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Indianapolis — Klipsch Group launched a serial-number verification portal on its website to combat counterfeiting headphones.
The company has incorporated a serialized holographic label with targeted security features on all of its headphone boxes. Users can enter the hologram’s serial number found on the box to determine if their Klipsch headphones are genuine products, the company said.
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.
Seattle — Two Kindle tablet models were the best-selling items on Amazon.com over the Thanksgiving weekend, the e-tailer reported.
Sales of the Kindle Fire HDX (7-inch version) and Kindle Fire HD also helped make the holiday shopping weekend “the best ever” for the company’s proprietary tablet and e-reader line, which enjoyed record orders.
“We’re excited that so many customers have chosen Kindle this holiday season,” said Kindle VP Neil Lindsay. “And it’s just getting started.”
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics (LG) said here Tuesday that it will be the first company to incorporate the AllJoyn open source software framework into its Smart TV platform, giving users a new level of interoperability between devices.
AllJoyn, which was developed by Qualcomm, is designed “to create a common language that seamlessly connects the Internet of Things, regardless of brand or operating system (OS),” the company said.
The technology will enable seamless multi-device interoperation and content sharing with next-generation LG Smart TVs.
Los Angeles — James Fishler, formerly LG Electronics USA marketing and go to market operations (CMO) senior VP, has joined Beats by Dr. Dre as sales VP, he revealed Monday through LinkedIn.
Fishler’s departure follows the recent announcement that Jay Vandenbree, LG Electronics USA Home Entertainment senior VP, will retire at the end of the year.
Vandenbree’s duties will be absorbed by incoming LG Electronics USA president William Cho.
Beaverton, Ore. - The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the initial development of the next generation of USB connector, with a smaller, thinner, reversible interface.
The USB Type-C connector is being developed to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB, the industry group said.
Seattle – Automakers are stepping up their smartphone-connectivity options with the launch by BMW and Mini Cooper of in-dash Amazon’s Cloud Player control for iOS smartphones.
The capability is available in BMWs and MINI Cooper vehicles from model year 2011 and up.
The launch follows the integration of Amazon Cloud Player in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles earlier this year.
Arlington, Va. – A Christmas tree does not have to be the only green item brought into the home this holiday season.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has created the GreenerGadgets.org website to tempt consumers into living greener during December. The site offers help in living and buying green and how to recycle properly.
Framingham, Mass. – Worldwide shipments of PCs to consumers will fall 15 percent this year and there is little reason to believe the category will see positive growth in the future, according to a report by IDC.
IDC noted that several different reasons to not buy a new PC are now pressing down on the category. The primary cause remains consumer interest in tablets and smartphones, but second is that there is no compelling reason for people to go out and replace their current computer.
Brisbane, Calif. — Monster has teamed with several retailers for a series of promotions on a variety of its headphones.
The company said it is working with retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Apple Stores, P.C. Richard & Son, BrandSmart and Fry’s, among others.
The Cyberweek Promotion, which will run Dec. 3-7, includes the NCredible NTune Candy on‐ear headphones by Monster for $119, down from their regular price of $149, and the NTune on-ear headphones for $79 vs. their regular $129.
San Jose, Calif. — Cyber Monday sales rose 16 percent year over year to hit a record $2.29 billion, Adobe Digital Index reported.
The company said it was the fifth consecutive day of record online sales, beginning with Thanksgiving.
“Retailers earned 10 percent of their holiday sales in just the last five days, an increase of 26 percent year-over-year,” said Tamara Gaffney, principal analyst for Adobe.