By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas — iLuv announced a set of ear-clip headphones at International CES last month, along with a pair of in-ear earphones and an iPod Nano fitness kit.
The i306 stereo ear-clip headphones are designed for use with iPhone and feature an in-line microphone that enables users to listen to music and talk on the phone hands-free. They are currently available for a $39.99 suggested retail.
The i80 Crystal in-ear earphones, also intended for use with the iPhone, come with in-line volume control and a holster case for device protection. It will be available in March for $69.99.
The i161B fitness kit is engineered for use with third-generation Nanos. It comes with in-ear earphones, an elastic strap, reflector and car adapter. It is scheduled to be available this month for $49.99.
Cupertino, Calif. — The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) and Ecma International announced today that the International Standards Organization (ISO) has approved ISO/IEC 10995, a global standard for optical-media archive-life testing for recordable and rewritable DVDs.
Approval of the new standard is the culmination of joint development efforts by OSTA and ECMA to define standard procedures for media archive-life testing and classification, and then fast-track the archival-grade optical disc testing specification through the ISO process.
OSTA established the Optical Disc Archive Testing Committee in 2005 to enable a broad team of industry experts, including global manufacturers of 120mm optical media and drives, as well as university and government participants, to define the test methodology. In 2006, OSTA and ECMA agreed to work together to fast-track the test methodology, initially approved as ECMA-397, through the ISO process
"Optical discs are an excellent archival medium for secure, removable, portable storage of important photos and documents," said David Bunzel, OSTA president. "Approval of this global standard is an important milestone in our goal to enable end users to more easily identify and select archival-grade optical media, and we encourage industry-wide implementation of this standard to assist them in their purchase decisions."
OSTA's membership includes optical product manufacturers and resellers from three continents, representing more than 85 percent of worldwide writable optical product shipments, according to the trade association.
More info on OSTA is available at www.osta.org.
Compton, Calif. — MobileLife, a division of Magnadyne, has introduced a line of in-car and in-home charging devices for a variety of mobile phones and portable electronics products.
The VPA17MTMCU is a car charger unit for use with popular phones, PDAs and many consumer electronics products. It shipped in January with a suggested retail of $19.95. The VPA17MTMCU-USB adds an in-line USB charging port for charging a second device. It has a suggested retail of $24.95 and is shipping.
The VPAMTV3-USB is also a car charger model with a 1-amp output to quickly charge portable devices. An extra USB port and mini USB connector permit use with Motorola, BlackBerry and HTC phones as well as PDAs and other portable electronic devices. Suggested retail is $24.95, and it is available now for immediate shipment.
The TCML-MCU portable travel charger works with most popular phones, PDAs and portable CE devices. Priced at $19.95, it is shipping now. The TCML-MCU-USB portable travel charger adds a USB charging port and is priced at $24.95; it is also shipping now.
Finally, The Model DVU-2 is a car charger extender that adds two additional cigarette lighter ports and two USB charging ports for multiple charging applications. Suggested retail is $19.95 and is available now.
Gummersbach, Germany — Jobo has introduced a new line of Jobo Energy Premio rechargeable batteries for digital cameras and camcorders.
The Jobo Energy Premio battery line has been developed specifically for use with digital SLRs, compact point-and-shoot digital cameras and camcorders. In total there are about 300 battery models (mostly lithium-ion, but some NiMH), 60 of the most common of them will be readily available for the 400 most-popular camera models.
The line is packaged with an easy-to-match color-coding system making it easier for retailers and consumers to find the right replacement battery for their digital camera or camcorder model, the company said.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.