Kaleidescape’s Latest VP of Sales is Out After Only 8 Weeks


Kaleidescape logoIn a development that, depending on your viewpoint, is either very shocking - or not surprising at all -  we learned on Wednesday that Kaleidescape Vice President of Sales Mark Weisenberg has left the company. Even in a company known for turmoil at the Sales VP position - this is an unusually quick turnaround. We originally announced Weisenberg's appointment as Kaleidescape VP of Sales in an exclusive SYNCH newsletter at the end of January...just eight weeks ago.

What the heck is going on at Kaleidescape? And why did this happen so suddenly?... Continue reading

21st Century Distributing Announces Integration Innovation Roadshow

21st Century Distributing logoGarner, NC-based 21st Century Distributing, a consumer electronics distributor based in the Southeast, announced this week that it has reconfigured its usual dealer show, converting it into a roadshow with an all-new mobile demo display. Scheduled to hit six major markets throughout the Southeast, the event is now called the Integration Innovation Roadshow.

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Apple Acquires Empty Panasonic Factory for R&D Facility in Japan

Apple, Inc. LogoIs the pendulum swinging back? The mayor of Yokohama, Japan, Ms. Fumiko Hayashi, said today that Apple, Inc. has purchased an empty Panasonic factory and will turn it into a state-of-the-art research and development center. For many Japanese, this is likely a highly ironic turn of events, as for decades, Panasonic was the leading edge technology developer.

But the mayor of Yokohama, seems excited at the prospect. See why we say that below... Continue reading

The Stratecon Group & NewBay Media Reach Agreement on Content Supply Program


Content to Include In-Depth Analyses on Key Industry Topics

Graphic of Stratecon/NewBay dealThe Stratecon Group, Inc. (parent company to, and publisher of, the Strata-gee.com website) and NewBay Media, LLC have reached an agreement on a content supply program. Under this agreement, Stratecon will create a series of in-depth articles and analyses on a variety of key topics for the technology industry - and for electronic systems integrators - to be published by one or more NewBay Media properties.

See more on this new agreement...and what it means for Strata-gee.com... Continue reading

Stunning Stories of Impending Doom Swirl Around Sharp

Photo of Sharp facility in JapanIn just the last two days, Japanese and U.S. press outlets are releasing a slew of stories of Sharp Corp.'s impending doom in the form of a restructuring announcement that isn't expected to be officially released until May. Nonetheless, multiple reports have emerged from a wide range of media sources including the Nikkei and Reuters news services with a relatively wide range of estimated job cuts - all citing unnamed sources.

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Think Apple’s Watch is Doomed to Fail? Better Think Again

Drawing from Apple Watch patent

This is a drawing from the patent application by Apple.

Apple, Inc. announced the coming availability of the Watch, its first major product in years, at a presentation earlier this month. Since that announcement, we've been struck by the lack of enthusiasm for the product amongst members of the TECH press. In conversations with colleagues, we heard many predict that the Watch is doomed to failure, in part because of this tepid response.

Now, results from a new survey suggests TECH wonks may be wrong... Continue reading

Interesting Twist: Autonomic Passes Savings On to Dealers, Consumers

Autonomic logoIn an announcement that is a bit unusual for a manufacturer, Autonomic announced on Tuesday that it is reducing the MSRP on its popular Mirage Audio System (MAS). Not only that, but the company says it will actually increase the dealer margin at the same time. Normally, a price reduction is a sign of a slow selling product - but Autonomic says that is not the case here.

See why Autonomic says it is cutting the price of its MAS... Continue reading

Sony’s Tightened Partnership with Best Buy Credited for Biz Turnaround

Newly Spun-Off TV Division May Show a Profit for 1st Time in 10 Years

Photo of Sony Experience Store at Best Buy

Sony Experience Store at Best Buy

In a new report out of Japan, Sony's TV business is said to be expected to report an operating profit this fiscal year - its first after ten years of losing money. Due to an improved situation in the U.S. market, the report credits the turnaround in Sony's U.S. results largely as a function of its tightened partnership with retailer Best Buy.

But the report featured the subheading 'Outlook Remains Unclear'... Continue reading

Sharp Officially Announces Its Exit from the Canada TV Market


wifihifi.ca logoCanadian tech industry website WiFiHiFi (wifihifi.ca) announced today that it has confirmed that Sharp Corp. will exit the Canadian TV market. Much in line with our recent reporting on the troubled brand, this is probably just the first shoe to drop...there will most likely be more.

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Legal Guns Blazing, Beats Fires Back at Monster

'Lee Apparently Regrets His Business Decisions...'

Photo of Dr. Dre and Jimmy IovineWe reported to you in January that Monster, LLC and Noel Lee had filed what appears to be a major lawsuit against Beats Electronics, LLC, Andre Young (Beats founder, aka Dr. Dre), Paul D. Wachter (a Beats director), Jimmy Iovine (Beats founder) and HTC (a Taiwanese cell phone manufacturer). The wide ranging suit alleged all sorts of nefarious business practices by the Beats parties - but especially alleged that Beats and HTC engaged in a "sham transaction" solely for the purpose of triggering a "change of control" provision to defraud Monster and Lee out of their rightful interests.

Funny, but Beats see this matter quite differently... Continue reading