Happy 100th Birthday, Consumer Technology Business

Celebrating the 100th birthday of the consumer technology industry with the story behind how and why our business came to be and of those responsible for creating it, in five parts:

Part 1: The Wireless Age

Part 2: A National Priority

Part 3: A Pittsburgh Radio Sensation

Part 4: The Birth of a Business

Part 5: “When The Public Is Ready For Mass Demand”

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How the Consumer Technology Industry Was Born

What we now call the consumer technology industry was born November 30, 1920, when the first consumer electronics product, the two-piece RA-DA, the first commercially produced radio designed for the mass market, rolled off the Westinghouse assembly line in East Pittsburgh. After a two-year period of hectic technological, business and legislative/regulatory developments following the end of World War I, the Westinghouse RA-DA and the entire radio industry emerged, becoming the dominant consumer technology product for three decades. On the centennial of our industry, let’s take a look at the events of 1919-1920 that cleared the way for the future.

Part 1: The Day Radio Died

Part 2: How the Consumer Technology Industry Was Almost Never Born

Part 3: How President Wilson Shaped the Airways

Part 4: Happy 100th Birthday To The Consumer Technology Industry

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Review of the Dyson V15 Detect Stick Vac

Dyson justifiably carries the reputation as the cordless stick vacuum king-of-the-hill, the brand all other stick vac makers aim at. Dyson’s latest are its V15 Detect ($699.99) and V15 Detect Plus ($749.99) models, which maintain Dyson’s premier stick vac reputation.

Read the rest of this review here at Techlicious.com.

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Sifting Through Mountains of Data To Get Granular With Grupo Bimbo

Addressing the need for intelligent data analysis and application was Antonio Parra, VP global information and digital transformation for Grupo Bimbo, the Mexico City-based food conglomerate, in his Consumer Goods Sales & Marketing Summit session this week, “Getting More Granular to Create Meaningful Experiences.”

Read this recap here at Consumer Goods Technology.

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Space Tech: CES 2022’s Final Frontier

Is outer space just a playground for rich billionaires, or is there a real space economy that’s about to blast off at CES 2022?

Read this report here at TWICE.com.

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What Tech Trends Will ‘Matter’ In 2022?

Will Matter be the key to finally bringing interoperability to smart home devices?

Read this report here at TWICE.com.

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What To Expect At CES 2022

New Exhibit Hall, New Keynoters, New Transportation, New Covid Measures, New Virtual Connectivity – and New Product Categories – To Be Featured

Read this report here at TWICE.com.

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CTA: Expect Robust Q4, $500b In U.S. Tech Sales in 2022

Despite chip shortages, supply chain problems, and staffing issues, demand and sales for consumer tech – especially WFH and home entertainment devices – has and will remain high through the holiday season and next year.

Read this report here at TWICE.com.

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CTA Inducts 2020, 2021 Hall Of Fame Classes

After missing a year because of the pandemic, CTA inducted its 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame classes at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, along with its last two sets of Innovation Award winners.

Read the rest of this report – and who’s who in the photo – here at TWICE.com.

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Review of the Eargo 5

Over the years, I’ve tested a variety of over-the-counter hearing assistive devices, some actual FDA-approved hearing aids, others so-called personal sound amplification products (PSAP). Until recently, I believed the best relatively low-cost non-prescription over-the-counter hearing aid available was Eargo’s Neo HiFi, which I reviewed 18 months ago. That is until I tested the Neo HiFi’s replacement, the Eargo 5, the fifth-generation hearing aid from the company.

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The Best New iOS 15 Features

Under normal circumstances, I’d advise waiting before downloading Apple’s latest operating system until after its first update – there’s always something that goes a little bit haywire in the first release that needs patching. But there haven’t been any reports of problems with the first release of iOS 15, so feel free to dive right in.

Read the rest of this report at Techlicious.com here.

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10 Reasons to Upgrade to iPhone 13 (and 5 Reasons Not to Bother)

Once more, iPhone owners face their annual dilemma: to upgrade or not to upgrade to one of this year’s four new iPhone 13 models – the Pro Max (starting at $1,099), the Pro ($999), the plain iPhone 13 ($799), or the Mini ($699). While there’s no one must-have feature that will drive you to upgrade, there are ten good reasons to consider upgrading to an iPhone 13 from your current iPhone, even an iPhone 12.  There are also five reasons NOT to trade up to an iPhone 13 and just wait a year until the iPhone 14 is announced.

Rear the rest of this report at Techlicious.com here.

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