Archive for the 'Consumer Electronics & Technology' Category

Dishing up some really bad names…

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

When I grow up, I want to get a job as the guy who names products for Dish Network. In other words, a job at which it is impossible to fail. Because seriously: What company is as shitty as Dish Network when it comes to naming things? (more…)

Have music, will jog

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Reflections and memories from my latest CED Magazine column on the instrument that started the whole “my media” movement…the Sony Walkman. I had a yellow one.

Walk This Way

The personal media revolution probably would have happened anyway, but it didn’t hurt that a Japanese executive named Akio Morita happened to have a fondness for opera, a habit of flying across the Pacific on business trips and the control of a multi-billion-dollar global consumer electronics company called Sony. (more…)

CES 2010: Get yer gadgets

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

A review of the new, novel and notable from CES 2010. Published by Pause Magazine, the customer mag from cabler Mediacom Communications that’s produced by the estimable Paul Levine.

From Vegas, with Juice: Tech Gadgets worth Noting
By Stewart Schley

The last truck filled with big-screen TV demo units pulled away from the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center months ago, but like the flashing neon sign above Harrah’s Casino, the techno-extravaganza that is the annual Consumer Electronics Show never really stops pulsing. Its influence extends beyond the Nevada desert as products that had their coming-out party in Vegas land on store shelves and ultimately in your life (and mine).

This year’s CES, as always, was a bloated, noisy affair, a uniquely American monument to the clever, the too-soon and the “what-were-they-thinking?” within the marketplace for toys and tools featuring electrical cords. (Or batteries.) But for all its hype and din, CES is very good at foreshadowing what’s new and what’s next in gizmo-land.

To that point, CES 2010 was a coming-out party for 3D television, but that was just one hint of what’s ahead in consumer electronics, and a distant one at that. (We’re all for 3D, but battery-powered glasses? Another new TV set? Seriously?) Other categories on display at CES may not be as sexy, but they promise to have more immediate impact. Like these: (more…)

Tweet, tweet: Pondering social networking

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Social Networking Facebook Nation explained (more or less). This feature in Mediacom’s Pause Magazine considers modern-day variations on the old-style party line: Facebook, Twitter and more.

The Internet-connected refrigerator rises again

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Photo: Pause Winter 08 Tech Bad ideas in tech, plus some pretty cool gadgets and even a gutter-cleaning robot. A review of what’s new and novel in consumer electronics. Published in Pause Magazine, from Mediacom Communications.

Playtime for grown-ups

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

No, not that kind of playtime. This feature piece for the Fall 2006 issue of Pause Magazine describes the phenomenon of multiplayer and “casual” video games that’s storming cyber-ville.

The global village goes video

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Someday some wise historian will look back on Web cams as the seminal devices of a new era of communications, methinks. Here’s a look at the beginnings of the revolution, courtesy of Screenz Magazine and publisher Lundwall Communications.