CE Spurs Record Black Friday Sales

Earlier store openings, a bargain-hungry consumer and the lure of deeply discounted TVs and laptops contributed to the largest Black Friday sales haul in history this past weekend.  Americans spent a record $52 billion from Thanksgiving through Sunday, or $398.62 per shopper, a 9.1 percent increase from last year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported, while traffic to stores and websites rose 6.6 percent to hit an historic high of 226 million visits. Broken out by channel, 62.2 percent of the total weekend spend took place in brick-and-mortar stores and 37.8 percent was transacted online, the trade group said. Black Friday proper was also one for the record books. According to market research firm ShopperTrak, sales at brick-and-mortar stores rose 6.6 percent the day after Thanksgiving to $11.4 billion, while foot traffic increased a 5.1 percent from last year.  

After four years of declines, TiVo adds new customers

TiVo has spent the last several years losing subscribers, dropping to mid-2000s customer levels in the second quarter of this year. But the DVR maker might finally be showing some positive momentum, reporting 117,000 net new customers in its third-quarter earnings report. Those new customers are the result of growth in TiVo's partnerships with pay-TV operators, spurred by the addition of partners like Virgin Media and RCN. And that strategy - based around getting cable companies to offer TiVo DVRs to their customers rather than the set-top boxes they've been using - could help the company grow even more over the next few quarters. In addition to its existing partnerships, TiVo will see some promotion from DirecTV soon, and Comcast is integrating its video-on-demand service to work with TiVo DVRs consumers can buy themselves. The company says its partnerships give it a potential footprint of 10 million homes between them, compared to the 2 million subscribers it currently has.

Protecode Announces Major Enhancements to its Award Winning System 4 Product Suite

New Capabilities Include Enhanced Reporting, Workflow, and Integration with Additional Development Platform

NEW! Marmitek BoomBoom 152 wireless speaker for iPhone and iPad

Is all of your favourite music stored on your iPhone or iPad? Well, you can now share this music with others wherever and whenever you want!

ATEN Releases Lightweight, Energy -Efficient LCD Console

CL3000 Provides Eco-Friendly Solution to Managing Multiple Computers with KVM

ATEN Releases Lightweight, Energy-Efficient LCD Console

CL3000 Provides Eco-Friendly Solution to Managing Multiple Computers with KVM

Aaudio Imports Introduces Exquisite Three -Way Speaker by Lansche Audio of Germany

Aaudio Imports introduces into the U.S. market the No. 5.1 Three-Way Loudspeaker by Lansche Audio of Germany, featuring Lansche's legendary Corona Plasma Tweeter. The No. 5.1 produces music that sounds as direct and natural as when it was performed.

Aaudio Imports Introduces Exquisite Three-Way Speaker by Lansche Audio of Germany

Aaudio Imports introduces into the U.S. market the No. 5.1 Three-Way Loudspeaker by Lansche Audio of Germany, featuring Lansche's legendary Corona Plasma Tweeter. The No. 5.1 produces music that sounds as direct and natural as when it was performed.

Kindle Fire as Popular as Apple iPad in Head -To -Head Matchup

Apple still leading in key demographics and among holiday shoppers most likely to purchase a tablet

Kindle Fire as Popular as Apple iPad in Head-To-Head Matchup

Apple still leading in key demographics and among holiday shoppers most likely to purchase a tablet

Atlona(R) Introduces the Atlona Academy Training Program

Atlona(R) Kicks Off New Training Events and Educational Resources for the A/V Industry

BenQ Unveils Second -Generation GP2 Projector

Palm-Sized HD LED Projector Features Integrated iPhone(R)/iPod(R) Dock, Optional Battery Pack, and Multiple Connectivity Options for Mobile Presentations and Entertainment

BenQ Unveils Second-Generation GP2 Projector

Palm-Sized HD LED Projector Features Integrated iPhone(R)/iPod(R) Dock, Optional Battery Pack, and Multiple Connectivity Options for Mobile Presentations and Entertainment

Has Netflix overextended itself?

Netflix agreed to sell $400 million in stock and convertible bonds on Monday in an effort to stockpile some cash. The filings were seen as the latest in a series of bad news for the company by investors, with shares down about five percent. But the raising of short-term funds brings up the question of how well Netflix has been managing its cash, particularly as the company has seen customer additions stall at home while investing heavily to expand internationally. Netflix has already committed billions of dollars to new streaming deals over the next few years, which would be fine if the company had ample cash in the bank or was still on an outstanding growth trajectory. Netflix finished the third quarter with just $366 million in cash and short-term investments, however, and with $200 million in long-term debt.

Cyber Monday Shoppers At The Ready

Discount-seeking cyber shoppers will hit the web early on Nov. 28, looking to take advantage of free shipping, said shopping site PriceGrabber. The PriceGrabber survey of 2,322 people found 39 percent intended to do their shopping on Cyber Monday over any of the other four days of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This is up 2 percent from last year. Ninety-two percent said this decision was based on the fact that this is the day most one-day sales and free-shipping offers took place. Other reasons cited for hitting the web on Monday instead of fighting the crowds Black Friday morning were to spend time with friends and family on Black Friday to discover what they wanted, 20 percent; family tradition to shop online that day, 6 percent; 5 percent consider it a chance to take a break from work, and 5 percent said their office Internet connection was faster than the one at home.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!