By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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 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.
New York -- Pyle Audio will debut this week a shower-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker/speakerphone.
The Gator Sound waterproof speaker and speakerphone is a lightweight, waterproof unit with a hook for hanging on a shower head, built-in microphone for hands-free calling, and a push-button control to connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device.
It features a rechargeable lithium battery, USB charging cable and enhanced bass production, the company said. It comes in blue, white or black and will retail for $49.99.
Mahwah, N.J. – Denon plans March availability of its first USB DAC, the DA-300USB at a universal advertised price of $499.
The 32-bit, 192kHz asynchronous DAC connects computers to hi-fi systems via USB-B port to bypass the computer’s lower quality sound card. The DAC also incorporates a headphone amplifier stage and features one coaxial and two optical digital S/PDIF inputs. Those inputs can be used to connect other digital music sources such as game consoles and media streamers, to improve sound quality.
Schaffhausen, Switzerland – GPS supplier Garmin posted a 1 percent decline in fourth-quarter sales and a 3 percent full-year decline but increased net income in both periods by 26.5 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively.
Sales in the North America region were down 3 percent for the quarter and 5 percent for the year.
Washington – The major appliance industry got off to a mixed start in 2014, with factory shipments rising 2.1 percent in January.
According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), which compiles the monthly wholesale data, the gains were concentrated in room air and microwave ovens, and masked steep declines in home laundry, down 10.8 percent, and refrigerators/freezers, down 10.1 percent.
Gas ovens saw the biggest drop last month at 34.5 percent, while chest-style freezers and trash compactors followed with declines of 22.5 percent each.
By Greg Tarr
City of Industry, Calif. – Performance gaming PC maker CyberPower is now offering several series of PC gaming systems based on Nvidia’s new Nvidia GTX 750; GTX 750 Ti, and GTX Titan Black edition GPUs.
CyberPower customers can add the GPUs to its Zeus Mini small form factor series, Zeus EVO, and Fang III systems, the company said.
Ann Arbor, Mich. – A sharp drop in online customer satisfaction, and improved service and deeper discounts at brick-and-mortar stores, has leveled the playing field between the two retail channels, a new study has found.
According the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 based on thousands of consumer interviews, brick-and-mortar retailers equaled their online counterparts for the first time since e-tailers were added to the satisfaction surveys 14 years ago.