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New York – Retailers including Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart marked last night’s rollout of PlayStation 4 with special hours and launch events, and will do so again next week for the debut of Xbox One.
Select Best Buy stores remained open last night for Sony’s 12:01 a.m. rollout of its $400 PS4 console. In anticipation of long lines, the No. 1 CE chain cautioned customers to arrive early — many were already camping out — and began processing pre-orders as early at 10 p.m.
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.
Phoenix — Television antenna resource Channel Master said Thursday that Sling Media’s Slingbox remote HD TV program viewing capability will now be available via an optional device for select Channel Master DVR products.
Slingbox will enable Channel Master DVR owners to view their live and recorded HD broadcast content for free on PC, TV, tablet and smartphone screens inside and outside of the home using a broadband connection.
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Burlington, Mass. - Easy Access Distribution, the New England chapter of Catalyst AV distribution network, recently hosted its 14th annual Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo at the Billerica Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.
The distributor reports that 170 local integrators attended the two-day event and the brands that exhibited their latest products and hosted training sessions included home awareness & energy management brand enerG, Atlonta, Bitwise, EnGenius, TiO, Luxul, TiVo, Clearview, RTI, Vanco, Vivitek, and more.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – LG Electronics recently received its TWICE VIP (Very Important Product) awards at its headquarters, here.
LG’s three awards, were announced in the August 12 print edition of TWICE, are:
Seattle – Amazon today introduced a new program that allows Kindle buyers to design a personalized device cover.
Called Amazon Origami, the Kindle purchaser can either upload an image or choose from a variety of Amazon-supplied backgrounds, logos or designs.
Amazon Origami is offered at no additional cost to the cover being purchased and is available on covers for all of Amazon Kindle e-reader and tablet products.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Rovi said Thursday that its Rovi Video database of TV, movie and celebrity metadata, will deliver information and graphics to the OneGuide electronic TV program guide on Microsoft’s forthcoming Xbox One entertainment console.
The launch is a part of a larger initiative that is to include Rovi Video on Xbox One in multiple countries, enabled by the multi-region, multi-format data Rovi is providing for TV, tablets and mobile phones.
New York — Harman International will open its first U.S. store on Nov. 22 to demonstrate its home, aftermarket car and pro audio products and sell select home audio gear to consumers.
The two-level, 8,500-square-foot store on Madison Avenue in Manhattan will also serve as “a key showroom and experience center for our channel and technology partners and for our automotive OEM customers to get a full brand experience,” said Michael Mauser, president/executive VP of the Harman lifestyle division.
Libertyville, Ill. – Google-owned Motorola has developed a low-cost smartphone positioned as an alternative to price-conscious smartphone buyers who have had to settle for older obsolete smartphones or for cheap new phones with “second-rate technology.”
The Moto G is a 3G smartphone available in GSM/HSPA+21 and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A versions with Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 4.5-inch HD display, and Android 4.3. An Android 4.4 upgrade is due in January.
Los Gatos, Calif. – Zepp Labs today has made available an app-powered multi-sport sensor and sports-specific mounts to track training data and improve performance.
The company is releasing three sports-specific packages, Zepp Baseball, Zepp Golf and Zepp Tennis, containing a sensor and a mount which attach to a bat, golf glove or racket, respectively, and deliver performance data such as swing speed, trajectory and tempo to the app running on a portable device.