Apple Supplier Foxconn Hit Hard by iPhone Sales Drop

Taiwan’s GDP Declines Due to Apple Cuts

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We have followed Foxconn for years now, first picking up on them in 2012 when news had emerged that a significant Apple supplier was having problems with employees committing suicide – eventually forcing the company to install ‘suicide nets’ on their taller factories and offices to help thwart further suicide attempts. Foxconn has continued on to become one of Apple, Inc.’s largest iPhone supplier of parts and assembly.

Foxconn rode the rising iPhone wave, but what about now?…

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Meridian Audio & LG Partner on Soundbar Line at CES 2019

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Meridian Audio and LG have partnered on a line of upgraded soundbars, launching them at CES 2019. These new soundbars offer upgraded technologies, like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for a better sound experience for LG TV buyers (and others).

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Top Tech Stories From CES 2019

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CES 2019 is over the hump, closing tomorrow. But the top tech stories are pretty big and pretty clearly defined – and will be quite exciting, when they appear…someday. The top tech stories include – LG’s rollable, bendable OLED displays, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G – the next generation wireless tech, 8K TVs, autonomous vehicles – both car and motorcycle, and Apple & Siri strike back.

See what’s hot at CES 2019 in Vegas, baby…

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CES 2019 – How Media is Reacting

CES logo w/CTAAs usual, 2019 kicks off in January with CES 2019 as the first event of the year. CES is the largest show in technology, showing a wide array of new technology products both real and unreal. An event that has steadily declined in significance for those of us in custom and commercial integration – in the past, CES illuminated brightly what was to come in tech that year. Now? Not so much…

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Get Ideas from Ex-Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s Resume

Photo of Marissa MayerMarissa Mayer’s Resume ‘Broke the Internet’

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get a new job? If that’s the case, then you are likely going to need a resume. Has it been awhile since you did one of those? Well, take a look at a resume for former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer (now at her AI startup Lumi Labs) – a modern take on a resume that is eye-catching, informative, and facilitates comprehension.

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New Poll Shows Consumer Mood is Mixed

Gallup logoFully 70% of the U.S. economy is based on consumer spending, so economic and market pros watch moves in consumer sentiment closely…and so do I. In a new poll from research expert Gallup, we find consumer sentiment mixed – curiously so, considering how strong the economy seems to be at the moment.

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Bryston Terminates Reps; Hires National Firm

Bryston's logoI had barely lit up the pixels with my post on Nortek’s holiday termination of their remaining independent sales representative groups, when I began hearing from a number of other sources about high-end specialty brand Bryston terminating their rep force as well. It’s like a New Year’s assault on sales representative groups…and they aren’t happy about it…

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Nortek to Reps: Happy New Year, You’re Fired


Nortek Security & Control logoOur phones and email lit up over the last few days as word spread that Nortek Security and Control has fired all of the remaining Core Brands reps in the U.S., according to multiple sources. The timing of the terminations over the holidays only seems to add a sense of heartlessness to the action….a real-life ‘bah humbug’ that leaves the reps feeling cold.

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Retail Struggles Continue; But Holiday Sales are Up

Photo of Apple store in ChicagoMastercard’s SpendingPulse retail shopping survey reports a robust increase of 5.1% for holiday sales this year – well over the expectations of many trying to handicap the shopping season. In fact, according to MasterCard, this is the biggest holiday sales increase in the last six years. But not every category is celebrating. And overall retail trends in 2018 offered some troubling results.

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