The company Element Electronics has moved the assembly of its larger televisions from Asia to Canton, Mich., and they’ve already sold out for the year now that several big box stores have taken notice. NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.
CES — the annual Consumer Electronics Show — is about to light up Las Vegas for the rest of the week. So ’tis the season for tech news to come rolling on in from far and wide. Today’s big announcements come courtesy of Amazon, which wants to put its Fire interface and AI assistant Alexa basically everywhere.
First up? Television. Today, comapnies Seiki, Westinghouse, and Element announced they will be launching lines of 4K, ultra-high-def capable smart TVs this year that use the Amazon FireTV platform as their brains.
TORONTO — Electronics retailer The Source has the unusual fortune of having been in the right place for a long time.
While most peers in its sector are scaling back amid a prolonged period of product deflation and competition from Amazon, the Canadian chain once known as Radio Shack is seeing an upside from having a service-heavy local store format that is back in vogue with time-strapped consumers.
Once an item has been formally recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it becomes illegal to sell that item. Yet the CPSC reports that Best Buy, Magnolia, Best Buy Private Auction, CowBoom, and TechLiquidators continued to sell products that had already been recalled in 2012 and 2013.
PARIS: Samsung Electronics launched four models of its QLED premium televisions for global markets, some of which will be available in India beginning May. The South Korean technology leader which dominates the premium televisions segment globally and in India, aims to capture a larger share of the premium segment of the market with the new launches. The company did not announce the prices for each model, but they're likely to be upwards of $4,000 apiece. In India, Samsung will launch the Q8C model as the flagship, besides the Q7C.
Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog, Will we ever tire of navigating the multiple layers of intermediaries between the customer and the provider, while corporate profits soar to unprecedented heights?
KOLKATA: Sony India will roll out smaller-screen size televisions that run on Google's Android operating system to lower prices and drive the adoption of smart TVs — a category that's received a lukewarm response in the country. The company is working with its Japanese headquarters to develop a 32-inch screen for its Android televisions. It currently offers 43-inch models that start at Rs 66,900. Sony said 32-inch televisions still account for 45-50 per cent of sales. Android's presence in this segment is vital to win market share and success, said Sony India head sales Satish Padmanabhan.
Connected TVs are on pace to take over the television viewing experience. There will be more than 759 million televisions connected to the Internet worldwide by 2018, more than double 2013's number, according to Digital TV Research.
FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A hardware store in Fowlerville is closing after 122 years in business. The economy and competition with big-box stores were too much for Fowlerville True Value Hardware to overcome, the owners told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell ( http://bit.ly/190cHmq ).