Online editor of Dealerscope, CustomRetailer and other CTPG sites. Columnist and gadget reviewer for Tell Magazine.

Beats vs. Bose: The NFL’s headphone wars escalate

The headphone wars appear to have entered their next phase. This time, it’s been Beats and Bose, and the battleground is the NFL. And while Bose and Beats, according to an AP report Friday afternoon, have settled their outstanding patent litigation, the football side of the battle appears far from over. It started earlier this more »


Chelsea dagger: Samsung pulls soccer sponsorship 

For as long as I’ve been watching soccer, the English Premier League soccer club Chelsea F.C. has had “Samsung” across their jerseys. I distinctly remember the time a few years ago when my team of choice, Tottenham Hotspur, lost a crucial match to Chelsea and then, a few days later, I found myself at a more »

ESPN fantasy football site crashes on opening night

Sunday marked the first full slate of games of the 2014 NFL season, and other than the Jacksonville Jaguars turning a 17-0 lead into a 34-17 loss, the worst performance of the day was that of ESPN’s fantasy football page. For the majority of the Sunday night game between Denver and Indianapolis, ESPN’s fantasy stats more »


Your Framily is dead: Sprint kills Framily plan

Sprint’s poorly named and even worse-advertised “Framily” discount plan is no more, as of later this week. Is the Hamster Dad gone too? Most likely. According to an account in the Kansas City Star, Sprint’s hometown paper, recently named CEO Marcelo Claure announced Monday that the Framily plan is no more. Instead, Sprint will offer more »

Amazon plans June 18 event, with 3D smartphone likely

Amazon’s long-rumored 3D smartphone is looking very much like a reality, with the retail giant teasing an event in Seattle for June 18, along with a Twitter picture that looks an awful lot like a phone. The company also released a video teaser, featuring various people looking at an unseen device: Amazon, despite years of more »


Dance Dance Revolution killer? Microsoft readies “foot-controlled infotainment”

Never mind the desktop, or the living room. Microsoft is now eying the next frontier: The floor.

Monster’s Lee on Apple/Beats reports: Congrats- and check out our headphones, too

When the shocking news broke last week that Apple was in negotiations to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, industry observers had many thoughts, whether about the future of Apple, the long-term viability of the high-end headphone category, or whether or not Dr. Dre can legitimately call himself the first billionaire in hip hop. But more »

Goal accomplished: ESPN will stream every World Cup match

Soccer fans in the U.S. may be somewhat maligned in some quarters, but they’ve got one big thing going for them: Fans of the English Premiere League, thanks to the recent deal with NBC Sports, can watch the games anywhere they want to, on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Now, it sounds like soccer more »

Bose debuts new SoundTrue, FreeStyle high-end headphone models

Bose has announced the debut of three new headphone models: The FreeStyle  earbuds, SoundTrue  on-ear headphones and SoundTrue  around-ear headphones. All three of the models feature Bose’s TriPort acoustic headphone structure.  We’ve researched headphone audio for over 30 years for one reason: to offer a better experience,” said Sean Garrett, vice president of the Bose more »

Neil Young’s PonoPlayer soars past Kickstarter goal

We don’t know how much success the Neil Young-backed PonoPlayer mp3 player will have as a product, but we know already that it’s one of the most successful Kickstarter products in history. The PonoPlayer, which raised money by selling product through Kickstarter, crossed the $1.8 million mark in pledges from 5,500 backers at around 4:30 more »

Neil Young-backed PonoPlayer coming soon, to cost $399

The PonoPlayer, the hardware part of a proposed new portable music ecosystem developed by music legend Neil Young with help from Ayre Acoustics, is set to arrive later this month at an MSRP of $399.  Described as “a revolutionary movement conceived and founded by  with a mission to restore the soul of music,” the PonoPlayer more »

Klout influencers are coming to CE Week in New York

The organizers of CE Week have announced that they have partnered with Klout to invite top social influencers to this year’s CE Week event and its Exhibits and Conference program.    Klout will identify top technology influencers, and give them special access to CE Week activities. CE Week is scheduled for June 23-27 in New more »