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Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and author of the New York Times best-selling books Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream. His views are his own. Connect with him on Twitter: @GaryShapiro.

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French Initiative Can Boost Standing as Innovation Leader

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Home to the second largest economy in the EU and the fifth largest economy in the world, France is increasingly a bright light for the tech industry in Europe. But more can be done to propel France as a long-term world innovation leader.

France is...

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Greenpeace's Dishonest Attack on CE Industry

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:56 PM

At the recent start of Europe's largest consumer electronics (CE) show - the IFA 2014 in Berlin - the environmental group Greenpeace released a misleading report criticizing the CE industry's environmental efforts. The report said electronics "companies have failed to adequately address" their rising carbon footprint and that...

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How to Keep the American Dream Alive

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:03 PM

The genesis of modern American history -- the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 -- signaled to the world the birth of a new country that would abide by the principles of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." It emphatically stated that America would move...

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How the Consumer Electronics Industry Is Thinking Green

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:34 AM

What comes to mind when you think of the tech industry: cutting-edge products that make our lives easier, disruptive technology to keep us connected, over great distances, innovations that make our lives more enjoyable? I'd say yes to all three, but the latest consumer electronics (CE) items now arriving on...

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How the Innovation Economy Will Revitalize the Motor City's Future

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 9:25 AM

In a way, it's fitting that Detroit plans to unveil its bankruptcy plan during "Detroit Week," a celebration of the entrepreneurs and innovators who are bringing hope and promise to the struggling city. While national news focuses on Detroit's bankruptcy, the events of Detroit Week, Feb....

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Make Your Kids' Safety the Top Priority This Super Bowl Sunday

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:10 PM

By Gary Shapiro and Kate Carr

Unless you're holding a ticket to this weekend's Super Bowl, your TV will give you the best seat at the big game. In fact, every season, the Super Bowl gives fans a great reason to upgrade their TVs. Last year, nearly...

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Why Goals Work in Business and in Pleasure

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:21 AM

It's a well-established principle: work comes before play. Those of us who live by this mantra know that an earned pleasure feels better than a guilty or undeserved pleasure.

In our personal and professional lives, we need to set goals and sometimes use motivating pleasures to help us achieve them....

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Remember Your Favorite Small Business This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Small businesses define the American spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. They also help shape our communities, giving our neighborhoods their own unique flair. We love our corner coffee shops, local dry cleaners and novelty stores because they give us a sense of ownership and belonging.

There are...

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It's Not Too Late to Learn How to Compromise

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 2:33 PM

The United States is losing its influence in the world. As a Canadian politician recently said to me, "The U.S. has malaise." Other nations are losing their respect for us, too, given our budget woes, dysfunctional government and the recent revelations that we have been spying on our friends. Even...

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Generational Theft: Our Youth Have to Stop It

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 1:58 PM

Most Americans would agree that these past few weeks have not been America's best. Not only did we waste resources, shut the government down and halt congressional focus on strategic priorities, but we diminished our standing in the world. Worse, we did nothing to solve our biggest foreseeable problem: the...

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Remembering Speaker Tom Foley: Audiophile and Great Legislator

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Former House of Representatives Speaker Tom Foley was a great leader and legislator, but I knew him best as a lover of technology -- and a very decent and honorable person.

Speaker Foley was a devout audiophile. He loved high-quality sound. He would attend International CES and spend hours in...

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It's Time for the Political Parties to Stand Down and Re-Open the Government

(10) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:15 PM

I am embarrassed for America. During my recent travels abroad, I was peppered with questions by foreign business leaders and press about how our government shutdown happened, and why our politicians fail to compromise. Although I try to put a good light on the messiness of our democratic system, I...

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Innovation: The One Thing Health Insurers Must Do to Cut Costs Now

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 10:48 AM

The New York Times recently reported on research that looked at 6,000 patients who had just suffered a heart attack (myocardial infarction). The patients were divided into two groups, with one paying the usual co-pay and the other getting prescriptions without a co-pay. The study found...

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Solving the CRT Recycling Problem

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 5:29 PM

Recently, nine million pounds of cathode ray tubes (CRT) were found abandoned in Yuma, Arizona. Similar reports are becoming more common as the market for recycling CRT glass becomes more stressed. CRTs, which used to be a standard feature in TV screens and computer monitors, contain...

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America Faces an Ethics Crisis

(5) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Too many Americans are happy to devour national resources at the expense of the nation. Our country benefits from wealth, creativity, a "can do" attitude and a heterogeneous population. But we have no common ethics. Too many people assume that if an action is legal, it must be okay. Congress...

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How Much Is Your Security Worth?

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:22 PM





The world has changed dramatically since Sept. 11, 2001. “Our government failed us,” my distraught colleague wailed minutes after a plane hit the second of the Twin Towers on that tragic morning. Seeing firsthand the smoke from the Pentagon as the devastation...

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Bring in Foreign Talent to Create US Jobs

(7) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 7:01 PM

Canada gets it. They are recruiting the world’s brightest people, who our crazy immigration laws repel. Canada has a billboard in Silicon Valley that states “H-1B Problems? Pivot to Canada.”

We face a critical shortage of high-skilled jobs in this country, especially in science, technology, engineering and...

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Americans Want Congress to Do What's Right on Immigration, Taxes and Entitlements

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Winston Churchill once said, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they have tried everything else." As a nation, we've been trying "everything else" for years to solve our biggest problems. From immigration reform and our overly complicated tax system, to health care, entitlement spending...

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Millennials Should Focus on Economy, Not Social Issues

(5) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:34 AM

Being a young and diverse country means we do not yet share a common view on divisive social issues such as gay marriage, gun control and abortion. However, a common thread that we share is our concern for the economy. A recent survey from McLaughlin & Associates shows...

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Myths of the Internet Sales Tax Legislation

(20) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Some opponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act are falsely calling the measure a new tax, when the bill only requires that Internet retailers collect sales tax already owed by their customers under current law. This bill would not only serve as a boost to the economy, but...

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