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Samsung Shows Off an Ecosystem of Appliances at CES 2014

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 9, 2014 06:36 PM

Samsung Electronics aims to be the world’s largest appliance manufacturer by 2015—no easy feat with mega-brands like GE, Kenmore and LG to compete with.

But the South Korean giant is already the fastest-growing appliance brand in the US, with a 10.5 percent jump in market share since 2011. “We’re on track,” said B.K. Yoon, Samsung’s co-chief executive officer, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

The bid is part of a bigger plan by Samsung announced this week at CES in which consumers will use smartphones and tablets to control their air conditioners, refrigerators, washers, LED lighting and more, creating a truly Smart Home. 

The Smart Home platform provides three core services: Device Control, which are customized settings for all of devices via smartphone or Smart TV; Home View, cameras built into Samsung connected appliances to keep an eye on what's going on at home; and Smart Customer Service, which alerts users when it's time to service an appliance.Continue reading...

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Polaroid, LG Get Nostalgic with Insta-Print Devices at CES 2014

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 8, 2014 02:49 PM

The Polaroid brand may seem like the perfect one to box up and send off to the Smithsonian, but the camera maker isn’t close to dead yet. At CES 2014 this week in Las Vegas, Polaroid is demoing a nifty new camera that allows photographers to either instantly share an image on social media or print out a 2x3 inch version of it on sticker paper, CNET reports.

Of course, the Android-based Socialmatic with a 4.5-inch touchscreen will need special supplies such as heat-activated Zink paper, which will run about $30 for 80 sheets. Still, the “hipster-vintage retro design” may interest younger consumers, CNET predicts. The Socialmatic isn’t expected to actually be on the market till the fall, however, and TechCrunch reports that it will cost $299.

To add to the shareability, the printed image includes a small QR code “so that other Socialmatic users can scan it, get the digital version from Polaroid’s servers, and reprint it,” TechCrunch notes.Continue reading...

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Bends, Germs and Jelly Crash the Exhibition Floor at CES 2014

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 7, 2014 08:04 PM

It’s actually tough to make a call on what’s trending at CES 2014 this week with any coherence, as the range of technologies and new products on display at the show's first full exhibit day range from racing robots and recreational drones to wearable sensors, power chargers, and bends, wedges and curves.

Speaking of curves, director Michael Bay’s (Transformers, Pearl Harbor) unfortunate meltdown at Samsung's event Monday night was strewn across the Twitterverse. While touting the virtues of Samsung’s latest curved-screen models, as large as 120 inches, the teleprompter failed, and “Bay himself couldn’t come up with a single reason why anyone should care," Forbes commented. “In a nutshell, the moment summed up the TV industry’s problems: there are plenty of new TV’s to ogle at CES 2014.” 

Korean companies LG and Samsung both unveiled TVs that bend from flat to curved with the touch of a button on a remote after years of selling the notion that flat screen panels were best. Sony, meanwhile, is pushing 4K resolution—a technology that is coming soon once the cost of adding that many pixels to your television is cheap enough for the mass market and the TV’s themselves become large enough to reap the benefit.Continue reading...

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CES 2014: Samsung, LG Show Their Curves on Day One

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 6, 2014 08:22 PM

Today marked day one of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a showcase like no other of some of the most innovative technologies that in many cases, put the future right in the hands of the consumer. The week-long show, which will see upwards of 150,000 visitors, features presentations from headline brands like Google, Samsung, LG, Ford, GM, and hundreds of others. 

“The show, which has been running since 1967, grew up around devices like television sets and stereos sold by distributors and retailers,” wrote Don Clark for the Wall Street Journal. “But it has continually morphed to add new classes of products and companies that don't fit the classic consumer-electronics description.”

From curved TVs to anti-microbial smartphones and a sun-exposure bracelet, here are some of the highlight's of the first day at CES 2014:Continue reading...

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Samsung, LG Will Vie for TV Title at CES 2014

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 19, 2013 08:02 PM

Widescreen TVs just keep getting wider. January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will see two manufacturers introduce televisions that may inspire a few consumers to knock out a wall in their homes. After all, how else will they fit the 105-inch curved Ultra HD TVs into their rec rooms?

Both LG Electronics and Samsung are ready to show that they think size matters with the introduction of the technologically-advanced TV sets, USA Today reports. Most current HDTVs have 2 million pixels, but the companies' Ultra HD sets will have 11 million. Pack on the powder, evening news team. 

The huge smart TVs will be capable of showing users social media updates and dual-screen broadcasts—but at what cost? That's still unknown, though Samsung currently has an 85-inch Ultra HD TV that sells for $40,000, while LG's 84-inch version is priced at $17,000.Continue reading...

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In the News: Target, Whole Foods, Chipotle and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 19, 2013 09:18 AM

In the News

Target hit by credit card breach of as many as 40 million customers that started on Black Friday.

Whole Foods stops selling Chobani in favor of non-GMO yogurts.

Chipotle joins fast-casual pizza race.

A&E suspends patriarch Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty over anti-gay remarks.

Allstate launches new online game to help avoid holiday mayhem.

AstraZeneca buys out Bristol-Myers Squibb in diabetes joint-venture.

Bayer buys cancer-drug partner Algeta for $2.9 billion.

Boeing loses out to Saab in providing fighter jets for Brazil and taps likely CEO successor.

Chevrolet sees a top US marketer leave.

Christie's finalizes appraisal of Detroit Institute of Arts collection.

Daimler gets stake in Aston Martin with engine supply deal.

Darden spins out Red Lobster amid shareholder pressure.Continue reading...

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In the News: Chrysler, LG, Microsoft and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 21, 2013 09:21 AM

In the News

Chrysler eyes December IPO.

LG investigates "unauthorized spying" claims. 

Microsoft builds line of products, apparel around "Scroogled" marketing campaign.

Abercrombie & Fitch reports loss on weak sales.

British Airways fields billboard ads that interact with planes overhead.

CCTV grapples with ad slowdown in China.

Foursquare opens up home screen to big brands.

IKEA is investigated in France for labor issue.

McDonald's plans no national launch for McRib this year.

Mondelez invests $100 million in Czech biscuit plant and expands presence in Pakistan.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Macy's, New York Times and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 15, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Apple taps Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as retail head.

Macy's plans to open most stores on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m., breaking a 155-year tradition of being closed on the holiday. 

New York Times officially rebrands International Herald Tribune as the International New York Times

Alcatel-Lucent chief warns company may collapse. 

Allstate gives Mayhem the silent treatment on Twitter.

Amazon begins shipping goods from inside suppliers such as P&G.

Argos, a high-street brand, launches its own budget tablet. 

BlackBerry moves to reassure customers with open letter.

Chevy models get support for Siri's eyes-free mode. 

Coca-Cola profits rise on higher sales in North America.Continue reading...

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