By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas – Premium majap makers Dacor and Viking took home the gold at this month’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
Dacor won Best in Show and Best of Kitchen: Gold for its Discovery iQ 30-inch wall oven, while Viking swept KBIS’s People’s Choice Awards with first, second and third place wins for its Professional line of cooking products.
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.
Cupertino, Calif. — Seagate Technologies has expanded its flagship LaCie-brand Thunderbolt series of external hard drives in a big way — 5TB big.
The three new LaCie Thunderbolt 5TB, 7,200 rpm single-drive models are said to be the highest capacity portable drives available on the consumer market.
Fremont, Calif. — Dell has joined the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), becoming the first major PC manufacturer to formally support a wireless power standard group.
Coinciding with the addition of Dell’s membership, the A4WP is introducing a secondary, higher-powered initiative focusing on wirelessly charging higher powered electronic products, from 20 to 50 watts, such as Ultrabooks, laptops and mid-powered appliances.
NEW YORK – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will be among a number of high-end CE industry representatives scheduled to exhibit at the Rand Luxury Technology Show, March 4, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, here.
The CEA and top brands including LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony will use the invitation only event to show press, analysts, retail executives and affluent consumers, examples of some of the finest home and mobile technology gear available today.
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) president/CEO Gary Shapiro is urging “innovation-friendly” energy policies for North America.
The statement comes as Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and President Barack Obama meet at the Trilateral North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico.
Salt Lake City — A federal judge approved Wednesday a preliminary injunction against mobile TV service Aereo.
Judge Dale Kimball, of The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Utah, ruled in favor of local broadcasters Community Television of Utah, KUTV-TV, Fox Broadcasting, and Nexstar Broadcasting, although the case will not proceed further until after a similar injunction case is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in April.
Seoul, South Korea — LG will go to next week’s Mobile World Congress with its first mini version of an existing premium smartphone.
The G2 Mini with 4.7-inch display is a smaller version of the premium G2 with 5.2-inch display. It’s designed to bring most of the G2’s premium user-interface features to a broader audience via a mid-tier device, LG said.
The phone will be available in several variations worldwide, including single- and dual-SIM models, 3G and 4G LTE, and four color options.
San Jose, Calif. — Netgear introduced this week a pair of cable modem routers including the N600 dual-band Wi-Fi (C3700) and the N300 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3000).
The two-in-one devices integrate a Docsis 3.0 cable modem for faster Internet access and an N300/N600 high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi router.
The N600 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3700) has a $129.99 suggested retail and the N300 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3000) carries a $99.99 suggested retail. Both are available now.
Chicago - Cobra Electronics reported higher net and operating income in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Net income was $1.9 million for the fourth quarter, compared with net income of $1.4 million in the prior year.
Operating income for the quarter was $1.8 million for the current quarter, compared with operating income of $1.4 million in the same quarter last year. These results reflected a decrease in selling, general and administrative expense that was partially offset by slightly lower net sales and gross margin, Cobra said.