By Lisa Johnston
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Indianapolis — Klipsch Group appointed Oscar Bernardo as president of global operations.
Bernardo, an eight-year Klipsch veteran, was sales and operations senior VP for Klipsch Group’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business. He joined Klipsch Group in 2006 and shortly thereafter became operations senior VP. As sales and operations senior VP for the EMEA region, he was responsible for all aspects of business involving the Klipsch, Energy and Jamo audio brands in 19 countries, the company said.
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. — Consumer confidence toward both the overall economy and technology spending saw slight increases in February, according to the latest figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The CEA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer expectations about the broader economy, increased by 0.3 points from last month to reach 167.6 in February.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Tablets with embedded cellular modems accounted for a shrinking share of retail-level U.S. tablet sales in 2013, yet the installed base of tablets with an embedded modem and active cellular subscription grew by 46 percent, The NPD Group found.
The installed-base growth is due to the launch of carrier’s data-share plans, which reduce the relative cost of powering cellular-capable tablets, NPD told TWICE. In the past, many consumers purchased cellular-equipped tablets but didn’t activate them, it said.
Santa Fe Springs, Calif. – Home video surveillance resource Swann Security introduced Tuesday its SwannSecure All-in-One Wi-Fi video-monitoring system.
The system, which ships in April at a $379 suggested retail, is said to provide high-quality 720p video in both day and night conditions, with a recording distance of up to 50 feet. They system uses Swann’s IR cut filter technology and includes a built-in mic, allowing users to monitor both images and sound remotely from their smartphones or tablets.
Irvine, Calif. — WD, a Western Digital company, has introduced WD Purple, a 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard-drive line for video-surveillance applications.
WD Purple hard drives were specially designed for new and existing home and small-business security environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition video cameras.
The drives are available in capacities from 1TB to 4TB.
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Ingram Micro’s Consumer Electronics division (IMCE) has launched a new online vendor-authorizations process.
IMCE resellers will now be able to submit requests to become an authorized reseller for selected vendors online vs. the previous manual paper process with the distributor.
IMCE said among benefits of using the new platform for submitting authorization forms online:
*The new process is very user friendly and reduces paper waste.
*Forms have been standardized and are simpler to fill out.
Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for a trio of class-action lawsuits to proceed against Sears, Whirlpool and BSH over allegedly mold-prone washers.
The court yesterday refused to hear appeals by the three companies, which are accused of making and selling millions of front-load washers that allegedly developed mold or musty odors.
Barcelona, Spain — LG unveiled a mid-tier LTE smartphone with Android 4.4 OS, 4.5-inch WVGA IPS display and 1.2GHz quad-core processor.
The F70 also features removable 2,440 mAh battery, said to offer the largest capacity in its class, and Knock Code, which appeared first in the upper-tier G-series phones and tablets. Knock Code lets users power on and unlock the phone by tapping the screen using one of 86,367 “knock” combinations. A knock pattern using from two to eight taps can be entered on any area of the screen, even if the display is off.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Rovi said Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Veveo, a provider of personalized entertainment discovery solutions based in Andover, Mass.
Rovi said it will pay approximately $62 million in net cash at the closing and up to $7 million in additional cash payments based on achievement of certain agreed-upon milestones.