San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Boston — Microsoft will officially roll out Windows Blue, the first major update to Windows 8, with a preview on June 26.
Dubbed Windows 8.1, the actual update will be free to Windows 8 and RT owners and will be available via the Microsoft Store sometime later this year.
The news was released by Tami Reller, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of the Windows division, at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference being held here.
Reller did not offer any details on what the update will contain.
London – Nokia updated its flagship Lumia smartphone with the launch of the Lumia 925, which upgrades camera capabilities and adds AMOLED display and metal frame.
The smartphone will be available exclusively through T-Mobile sometime after June, making it the carrier’s first LTE-equipped Windows Phone 8 smartphone. In Europe, it will retail for 469 euros, or $608.
In the U.S., AT&T launched Nokia’s previous flagship, the Lumia 920, last December and currently offers it at $99.
Lawrenceville, Ga. – SED International Holdings, a distributor of computer technology, CE and other home products, reported lower net sales and a net loss in its fiscal third quarter ended March 31.
Net sales were $128.8 million for the quarter, a 7.1 percent decrease over net sales of $138.7 million reported for the same period last year. The decrease was driven by weak demand in U.S. IT storage system products and across Latin American operations, SED said.
Orlando, Fla. — BlackBerry announced a time frame for the launch of its long-awaited Q10 smartphone, during a Tuesday morning keynote at its Jam event, here.
Other news included the summertime launch of a third smartphone based on the BlackBerry 10 OS, and the planned extension of its BlackBerry Messaging (BBM) instant messaging service to iOS and Android devices.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — The Polaroid brand has expanded with the addition of the value-priced XS80 mountable HD action video camera.
The XS80 ($130 suggested retail), which is manufactured and sold by Polaroid licensee C&A Licensing, allows consumers to capture action and point-of-view shots in extreme weather conditions.
The camera has the ability to take 1080p video at 30 fps, and it can be mounted to record action while biking, surfing, mountain climbing or any other outdoor activity.
Melville, N.Y. – Nikon introduced Tuesday its latest 1 Nikkor lens – the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 medium telephoto lens, for the company’s popular Nikon 1 mirrorless compact system cameras.
The 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2, which is shipping in June in a choice of black or silver at a $900 suggested retail, was originally introduced as a development lens in October 2012. As a regular line introduction, the lens stands as “the fastest ever in the growing 1 Nikkor line,” Nikon said.
Scarsdale, N.Y. – In what turned out to be a very close vote, Samsung’s new flagship F8500 series plasma TV was voted the winner of A/V specialty retailer Value Electronics’ 2013 Annual Flat Panel TV Shootout held here last weekend.
Indianapolis — h.h.gregg will open a new 23,000-square-foot store at the Dayton Mall in Ohio on Thursday, May 16, replacing the retailer’s older store in West Carrollton.
The new store will provide customers with “a modern, updated shopping experience, and the same knowledgeable sales staff,” the retailer said, and to celebrate, h.h.gregg will be giving away more than $30,000 in prizes to consumers and the Dayton community during the grand opening celebration — the largest amount in the company's history.
Philadelphia – Almo, the national appliance and consumer and professional electronics distributor, reported it has been named one of Philly.com’s top workplaces of 2013.
Almo ranked 16th in the midsize company category and was ranked amongst companies such as Hyatt at The Bellevue and Fox Chase Bancorp.