Housing Starts – Start of a New Trend?

Graph Showing Residential ConstructionThe Commerce Department on Tuesday released the latest report on the residential construction market – a key economic indicator for the custom integration market – and…as you might suspect with this uneven recovery we are in…the data showed yet another zag after last month’s zig. Total residential housing construction starts for the month of May were 708,000, down 4.8% from the revised April level of 723,000 units.

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Third Time’s the Charm? Colorado vNet – Now 3vNet – Certainly Hopes So


3vNet LogoColorado vNet, the high-tech control and home automation company that has had an up-and-down roller-coaster existence – dying twice, only to be reborn twice – and eventually given-up on and sold off…hopes that the old adage, “third time’s the charm” is true. CEO Mike Anderson announced today that he is re-launching the company with a new brand – now 3vNet – and a new attitude, telling us that this is not a makeover, but in fact a whole new company with new facilities, new engineering, and a new higher level of tech support the likes of which dealers haven’t seen in years.

See what the all-new  3vNet has in store to excite dealers & drive market share…

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Sol Republic Wins Round 1 of Heavyweight Boxing Match with Signeo

Soul HeadphonesEarlier this year, we reported on a trademark infringement suit filed by Signeo USA, LLC, vs. Sol Republic. Signeo is the corporate name for a company better known in the trade as the Soul by Ludacris brand of headphones. Sol Republic denied Signeo’s allegations and filed a counter-suit suggesting, amongst other things, that Signeo’s trademark application was improper. Signeo also filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, seeking a court order to stop the sales of Sol Republic products.

There are lots of twists – and the court has rendered its verdict on the injunction… Continue reading

Rare Steve Jobs Fail – Apple Reportedly Will Shut Down Ping Social Network

Graphic of Ping ServiceThe Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD blog are reporting that unnamed sources at Apple have indicated that the company plans to pull the plug on its Ping social networking service, perhaps as early as this fall. Ping, a sort of Facebook for music was incorporated into their iTunes software back in 2010 and launched by famed company chairman Steve Jobs to great fanfare.

Why is Ping failing, even after a full marketing push by the industry kingpin?… Continue reading

EHX 2.0? EH Publishing Gambles on a New Trade Event at a Connecticut Casino

ceExchange LogoEH Publishing announced today that it is launching a new trade event next year that they call CE Exchange. The CE Exchange event will be held over a three-day period from May 6-to-May 8, 2013 at the MGM Grand Hotel in the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Targeted primarily to appeal to custom integrators in the northeast, the promoter says this is a new kind of event – not a typical trade show…but not a conference either.

So just what is CE Exchange?… Continue reading

Don’t Worry About the Top 1% or the Bottom 99% – Worry About the Middle 60%

Federal Reserve Board LogoA new report from the Federal Reserve Board shines the light on why the economic recovery is so anemic – middle income families got hit the hardest in the recent financial industry collapse in 2007-2010. And with an economy that is 70% based on consumer spending…this is troubling news for those involved in selling consumer goods and services – such as the consumer electronics industry.

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Jeff Kussard Leaves Capitol Sales

Capitol Sales LogoBREAKING NEWS

We have learned that Jeff Kussard, a top executive involved in strategic business development at Capitol Sales, Corp., reached a mutual agreement with the company resulting in his exit from the business on June 1, 2012. Kussard, a well-known and well-respected industry luminary, shared his new plans with us in a telephone interview.

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Latest Brand Preference Survey Spells Trouble for Key Tech Brands

Logo for Strategy AnalyticsIn a new study by market researcher Strategy Analytics, more than six thousand consumers were surveyed about which technology brands they preferred – and the results highlight what is likely a radical market repositioning for certain tech brands that have lost market share in a challenging industry environment.

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New Corning Glass is So Thin, It’s Flexible; Will Drive New CE Products by 2013

New Corning Flexible Willow GlassCorning Inc., the American glass manufacturer deeply involved in providing glass for flat-panel TV and mobile device manufacturing, said this week that they have developed a glass so thin, it’s flexible. And this new glass, they call it Willow Glass, is so flexible it can help create a whole new class of consumer electronics devices with glass shaped into curved surfaces.

When will new CE products appear? Soon… Continue reading

Sony Slaps Senior Execs – Makes Them Give Back Pay

Sony's Stringer and Harai at CES 2012

Sony's Former CEO Howard Stringer Introduces New CEO Kazuo Harai at CES 2012

In a public move that will probably make more sense in Japan than it will here, Sony Corp. said on Tuesday that seven top executives will return their fiscal 2011 performance-linked bonuses. The executives affected by this decision include their former CEO Howard Stringer and current CEO Kazuo Harai.

Why this announcement now?…. Continue reading