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With Company Leader Incapacitated and Heir-Apparent Arrested: Who’s In Charge at Samsung?

Samsung's Vice Chairman LeeAfter several years of non-stop success, Samsung has had a bit of a tough run lately. From exploding smartphone batteries to self-destructing washing machines to the arrest of the company’s Vice Chairman and heir-apparant…it’s been a challenging time, to say the least. But with the company Chairman Lee Kun-hee incapacitated due to failing health and his son, the Vice Chairman, now in police custody – the company’s biggest problem is a lack of leadership at the helm.

See how Samsung is addressing their leadership gap as a result of recent police action… Continue reading

On Drive to Grow Commercial, James Hits the Accelerator…Lightly

Photo of speaker in wine barrell

There’s a speaker in one of these wine barrels

James Loudspeaker, the specialty speaker manufacturer with a wide range of models mostly serving the high-end market, has intrigued us for some time now. The subject of our intrigue is largely centered around their prodigious custom manufacturing capability, which they use to create a plethora of one-off products designed to order. We told you about a VERY unique pair of speakers they made for one Colorado integrator, who uses James’ customization capabilities as his “competitive advantage.”

Now James is targeting the commercial channel. See what we learned about their plans… Continue reading

GUILTY: Former Industry CEO Manlove Convicted on Multiple Federal Charges

Almost exactly one year ago, we told you that former CEO of Montana specialty retailer Vann’s, George Leslie Manlove, was charged with more than 200 counts of criminal conduct by Federal prosecutors after an investigation by the FBI and the Department of Labor. Manlove, who is married to the daughter of the founder of Vann’s, was accused of a number of crimes including conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, bank fraud, and making false statements.

Now we learn that after a two-week trial and two days of deliberation, jurors found Manlove guilty on 172 of those charges…and aquitted on the rest.

See more about the surprising downfall of Manlove, a former rising star of tech… Continue reading

Massive $6.3 Billion Writedown is Tanking Toshiba, Could It Collapse?

Logo on Toshiba buildingToshiba Corp. announced yesterday that it will take a $6.3 billion writedown to account for the meltdown of its nuclear division. This amount of writedown is much higher than the markets had anticipated, forcing Toshiba into crisis mode having to secure lending commitments from their banks, reorganize their nuclear division, and sell assets to offset their losses.

Is Toshiba near the tipping point?… Continue reading

With Over 73K Attendees, ISE Grows Almost 12%

ISE 2017 logoIntegrated Systems Europe announced today that their ISE 2017 show drew 73,413 attendees making it the largest ever trade show servicing the international residential and commercial integration industries. The show, which is a 50/50 partnership between CEDIA and InfoComm, saw attendance swell 11.7% over the level in 2016.

See more on this successful international trade show… Continue reading

Crestron Launches DigitalMedia NVX Series UHD Network Solution

Crestron's new DM-NVX-350 angleOne of the themes that appears to be emerging from the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show taking place in Amsterdam right now is several new competing solutions designed to distribute 4K Ultra HD over IP. We told you yesterday about Savant’s prototype solution and now we have Crestron with their DigitalMedia NVX Series, which it says transmits 4K60 4:4:4 HDR video over standard 1GB Ethernet “with no latency – an industry first.”

See more on this Crestron next generation solution for 4K video over IP… Continue reading

Dramatic LG OLED & LCD Digital Signage Solutions at ISE 2017

New Technologies Offer ‘Visual Options’ in Digital Signage

LGs logoAn interesting aspect of the Integrated Systems Europe Show (ISE) show is that it addresses both the residential and the commercial integration segments, making it a powerful draw for both types of integrators – although in Europe, it can often be one integration company that services both markets. Addressing the commercial side, LG Electronics took new digital signage solutions to Amsterdam – and with both LCD and OLED solutions, they caught our attention.

See the new advanced LG digital signage solutions showing now at ISE 2017… Continue reading

Savant Previews 4K Video over IP Switching at ISE 2017

Photo of Savant "stand" at ISE 2017Savant has launched a new 4K Ultra HD video over IP switching solution at ISE 2017 taking place now in Amsterdam, NL. This is its first major product launch since Robert Madonna returned as CEO replacing outgoing CEO William Lynch in September 2016. The company says this system will give their dealers an “advantage in delivering premium distributed A/V content to their residential and commercial clients.”

See more on this new solution from a newly energized Savant… Continue reading

Sharp Plans Major Investment in U.S., Paying Fealty to Trump

Sharp investing in U.S.Sharp Corp., a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. which is better known as Foxconn, has said in Japan that it plans to make a major investment in the United States. This announcement precedes by just two days a summit meeting between Japanese and U.S. leaders and is seen as a political move to buy favor with both the Japanese and U.S. governments.

See more on this Sharp plan which originated with Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou… Continue reading

Is CEDIA’s Show For Sale…Again?

Photo of CEDIA16 show floorReuters is reporting that Emerald Expositions LLC, the major trade show exposition company that bought the CEDIA show last week, is considering putting itself up for sale. This report became public on Wednesday, January 25th…the day before CEDIA announced it has sold its trademark show to Emerald. All of which leads to the distinct possibility of the show changing hands again, in just a matter of weeks.

See more on this report and how CEDIA members are reacting to the sale… Continue reading