San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the 2013 class of inductees into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.
Fifteen people make up the new class:
• Samar Basu — worked on the lithium-ion battery at Bell Labs;
• Manning Greenberg — covered the CE industry for Home Furnishings Daily for decades;
• Marcian (Ted) Hoff — invented the microprocessor;
Sunnyvale, Calif. — Nokia revealed pricing, availability and key details of the Lumia 928 smartphone that recently appeared in a consumer magazine ad and in a Nokia web video.
Plano, Texas — Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone will be available later this month through Walmart.com and select Walmart stores, Huawei announced.
The Huawei W1, known outside the U.S. as the Ascend W1, will be available with a no-contract unlimited-service plan and will be priced “competitively,” Huawei said. Microsoft said the phone offers “a lot of value for your dollar” and would be suitable for first-time smartphone buyers or people upgrading from older smartphones.
Cerritos, Calif., — Airflex5D, a sister company of Elite Screens specializing in multi-projector stacking processors, has introduced the Airflex5D-60 in time for the upcoming Infocomm show in Orlando, Fla., June 12-14.
Airflex5D’s 2D/3D multi-projector stacking processors are designed to precisely align images of multiple standard projectors into one single picture with professional-level amplified brightness.
Center Valley, Pa. — Olympus celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Pen F camera with the introduction of the Pen E-P5 mirrorless digital compact system camera offering up to a 1/8,000-second shutter speed and built-in Wi-Fi support.
Olympus said it developed the Pen E-P5 to offer discerning photographers a range of advanced automatic and manual tools in a retro-look compact body.
Calabasas, Calif. — Consumers who stream CinemaNow movies encoded with multichannel DTS-HD soundtracks through select Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players will be able to decode the soundtracks through a variety of new and legacy A/V receivers, soundbars and HTiBs, DTS said.
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Ingram Micro’s consumer electronics division (IMCE) hosted its annual Spring Vendor Expo, drawing more than 500 manufacturers and retailers, here.
It featured a keynote address by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The event, held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, here, from April 30 to May 2, is the 16th annual event and is designed to discuss strategy, build relationships and identify business opportunities.
Milwaukee — Koss has teamed with Olympian swimmer Dara Torres for a line of woman-themed fitness headphones.
The Fit series is currently offered in two configurations: the in-ear FitClips with sweat-resistant over-ear clips, and the FitBuds ear buds.
The FitClips feature 9mm drivers, a frequency response of 15Hz to 20kHz, and impedance of 16 ohms. Suggested retail is $29.99. Five colors choices are available, and each one comes with three sizes of silicone tips.
Tokyo — Gibson Guitar closed on its purchase of a 54.6 percent stake in Japan’s Teac Corp., which remains listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Plans for the purchase were announced in late March.
The transaction, valued at $58.1 million when announced, represents Gibson’s largest investment to date in another company. In 2012, Gibson bought a 51 percent stake in Onkyo USA and a stake in Onkyo USA’s parent.
Old Lyme, Conn. — Sennheiser updated three of its headphones to be compatible with most popular smartphones.
The HD 219s on-the-ear headset, HD 429s around-the-ear headset and the MM 70s in-ear headset are based on the HD 219, HD 429 and MM 70 models, respectively. The new versions feature in-line mic and controls that are reportedly compatible with BlackBerry, Apple, Samsung and HTC devices.
Suggested retail is $79.95 for the HD 219s, $99.95 for the HD 429s, and $99.95 for the MM 70s.
All three are currently available.