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Port Washington, N.Y. — ESPN’s recent decision to drop its 3D HD sports channel followed a cooling in interest among manufacturers and consumers, alike, according to a recent blog by Ben Arnold, The NPD Group industry analysis director.
According to 3D TV unit sell-through numbers, NPD’s Retail Tracking Service said sales, which had been robust through 2012 at 32 percent growth compared with the year prior, have slowed through the first quarter of the year.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Touch-sensor glass production is forecast to grow dramatically as new touch technologies begin to take hold, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
The research firm expects total sensor glass yield to hit 35.9 million square meters by 2015, up from 25.5 million square meters in 2013 and 12 million square meters last year.
Park City, Utah — Skullcandy announced Kyle Wescoat has resigned as chief financial officer, and that the company will be closing its California office and moving operations to its headquarters, here.
Kyle Wescoat, who was brought on as CFO from Vizio last fall, has resigned “in order to pursue opportunities closer to his home in Southern California,” a company statement said.
Wescoat will stay with the company until September.
Los Angeles — Audyssey reports music-streaming apps will sound better through headphones connected to iOS and Android devices if the apps incorporate its new technology called AmpIT.
The new technology is a software developers kit (SDK), that enables music-streaming apps to optimize sound output for specific headphone models connected to a smartphone or tablet. The SDK also runs an audio-perception algorithm that maintains perceived bass response that would normally be lost at lower listening levels through headphones.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint filed a lawsuit in a Delaware court to block Dish Network’s bid for Clearwire and effectively called Dish dishonest.
The suit against Dish and Clearwire follows a decision last week by Clearwire’s board to recommend that Clearwire shareholders vote down Sprint’s plan to acquire Clearwire and opt instead for Dish’s competing bid.
Sprint, which owns slightly more than 50 percent of Clearwire, wants to acquire the remainder of the Clearwire stock that it doesn’t already own.
New York — Social media, mobile and online shopping, and mobile and online promotions and coupons are the top tech trends making “a significant impact” on retail, industry executives said.
According to a survey of 101 senior retail executives by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG, 71 percent of retail companies are using social media to reach more customers and explore new ways of doing business, up from 58 percent last year.
Indianapolis — Klipsch said it’s now shipping its latest in-ear headphones, the S3m.
The S3m feature 5.3mm dynamic drivers, Klipsch’s patented oval ear tips, and a universal in-line mic and remote. Five colors are available: black, white, blue, red or jade.
Frequency response is listed at 12Hz to 18kHz, with sensitivity of 106dB and impedance of 18 ohms at 1kHz.
Suggested retail is $49.99. A carry case, clothing clip and three sizes of ear tips are included.
Greenwood, Miss. — Premium majap maker Viking Range continues to take its distribution in house.
In its latest two-step realignment, the vendor moved its distribution in Arizona and Southern Nevada from Milestone Distributors to Viking Range, LLC Distribution Southwest.
Milestone, based in Dallas, will continue to serve as the Viking distributor in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer will offer an audio/video receiver this year with built-in HDBaseT technology, which ships an HDMI signal up to 328 feet over thin, inexpensive CAT cable to an HD display, the company told TWICE.
Pioneer is the first component-audio supplier to confirm plans for such an AVR.
New York — Adorama, the Manhattan photo, A/V and IT specialty dealer, will host its Third Annual Sunday Family Funday Street Fair this weekend to benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
Adorama has arranged to close its entire block on West 18th St. for the free, six-hour event, whose sponsors include Adobe, Apple, Canon, Dell, Intel, Lexar, LG, Nikon, Samsung, Manfrotto, Panasonic, Pentax, SanDisk, Sony, Verizon and Western Digital.