Philips Slammed by Europe, Inventory Woes

{complink 4267|Royal Philips Electronics N.V.} won't hit its sales and profit targets for the fourth quarter. This clearly confirms that Europe's economic malaise will hurt its leading electronics makers and possibly the entire industry. The Amsterdam company, which has extended interests in the consumer lighting, healthcare equipment, and domestic appliance markets, said in a press…

Euro Holiday Spending: Ho-Ho-Ho or Ho-Hum?

It's getting to that time of the year when consumers dash around shopping centers and online outlets, pull out the credit cards, and buy up nifty gadgets for loved ones on their holiday-gift list. For electronics companies, the next four to six weeks brings with it some nail-biting anticipation. This year, like the recent few,…

Avoiding Another Dotcom Disaster

Silicon Valley startups fueled growth of the technology industry, and it would be unfair to say that day is over. However, a Wall Street Journal report has touched off a debate about the latest spate of startups, many of which are reportedly running out of money. The Journal reported yesterday that startups are having a…

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…

Digi-Key Stocks PUI Audio Programmable Indicator

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the addition of PUI Audio’s Programmable Indicator to its expansive product line. The Programmable Indicator allows users to program up to 30 seconds of any WAV…

Zoosh: An Alternative to Google Wallet & NFC

The guys behind the Silicon Valley startup Naratte have been creating buzz with an inaudible signal that gives application developers the benefits of Near Field Communication (NFC) using the simple speaker and microphone found in mobile devices. Pitched at a frequency commonly used by dolphins, frogs, and other animals, the signal is inaudible to humans.…