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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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CTA To Lawmakers: End ‘Failed’ Chinese Tariffs

CTA study finds consumer tech industry has paid nearly $40 billion in Chinese tariffs, essentially “taxes paid by American businesses and consumers,” and calls for Congress to eliminate them.

Read this report here at TWICE.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, foldable tech, cybersecurity, Amazon, iRobot

SmartTechCheck podcast hosted by Mark Vena with myself and fellow tech journalist John Quain, in which we take on the Amazon acquisition of iRobot, America as the worst cybersecure nation, and the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event.

Watch this podcast here on YouTube.

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Self-Emptying Robot Vacuums That Save You Time and Effort

If your personality is more fastidiously neat Felix Unger than chronically messy Oscar Madison (the two mismatched roommates of the ‘70s hit TV show, The Odd Couple) then you might not mind the chores of vacuuming or mopping. Most folks, however, dread dragging those sucking or sopping devices over their floors every day.

Thankfully, the invention of the robot vacuum and robot wet mop—in many instances—has taken the place of their manual versions, and in the process, saving folks time and energy. These robo devices literally do the dirty work for you.

Read the rest of this roundup here at Popular Mechanics.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast FCC robocall crackdown, Starlink, best notebook brands, device ports

Mark Vena hosts this energetic podcast with myself and fellow tech journalists Rob Pegoraro and John Quain as we take on the FCC’s crackdown on car warranty robocalls, Starlink, a potential U.S. government directive on smartphone port standards, and the best notebook Back To School brands.

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Back-To-School 2022: What Gear Will Students Be Buying?

Will college-bound students be buying new PCs? Will supply chain or inflation concerns dampen inventories or demand? What other back-to-school gear will be hot this season?

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

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Consumer Tech 2022: The State of the Industry

How are manufacturers and retailers holding up under multiple supply chain, product and component shortages, the Great Resignation, distribution backlogs, fuel prices, and inflation/recession pressures?

Read the rest of this report here are TWICE.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Ring privacy, DIY PC upgrades, Samsung foldable phones, Boom Supersonic

Mark Vena hosts myself and fellow tech journalist Rob Pegoraro as we discuss Ring’s video privacy, performing DIY upgrades to your PC, growing foldable smartphone shipments and the Boom supersonic plane design.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Twitter, Elon Musk, Jony Ive and Apple, network TV, car subscriptions

Host Mark Vena, Rob Pegoraro, John Quain, and I discuss Elon Musk’s decision to walk away from his Twitter offer, Apple and Jony Ivie go their separate ways, the death of traditional network TV and whether future cars will require subscriptions.

Watch this podcast here on YouTube.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Smart Home Hacking, Netflix customer satisfaction, TikTok, Grubhub

Host Mark Vena, Rob Pegoraro, John Quain, and I discuss disturbing hacking reports in smart homes, Netflix customer satisfaction woes, Amazon’s investment in Grubhub, and China’s access of TikTok data.

Watch this podcast here at YouTube.com.

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