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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Help Your Employees Stay Engaged, And Stay!

Employers are wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth trying to grok the Great Resignation.

“If you are thinking, ‘Oh good, the pandemic is over and now things can return to normal,’ you had better think again,” advises Ted Green, president of The Stratecon Group, a tech business consulting company. “Employees cited low pay, unappreciative/disrespectful management, and dead-end jobs with no reasonable path for advancement,” Green continued. “And the continuing labor shortage puts business owners/managers in competition for candidates – and candidates are more demanding than ever before.”

So how do you keep the Great Resignation from consuming your consumer tech company? To paraphrase that great political truth: it’s the training, stupid.

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

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The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries

Despite what that cute Energizer bunny thinks, batteries won’t keep going and going indefinitely. Before you know it, you’re reaching for a tiny screwdriver to pry open the battery cover on toys, the remote control, or dozens of other power-hungry gadgets around the house. According to recycler Battery Solutions, if you opt for disposable, single-use batteries, you’re contributing to the estimated 3 billion of them that end up in landfills every year. Go the rechargeable route and replacing batteries is much less of a drain on your wallet and the environment. There’s no question that rechargeable batteries beat disposable ones for most uses.

Rear the rest of this roundup here at Popular Mechanics.

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9 Best Digital Picture Frames to Display and Share Photos

Vacation snaps, family pictures, close-ups of your pet—they’re probably all trapped on your phone’s camera roll. After all, when was the last time you made a print let alone framed it? Digital picture frames allow you to copy images from your smartphone, computer, or digital camera and display them as a slideshow in your living room or anywhere else you want to show off your memories to family and friends. They’re also a popular gift for college students, newlyweds, and older relatives.

Read the rest of this roundup here at Popular Mechanics.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast The Slap, Intel Arc, Meta false flag on TikTok. Quantum batteries

We chat about “The Slap” at the Oscars, Intel’s Arc discrete graphics announcement, Meta’s false flag attack on TikTok and Quantum battery tech potentially reducing EV charging times.

Watch this discussion here on YouTube.

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Preparing for a New Era of Consumer Data

Your company is swimming — nay, drowning — in consumer data. Thanks to new and emerging digital and data-collecting technologies, each of your divisions, brands, and product units is being inundated with consumer data sources from advertising, promotions, outside agencies, loyalty programs, focus groups — and from physical retail and online selling partner and platforms. 

Much of a company’s data inundation is often siloed within divisions, marketing, branding, and product units. These business units either consider the data they generate and collect proprietary or, because there is no overall corporate data policy, lack the wherewithal or methodology to effectively share their data or act on it successfully as a unit or company. Executives not inculcated in consumer data analysis are often frozen by the sheer volume of it or frustrated by conflicting data interpretations and conclusions.

So how can a company leverage the flood of new consumer data generated throughout an organization?

Read the rest of this report here at Consumer Goods Technology (you might have to supply your contact information first).

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Misleading Apple M1 Ultra benchmark claims, Ukrainian war tech aspects

We chat about Apple’s misleading performance claims with its M1 Ultra, private space travel, tech aspects of the Ukrainian war and coming lower OLED TV prices.

Watch this discussion here on YouTube.

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Unwasted Wants Plastics Out Of The Ocean And On The Patio

Granted, as far as diversifying your retail product mix, outdoor/patio furniture is not as sexy as, say, mattresses. But a convergence of somewhat otherwise disassociated conditions – the “end” of the pandemic, the coming barbeque season, and a heightened recognition of single-use plastic’s increasingly dangerous environmental impact – makes the outdoor furniture sold by Unwasted a potential new retail basket expander.

Long-story short, Unwasted designs and manufacturers premium, non-traditional, high design “mid-century” modern outdoor furniture with a more indoor aesthetic from recycled lastic. But Unwasted’s wares don’t look or feel like plastic.

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

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SmartTechCheck Podcast SXSW recap, streaming service consolidation and increased EV demand

We chat about SXSW, consolidation with some of the big streaming services and EV demand spurred by the rise in gasoline prices.

Watch this discussion here on YouTube.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Apple Peek Performance, iPhone SE, Mac Studio, Studio Display, M1 Ultra

We unpack the key takeaways from Apple’s “Peek Performance” event from earlier in the week.

Watch this discussion here on YouTube.

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Review of the Anker Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity Stick Vac

When it comes to stick vacs, you get what you pay for. And for $199.99 on Amazon (on sale from $299.99), you get an entry-level stick vac in the Anker Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity. 

Read the rest of this review here at Techlicious.com

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