Hey Consumers! How’s Your Holiday Shopping Going?

Reuters/Ipsos published a new poll seeking to answer the question of how holiday shoppers are progressing with their gift buying. After all, there’s less than 20 days left until Christmas – surely shoppers took advantage of the early Black Friday … Continue reading

Contrary to Other Housing Data, New Home Sales Decline in October

In a somewhat surprising reversal of fortune for the housing market, new data from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows that sales of new single family homes actually declined in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 368,000 … Continue reading

A Major Housing Starts Surprise – Highest Level in 4 Years

The U.S.Commerce Department released new data today detailing an unexpected uptick in housing “starts” or the number of homes that had begun construction during the month of October. According to the report, starts in October increased to a seasonally adjusted … Continue reading

Where Do Consumers Prefer to See Advertisements?

Think you know how the typical consumer – if there is such a thing – feels about advertising in our new digitally-enhanced world? You just might be surprised! For example, in today’s increasingly digital world…marketers are devoting more dollars to … Continue reading

Consumer Reports Picks Top Ten Electronics of 2012; Their Choices May Surprise You

Consumer Reports, that venerable organization known for torture testing products, ranking their results, and offering advice to consumers on how to pick the right product for them, announced on Thursday their picks for the Top Ten Electronics products for 2012. … Continue reading

Consumer Confidence Rises Again; Now at 4-Year High

Looking for more “green shoots” of economic recovery? The Conference Board released the latest data from their Consumer Confidence Index showing another monthly increase (it increased in September as well) in the overall level of confidence that consumers have in … Continue reading

Alpine Parent Alps Electric Reinvents the Car-to-Human Control Interface

In a new video published to the Internet on Wednesday by Diginfo TV, Alps Electric – parent company of Alpine Electronics – demonstrates a prototype of future automotive control technology that redefines the human interface with the car of the … Continue reading

New Research Quantifies Impact of ‘Showrooming’

New research released today from Harris Interactive, conducted on behalf of CouponCabin.com, provides a sobering look at how prevalent the practice of showrooming is among smartphone- and tablet-owning retail shoppers. Showrooming is where retail shoppers use their smartphone or tablet … Continue reading

Japan Moves to Set Worldwide Standard for Residential Energy Storage

At last month’s CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis, we learned about – and reported on – a new venture by industry stalwart Joe Piccirilli to sell a residential energy storage hub under the Rosewater Energy Group brand. Their hub uses rechargeable … Continue reading

CEDIA’s Seer was Right – Driverless Car Moves One Step Closer to Reality

At the CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis earlier this month, the event’s keynote presentation was by the well-known physicist, author, and TV personality Michio Kaku who presented his rather dramatic view of the future – complete with a rash of technology … Continue reading