What's it REALLY like "at work" every day? We asked Dennis Hickman of the SOHO Sho
The inaugural FutureVision Conference’s first day in Sonoma Tuesday was a forum for three visionaries – futurist Jim Carroll, ShopRunner CEO and former Yahoo and PayPal executive Scott Thompson, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone – to present their views of how technology has shaped and will continue to shape the retail industry, the consumer and the content that is delivered to that consumer. Some of the comments were colored by anecdotes from the speakers’ personal experiences.
The continual decrease in pricing for large-screen flat-panel TVs has made big-screen viewing more common than ever. But there is still no more appealing and
immersive audio/video entertainment experience than the one-two punch provided by projectors and screens.
Vizio this week announced that its new 42" 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar is now available. The product, featuring wireless subwoofer and satellite speakers, is available now at $329.99 at Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Walmart and Vizio.com.
Hisense, the Chinese electronics company which two years ago expanded beyond OEM manufacturing to launch its own brand in the U.S., will step up its product line deployment stateside for the holiday sales season with the availability of the Hisense Pulse with Google TV set-top box that allows viewers to both “smarten” their legacy flat-panel TVs and access any of 2,000 TV-optimized apps from the Google Play store, via a minimally layered interface.
AmTRAN Video Corp. will begin full retail deployment in January of its Model JLE55SP4000 Wi-Fi-equipped 55-inch 3D E-LED (Edge LED) BlackSapphire JVC-branded TV – a set featuring a proprietary audio system called XinemaSound 3D that is said to circumvent the need to add a soundbar or other type of audio system to compensate for flat panels’ notoriously poor sound quality.
Bigger is not always better. Just ask the biggest retailers in the country - and their customers.
To Neng Yang, the Best Buy store in Independence, Mo., is just too overwhelming - so much so that she only shops there once a year, at the holidays. So when she needed a new cellphone, she bypassed the 55,000-square-foot store with its many departments - appliances, big-screen TVs, computers, cameras, car audio, video and music. Instead, she stopped across the street at the Best Buy Mobile store.
The slimmed-down 850-square-foot sister store concentrates only on mobile
Maintaining its commitment to be the leader in large-screen TVs, Sharp Tuesday rolled out its new 80-inch Aquos full-array LED LCD TV (LC-80LE632U). The set has an MSRP of $5,499 and should begin shipping to retailers within a week.
Red Sox vs. Yankees. Democrats vs. Republicans. Army vs. Navy. All fierce rivals that every once in awhile are forced to work side by side, whether it be during the baseball All-Star Game, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, or in the field of combat. Likewise, it appears the economic recession has created another group of "strange bedfellows." Across the nation, small independent integrators and large national consumer electronics retail chains are putting aside their differences and partnering to install electronics