San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Palm will offer Michael Jordan special editions of the m100 and m500 to be sold online and through select stores, the company said.
This summer, the new models will ship offering special cosmetics with Michael Jordan's signature and with a software bundle selected by the famous NBA athlete.
DVD hardware manufacturers Toshiba and Samsung are teaming with DVD video software retailers for several DVD software rental promotions.
Toshiba said it is teaming with national video chain Hollywood Video to offer consumers who purchase select Toshiba DVD-Video players 10 free DVD rentals (approximately a $30 value). The offer is good at "more than 1,800 Hollywood Video locations across the U.S," and consumers are not required to rent any additional titles to qualify.
LA PUENTE, CALIF. — Kinyo's TA-927 surround sound system is shipping with a $49.95 suggested retail. It is billed as a 4.1 Game Zone system with 550 watts of total output through four pre-amplified satellite speakers and a dedicated subwoofer that is housed in a wooden enclosure.
Loewe, the high-end German TV line introduced by Sensory Science here last year, announced major price reductions for its three 4:3 SDTV-capable digital televisions.
The move came as the line's U.S. distributor, Sensory Science, fine-tunes the assortment to reflect the changing marketplace, company executives said.
Intel's USB evangelist Steve Whalley was at RetailVision touting the advantages of the technology. Whalley said USB version 2.0, which offers data transfer rates up to 200Mbps, should be finalized by the end of the year. He expected some of the first Easy PC computers, which eliminate the serial and parallel ports and offer unique non-PC-like form factors, to be available in the second half of the year.
Sony and Toshiba have brought desktop PC features to the notebook market with their recent introduction of models with personal video recorder capability.
Sony introduced two new notebook computers, one of which places for the first time the company's Giga Pocket PVR technology in a mobile platform. Toshiba opted for Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center operating system to give its new notebook PVR functionality.
OSAKA, Japan -- Matsushita Electric Industrial reported consolidated operating profit of $200 million, up 48 percent, while consolidated group sales were up 1 percent to $16.72 billion for the first quarter ended June 30.
Compared to the same period last year domestic sales were up 1 percent to $8.16 billion, while overseas sales grew 1 percent to $8.56 billion, "reflecting the economic recovery in Southeast Asia and continued growth in North America and Europe," the company said.