By Lisa Johnston
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Dallas – Samsung Mobile launched a free and ad-free music service for users of select Galaxy smartphones.
Milk Music, powered by Slacker, delivers more than 200 genre-based and curated stations with more than 13 million songs.
The service also lets users create custom stations and allows for six song skips per hour per station.
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Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless expanded its 4G LTE tablet section for the second consecutive day, this time adding the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro with 12.2-inch screen.
Yesterday, the company began offering LTE-equipped version of LG’s G Pad 8.3 tablet.
The additions expand the carrier’s LTE tablet selection to 11 models, excluding used models. Both new models are available through Verizon stores and indirect channels.
Dallas — Samsung Telecommunications America appointed Vince Hudson to the new position of marketing strategy and operations VP to oversee marketing operations and product launches in the U.S.
The Procter and Gamble veteran will focus “on enhancing how consumers engage with Samsung technology,” the Samsung Electronics subsidiary said.
Arlington, Va. — In-vehicle technology was an important factor when purchasing a new vehicle within the past year for more than half (59 percent) of online U.S. consumers of driving age, according to research released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Orlando, Fla. — Walmart is testing a wide range of pick-up options for online orders as it continues to integrate its physical and e-commerce operations.
Leveraging its supply chain, Walmart is looking beyond stores to lockers and even freestanding drive-through windows as retrieval points for dot.com purchases.
Tokyo – Jack Tretton, president/CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEA), will leave the company as of March 31, the result of a mutual agreement between the executive and the company not to renew their contractual relationship.
Shawn Layden, currently executive VP and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will replace Tretton as of April 1, the company said.
Tretton has been with SCEA since its inception in 1995. As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America.
Mountain View, Calif. –– Start-up Bellabeat is offering its first product, a pocket-sized digital sensor and accompanying app that allows expecting parents to track the fetal development of their baby using a smartphone.
The Bellabeat Tracking system amplifies the unborn baby's heartbeat, tracks fetal movements, visualizes in-utero sounds and offers illustrations of the baby's physical development. It also includes a tool for tracking pregnancy weight gain.
Fountain Valley, Calif. — D-Link has begun shipping the Wi-Fi AC750 portable router and charger (DIR-510L), a device that lets users create a Wi-Fi hot spot and also acts as a rechargeable battery for mobile devices.
It will be available through Amazon.com, Frys.com and other retailers at a suggested retail of $99.99.
New York — Logitech held its annual investor day here today, reporting significant progress in its turnaround efforts in the 14 months since president Bracken Darrell added CEO to his title.
"Consumers are showing their approval of our renewed emphasis on product design," said Darrell, as he reported raised earnings and sales guidance numbers for fiscal 2014, ended March 31; forecasted improved growth for fiscal 2015; and announced a $250 million company stock buyback to award shareholders for their confidence.