Protecting Free Speech Online

December 10, 2014
By Laurent Crenshaw, Yelp It’s old news these days that the Internet has changed the way people access information and make buying decisions. Instead of books, many people use e-readers. Rather than skimming through catalogs, shoppers check out their favorite e-commerce site. And if you plan to purchase goods or services from a local business, you no longer flip through the newspaper or yellow pages, but instead go to the Internet to learn what others have said about the businesses around you. According to a 2014 Nielsen study, 78 percent of Internet users go to a review site to search for a local business. Whether it’s a Fortune...

Pittsburgh: Innovation Heartland

December 08, 2014
From steel to technology, Pittsburgh has shifted from an industrial area on the Rust Belt to an up-and-coming innovation hotspot. Home to a thriving entrepreneurial landscape, venture capitalists, incubators, accelerators and esteemed universities, Pittsburgh is on the upswing and allows startups to flourish.Location Pittsburgh’s largest two universities, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), serve as a central location for most of the innovation scene in the area due to the sophisticated students, especially engineers, they produce. There are startups east of both campuses, towards Bakery Square and Wilkinsburg, but the majority is to the west...

Leading Women in Technology

December 03, 2014
It’s not easy writing a story about women as a subset of an industry, as the women in this story prove. These women are not unique because of their gender, they are innovators, leaders and creators who are changing the tech landscape for the better, whether honing complex worlds of smart home technology and distribution for efficiency, for profit and for style or developing apps that allow smartphones to deliver vital medical data.  These leaders have important stories to tell about how they rose in the ranks at their own companies, inspiring not just other women, but a new generation of innovators who are building on their ideas. ...

Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes

November 19, 2014
A survey by CEA found that 60 percent of consumers are concerned about their electric bills, and energy consumption was the third-most important attribute to consumers buying electronics, behind features and price. And the consumer electronics (CE) industry is listening. The industry has made huge strides in recent years across a variety of environmentally friendly programs. The pay-TV industry, CE manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates saved American consumers roughly $168 million in energy bills last year by voluntarily improving the efficiency of set-top boxes according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual...

Your Sustainability Story

October 09, 2014
Does your product have special energy-saving features, perhaps an eco-mode? Is your packaging sustainable and recyclable? Is the product made from recycled materials? If you said yes to any of these questions, then the next question is whether or not your customers are aware of all your sustainability efforts. It’s possible that consumers are using your green products and don’t even know it. As the consumer electronics (CE) industry continues to grow its sustainability efforts, each year brings new scientific and engineering breakthroughs to make products more energy efficient, less resource-intensive ...

Why We Need a National Electronics Recycling Framework

October 07, 2014
If you are a CE manufacturer you probably already know about the 25 different sets of recycling requirements, fees and registrations you face across 25 U.S. states. Between 2003 and 2011 our industry experienced a flood of electronics recycling legislation, and those 25 different state laws now cover about two-thirds of the U.S. population. The CE industry is the guinea pig in a relatively new legal and environmental concept called “Extended Producer Responsibility” (EPR). EPR experiments are now underway in half of the states in an attempt to shift some, or all, responsibility for managing products when they reach end-of-life onto product manufacturers. This means moving the...

Innovation Entrepreneur Awards

October 02, 2014
The consumer electronics (CE) industry has its big names and leaders like Sony, Samsung and LG. But a big part of what keeps the industry innovative and progressive are its entrepreneurs and small businesses. The third annual Innovation Entrepreneur Awards (IEA), launched by It Is Innovation (i3) magazine and the CEA Small Business Council in 2012, recognizes entrepreneurs and small businesses with revenues under $30 million and the contributions they make to the U.S. economy. At this year’s CEA’s Innovate! conference in Phoenix, the IEA honerees were selected by a distinguished panel of media and industry professionals, then announced during a keynote luncheon: Reza Raji...

SXSW's Startup Celebration

September 24, 2014
Tech Cocktail and CEA joined forces at the 2014 South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) back in March to honor America’s hottest startups and also give them an interactive platform to reach a greater audience. Tech Cocktail’s Startup Celebration, sponsored by .CO and CEA, included a pitch jam competition that featured 20 startups from across the country. Each startup had 60 seconds to appeal to a panel of judges, including tech titans Steve Case and Senator Mark Warner.   In the end, two startups walked away as champions. The overall Best Pitch award went to Macho, an online platform that takes the hassle...

Four Entrepreneurs Reveal What Inspires Them

September 12, 2014
Stories typically have a beginning, middle and end. But when it comes to the surprising course creativity can sometimes take, the plot line tends to be anything but straight and narrow. In hopes of finding out what truly inspires fresh new innovation in the fast-paced digital age, we asked several young entrepreneurs to share the secrets of their creative process— what inspires them, how it became real and how they intend to change the world. The Ultimate DIY "I never intended to start a company, but it turned out there was such a demand for an affordable, high-resolution 3D scanner, I literally felt I had no choice but to build something out of what we created," Drew...
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