March 28, 2012 |
Sony Corp. unveiled a top-level organizational shake-up that signals key shifts in the Japanese company's priorities in consumer electronics as incoming Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai works to turn around massive losses. Hirai, promoted a month ago to replace Howard Stringer as the company's top officer effective Sunday, has restructured the electronics business around three "pillars": mobile, games and digital imaging. As of Sunday, the new mobile group will include both Vaio laptops and the Sony Ericsson cellphone business, while the games segment will include all PlayStation products.
January 5, 1990 |
The 1980s brought us videocassette recorders, cordless telephones, compact disc players and, to the horror of many a parent, a resurrection of the video game industry. But as the 1990s dawn, the consumer electronics industry finds itself in search of the next blockbuster product capable of rekindling the explosive growth manufacturers enjoyed at the height of the last decade.
January 13, 1997 |
As thousands came here last week for the annual Consumer Electronics show, there wasn't much to celebrate. Sales of video and home audio products--which account for about a third of the consumer electronic industry's annual revenues of about $65 billion--actually declined in 1996 for the first time in five years. And even the crew of dancers, aging actors and boxers shipped in to help bring attention to product displays couldn't cover up the absence of potential hit products.
June 16, 1992 |
DAK Industries Inc.'s summer 1992 catalogue gives no hint of trouble. DAK President Drew Kaplan, in his regular letter to 'DAKonians,' writes in his typically breezy fashion about the wonders of CD-ROM, the latest in home electronics technology. But last week, Kaplan's mood was more solemn, as DAK, one of the nation's largest mail-order consumer electronics marketers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.
October 21, 2000 |
Litton Industries Inc., hoping to bolster the value of its sluggish stock, said Friday it may sell its Woodland Hills-based military electronics business. A company spokesman said Litton directors voted Friday to allow its executives to explore the sale of the Advanced Electronics group, which consists of 12 divisions that make everything from night-vision goggles to laser weapons. The group employs 9,500 worldwide, including about 2,700 in the San Fernando Valley. It generated about $1.
October 9, 2007 |
san jose -- They've ruined missiles, silenced communications satellites and forced nuclear power plants to shut down. Pacemakers, consumer gadgets and even a crucial part of a space shuttle have fallen victim. The culprits? Tiny splinters -- whiskers, they're called -- that sprout without warning from tin solder and finishes deep inside electronics. By some estimates, the resulting short circuits have leveled as much as $10 billion in damage since they were first noticed in the 1940s.
December 26, 2008 |
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- known in years past for its outsized booths, wall-to-wall crowds and lobster dinners -- is going to be a lot tamer next month. The show's producers are expecting an 8% drop in attendance to about 130,000 people, down from 141,000 in January 2008. Companies such as Cisco Systems Inc., Panasonic Corp., Belkin International Inc. and Sony Corp.
HOME & GARDEN
January 12, 2006 |
THE sign above the gigantic television declared it to be the "World's Largest" plasma TV. How large? 102 inches. It was so huge that this TV in the LG Electronics booth at the Consumer Electronics Show last week drew a crowd that took snapshots like tourists. But not far across the jammed Las Vegas Convention Center, Panasonic's mammoth plasma television was drawing an even bigger crowd. A sign right above the screen proclaimed it the "World's Largest." How large? 103 inches.
November 19, 2007 |
Most Americans think they're helping the Earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cellphones. But chances are they're contributing to a global trade in electronic trash that endangers workers and pollutes the environment overseas. Although there are no precise figures, activists estimate that 50% to 80% of the 300,000 to 400,000 tons of electronics collected for recycling in the U.S. each year end up overseas.
June 14, 2006 |
The iPod vendor stands in the corridor at the Macy's Union Square all day and all night, never growing tired or tempted by the fragrance of rotisserie chicken from the nearby food court. It's the latest trend in self-service: a vending machine stocked not just with snacks and drinks but also electronic gear. Zoom Shops, as they're called, are spreading fast, finding homes in malls, hotels, grocery stores and airports across the country.