LG Relents, Will Reduce Height of New HQ to Preserve Historic Palisades

Photo of the Palisades

Along the Palisades [Photo: New York Times]

It took the involvement of one of the oldest and most powerful families in the United States, but when Laurance Rockefeller reached out to LG Group Chairman Bon-Moo Koo, talks ensued that resulted in the global electronics powerhouse agreeing to alter construction plans for their new headquarters building in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, resolving a long-running dispute. The issue, not well-known in other parts of the country, has been the center of a firestorm here in the New York metropolitan market, with its almost pulp fiction-like storyline of greedy developers cutting backroom deals to despoil a pristine environment in a raw display of corporate hubris. But a story with a happy ending.

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Hot Time in the City, It’s CE Week Again

CE Week logoNew York City in June sees temperatures rise in response to the onset of summer and also, hopefully, in response to the launch of the hottest new technologies being shown at CE Week at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building exposition spaces in Manhattan. We awaited this year’s edition with great anticipation as it occurs in the wake of a major change in the show’s backers – and is the follow-up to the surprisingly meaningful show last year.

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Instead of a Wave, Tidal Turns into a Tempest in a Teapot; Another CEO Exits

Tidal logoTidal Music Service has, for the second time in only a matter of months, dismissed its CEO. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Tidal has dismissed interim chief executive Peter Tonstad who held the position for only about three months. In a statement, they thanked Tonstad for his service.

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Denon Intros Two New Atmos AVRs

DenonDenon announced two new A/V receivers (AVRs) on Wednesday, both sporting Dolby’s latest Atmos surround sound technology and, hedging their bets, ready for DTS:X with a free firmware update later this year. These new AVRs are moderately priced and, as is the rule these days, absolutely packed with features.

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Strata-gee Visits TiO HQ & Factory

Photo of Anuva facilityHow dogged are we in pursuing stories for Strata-gee.com readers? Dogged enough to travel to Florida…in June! Yes, we traveled earlier this month to Melbourne, FL to visit Anuva Automation, parent company of home automation upstart Turn It On (TiO). There has apparently been a lot going on at TiO lately with a flurry of recent press releases and we wanted to see for ourselves, just exactly what the company has been up to in the still early stages of its launch.

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DOW to Distribute Sony ES Line

DOW Electronics logoTampa, Fl-based DOW Electronics announced on Tuesday that it will distribute the entire Sony ES line of products, effective immediately. The latest addition to their line-up, DOW says Sony offers a line to dealers that is “protected from online shopping” and has “controlled distribution.”

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On Controls Names Director of Control

On Controls logoOn Controls, the cloud-based home automation solutions for integrators, announced today that it has named Jeffrey Skalny to Director of Control. In this role, Skalny will report to the company’s CEO directly and will be based out of On Controls Detroit, MI headquarters location.

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Apple Faces the Music – Multiple Investigations Launched

Apple Music logoJust days after Apple, Inc. announced its plans to attempt to reassert its leading role in the music distribution and streaming businesses, we learn from the New York Times that two powerful state attorneys general in New York and Connecticut have launched an investigation into Apple’s music licensing practices. The purpose of the investigation is to determine if Apple has broken any antitrust laws in cutting deals that allegedly restrict music industry providers from offering their content on a free basis with other services.

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Proxy Adviser Tells Japanese Investors to Vote Out CEOs at Sony & Sharp

Exterior of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Tokyo Stock Exchange

We live in interesting times! In a news report out of Japan that is, shall we say, unusual – proxy investment advisory firm ISS is recommending that Japanese shareholders vote against the reelection of the top executives at both Sony Corp. and Sharp Corp. at upcoming annual shareholders meeting for the firms. Coming from the land of consensus and support for local brands, this news is quite surprising.

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Samsung Display Launches New Transparent & Mirror OLED Displays

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Samsung Display’s new Transparent OLED Display for digital signage [Click to enlarge]

Samsung Display Co. Ltd, announced on Tuesday that it has developed¬† Mirror and Transparent OLED display panels, targeted for the digital signage market. Although Samsung calls this development a “world’s first,” we told you back in February about Planar introducing a transparent OLED display that they showed at ISE 2015 earlier this year.

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