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What Was Hot in 1997?

16 Feb

We tend to spend a lot of time looking at the “hot new things,” such as connected vehicles, virtual assistants, and a lot more. But, as marketers, we seldom look back to the past to see what was hot then in terms of fads and long-running successes. What hot high-tech products from 20 years ago can YOU name?

Recently, CNET published an entertaining slideshow: “Flashback fun! Return with us now to the thrilling days of the late 1990s, when the Interweb was young, the CD was king, and the cloud was a white, fluffy thing that floated above your head while you gabbed on your cordless telephone.”


Click the image to see the CNET slideshow. Which of the items shown in the slideshow were fads; which were long-run successes?


Searching the Globe for Innovations

3 Sep

At one time, the United States dominated innovativeness around the globe. But, that has not been true for many years. And we now know that important innovations can pop up almost anywhere in the world.

This past summer, CNET embarked on a global road trip to uncover innovations worldwide:

“Silicon Valley. Two words that conjure thoughts of the startups and venture capitalists working feverishly to define the next new thing. But that corner of California doesn’t have a lock on the tech that’s rocking our world. This summer, CNET News’ reporters embarked on a global hunt for innovation. Join us to see where they landed, the people they met, the innovations they uncovered — all from the comfort of your armchair. At CNET News, we make adventure easy.”


Click the image to see some of the highlight’s from CNET’s Road Trip 2015.



Video Highlights from CES 2014

14 Jan

The annual Consumer Electronics Show just wrapped. As usual, a lot of interesting innovations were unveiled.

To highlight some of the best innovations at CES 2014, CNET has produced a series of video clips. Here are links to a few of them:

  • Samsung’s bendable TV — “Annoyed that your curved TV can’t lay flat on demand? Worry no longer. A concept 85-inch bendable TV by Samsung can be made flat, and then curved again, with the push of a button on the remote.”
  • Virtual reality with the Oculus Rift — “The Oculus Rift, the virtual-reality gaming headset that stole the show at last year’s CES, was back with its latest prototype. Code-named Crystal Cove, its adds a few key improvements, a higher-resolution screen, and more immersive games.”
  • Pebble Steel smartwatch — “Can better design take the Pebble Steel to the next level? That and a new app store promise to transform the Pebble in 2014.”
  • 27-inch Lenovo Horizon tabletop PC gets thinner — “A second-gen version of our favorite megatablet gets thinner and adds updated components and software.”


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