By Lisa Johnston
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Consumer Electronics Association has realigned its management naming Karen Chupka events and conferences VP, taking on the responsibilities of CES VP Robbi Lycett, who is leaving the organization.
In a prepared statement, CEA said Chupka will continue with her responsibilities as business and industry development VP. Lycett will continue to work with CEA on CES 2001 by serving as a consultant. She will focus on key strategic issues, particularly those involving the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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.
San Diego - Sony debuted the Vaio W series of mini notebooks today.
The W models feature 1,366 by 768, LED, 10.1-inch backlit displays. They are said to be Energy Star 5.0 compliant, as well as EPEAT Gold registered, with mercury-free LCDs.
Other features include Vaio Media plus Multimedia Streaming software, two USB ports, integrated Bluetooth technology, built-in Web cam and microphone, and a 160GB hard drive. Three colors are offered: Berry Pink, Sugar White and Cocoa Brown.
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.
Adam Levin, of Levin Consulting, discussed nine ways for vendors to boost sales. These included making every attempt to place products at Wal-Mart, to properly utilizing retail sales data. Levin's most important tip was to realize how important Wal-Mart is to the IT category and to not believe the rumors that vendors cannot make money doing business with Wal-Mart. At the same time, manufacturers have to make sure they are in category powerhouses Best Buy and Dell.
Apple's winning streak continued with the iBook becoming the best-selling notebook computer in October, according to PC Data, Reston, Va.