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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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My CES 2023 Coverage

Here is some of my CES coverage for both the official CES Show Daily and for Techlicious.com.

CES 2023: Nasdaq Chief Friedman Advocates for Tech-Driven 21st Century Economy

CES 2023: Samsung Stresses Sustainability, Smarter Home, Security

TCL 2023 TVs Will Have Higher Contrast and More Gaming Features

Techlicious Top Picks of CES 2023 Awards

HP Hearing Pro Leads New Class of Bluetooth OTC Hearing Aids

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Top 10 Things to Know About the Matter Smart Home Standard

You likely fall into one of three types of smart home gadget shopper: One, you’re frustrated by the uncooperative bunch of smart home gadgets you’ve already bought that falsely promised compatibility with either Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit, or with each other. Two, you’ve abstained altogether from the whole smart home thing fearing the “smart” gadgets would be more trouble than they were worth. Or three, or you couldn’t choose between one of the three proprietary smart home ecosystems and are waiting it out to see who is left standing.

Your smart home frustrations and fears might all be alleviated by the new Matter smart home standard.

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

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Lexie B2 OTC Hearing Aids Offer Great Sound Marred by Squealing

The Lexie B2 powered by Bose are a perfect example of the unfortunate aesthetic and feature compromises one needs to make when choosing a new over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid, compromises that boil down to more convenient battery management vs. “invisibility” vs. dual hearing/music listening functions. Today, you can’t get over-the-counter OTC hearing aids with convenient battery management, near invisibility, and the ability to play music well. 

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

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Tech And Business Tactic Trends For 2023

With CES just around the corner, what new technologies will be coming in 2023, and, in a post-pandemic world, what new business ways and means will come to the fore in the new year?

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

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Twitter, What We Expect at CES 2023, Matter Smart Home Standard

I join host Mark Vena and fellow tech journalists Rob Pegoraro and John Quain to discuss the ongoing saga at Twitter, what we expect to see at CES 2023, and details and opinions of the Matter smart home standard.

Watch this SmartTechCheck episode here on YouTube.

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New Year, New Tech: CES 2023 Sneak Peeks

CES serves as A crystal ball, an Ouija board, tea leaves, or a deck of tarot cards, providing a view of the future – if you can correctly interpret the symbols, signs, and sales pitches. At CES 2023, signs, symbols, and sales pitches about how this gadget or that tech will disrupt the future will abound in nearly every nook and cranny of the varying exhibit halls.

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

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Review: Sony CRE-10 OTC Hearing Aids Deliver Great Sound with One Flaw

Sony’s first OTC hearing aid, the CRE-C10 ($999.99), should be and could have been the model by which all subsequent no-frills OTC hearing aids should aspire. After an initial hearing test to personalize their amplification, you simply stick ’em in your ear, your hearing volume essentially doubles, and then you forget you’re even wearing them all day long. Simple and effective hearing assistance – just what the vast majority of the mild hearing-impaired population needs and wants without the doctor ordering it and charging you a fortune.

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

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Another View: Wearables, Digital Health And You

The explosion of digital health devices in 2022 is undeniable and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. What kinds of devices are available, and are there any new advancements we can look forward to?

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

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The Consumer Technology Business In 2022: A Return To Normalcy?

As the impact of the pandemic and supply chain problems fade, and even considering lingering economic uncertainty, a sense of normalcy seems to have returned to the consumer tech industry in 2022.

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

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Hip Hop Legend, iTunes And DSP Developers Inducted Into CTA Hall Of Fame

CTA Hall of Fame, Class of 2022 (from left to right): Mike May, Hank Shocklee, Apple’s Jeff Robbin, Dave Heller and Bill Kinkaid, VAC’s Joseph Akhtarzad, Samsung’s Tim Baxter, TI’s Wanda Gass, and CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro. (image credit: Stewart Wolpin)

CTA inducted eight new members into its Hall of Fame on November 15, 2022, at a gala dinner in New York City. The class of 2022 includes:

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

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