Author Archives: Stewart Wolpin

About Stewart Wolpin

I have been writing about consumer electronics for four decades, including news, reviews, analysis and history for a wide variety of consumer, niche and trade outlets. For the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), I annually update the industry's history and write the official biographies of the CTA Hall of Fame inductees. Aside from writing about consumer technology for a variety of consumer, tech and trade publications, I write a blog and do market research for Digital Technology Consulting. In the non-tech world, I have written "Bums No More: The Championship Season of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers" and "The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle." Check out my work at www.stewartwolpin.com.

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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Esports: How Retailers Can Score High Sales

Esports are serious events, with the possibility of serious payouts for CE retailers who know their audience. What are esports, and can retailers provide the gear their customers are seeking? Read the rest of this story here at TWICE.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Bluetooth 5.2, iOS 16 bugs and benefits of ‘smart’ air purifiers

SmartTechCheck host Mark Vena, fellow tech journalist John Quain and I take on bugs with the new iOS 16, the benefits of “smart” air purifiers, and disruptive new features in Bluetooth 5.2. Watch this week’s SmartTechCheck episode here on YouTube.

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The Easiest Way to Set up Your New iPhone 14

Congratulations! You’ve gotten (or have ordered and are now anxiously awaiting) your new iPhone 14. So how do you get your new iPhone up and running? What should you expect during setup? Here are the steps for a smooth transition. Read … Continue reading

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Gaming In Retail: Trends To Watch

Gaming is a way of life, and your customers engage in it more than you know. What trends do retailers need to know so they can connect better with their gaming customers? Read the rest of this story here at … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast IFA 2022 and Apple Far Out events, Matter, iPhone 14, Watch Series 8

What we saw at IFA 2022 in Berlin, and what we thought about Apple’s “Far Out” event that featured the iPhone 14 and the new Series 8, are the topics host Mark Vena led myself and fellow tech journalists John … Continue reading

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