DSI Systems announced that it has added Philips to its assortment of products. 

NXP Semiconductors, the independent company founded by Philips, and Kestrel Wireless today joined forces on a solution to solve the problem of DVD theft throughout the supply chain. Using NXP’s leading RFID chip technology and Kestrel’s RFA(tm) (Radio Frequency Activation) solution it is possible to disable DVDs at the point of manufacture and enable them at the point of sale, making goods stolen at any point during the supply chain worthless, thus eliminating the incentive for theft. The chip design is expected to roll out in virtually all consumer electronics products, from plasma TVs to electric shavers: Source: NXP. Read full story.

As prices continue their steady descent, flat-panel TVs begin to move into middle American homes Round up some friends and ask them: If they could go into a store and purchase any single item they wanted, no matter what the cost, what would they buy? There's a high probability that "plasma" or "flat TV' would be one of the more common answers. And as prices of flat panels continue to fall, such an answer is moving from the realm of misty-eyed fantasy to that of "an extravagance I can probably handle." While most flat panels are still prohibitively expensive for mainstream America, these stunning

A throwback flourishing in the present By Joe Paone In a simpler retailing time, back in the late 1960s through the 1980s, shoppers looked to the various mall and downtown department store anchors for clothing, electronics, appliances, toys, furniture, luggage, sporting goods—you name it, they had it. In the time since, discounters like Wal-Mart and Target, as well as national big-box chains catering to one market, such as Best Buy and Circuit City in the electronics space, have rendered many of the old regional department store chains extinct. In southeastern Pennsylvania alone, names like Bamberger's, Wanamaker's, Gimbel's and Pomeroy's have long since disappeared from the full-service department

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