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.
We confront our annual iPhone paradox: we buy Apple’s latest gleaming, immaculately designed phone, then we rush to wrap and hide this beauteous object inside a plastic or leather case. While encasing your new iPhone 11 makes little aesthetic sense, it obviously makes economic sense – that new phone is pricey. And, if you keep it in good condition, you can trade in your iPhone for hundreds of dollars.
So if you have or are planning to purchase in a new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, here’s a collection of 11 high-quality cases to protect your investment.
IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show, is always a hotbed of new products introductions. This year’s show was especially rich in innovative, unique, and even eye brow-raising new gear. After walkiing the two-dozen-plus buildings that house IFA on the Messe Berlin fair grounds for a few days last week, we found 20 awesome products that we’d love to own.
It is not a matter of if but of when you upgrade your existing iPhone to the new iOS 13 operating system. There are so many changes to so many apps, it’ll feel as if you actually got a new iPhone 11. Except you don’t have to buy a new iPhone – all iPhones dating back to the iPhone SE and 6s, as well as the 7th generation iPod Touch, which came out this past May, can be upgraded to iOS 13 to take advantage of a wealth of new features and functions…
Imagine perfect sound quality at every live show. Dream on, you say? It’s real: THX and Mixhalo are democratizing live audio so Steven Tyler’s screeching vocals will follow you around — and every seat in the house will be the best seat in the house.
There’s not a lot that’s new for Apple’s latest iPhones, the 6.1-inch iPhone 11, 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. Yes, there is a bump in processing power, better battery life and some camera upgrades, but no new must-have features for iPhone X or Xs owners, including no support for 5G networks, which deliver 1Gbps speeds while you’re on the go.
Industry observers and executives alike remain stunned at how, in just five relatively short years, 4K UHD TVs transformed from a pricey curiosity to a race-to-the-bottom commodity. Based on this perhaps flawed phenomena, the industry is optimistic that 8K will follow the same super-speedy adoption path, sans 4K’s rapid price erosions.
Political uncertainty, trade wars and regional economic worries are shaking consumer confidence, and TV prices continue a precipitous decline. These and other factors will combine to produce an overall slightly down year in overall consumer technology sales, according to market research company GfK.
IFA’s annual event in Berlin is where Europe goes to find the smartest of devices for the coming year. Walking the show, we found brands are focused on wireless — both in terms of connections and power.
Since our visit to IFA in 2018, we now see that the kitchen and laundry room are clearly woven into the smart home, with new digital devices packed with AI that will help us clean, cook and connect.
TCL will enter the mobile phone business with its first phone, the high-featured but low-priced PLEX. The phone is due to go on sale in Asia and Europe in October for just €329, and according to a TCL spokesperson, the PLEX will appear in the U.S. sometime during the first half of next year.