San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Industry veteran Mike “Sparky” Detmer, formerly president of Niles Audio, has launched a company offering strategic planning and business-optimization services to manufacturers, distributors and dealers in the technology-integration and consumer electronics industries.
New York — Acer today launched several new touch-enabled mobile computers and tablets at a press event here.
Acer chairman and CEO J.T. Wang and company president Jim Wong unveiled the Aspire R7 laptop, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Iconia A1 tablet, Aspire V5 mainstream laptop and the new V7 Ultrabook.
Petaluma, Calif. – Niles Audio launched a quartet of horizontal in-wall soundbars believed to be the industry’s first such products.
The four Cynema Soundfield systems consist of one passive model and three active models in 48-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch widths. The four models are shipping at suggested retails of $1,195 for the passive CSF-48P and $1,599, $1,749, and $1,999 for the active CSF-48A, CSF-55A, and CSF-65A, respectively. All are three-channel soundbars.
New York — Barnes and Noble subsidiary Nook Media wants to boost sales of its Nook HD and HD+ tablets by enabling them to access the Google Play store and run other Google services.
Google Play access will substantially expand the number of apps that users can download. The tablets will also run Google’s Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search and Google Maps.
Boston – The chief executives of the Gordon Brothers Group, the advisory, lending, investment and liquidation firm based here, which holds the rights to the Polaroid brand, issued an open letter of thanks to those who should their support in the wake of the recent Boston Marathon Bombing tragedy.
Gordon Brothers CEO Michael G. Frieze; president Kenneth S. Frieze COO Robert L. Paglia issued the following statement Thursday:
“Friends and partners,
Santa Clara, Calif. – Magellan priced its Cloud-connected SmartGPS at a suggested $249 and began offering it nationwide through Best Buy and BestBuy.com.
Washington D.C. – The growth rate of wireless-carrier revenues accelerated in 2012, CTIA-The Wireless Association found in its semi-annual carrier survey.
The CTIA said this was due to continued growth in cellular subscriber connections and because average revenues per unit rose following a four-year slide.
Winston-Salem, N.C. – An in-house video used as a rallying cry for members at its recent PrimeTime! meeting has been released by the Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) for use as a TV commercial.
The ad, like the original video presentation, highlights the advantages of independent dealers over the big-box shopping experience.
The video, “The Independent Resurgence,” was re-edited by popular demand into 30- and 60-second spots that can be customized to reflect each member’s store name, local marketplace and vendor partners.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Intel’s board of directors today named company veteran Brian Kryzanich as its next CEO.
Kryzanich, 52, will replace Paul Otellini when he officially steps down from the position on May 16 during the company’s stockholder meeting. Otellini announced last November his intention to leave. He will have spent 38 years with Intel.
Kryzanich joined Intel in 1982.
Tempto, Ariz. – Car audio supplier Rockford Fosgate renewed its partnership with Vans Warped Tour concerts, which kick off June 15 in Seattle and wrap up August 4 in Houston.
The aftermarket supplier launched a Warped Tour promotion and will bring its Mercedes Benz Sprinter demo vehicle to the summertime events.