By Lisa Johnston
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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.
Toshiba is planning a broad expansion of its Satellite portable computer offerings with new models being added to all its consumer categories at International CES this week.
In the netbook category Toshiba is introducing the NB305, said Carrie Cowan, Toshiba's product marketing manager for consumer laptops.
The NB305 has Intel's N450 Atom processor, a 10.1-inch LED backlit display, 250GB hard drive and a 3G wireless option.
Internet security software has been the lone bright spot for retail software sales so far in 2009, according to The NPD Group.
The research firm said security software sold through store's tech benches, the computer service department, comprised 18 percent of all retail-level security software sales. This is up from 11 percent in 2008.
The average Apple computer owner may be a bit more open-minded than the company's snarky TV commercials would indicate.
According to a study conducted by The NPD Group, 85 percent of those who own an Apple computer also posses a Windows-based PC. The study also found that Apple's market penetration increased to 12 percent in 2009, up from 9 percent last year.
This data was derived from 2,300 panelists who were polled in an online survey.
NetGear launched its latest RangeMax Wireless N router that is based on Linux's open-source software.
The RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L) is being targeted at developers and enthusiasts. The router supports several free open-source firmware applications, including DD-WRT, OpenWRT and Tomato, and additional titles can be downloaded at www.myopenrouter.com, the company said.
Lower average selling prices contributed to a 12.5 percent decline in back-to-school sales of CE and IT products, to $7.6 billion, despite a surge in notebook PC purchases.
The figures, compiled by market research firm The NPD Group through its weekly tracking service, cover the seven-week period from July 26 through Sept. 12.
Sony introduced last week a Vaio entertainment hub HD PC/TV and two new notebooks, including the Vaio X series that weighs in at 1.6 pounds.
The Vaio L Touch HD PC/TV is centered around a 24W-inch WUXGA resolution touchscreen panel that displays FullHD resolution. The unit will come in several configurations with a base price of $1,300.