Category Archives: Tech History

SmartTechCheck Podcast Ukrainian crisis, role of technology

We discuss the role of technology in the Ukrainian crisis and how it might play how it might ultimately influence the outcome. Watch this episode here on YouTube.

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CTA Inducts 2020, 2021 Hall Of Fame Classes

After missing a year because of the pandemic, CTA inducted its 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame classes at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, along with its last two sets of Innovation Award winners. Read the rest of this report – … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Should There be a Broadband New Deal?

On a make-shift stage before 50,000 people in rural Barnesville, Georgia, the President of the United States stressed the importance of universal connectivity. He insisted that the lack of access to connectivity created “an economic unbalance in the nation as … Continue reading

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CTA Names 2020 Hall Of Fame Class, 3 Innovation Entrepreneurs

The engineer who designed the first consumer electronics product that birthed our industry a century ago, the two computer programmers who have been dubbed the “Fathers of the Internet,” the executive who energized Sony and Sirius XM satellite radio, and … Continue reading

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5G’s Historically Bizarre Rollout

Technology rollouts are often messy. Multiple vendors propose competing (and often incompatible) variations in the hope of capturing the golden ticket to new market dominance. Entrenched interests campaign, lobby against or even legally threaten their eventual replacement. Technology misunderstanding or … Continue reading

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Auto Tech Exhibits To Move To New LVCC West Hall For CES 2021

While CES 2020 has entered the history books, CES 2021 promises to make history. That’s because next year’s CES will now include the new West Hall, the behemoth construction this year’s show attendees saw rising majestically in what had been the parking … Continue reading

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‘The Current War’ Helps CTA Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Hall of Fame

Perhaps the most consequential period in technology history, the first format war that determined how the world would be powered, is lovingly portrayed in the new film, The Current War. The film depicts the business, technological and personality battles that … Continue reading

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dCS Launches HiRes Audio Campaign With 1st Legends Award

Surrounded by his recording engineer peers, master mastering engineer and 11-time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig was presented the first dCS Legends award at an event Tuesday night during this week’s annual Audio Engineering Society confab in New York. Read the rest of … Continue reading

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