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New York — SiriusXM launched the Onyx Plus dock-and-play radio for use in homes and cars, adding a four-color display unavailable on its predecessor and adding album-art display to a satellite-radio tuner for the first time.
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.
Mahwah, N.J. – Blake DeSimone, who has been the chief financial officer for D+M Group’s America’s business, was appointed last month to the position of acting president of the company’s Americas sales and marketing organization, the company said.
DeSimone is filling the position vacated by Brian Poggi, who left in October as part of a restructuring that eliminated several positions at the company.
Chester Springs, Pa. — Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has added Audio High of Mountain View, Calif., to its ranks as its 80th dealer member.
In a statement, AU founder/president Richard Glikes noted that “with the addition of every new dealer, we get stronger,” and projected that the group would grow to 100 dealers by the end of January.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra has partnered with iBattz to distribute its portable power accessories.
iBattz develops top-of-the-line portable power and removable iPhone battery cases for everyday use. The distributor said their portable power products are an affordable solution to a common problem facing consumers: too much to do on their devices, and not enough power to do it.
Brea, Calif. — Armorz is bringing to market the first Retina screen shield for the iPad Air and new iPad Mini made from Corning's Gorilla Glass.
The Stealth Extreme R transparent shield is 0.4mm-thick tempered Gorilla Glass with a 9H hardness rating, a layer of silicon adhesive to eliminate bubbling, and an oleophobic screen coating to fight fingerprints and smudges. It features tapered edges to reduce impact.
The Stealth Extreme R will be available at Armorz.com and Amazon.com in December.
Suwanee, Ga. — Alex Rivera, formerly Panasonic display group sales manager, has been named consumer electronics sales director for Hisense USA, the company said Monday.
Rivera — who has a long history in the CE industry, holding various sales management positions at Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony — will be responsible for the development of strategic sales plans and retail expansion for Hisense.
He will report to Peter Erdman, Hisense USA consumer electronics sales VP.
Fort Worth, Texas — In the latest round of management changes at RadioShack, executive VP Huey Long has left the company and Mark Boerio has joined to head up inventory operations.
Boerio, formerly of Belk Department Stores, is the latest in a series of recent hires at the struggling CE chain, as Joe Magnacca, less than one year into his helm as CEO, continues to assemble a new management team to assist in his turnaround efforts.
Valhalla, N.Y. — Turtle Beach announced an Xbox One upgrade program for new purchases of select current-generation headsets.
Consumers who purchase a Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven, X42, XP400 or XP510 between Nov. 22 and Jan. 30, 2014, will receive a kit that will make the headset compatible with the new Xbox One console, said Turtle Beach.
Redmond, Wash. — The results are in for the first 24 hours since the Nov. 22 release of Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console, and it appears to be a tie.
The computer software giant said sales of the Xbox One surpassed 1 million units in less than 24 hours across 13 countries. The tally matched results for North America from the first 24 hours of Sony’s PlayStation 4, which launched on Nov. 15.
Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart Stores president/CEO Mike Duke will be succeeded in February by international division chief Doug McMillon.
Duke, 63, has held the discounter’s top post since 2009. During his tenure he managed to squeeze steady sales and income from a recessionary environment, although the company’s stock price remained stagnant. He had previously led the discounter’s U.S., international, logistics and distribution operations.