Consumer Electronics

UPDATE: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs in next year

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The layoffs were double what Wall Street was expecting after the computing giant's CEO altered course last week. The firm had just completed its acquisition of Nokia's devices business in April.
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Better homes and gadgets: Household power use falls

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
Even though our lives are more wired than ever, power usage is on track to decline for the third year in a row due to more energy-efficient housing, appliances and consumer-friendly devices.
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Unintentional entrepreneur parlayed consumer-electronics savvy into PR firm

December 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Arland Communications, run by former Thomson Consumer Electronics spokesman Dave Arland, is the only area firm focused entirely on the $200 billion-plus annual consumer electronics market.
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RCA brand lives on, sans Nipper and ChipperRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In a plot right out of Jurassic Park, Thomson Consumer Electronics' old brands such as RCA and Proscan have been revived from old DNA. They’ve been licensed to companies around the world including Indianapolis-based company that operates as RCA Commercial Electronics.
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Tech showcase crowns unlikely winner in pitch contest

July 12, 2013
Dan Human
Emphymab Biotech, with a treatment for emphysema developed by a group of Indiana University medical professors, received the top prize at the Innovation Showcase on Thursday.
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Young & Laramore finds app draws eyeballs to brandRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis ad agency Young & Laramore's recent project for footwear giant New Balance included developing a video game intended to reach young consumers who’ve grown up with a smartphone as a bodily appendage.
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Smartphone videos rewrite rules of customer researchRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based Strategic Marketing & Research Inc. is among firms tapping the capabilities of video-enabled smartphones to gain insights into consumers’ thoughts and emotions. They’re doing this by having consumers use their phones to shoot a video diary of their product experiences.
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Sprint first carrier to sign on to FM radio service

January 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Sprint on Tuesday announced a preliminary agreement with radio industry representatives that will enable customers to listen to local FM radio stations on their mobile phones. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan was a key negotiator in making the deal.
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BrightPoint buyer Ingram Micro mulls cost-cuttingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
A top BrightPoint Inc. executive expects little employment change for the distribution and logistics company’s 1,100-person central Indiana work force, despite the potential for job cuts and facility closings across the country.
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HHGregg adds furniture, exercise gear as TV sales fall

November 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
HHGregg Inc. is looking for ways to boost sales at its 224 stores in coming months as the homegrown company fights to offset a huge drop in TV sales. The retailer reported a big decline in quarterly revenue Friday, but its shares soared nearly 19 percent.
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iPhone 5 launch draws Apple fans worldwide

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops from Sydney to Paris to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone. Analysts estimate Apple will ship as many as 10 million of the new iPhones by the end of September.
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Finish Line's high-tech store prototype still has kinksRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
A prototype store launched by athletic shoe and apparel retailer The Finish Line Inc. on May 25 aims to use technology to marry brick-and-mortar to the company’s online operation. But interactive tablets that are a centerpiece of the so-called omnichannel strategy are not yet up and running.
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BrightPoint stock sinks on lower earnings report

April 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
BrightPoint Inc. stock fell as much as 12 percent early Friday morning following disappointing first-quarter earnings that prompted the company to lower its 2012 financial forecast.
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Engineer wants to bring 3D printing to massesRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Sam Stall
Doug Keenan, a 49-year-old electrical engineer and entrepreneur, is tackling something so cutting-edge that most of humanity doesn’t know it exists: 3D printing, or rapid prototyping.
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ALTOM: Remember, what's new isn't always what's bestRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Tim Altom
I’m a technological curmudgeon and proud of it.
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Brightpoint earnings rise as revenue soars

October 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Increased distribution and demand for smartphones drove Brightpoint Inc.’s third-quarter revenue up 51 percent, to $1.34 billion, the company said after markets closed Thursday.
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Finish Line, HHGregg step up their e-commerce strategiesRestricted Content

October 12, 2011
Greg Andrews
Traditional retailers are trying to connect with customers, however and whenever they want to do business.
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Klipsch purchase helps fuel Audiovox sales

October 12, 2011
Audiovox's CEO credited Klipsch with helping Audiovox report strong financials Tuesday. Audiovox completed its purchase of the Indianapolis speaker maker in March.
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Apple founder, innovator Steve Jobs dead at 56

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died.
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Local firm shows off for consumer-electronics buffsRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indy Audio Labs is shipping its first finished product and had it certified by THX Ltd., the gold standard in consumer electronics, in time for a major industry trade show this month.
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General Assembly considers going paperless with iPads

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana state lawmakers may trade in the reams of paper they use each session for sleeker iPads.
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ALTOM: Don't sweat the cancer risk of cell phonesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Tim Altom
The evidence strongly shows that, for the business user, cell phones are the least of our worries, unless we’re in the habit of answering them in dense traffic.
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Merger of cell phone titans takes glow off BrightpointRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Greg Andrews
Some analysts say investors overreacted to the risk Brightpoint would lose T-Mobile as a customer. Merriman Capital's Scott Searle estimates the earnings impact from losing that client would be “dramatically less than investors originally feared” and “is more than adequately reflected in the stock price.”
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Klipsch steps down as speaker maker CEO

June 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Longtime Klipsch Group executive Paul Jacobs will take the helm, giving the Indianapolis company its first leader not named Klipsch.
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Sony plans Blu-ray disc boost at Indiana factory

May 12, 2011
Associated Press
Sony officials plan to spend $72 million on new and upgraded equipment at its western Indiana factory, with most of that going toward Blu-ray disc manufacturing.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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