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PlayStation 3 Will be Ready for Blu-ray in 3D in October
September 1, 2010

Sony’s PlayStation 3 will finally be ready for 3D playback this fall, according to Sony CEO Howard Stringer who spoke at IFA 2010 in Berlin today. The software upgrade with support for 3D Blu-ray discs has already been completed, so it is set to roll out at some unknown date in October. That’s not a long time to wait, especially given that the offerings of 3D movies out there are still rather limited. And I’m betting the number of consumers with 3D HDTVs and 3D glasses is still a small (but growing) pool as well.

Android Tablet Flood is Imminent
September 1, 2010

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is set to be joined by offerings from Toshiba, Viewsonic and potentially LG at this weeks IFA show in Germany. Months after the iPad hype wave peaked it looks like competing manufacturers are finally ready to lift the lid on their products. This week marks the start of the IFA consumer electronics show in Germany, and it is shaping up to be ground zero for the next generation of Android-powered iPad competitors. There has already been a about Samsung's Galaxy Tab, which is set to be officially unveiled on the 2nd of September.

Sony Plans Download Service
September 1, 2010

Reports out of Japan Wednesday had Sony preparing to launch a download service for music and video- just hours after Apple announced a new version of iTunes and TV downloads through Apple TV.

3D and Tablets Galore Expected at IFA
August 31, 2010

The world's largest consumer electronics makers are gathering in Berlin for the 50th edition of the IFA trade show. The push to put 3D screens in our homes continues unabated, and a plethora of tablet PCs are expected to be launched. IFA will open its doors on Sept. 3, but the two preceding days feature back-to-back news conferences at which many of the new products will be announced. LG has already jumped the gun and announced new TVs, projectors and Blu-ray players that can reproduce 3D. The LEX8 TV is 0.88 centimetres thick, with a bezel just 1.25 centimetres wide

Monster Intros Lady Gaga Headphones
September 9, 2009

Monster Cable, fresh off the success of its "Beats by Dr. Dre" headphones, has introduced a companion product- "Heartbeats," an earphones product endorsed by pop singer Lady Gaga.

Summer Sales Drop; Hope for “Stabilized” Holiday Outlook
September 7, 2009

Consumer electronics sales dropped 3.4% during July and August compared to the same months last year, according to an analysis by SpendingPulse, an information service of MasterCard Advisors.  That drop in CE sales is at a pace far greater than the 0.6% sales decline that the Consumer Electronics Association predicted for this year in its January 2009 forecast, issued at the January CES.

Toshiba Unveils Tablet
September 4, 2009

After months of speculation that Apple will soon introduce a tablet device, Toshiba has announced a tablet of its own.

Sony Announces 3D TV
September 3, 2009

Sony said Wednesday that it will introduce its entrant in the 3D television market next year. The new Bravia TV will feature full 1080p HD capability.

Sony Unveils Skinny Vaio
September 3, 2009

Sony this week announced the upcoming arrival of an ultraportable computer, the Vaio X

LG Set to Debut OLED TV
August 31, 2009

LG's new 15-inch OLED TV will arrive in Asia this November, with a U.S. rollout expected next year, Reuters reported over the weekend.

Panasonic Ramps Up 3D Full HD Efforts
August 27, 2009

Panasonic is making a big production of 3D Full HD (3D FHD) Home Theater technology, evangelizing the coming 2010 debut of a roster of Panasonic-branded 3D products for the home

IFA Previews Electronics Show
April 29, 2008

The international consumer electronics press gathered in Spain April 18 and 19 to get a sneak peak of the new trends that will debut at this year’s IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, August 29 through Sept. 3. One of the most interesting developments is the inclusion of white goods at this year’s IFA. Dr. Christian Goke, Chief Operating Officer of Messe Berlin said, “By integrating the leading companies from the domestic electric appliance industry we have created a format that has not been tried at any other trade show. Starting in 2008 the IFA will be bringing two of the top selling sectors,

Sony’s New Blu-ray Trio Includes Home Entertainment Server
September 6, 2007

Sony has unwrapped at the Denver-held CEDIA Expo 2007 three new Blu-ray devices that are shipping now through November, and that include the company’s first home entertainment server – the HES-V1000 ($3,499). The model is to be imminently available at A/V specialists and the first trainings for its sale are being held at the Denver-based specialist ListenUp, according to Chris Fawcett, vice president of video marketing for Sony’s Home Products Division. The DLNA-compliant HES-V1000 is outfitted with a 200-disc BD changer and a 500GB hard drive that can hold up to 137 hours of personal video storage or the equivalent of 40,000

DS1206 Timeline.September
December 1, 2006

LG, Sharp Announce LCD Prices Following suit with what is one of the sharpest trends in 2006, LG and Sharp announce that overproduction and cost reductions will cause LCD prices to fall by 20 to 30 percent by 2007. At the IFA Consumer Electronics show in Berlin, head of global marketing for LG’s display division Young Chan Kim told reporters, “Last year we saw about 30 percent of price reductions for plasma and a little bit more for LCD. Next year, in 2007, we expect about the same.” Sharp President Katsuhiko Machido placed the number closer to 20 percent in an interview with Reuters, adding,

SanDisk Gets in on Memory Card Recorder Game
September 6, 2006

Earlier this year, Neuros released a recording device that captures video from multiple sources onto a variety of memory card formats. Now SanDisk, no stranger to the memory card business, has announced their own device, the V-Mate, at the IFA show in Berlin. The V-Mate records video from such sources as broadcast television, cable, satellite, DVD, DVR and VHS onto SanDisk flash memory cards for playback on such devices as cell phones, PDAs, portable gaming devices, video music players or laptops. The device fits three-and-a-half hours of high quality video on each gigabyte of a variety of memory card formats, including

The Retail Franchise: Notes and Numbers on Why It Works
September 1, 2006

They are a retail strategy that has been described by some as the single most successful retail marketing strategy there is. According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), franchising as a whole has a 92 percent success rate for business owners. For franchisees who own multiple units, the rate goes up to 97 percent. Statistics like that would seem to back up the aforementioned “single most successful marketing strategy” claim. The IFA has also reported that franchising is responsible for 760,000 businesses, 18 million jobs, 14 percent of the private sector employment, and over $500 billion in payroll. They also reported: n 93 percent

LG, Sharp: LCD Prices to Drop in 2007
September 1, 2006

Overproduction and cost reductions will cause LCD prices to fall by 20 to 30 percent, according to statements by LG Electronics and Sharp Corp. Thursday. At the IFA Consumer Electronics show in Berlin, head of global marketing for LG’s display division Young Chan Kim told reporters, “Last year we saw about 30 percent of price reductions for plasma and a little bit more for LCD. Next year, in 2007, we expect about the same.” Sharp President Katsuhiko Machido placed the number closer to 20 percent in an interview with Reuters, adding, “But for full-specification, high-resolution sets -- due to limited supply compared