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Lunar New Year Brings Celebration – But Also Slowdown

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Written by Amanda Pate on Friday, 05 February 2016

Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asia, and this time of year brings a great deal of revelry and rich customs with it. From doing New Year’s shopping and lighting fireworks to the most important tradition – visiting family and friends – this is a time when a huge number of people around the world celebrate and look forward to a happy and prosperous year ahead. However, beyond celebration and some well-earned leisure, this major holiday also has a large-scale effect on industry in the region – one that ripples noticeably into the global electronics marketplace.

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Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain: How Major Electronics Companies are Addressing Conflict Minerals

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Written by Amanda Pate on Thursday, 28 January 2016

Intel’s recent CES announcement that it has achieved its goal of becoming conflict-free by 2016 has been a high-profile new point in one of the most complex conversations currently going on in the electronics supply chain. Ever since the passing of 2010’s Dodd-Frank Act (Section 1502), the question of how to address conflict minerals in our tech products has been simmering. Recently, it’s become more and more obvious that corporate social responsibility of the sort conflict mineral reporting demands is no longer optional – it’s a necessary part of doing business in the modern world market.

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CES 2016 Roundup: From Drones to Refrigerators, What Got People Talking at the Show

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Written by Amanda Pate on Friday, 15 January 2016

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada showed us more than just the usual array of advances and inventions: it also showed us a vision for how these innovative technologies might feasibly find a place in our lives and homes in the very near future. From jumps in connected auto tech to a new level of IoT presence in domestic spaces, this was the year that CES showed a relatable snapshot of the “future” that is now.

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Automotive at CES 2016: Where Are We Headed, and How Are We Getting There?

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Written by Amanda Pate on Friday, 08 January 2016

Of the major trends at CES 2016, the one that generated perhaps the most buzz was the strong presence on the automotive front. From Volkswagen’s keynote address in the wake of its emissions scandal to the excitement around the secretive Faraday Future, the auto segment was where some of the most awaited and discussed announcements came from during the week.

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Our Top Tech Picks from CES 2016

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Written by Emily Brown on Friday, 08 January 2016

Each year, tech enthusiasts eagerly watch the seemingly endless array of products revealed at CES in Las Vegas. Some become tech mainstays, while others disappear by the following year, but it's always fun to guess what will be the year’s hottest product. We asked Smith & Associates employees to weigh in on their top tech picks from the latest crop of gadgets to come out of CES 2016.

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Mainstreaming the Internet of Things

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Written by Todd Traylor, Vice President, Global Trading on Thursday, 07 January 2016

As connected tech becomes more and more prevalent, we’re starting to see a more cogent awareness of the Internet of Things and what IoT products mean in the everyday lives of people. Where previously these products may have had a nebulous mainstream definition and equally vague marketing, more and more consumers outside of the electronics industry are becoming familiar with what IoT devices are and what they have to offer as retailers get a handle on how to market these products. We’ve seen evidence of this at CES throughout the week, and – as the show winds to a conclusion in Las Vegas – this seems a marker of an intriguing recent trend toward mainstreaming a complex technology.

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CES 2016: China’s EHang Unveils Personal Transportation Drone

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Written by Todd Traylor, Vice President, Global Trading on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

Your next ride could be a drone! Chinese start-up EHang launched the 184, its single passenger drone, Wednesday at CES. Well, “launched” – figuratively speaking, that is. Actually, the 440-pound drone will stay grounded during CES due to legal restrictions, so attendees won’t be able to take it for a spin.

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Intel’s CES Keynote Offers a Look at How the Company is Advancing the Connected Life

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Written by Todd Traylor, Vice President, Global Trading on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

Intel’s Tuesday-night CES keynote was one of the most anticipated events of the show, and the company did not disappoint, unveiling innovations and sharing announcements that all circle back to the theme of the connected life as tech finds a place in every aspect of our lives.

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Five of the Coolest New Gadgets from CES

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Written by Emily Brown on Wednesday, 06 January 2016

Now that CES has officially begun, we’ve started seeing tons of fun, practical and crazy product announcements.

Whether you want to streamline grocery shopping, make your home more eco-friendly, or connect with a new robot friend, the latest crop of tech wonders has you covered.

Here are a few of our favorite products unveiled at CES so far.

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Intel’s Pre-Show Keynote Will Kick Off CES 2016

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Written by Amanda Pate on Tuesday, 05 January 2016

This evening at 6:30 PT, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will deliver the first of CES’s pre-show keynote addresses, offering a look at how Intel’s technology is integrated into and changing people’s everyday lives. The keynote will give a macrocosmic view of computing innovation as a whole, too, with a look at the key trends that we can expect to see making waves in the industry.

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