San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Melville, N.Y. - ADI reports that Troy Leach, product manager at Triphase Technologies in Carmel, Ind., has won two brand new Chevrolet Camaro Coupes in the distributor’s customer appreciation sweepstakes.
Leach was the lucky recipient selected from over 17,000 entry forms received the sweepstakes.
For more than ten years, ADI has awarded a lucky dealer with a brand new car through its customer appreciation sweepstakes. Thousands of ADI customers complete entry forms each year at U.S. ADI Expos and industry tradeshows including ISC West, InfoComm, and CEDIA EXPO.
Tokyo – Due mainly to growth in its medical equipment businesses, Olympus said Wednesday it returned to black in fiscal year 2012.
It reported a group net profit of $78.4 million (8.02 billion yen), compared with a loss of $479 million (48.99 billion yen) in the previous year.
But company president Hiroyuki Sasa said Olympus sustained a greater than anticipated operating loss of $225 million (23.07 billion yen) from its imaging business, mainly consisting of digital cameras.
Bellevue, Wash. – Component-audio supplier Peachtree Audio has expanded into all-in-one tabletop speakers with the launch of the three-way Bluetooth-equipped deepblue at $399.
San Francisco – The Android OS will soon join the iOS and BlackBerry 10 operating systems in providing native software support for Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, Google announced here at its developers conference.
San Diego – SoundCast Systems is broadening the appeal of its wireless outdoor OutCast and OutCast Jr. speaker systems with the development of a Bluetooth adapter.
Soundcast’s battery-operated outdoor speakers use proprietary 2.4GHz wireless technology to stream music from a PC or from a tabletop iPod/iPhone dock up to 300 feet away. The single-chassis cylindrical stereo speakers, which disperse sound in a 360-degree pattern, retail for $899 and $599.
Denver – HydraConnect extended the replacement warranty on its HSS series of HDMI matrix audio/video switchers to five years and added drivers for integration with more home-automation systems.
HydraConnect said it is the first company to sell such products with a five-year warranty. For current owners of HSS products, the warranty will be retroactive to the original date of purchase, the company noted.
Alviso, Calif. – TiVo said that it is adding a new feeds feature to its iPad app in an update set to begin Thursday.
With the refresh, users will see a new element of the TiVo app dubbed “What to Watch Now,” offering six content feeds categorized by genre.
The feeds will deliver tailored recommendations based on users’ preferences and geographic locations, and are arranged in several categories, including Popular on TV, Sports on Now, Movies on TV, Kids, My Shows and Favorite Channels.
San Francisco — LG Electronics (LG) said at the Google I/O developers conference Wednesday that its Google TVs will be updated with the latest version of the Android 4.2.2 operating system.
Available in the third quarter, the update will open the platform to more applications, including games that provide a greater level of interactivity and advanced graphics, the company said.
LG is showcasing its Google TV with the new operating system here this week.
San Francisco — Recon Instruments, the technology company behind the first consumer heads-up display (HUD) for sports, is showing an early version of the Recon Jet, a high-performance HUD at Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, today.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish unveiled Wednesday a new promotion offering the choice of an iPad 2 or the first year of programming discounts to new Dish customers signing up for the Hopper DVR and qualified programming package.
Dish is offering the iPad 2 as an incentive to play up the Hopper’s various iOS apps, including an integrated Sling feature that enables viewers to access live or recorded content on the Hopper’s hard drive from a remote iOS device.