Control4 this week announced dates for its 2013 Dealer Tour Training program. The tour gets underway April 30 in Houston, and will travel as far as Dubai, Singapore, China and Australia.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Worries about spying by the U.S. and Israel spurred plans to sharply limit BlackBerry services in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai's police chief said in comments that suggest a tough line in talks with the smart phone maker. The UAE says it will block BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and Web services Oct. 11 unless authorities can gain access to the encrypted data traffic — a demand by other countries warning of possible bans including India. The proposed UAE action threatens BlackBerry service for an estimated 500,000 local subscribers and could tarnish the country's reputation as

PHILADELPHIA- The Consumer Electronics Association’s “America Wins With Trade” tour bus rolled into Philadelphia Wednesday morning, where CEA personnel visited the headquarters of Neat Receipts, Inc., conducted a product demonstration, and then spoke with reporters. Throughout, the CEA and Neat Receipts executives spoke of the need for ratification of pending free trade agreements- especially those with Colombia, Panama and South Korea- as well as a general pro-free trade position, which CEA senior vice president for industry affairs Jason Oxman said the industry supports “with one voice.” The event began in the Market Street offices of Neat Receipts, a scanning solutions provider founded

Hometech Middle East expo kicked off Sunday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, bringing together an international collection of dealers, distributors and vendors for the region’s largest consumer electronics trade show. The event began with some fanfare as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bib Rashid Al Maktoum cut the opening ribbon and took a personal tour of the convention center. Hometech features about 300 exhibitors, many familiar to US readers (Monster, Hitachi, LG, Samsung, Harman, Optoma) in 80,000 square feet of exhibit space along with two days of keynotes and seminars. The Consumer Electronics Association has partnered with Hometech, which is produced by Messe Frankfurt,

We’ve been talking for years about the huge opportunities for consumer electronics sales emerging in China. The country has an enormous population, a growing middle and upper class and a hunger for the trappings of Western-style affluence. However, there’s another region in the world with as much market potential: the Middle East. Talk about growth—there’s more than $47 billion invested in new housing construction in the United Arab Emirates alone. The Middle East and North Africa are home to a $7 billion consumer electronics business that should experience double-digit growth through 2010. The population, particularly in the UAE, is young, wealthy and technology and

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