Inspired by Innovation

April 19, 2016
By Gary Shapiro and Dan Pidgeon Technology is transforming the world. But it is innovation that lets us engage with each other in a fresh way. Curious and creative technologists are developing new apps, products and business models and forming partnerships that have the power to reshape lives around the globe.   The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, and our more than 2,200 members represent innovation in the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. We changed our name last fall to better reflect our focus on consumers and our mandate to the services, products, software...

A Breakout Year for 4K Ultra HD

April 14, 2016
If you’ve held off on upgrading to 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) television, you have run out of excuses. 4K content, is taking off with UHD Blu-ray Discs and players being introduced and 4K UHD content available through online streaming providers such as Amazon Video, Netflix and YouTube. On the display side, new High Dynamic Range (HDR) models will reproduce much deeper blacks and brighter whites and colors than was possible before. Dozens of remastered HDR movies will be available this year to take advantage of this advanced technology. If you make the leap to 4K UHD you’ll have plenty of company. The Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) annual U.S...

International Focus: Russia

April 12, 2016
Russia, Belarus to Set Up Technology Park At a press conference held on the Day of Belarusian Science on January 28, Chairman of the Belarusian State Science and Technology Committee Alexander Shumilin explained that Russia and Belarus had entered the preparation stage for a technology park, expected to be set up this year. Having already received approval from both governments, the project includes plans for a “Belarusian-Russian venture investment fund for commercialization of innovative projects,” said Shumilin. Ten scientific...

Technology Transforms Lives

April 04, 2016
Technology has the power to make a profound difference in people’s lives. As the demographics in the U.S. and around the world shift towards an older population, technology will help engage seniors and combat social loneliness. According to Nielsen, there is a tremendous business opportunity for the consumer technology industry as Americans age 50 and older are expected to control 70 percent of the country’s disposable income by 2017, and inherit $15 trillion in the next 20 years. The Consumer Technology Association Foundation (CTAF) serves a vital role in supporting nonprofit organizations using technology to enhance the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. The...

Spotting the Next-Generation Internet

March 25, 2016
One of the many conference panels at CES 2016 was the “Business Impact from the Internet’s Move to IPv6.” The panel featured industry experts from Verizon Wireless, Facebook, Comcast and American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the body responsible for allocating Internet addresses to organizations in North America. The discussion covered various topics, from data showing enhanced performance for IPv6- enabled mobile Facebook users, to ARIN’s point that the older IPv4 technology no longer covered “the whole Internet.” At root is the transition from IPv4 to IPv6, respectively the old and current versions of the core addressing system for the...

The New Magic of Biometrics

March 14, 2016
Remember Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible movie, using physical attributes such as fingerprints, handprints, retinal scans, voice print and facial recognition to secure access to highly protected locations? This is biometrics in action—and for those concerned about security, this is one of the next big things. With most transactions and communications occurring online, the scope, scale and frequency of mass data breaches, brute force attacks against Web properties and identity fraud with attacks against user accounts is escalating. Weak passwords are part of the authentication problem, so is there a...

What Happened at CES 2016 With T&S

February 23, 2016
Consumer technology companies understand the value of standards and how fundamental they are to a healthy industry. CTA has a robust standards development program accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). At the 2015 CES, we highlighted some CTA standards projects with our “Featured Standards” conference panels including the Internet of Things, driving safely with the CE industry and sleep monitoring with consumer gear. The sessions were so helpful in spreading the word that we are “featuring” additional standards at CES 2016, and gathering industry alliances together for a unique networking event. Featured Standards at CES 2016 &ldquo...

International Focus: Eastern Europe

February 17, 2016
New Flextronics Manufacturing Facility in Poland Opens A new logistics and manufacturing center has been opened in Tczew by Flextronics International Poland. The new facility in Industrial Park will concentrate on the final stages of production and distribution of products from Flextronics’ two other manufacturing centers in Poland. Google to Contest Russian Court Ruling Google will fight a recent ruling by Russia’s antitrust agency, alleging that Google had run afoul of antitrust law by requiring the preinstallation of certain mobile applications on smartphones running its Android operating system. “We intend to contest this decision and explain in court why we...

Can a Femtocell Help Your Business?

February 12, 2016
Among most people’s “top 10 annoyances” list is trying to make a call or receive data on your cell phone only to realize you only have one bar on your display. And it’s somehow worse when we suffer dropped calls and slow data speeds at home. Then it becomes personal.  Happily, if this is a chronic problem for you, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon offer a solution. It’s a small cell network called a femtocell that uses your home or office landline or broadband service to enhance indoor calling and data connectivity in areas where service is spotty often due to a large number of users. ...
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