Let’s “Stick” Together

I’m going to ”stick” it to you. Introducing a better PopSocket. The “HandL stick.”

Just ”stick” it on your favorite phone case. Lays flat in your pocket. Another Allen Hirsch genius invention. $10 or get it free.

All you have to do is “like” the “Lying on the Beach” podcast by Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess on YouTube.

Be sure to also say hello to Allen at CES, the Argento SC booth in the South Hall #31134. Let’s “stick” together.

Samsung’s ‘The Wall’ TV Is The Biggest Screen You Have Ever Seen

David Katzmaier Of CNET Tells All

The Wall MicroLED TV is 292 inches, with an 8K model at 150 inches.

Commercial and residential versions of The Wall will be priced at hundreds of thousands of dollars installed.

Someone Sent Me A Love Letter At CES

Hi Lois,

Can’t cook / won’t cook / no time to cook? – For those that are culinary challenged or don’t have the time they’d like to devote to cooking, CookingPal has the answer. at CES.

“Julia” is an intelligent autonomous cooking system that makes delicious meals with minimal effort. You can see her in action here – http://bit.ly/2ru0hmy and full press materials and assets are below.

The system is comprised of a Smart Kitchen Hub (a dedicated voice-enabled tablet) that suggests meals and provides step-by-step guides to following recipes and a Smart Kitchen Appliance that handles every tedious element of prepping a meal from chopping and kneading to stirring and steaming, and best of all: it cleans up after itself!

All you have to do is place ingredients into her bowl when instructed and sit back and let Julia do the rest!

As well as taking the work out of meal prep – the system also helps with the decision making process too. Using its built-in camera and AI food recognition capabilities, it can suggest recipes you can make based on what ingredients are currently in the home and even automatically order missing items to be delivered from your favorite retailers to make future meals.

Just under $1,000. Available later on in 2020.

Clinton And Giuliani Became A News Machine For Samsung Four Seasons Of Hope

 This plaque was a gift from Peter Weedfald to HWH PR to commemorate the day. 

The year was 2003. June 17th to be exact. The next day was the annual Samsung Four Seasons Of Hope Charity at Cipriani’s. The charity raised millions of dollars for children’s causes.  I was totally freaking out. My PR agency, HWH PR, worked on this event for a month and we still didn’t have a stitch of editorial coverage for it. In fact, we didn’t have many press people attending the charity luncheon either. I watched as special rafters were being built for camera crews around the perimeter of the catering hall.

I rolled my eyes. I didn’t dare tell anyone on the client side. HWH was looking for a miracle. I started working the phones. I’m not sure what made me call Andrea Peyser at the New York Post. I told her my dilemma. She asked which notables were attending and I answered, “Joe Torre, Boomer Esiason, Arnold Palmer, Magic Johnson, Rudy Giuliani, and Bill Clinton. 

She screamed in astonishment. “I can’t believe you got Giuliani and Clinton in the same room. They hate each other.” That was news to me. They both agreed to attend the event without any restrictions or conditions. I didn’t think Andrea was right. She said she might write a story about it. I didn’t pay much attention. I thought her story would be a few sentences. 

I woke up early the next morning around 6am. I went to the front door to get the newspapers. There it was. Andrea scored a front page story about Giuliani and Clinton meeting face-to-face at the Four Seasons Of Hope event. I really thought I was going to get fired. The job of HWH PR was to get stories about Samsung, not a political warfare. 

My phone started ringing. It was the press. All of the TV networks, magazines, newspapers, and radio stations were sending reporters to cover the event. Some wanted to talk to a Samsung official immediately.  

I was forced to call Peter Weedfald, the person I reported to at Samsung. If I was a betting person, I would have guessed that Peter would have been furious that the charity event turned into a circus. Just the opposite. He seized the opportunity. He quickly confirmed the attendance of both Clinton and Giuliani, and then gave them Samsung message points. He was brilliant and saved the day.

Needless to say,  the Samsung Four Seasons Of Hope event was standing room only. Everyone read the New York Post that morning and wanted to capture a piece of the story for themselves. Without a doubt, every media outlet was in attendance. The rafters were completely full. In fact, they were so crowded, I thought they would crash.  

Giuliani and Clinton did not disappoint. They were eager to please in order to garner more publicity for the charities. They both walked on stage from opposite ends. When they got to the middle they shook hands. The press went wild. Cameras were flashing and live reporting went into action. It became a media frenzy. 

The net, net, was that there was more press coverage for this event than most other parties or conferences in the tech industry.

As far as I was concerned, it was all happenstance. I just stood by and watched the events unfold. There were many times, over the years, that I realized how lucky I was that Peter Weedfald didn’t freak when he received my call that early morning. He knew just how to put a proper spin on the news and to make sure the Samsung Four Seasons Of Hope got the publicity it deserved. That’s a talent.

Mission accomplished. Thank you Peter.

Samsung Wanted To Fire Me When I Insisted On The Proper QC 

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not gloating about the trouble Samsung is having with the Galaxy Note 7. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank John Grundy for coming to our rescue when Samsung wanted to fire us for suggesting that they stop sending their TV sets out for editorial review until they were absolutely sure that their quality was ready for prime time.

It was the early 90s. HWH PR was the PR agency for all consumer electronics and computer products. We remained their agency for 17 years, largely due to the genius work of Russ Rowland. Thank you Harry Fox for introducing us to Samsung, and for helping us securing the account.

I remember being in Samsung’s conference room in Ridgefield Park, NJ, when I had the miserable task of telling the executives (that I reported to) that the TV set they sent out for a review to a major consumer publication was getting a failing grade. I was friendly with the editors at that magazine and they offered to ship the unit back without consequence. The truth was the Samsung TV was in such bad shape, the publication didn’t even want to bother giving it a bench test.

The Samsung team was incensed. They wanted to crucify me for allowing this to happen. I was just the messenger but they didn’t see it that way. The Samsung folks in New Jersey were assigned to secure as many editorial reviews as possible because the brand was barely known then. No one in Korea, or America, ever bothered to concern themselves with what the reviews might say. That was my worry.

It feels like it was yesterday. The daggers were coming at me. The Samsung team told me I was crazy for withdrawing the TV set. “What was I thinking?”  “Was I a friend or foe?” The air was thick and all of the Americans who worked for the company sank into their conference room chairs while this encounter was happening. 

Just when the ax was going to fall on my head, one of the Americans stood up and spoke out. His name was John Grundy. I barely knew him. He was one of the product managers. “Excuse me,” he said. “Are you not hearing what this woman is telling you? She is saving our brand. She is not allowing us to be embarrassed. We should thank her. Not scold her.”

Okay, I may not remember John’s exact words but that was the gist of it. Everyone went silent in the room. There was a long pause, until one of the Korean officials put a big smile on his face, and decided Samsung would actually start a quality control department. That was the good news. The challenging news was that HWH was now in charge of working with the Samsung technicians to make sure we not only secured good reviews, but “the Editor’s Choice” Awards as well.

More about how we managed to get a record -breaking number of product reviews for Samsung in a relatively short period of time, plus our challenging first encounter with Peter Weedfald, Samsung’s new marketing manager.  
Installment 2 , tomorrow.   

A memo to John Grundy. We don’t forget, thank you. 💋💋💋💋💋



Every year at this time, friends and family start asking me what I think will be the hottest products at CES.

There are so many this year, I don’t know where to start. I will be reporting from the show floor so expect to relay the greatest innovations as I find them.

I do expect a lot of attention on Samsung’s new 110-inch TV. The 110S9 features an ultra high definition (UHD) 800MP display. According to Samsung, the 110S9 will be targeted to high-end consumers in China, Europe, and the Middle East. Expect the unit to be sold here midyear. The 110S9 can be customized to individual consumer needs.

Industry sources said the unit is priced at over $150,000, although no one knows for sure. Samsung said they expect orders from companies, governments, and other enterprise customers before households.

What do you think?

Tweets from Samsung Exec, SF Plane Crash Survivor


David Eun

Maybe now you will have a whole new respect for Twitter. Many times before, I have written about the virtues of Twitter, never Facebook. They have two different purposes, though they get different bad raps.

Simply put, if you use Twitter correctly you will read news first on this information feed and you will have the opportunity to talk to the news makers themselves. No other communications vehicle can offer you the genius of this short-form blogging.

One of the biggest values of Twitter is the fact that it is live. The minute an event occurs, someone in the world posts information about it.

Such is the case of David Eun, the Samsung executive who was one of the passengers on Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it crash-landed at the airport in San Francisco. (A little side note. Eliot and I had a bird’s eye view of that runway from our Marriott Hotel room, 1122, on our monthly trips to our Redwood City office a decade ago. Eliot was so fascinated by the drama of watching the takeoffs and landings, he often stayed up to the wee hours of the morning).

The Wall Street Journal quickly pointed out today that Eun’s tweets were the first signs that most people survived despite TV images of flames engulfing the fuselage of the wrecked Boeing 777.

All of Eun’s tweets have been posted below so you can see the story unfold. He has been quiet today other than the last tweet. Eun is well known in Silicon Valley because he previously worked at Google and at AOL.

So far today, he has not granted any conventional interviews. A special message to David Eun from DigiDame and all of our readers: “We are glad you are safe and thank you for your remarkable effort to report the news.”

Anyone who wants to learn Twitter, call me.

David Eun (@Eunner)
7/6/13, 3:13 PM
I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal… (at @flySFO)

David Eun (@Eunner)
7/6/13, 3:23 PM
Fire and rescue people all over the place. They’re evacuating the injured. Haven’t felt this way since 9/11. Trying to help people stay calm. Deep breaths…

David Eun (@Eunner)
7/6/13, 3:33 PM
Lots of activity here. Friends, pls don’t call right now. I’m fine. Most people are totally calm and trying to let the fire and rescue do their jobs. Just like during 9/11, most people are great and try to be helpful in crisis…

David Eun (@Eunner)
7/6/13, 3:55 PM
@kccnn I don’t want to divert attention away from crash. Posted updates to let everyone know that majority of passengers seem ok.

David Eun (@Eunner)
7/6/13, 4:36 PM
At Terminal now. Very grateful I’m ok. Thanks for all your best wishes but please do not call me right now. Will keep everyone posted.

David Eun (@Eunner)
7/6/13, 5:15 PM
Just went through customs. Adrenaline rush is subsiding. Just trying to process all this. Really glad that most everyone I saw seemed ok, with just a few minor injuries. Thinking a lot about family and friends right now. . .

David Eun (@Eunner)
7/6/13, 8:14 PM
LOTS of officials with badges and uniforms but no updates. No communications. Waiting…

David Eun (@Eunner) 7/6/13, 9:31 PM
Just left SFO. Thanks everyone for your support and good wishes! Wishing the best for those who were

David Eun (@Eunner)
7/7/13, 9:33 AM
Feeling a little shaky from yesterday’s experience but strengthened by outpouring of support from all over. Reminded of how connected we all are. Mourning those who died or were injured. Thinking of two little boys who [were] with their mom. Hoping they weren’t too traumatized.

Let Your Mind Control Your Moves




Brain computer interface is not a fantasy anymore. There are a number of inventions being developed that allow you to move things around simply by thinking about such actions. It really is quite amazing that in just a few years we might be able to turn lights and appliances on and off with our minds.

Here is the reality. Samsung is currently testing tablets that can be controlled by your brain. The current version uses a cap that is studded with monitoring electrodes.

NeuroSky has a Bluetooth-enabled headset that allows people to play concentration-based games on computers and smartphones. Your brain is the joystick.

Emotiv has a device that can be used to play games by thinking about an emotion a person is feeling.

I guess someday I will be able to write this post just by thinking about it.

To read more companies that are delving into this field, click here.

I Hate to Make Fun of Samsung, but . . .



Samsung is not a pioneer. From the minute they reached these shores, all they have done is copy product and marketing plans from American companies they envy.

This guy Brian X. Chen, who wrote the New York Times story that Samsung is going to give Apple some of its own medicine by setting up mini-stores inside Best Buy across the United States this summer, can’t be serious.

First of all, Best Buy is going out of business. There is no way they can sustain themselves, not even with Samsung’s money. And if Samsung becomes financially responsible for them, they, too, will go out of business.

Electronic stores are passé. No one goes into traditional stores to buy anything anymore. People will shop, price compare, and then go online to the biggest discounter to make their purchases. The term they use for that process is called “show-rooming.”

Traditional retailers are so upset about being used for “show-rooming” purposes that many of them refuse to sell brands that sell to exclusive online retailers.

As I mentioned the other day, there isn’t a consistent top Korean executive at Samsung that is smart enough to know that putting a store within a store is not the same thing as the Apple retail environment. The Apple store is a formula that Steve Jobs created. It cannot be replicated unless you have the right product, the right design, the right sales people, the right inventory, and the right set of groupies that are willing to follow you anywhere.

Who wants to bet me right now that Samsung won’t fall flat on its face? Other than the first week when the departments open, I am predicting this concept will have tumbleweed running through it. Ghost City.

By the way, the geniuses at Samsung probably don’t know it, but they tried this concept already 15 years ago in the Miami branch of Comp USA stores. Back then you had to be pretty pathetic not to succeed because everything was selling off the shelves. Yet they failed big time.

The company knows nothing about retail and is not in the service business. If Apple had to start over again at this point in time, I don’t think even they would do as well as they did.

The Times They Are A-Changin’.

My Secret Life with Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton speaking at the Golden Globes

Bill Clinton speaking at the Golden Globes

Every time I see Bill Clinton associated with Samsung (personal appearances, speeches, golf outings)I remind myself that I was the one who started it all. He recently was the keynoter for Samsung at International CES in Las Vegas. I am writing this post not to pat myself on the back (that’s a lie) but to share a work experience that underscores that if you want to get something done,”just make it happen.”

With no special talents, I have made impossible dreams come true time after time just by sheer perseverance. In life, people tell us “It’s who we know,” that makes a difference. I am here to tell you that is not entirely true. I hope you share my Clinton experience with every young person you know, so they too can be empowered with the force of “tenacity and determination.”

It was over 10 years ago that I was in charge of getting publicity for Samsung’s then charity,”Four Seasons of Hope.”The event was a month away and I couldn’t get a word written about it. I took a long hot shower (my best think tank) to come up with an idea that would cause media mayhem.

I knew only one guy could do that for me, so the next morning I called the office of President Bill Clinton. An intern picked up the phone and I explained my dilemma to him. I asked the most important question, “How do I get Clinton to Samsung’s charity event?” Only six months on the job, he whispered, “Donate Samsung TV displays to his Foundation and charities.”

I immediately called the marketing executive who I reported to at Samsung, Peter Weedfald, and his co-creator of the event, Susan Grant.They both gave me their support but warned me that the PR better match the donation.

Just telling the press that Clinton was going to show got a lot of interest, but was not getting me the camera crews and gossip press. I took my plight to columnist Andrea Peyser of the New York Post who put her own spin on the story that turned out to be one of the most sensational PR campaigns that I was ever involved with.

When Andrea learned that Clinton was going to be in the same room with Rudy Giuliani (she claimed that at the time they were at war with each other) she ran a picture of them nose to nose on the front page of the Post with the headline, “Faceoff!” The story was all about how Giuliani had been at the event for a few years and now Clinton was attending to possibly steal his thunder.

Every TV station, newspaper, magazine, wire service, radio and freelancer showed up to witness the encounter. The event turned out to be SRO, standing room only. The press was hanging off the scaffolds that were built for them.

Clinton and Giuliani did not disappoint. Being the politicians they are, the stars both walked on stage from opposite sides and embraced in the middle. The crowd went wild. We once again made headlines everywhere.

Ever since then, I have had a special relationship with Clinton that he too admits was built on sweat, passion, and trust. The Samsung people now have a solid relationship with Clinton and I believe I was responsible for it all. I never hear from Weedfald even though we shared career thrilling milestones together. Susan Grant continues to be one of the greatest event producers ever to grace this earth and stays well connected to me.

And then there is Bill Clinton. I am probably one of the few he never propositioned. I never would have taken him seriously anyway. You don’t need to sleep with the man to fall in love. To quote Hillary when she was in the depths of despair over Bill’s worst antics during his Presidency, “He still remains to be the most intelligent, articulate, knowledgable, and seductive man I have ever met.”

I couldn’t agree more!