By Lisa Johnston
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Raleigh, N.C. — Alco Electronics is introducing the RCA Internet Music System combines Internet streaming capability, traditional CD and FM radio playback, and even Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity to other devices.
The system, available now at Walmart stores and online from RCATablets.com, has a suggested retail of $199.
The RCA Internet Music System (model RCS13101E) combines a 7-inch Android tablet and a bookshelf stereo unit and is compatible with most popular Android music and video apps, 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.
Austin, Texas — Aupeo, Panasonic’s radio streaming service, used the SXSW Festival to announce it is teaming up with top news, traffic and weather networks to expand its listening experience for users.
At the same time, the service revealed that its recommendation algorithms now adapt to individual Love and Ban information and provide recommendations for talk content as well as music.
Aupeo said CBS Radio News, TheBlaze Radio News, TheBlaze Radio Network, AccuWeather, GEO Traffic and Umano have been added as talk content partners.
Overland Park, Kan. — Phase Technology has begun shipping its ultra-thin Teatro TSB3.0 soundbar.
The soundbar, which was originally introduced last fall during CEDIA Expo and retails for $738, has high-performance left, right and center channels paired with two SFE Spatial Field Expanders.
Redmond, Wash. — Kinivo has introduced the M2 Bluetooth-enabled 2.1 speaker system for the home or office.
The M2 consists of two compact speakers that communicate with the system’s active subwoofer, producing superior, deep bass, which can be discreetly hidden and controlled remotely, the company said.
Santa Monica, Calif. — Beats Electronics named An De Vooght as chief financial officer and executive VP, replacing Scott Henry.
Henry remains with the company but his new title was not provided.
De Vooght, who previously held chief financial officer and VP of internal audit positions at Red Bull, will “oversee all financial operations of the business, while providing strategic oversight and guidance alongside the rest of the senior management team,” the company said in a statement.
She will report to Luke Wood, Beats Electronics president.
Newark, N.J. – Panasonic officially announced pricing on its previously announced Lumix GH4 Micro Four Thirds compact system camera with 4K Ultra HD video recording capability.
The DMC-GH4K (GH4) will hit retailers in early May at a $1,699 suggested retail for the body only.
Panasonic will also offer a “Video Adapter for cinematography” for the camera at a $1,999 suggested retail on its Shop.Panasonic.com website and at photo specialty retailers.
Austin, Texas — This week's South By Southwest Festival will be the setting for the launch of the high-resolution PonoMusic digital audio service and digital audio player from musician Neil Young and Ayre Acoustics.
Conceived by Young to combat the popular compression formats of digital audio files, which he feels downgrades the quality, the PonoPlayer plays back uncompressed 24/192 PCM audio available from PomoMusic.com.
Tokyo — Sony and Panasonic revealed the specifications for a new disc-based long-term Archival Disc format that will store between 300GB and 1TB of data per disc.
The system is said to be more resistant to dust, shock, extreme temperatures and moisture than typical hard disk drives, and will offer “inter-generational compatibility” between different formats and the format evolves.
According to a product roadmap issued by both companies, the first 300GB Archival Discs are due to arrive by summer 2015, with increasing storage upgrades scheduled to follow.
Scottsdale, Ariz. - Ingram Micro’s Consumer Electronics Division (IMCE) has signed an agreement to carry Hisense USA’s line of smart TVs.
IMCE said by May 19 Hisense models from both its commercial and retail line of LED HDTVs, including selected models from the Hisense H6 series, will be available. Besides web-based features such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube, the H6 allows for connectivity and interactivity with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, USB and the Google Chrome browser, the distributor said.
New York – DataVision, the New York A/V and IT specialty dealer, will leave its Fifth Avenue home of 21 years this June for a smaller, “connected” showroom downtown.
The independent retailer, led by CEO Jimmy Garson and president Albert Liniado, said the move was prompted by rising rents, smaller vendor lines, the demise of packaged software and the popularity of mobile shopping.