Stratecon’s Top 10 BEACON & ALERT Stories of 2011

TOP 10<January 4, 2012> With the close of 2011, it’s time to look back on those stories that readers found most meaningful. Stratecon’s newsletters had another record year and our website activity continues to reach ever increasing heights as more and more readers seek out ALERT and BEACON stories to get “the scoop” on what’s happening in the technology business today. Continue reading

Once Again, It’s Show Time – Our CES Survey Results Reveal Reader’s Real Intentions

Survey Image<January 4, 2012> Next week, the International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas, NV starting January 10 and running through the 13th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over the last few years, many ALERT and BEACON readers have indicated to me that they no longer attended the event as they feel the show is no longer targeted at the specialty side of the business – and instead were using the CEDIA Expo as their main show. Continue reading

More Details Emerge on Unique Gibson Guitar & Onkyo Partnership

Gibson Logo<January 4, 2012> Only hours after the initial announcement this morning that Gibson Guitar Corporation and Onkyo Corporation will partner with mutual investments and the creation of a joint venture (JV)  for product acquisition and marketing – new details of the deal are emerging. Also, the Japanese stock market has reacted to the deal driving up the value of Onkyo stock. Continue reading

Gibson Guitar Buys Stake in Onkyo Corporation & Takes Control of Onkyo USA

Onkyo logo<January 4, 2012> In a surprise move, Gibson Guitar Corporation announced that it has invested in Osaka, Japan-based Onkyo Corporation as part of what it called a “strategic partnership” pursued as part of a “continued diversification into the music and audio lifestyle arena.” The company also announced that it has taken a majority interest in Onkyo’s American subsidiary, Onkyo USA Corp. Continue reading

More Than 50% of All Americans View Online Video

<December 28, 2011> Earlier this month, eMarketer released a report showing that online video viewing has reached a key milestone with more than 50% of the entire U.S. population watching video on the Internet. And the market research company forecasts that the trend will only continue to rise over the next three years. Continue reading

CEDIA Membership Meeting was Remarkable for What Was Said… and for What Wasn’t

CEDIA Logo<December 28, 2011> The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) held its annual Membership Meeting through a webinar on Tuesday with a total of 76 attendees including CEDIA members, press, and others. The meeting, conducted by CEDIA Board of Directors Chairman Randy Stearns, was remarkable both in terms of what was presented…and what wasn’t. Continue reading

Of Two Big Tech Stories in 2012, This One Will Likely Be the Biggest…and Scariest

Apple iTV Mockup<December 28, 2011> We now can predict with a reasonable level of certainty two huge technology stories coming up in 2012. They may in fact turn out to be the biggest stories of the entire year. One is the impending public offering of Facebook, a story that will likely mean the minting of yet another Forbes billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg. But the story that many feel will be the biggest of the big is the impending launch of Apple’s long-rumored iTV. Continue reading

Sony Decides to Stop Sleeping With the Enemy; Breaks Off Samsung Partnership

<December 28, 2011> Multiple reports from The New York Times, Reuters, the Nikkei and others say thatSleeping with the Enemy Movie Poster Sony Corp. has decided to pull out of its joint venture with Samsung called S-LCD Corp. Launched in 2004, the JV manufactured LCD TVs in South Korea for both partners and was Sony’s attempt to catch up with the rest of the industry after its disastrous decision to stay with analog sets as everyone else turned to flat panels. Continue reading

At Long Last CEDIA Releases Findings from New Research on CI Market

<December 15, 2011> At the September CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis, the trade association’s CEO, Utz Cover of CEDIA Market Research ReportBaldwin, held a press event in which he announced that the organization was in the final stages of completing a detailed research report on the custom installation market served by its members. Baldwin, who is no longer with the organization, promised a fourth quarter release – and they just made it as they announced today selected data from the report which, interestingly, will not be available for sale in 2011. Continue reading

CEDIA’s First, and Perhaps Only, CEO Leaves the Trade Group

<December 7, 2011> Last Monday, CEDIA, the predominant trade association for the custom integration market, announced that its Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Utz Baldwin “have agreed on Mr. Baldwin’s departure from CEDIA…” The prepared statement from the group gave no reason for the change but assured members that the Board of Directors “will continue to provide strategic leadership for the organization…”

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