New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben will leave the struggling smartphone maker, and James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as chief financial officer, said CEO and executive chair John Chen.
Replacements for Tear and Boulben were not named.
BlackBerry also announced today that Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has resigned.
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.
Irvine, Calif. — Chinese vendor Alcatel One Touch expanded distribution of its Fierce and Evolve Android smartphones to T-Mobile’s MetroPCS brand, having made the duo available to T-Mobile in October.
MetroPCS priced them at $99 and $59, respectively. Both lack 4G LTE.
The One Touch Fierce is a 4G HSPA+ Android 4.2 phone with 4.5-inch qHD display and 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The Evolve features 3G HSPA, Android 4.1, 1GHz MediaTek CPU, 4-inch WVGA display, 4GB memory, 5-megapixel main camera with 720p video capture and front-facing VGA camera.
Seattle — AudioControl plans December shipments of its first two A/V receivers with Ultra HD 4K passthrough and up-scaling, dual HDMI outputs, and Internet radio and music-streaming services.
They are the Concert AVR-8, rated at 7x200-watt into 4 ohms, and AV-R 6, rated at 7x100-watt into 8 ohms. Both will ship only to the custom-install channel and won’t be available on the Internet, the company said.
San Bruno, Calif. – Walmart said it will begin its Cyber Monday sales on the preceding Saturday, and has matched Amazon.com’s free-shipping minimum of $35 for online orders effective today.
The early online sale mirrors today’s pre-Black Friday sales event, in which the discounter matched the Black Friday pricing of Best Buy, Target and Toys“R”Us on a limited selection of CE and toys.
New York– National chains and global e-tailers aren’t the only merchants participating in the Black Friday promotional fray.
Independent CE dealers including Adorama and Starpower are launching holiday events of their own, including the latter’s annual pre-Black Friday Expo that began here this morning.
New York – Solidoodle has begun shipping its 3D printer the Solidoodle 4 and its availability through Micro Center.
The Solidoodle 4 carries a $999 suggested retail price and its partnership with Micro Center marks the company’s entry into a national retail chain.
The Solidoodle 4 comes completely assembled and has an enclosed print area that can hold an object 8- by 8- by 8-inches in size. Print resolution is .1mm. Other features include a heated bed, enhanced calibration and easy filament installation.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. – SunBriteTV, the manufacturer or outdoor LCD TVs, said it recently selected a group of winners for the month of October in its Backyard of the Year contest.
The company said the October submissions demonstrate outdoor entertaining can be a year-round event.
Since July 2013, SunBriteTV owners have submitted photos of their backyard TV placements for the contest. October’s winners featured a dockside SunBriteTV and another complementing an outdoor fireplace.
All backyards that include a SunBriteTV are eligible to win.
Arlington, Va. — Federal Communications Committee (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s decision to review increased consumer access to in-flight mobile wireless services has been greeted by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) support.
Peterborough, Ontario – Bryston has developed a digital-to-digital converter that connects a computer’s asynchronous USB output to high-end legacy DACs that lack USB input.
The $799 BUC-1, available Jan. 1, is designed for consumers who download high-resolution music files up to 24-bit/192kHz but can’t play them through a high-end legacy DAC.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, which launches Friday, will incorporate a new Hulu Plus experience.
The console will include a Hulu Plus app for Xbox One that was designed to improve the TV-watching experience, the companies said.