressive speed. The FZ200 is perhaps the most complete package, combining 24x zoom (from 25-600mm) with f/2.8 aperture through the entire range, meaning you'll get bright shots even at the longest zoom. Its 12.1-megapixel MOS sensor is very much a point-and-shoot sensor, but paired with Panasonic's Venus processor

Best of the Best in Tech This Year
July 1, 2012

The best consumer electronics products don’t simply boast the finest features in a given category. They are also exemplars of a significant trend that represent a shifting landscape in the market. And what shifts there were last year.

How Sonos Sub Was Made
June 25, 2012

A few days back we mentioned that the Sonos SUB had come available for purchase. And well, it looks like Sonos was not entirely done sharing. They did not offer anything new in terms of a product just yet, but they did release a short making of video on YouTube.

As TV Sales Slump, Google's Time Is Now
June 21, 2012

Erin Kim at CNN Money has an interesting piece today about the lagging sales of LCD televisions. There's been spate of predictions that TVs will almost naturally become "smart" (basically Internet-ready) by 2016 through attrition. And that may very well be true, but Kim's report casts a little doubt on the speed of your TV's turnover, without some help. In Kim's report, researcher Tom Morrod was quoted:

"It's akin to the smartphone market before the iPhone," Morrod said. "[Consumers are] waiting for a reason to spend more money, but if one doesn't