New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
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.
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.
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.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha, known mostly for audio electronics, won’t let people forget that it’s also a high-end speaker brand.
The company introduced its highest end speaker to date, the NS-F901 Soavo floorstanding speaker at a suggested $2,499 each.
The speaker, which is shipping, is the first model launched in years in the high-end Soavo speaker series, whose top price point was $2,199 each for the Soavo 1PN introduced several years ago but since discontinued, a spokesman said.
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile’s MetroPCS prepaid brand became the latest carrier to offer Samsung’s 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid.
The phablet will be available in MetroPCS corporate stores and in independently owned MetroPCS stores in the brand’s 45 markets, as well as online, starting Nov. 21 for as low as $349 after instant rebates.
Information on whether the phablet would also be available through national retailers wasn’t available.
New York — Acoustic Research is readying a new line of CE accessories targeted toward women, known as AR For Her.
The first product in the line will be a portable Bluetooth speaker shaped like a clutch with leather details and a face meant to mimic fabric. It will come in several designs: black or white quilted, white and pink polka-dot, blue or red studded, and leopard print. Retailers will also be able to choose customized colors, designs and patterns, the company said.
Acoustic Research is a Voxx International brand.
Stamford, Conn. – Smart watches may be media darlings right now, but a Gartner report states the devices will not have a major impact on holiday sales this year.
The research firm said the new wearable technology has not been able to truly create its own niche and are an unclear value proposition in the market and this will push consumers to spend their holiday dollars on tablets, fitness bands and other types of portable technology.
Arlington, Va. — Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) president/CEO Gary Shapiro wholeheartedly backed a House Judiciary Committee vote yesterday on an anti-patent troll bill.
The committee voted to support the Innovation Act of 2013, which Shapiro said will make it harder for plaintiffs to bring patent infringement suits to court.
New York — Luxury-audio supplier Meridian entered another new audio product category, this time launching its first headphone amplifier.
Earlier this year, the company launched its first portable USB DAC and first home USB DAC.
The $2,000 Prime headphone amplifier plays music from analog and USB sources. It is available through Meridian dealers and the company’s online store.