Europe Economic Seesaw Continues

If there's one lesson to be learned from the current economic malaise, it's that everything has an unpredictable side. Take what's happening in Europe as proof. Last week's crazy market fluctuations touched all the major global companies and created both panic and sheer elation. In addition, the ongoing debt crisis and the European Union's bailout…

Warning Signals

Everything looks a bit crazy right now, doesn't it? Oil and energy prices are fluctuating. The ongoing worldwide debt crisis is having a chilling effect on government spending. There are shocks in the global stock markets. Japan is recovering from its disaster. Youth riots and public unrest are spreading from North Africa to the Middle…

Electronics & What Kids Want

The electronics industry always talks about the end-consumer market in a rather impersonal way: There are those buyers in mature, saturated markets; the new middle-class buyers living in emerging markets; the first-mover buyers who sleep in front of shop doors so they can be the first to have the latest gadget; and the women who…

3 Key Trends in Mobile Phone Market

The worldwide phone market grew again in the second quarter, but the dividing line between what's universally considered practical (low-end feature phones) and what's hot (higher-end smartphones) is becoming more obvious. {complink 7014|IDC} recently reported the worldwide mobile phone market grew 11.3 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2011. Sure, that's down from IDC's…

Israel, Barcelona, & High-Tech Glory

As I've previously mentioned, I'm curious about what seems to have become an international obsession with finding the next great Silicon Valley. I don't understand the need for an over-the-top branding effort to give one's city, province, or country a special high-tech tag. Nevertheless, I like watching how innovation moves across regions, wins financial investment,…

Small Cubes, Giant Savings

You can learn something new every day if you pay attention to the little things. In the case of shipping, logistics, and warehouse management, these small details could translate into big savings and major environmentally friendly efficiencies. I realize I may be preaching to the choir with this topic, but I thought a conversation that…

Will Philips Get It Right This Time?

{complink 4267|Royal Philips Electronics N.V.} is facing significant challenges in its operation. The company is losing momentum in the consumer electronics market, and regaining its footing will require some painful actions, according to company executives. In the second quarter, the company reported sales of 5.2 billion euros ($7.3 billion), compared with 5.4 billion euros ($7.5…