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Apple has a released a new fix to its iMessage app that's supposed to solve a problem that has long irked cellphone users who switch to non-Apple phones: trouble getting text messages.

New companies in the CE industry pop up everyday, but not everyone brings a fresh new business model to the table, and some names will disappear as quickly as they appeared. But there are those that do succeed and push the industry in new and exciting directions. This month the editors at Dealerscope picked 10 new or emerging companies covering different corners of our market—retail, distribution, and service—we think offer new and interesting concepts and strategies. Time will tell if they have what it takes to become CE superstars, but for now they certainly have a good start. Service provider CE Interactive CEO: Dean

By Laura Spidale Let's talk for a minute about why egghead.com loves--just luuvvvvvs--Amazon.com. "Every time someone successfully buys a $20 book from Amazon.com, it prepares him to buy a $2,000 computer system from Egghead," John Hough, Egghead.com's spokeman, said. After divesting itself of its remaining 87 brick-and-mortar outlets, Egghead in fiscal 1998 moved operations to the web. Consumers ordered about $293.1 million worth of goods from the company web site. The nation's top 50 consumer electronics retailers in 1998 garnered $64.3 billion in sales, a 10.58 percent increase over the $58.1 billion earned in 1997. No one knows exactly how much of that total to attribute to Internet

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