Howard Stringer Says Sony's So Big, It Makes Same Gadgets Twice

In perhaps the most spirited and cheery interview I've ever seen given by Sony chair Howard Stringer, the knight of the realm tells Charlie Rose that after several years in the driver's seat, he's still trying to integrate all of the electronics divisions of Sony. "We're so big that we're making the same thing twice… » 10/09/08 9:30pm 10/09/08 9:30pm

All Giz Wants: Consumer Electronics That Don't Act Like PCs

I know "All Giz Wants" are supposed to be fantasies involving shiny objects, but this really is my fantasy: I'd like high-def disc players that don't flash "unreadable" error messages, receivers that can pull music from a network without headaches—in general, home electronics that aren't shacked by Ethernet plugs,… » 12/25/07 12:00pm 12/25/07 12:00pm

"Recycled" Electronics from U.S. Poisoning Workers Abroad

We ship 50 to 80 percent of the 300k to 400k tons of electronics that actually make it to recycling each year—out of 2 million tons tossed—overseas. The "recycling" part happens when workers in places China, Nigeria and India bust up old gear with hammers, gas burners or their bare hands to pull out metals, glass and… » 11/18/07 6:00pm 11/18/07 6:00pm

Study Shows Average House has 26 Consumer Electronics Products

This study was conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association. It showed that the average household has 26 "non-discreet" CE products and upwards of $1,200 was spent on said CE products. The top five growing products are MP3 players, digital cameras, car video systems, in-dash CD players and laptop computer. The… » 4/03/06 12:58pm 4/03/06 12:58pm