Monthly Archives: October 2022

SmartTechCheck Podcast: OTC Hearing Aids, Starlink, Elon Musk, macOS Ventura, Continuity Camera

I, host Mark Vena, and my fellow tech journalist John Quain take on OTC hearing aids, Starlink, LinkedIn user “experimentation” and macOS Ventura’s Continuity Camera feature on this week’s SmartTechCheck podcast. Watch the podcast here on YouTube.

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Last Minute Holiday Prep: What Dealers Are Doing Differently This Season

Just like the Grinch discovered, the holidays come no matter what we do. What are retailers doing differently this season to meet their customer’s needs and spread holiday cheer? Read the rest of this report here at TWICE.com.

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Are Industry Trade Shows Back?

As Covid threats seemingly diminish and society returns to some semblance of “normal,” the question for industry folks is – to paraphrase The Clash – should you stay or should you go…to trade shows? Read the rest of this report here … Continue reading

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OTC Hearing Aids: A New Consumer Tech Product Category Opportunity

What do earbud makers and consumer tech retailers need to know about getting into the OTC hearing aid business? Read the rest of this report here at TWICE.com.

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OTC Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know

Nearly 40 million American that could and should use hearing aids don’t because of prohibitive pricing and insurance. This week’s FDA pronouncement that hearing aids would now be available to purchase over the counter (OTC) rather than via prescription from … Continue reading

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Bluetooth Hearing Aids to Receive Broadcasts from Public Venues

This week, the FDA announced that hearing aids can be purchased over the counter (OTC) without a prescription from an audiologist. In addition to assisting with everyday hearing, many new devices will support the next generation of Bluetooth called Low Energy (LE) Audio, … Continue reading

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15 Protective Cases for iPhone 14 that Show off Your Style

Apple annually introduces new iPhones, meticulously designed to merge form, function, and fun in a gleaming glass and metal package chicly sheathed in shiny yet muted pastel hues. And what do we do almost as soon as we take this … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Matter, Apple Watch Series 8, Supreme Court and Section 230

I join host Mark Vena along with fellow tech journalists John Quain, Rob Pegoraro and Angela Moscaritolo to discuss the finalization of the Matter interoperability spec, new smart watches from Apple and Google, and the Supreme Court agreeing to take … Continue reading

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Have Smart Major Appliances Passed The Gimmick Stage?

Do consumers think smart appliances provide real functionality? Are they worth the price premium? Should retailers recommend smart appliances to their customers? Read the rest of this report here at TWICE.com.

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