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Lawrenceville, Ga. — Encompass Supply Chain Solutions today announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Hisense USA to enhance service parts support for its CE and major appliance products.
Mountain View, Calif. – Eye-Fi introduced Monday its Mobi Class 10 Wi-Fi card that sends images directly to a mobile device without the need to connect to a computer first.
The Eye-Fi Mobi, which carries a $50 suggested retail for an 8GB card and $80 for 16GB, is designed for photographers who have become accustomed to the convenience of storing images on their smartphones and tablets.
Seoul, South Korea — Samsung is expanding its next-generation of Tab series tablets.
The 10.1- and 8-inch Tab 3 models will be available globally beginning in June, joining a 7-inch Tab 3 announced in May.
The two new models’ prices and availability date by country were not announced.
The new Android 4.2 models feature many of the same software features as the 7-inch Tab 3. Both new models, which will be available in Wi-Fi and cellular versions, are not part of the Note series of tablets, which come with a stylus.
Irvine, Calif. — Notebooks, laptops and Ultrabooks may be getting a little smaller, following Western Digital’s disclosure Monday at Computex Taipei 2013 that it’s starting delivery on “the world’s thinnest 1TB hard drive.”
The 2.5-inch WD Blue 7mm hard drive is targeted at OEMs, channel integrators and general consumers, and will provide “a unique storage solution for thin and light systems, slimmer notebooks, as well as compatibility with the industry-standard 9.5mm drive slots of mainstream notebooks,” the company said.
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Friday issued a statement of support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) upcoming version 6.0 Energy Star television and display specifications, which will take effect June 1.
Chicago — Regional carrier U.S. Cellular will join other cellular carriers in entering the home phone market, giving consumers another option to cut the cord with a wireless service that costs less than standard landline service.
The LTE/CDMA carrier plans to offer a device that connects to up to two corded phones or multiple cordless phones to the U.S. Cellular network. The device will cost one cent with a two-year contract for a $19.99/month service that offers unlimited nationwide calling, voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding and three-way calling.
New York — Outdoor Tech expanded its line of headphones to add a Bluetooth model that comes with a battery-level indicator.
The Tuis headphones feature 40mm drivers, onboard controls, Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP streaming and a built-in mic. Playtime is listed at 16 hours with 200 hours of standby time. When the headphones are paired with an iPhone, a battery-status indicator will appear next to the phone’s battery status, a spokeswoman told TWICE.
Long Beach, Calif. – Greater differentiation between the Kenwood and JVC car electronics lines, a refocusing of the JVC marketing department on supporting sell-in and sell-though, and other select changes are on the horizon now that Kenwood’s Keith Lehmann has taken on the additional role of senior VP at JVC Mobile Entertainment.
At JVC, Lehmann is taking charge of JVC Mobile sales, marketing and business strategy. At Kenwood, whose car electronics sales exceed JVC’s, Lehmann’s title changes to executive VP of consumer electronics from senior VP.
Santa Monica, Calif. – Antelope Audio plans July shipments of its first DAC with DSD (SACD) file decoding.
The Zodiac Platinum USB DAC, which will retail for an expected $4,895, performs DSD up-sampling to DSD256 and PCM up-sampling to 384kHz. DSD up-sampling pushes DSD noise into higher frequencies, “vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion,” the company said.
Las Vegas — European cellphone supplier Just5 has begun shipping its second cellphone intended for consumers who want basic voice service and simplified operation.