San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
New York — Bang & Olufsen dipped its toe into the multi-speaker surround-sound category with the launch of its BeoLab 14 system.
During a press preview that also marked the official U.S. debut of the new B&O Play headphones, Zean Nielson, president of Bang & Olufsen America, said the company decided to enter this particular category because of its commanding share of audio dollar sales.
San Francisco — Google announced plans to offer its own version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and launched its first music-streaming service.
The company’s version of the S4 will run Android 4.2 and feature a Google-designed user experience, the company said here at its developers’ conference. Through its Google Play store, the company will offer the unlocked S4 beginning June 26 at $649. The LTE-equipped phone will operate on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks.
Washington – The Consumer Electronics Association called for Congress to safeguard Americans’ ability to choose the video services and technologies they desire, as the Senate Communications Subcommittee held an information gathering hearing on the state of video, Tuesday.
Port Washington, N.Y. – A total of 32 percent of all smartphones purchased at retail in the first quarter were prepaid phones, up from 21 percent in the year-ago quarter and 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, The NPD Group found.
And national retailers were the trend’s biggest winners.
San Francisco – Epson America is using this week’s Google I/O Developers Sandbox, here, to demonstrate a host of enterprise applications that take advantage of the capabilities built into its Moverio BT-100 3D “smart glasses”.
Among the BT-100’s capabilities on display will be gesture-control functionality that lets viewers select, play, rewind, fast-forward and pause YouTube videos, using simple motions like, nodding, tilting, or turning the head.
Fort Worth, Texas – Branded RadioShack sections will begin appearing in college bookstores this fall under a new five-year distribution agreement between the retailer and a leading college-market distributor.
Under the plan, the National Association of College Stores (Nacscorp) will offer its nearly 4,000 college accounts a tailored mix of RadioShack’s top-selling headphones, wireless speakers and power supplies under such brands as Beats by Dr. Dre, Skullcandy and SOL Republic, as well as the retailer’s own private-label Enercell and Auvio lines.
Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics hopes to make greater inroads into the bring-your-own-device market with the addition of Privacy and Business Virtualization to its Optimus Vu, which is called the Intuition in the U.S. and available on the Verizon network.
St. Petersburg, Fla.- HSNi, the interactive multichannel retailer has named Judy Schmeling chief operating officer, effective immediately, and continues as chief financial officer.
Schmeling has served as HSNi's executive VP and chief financial officer since 2001.
In her new role, she will be responsible for supply chain operations and customer care functions in addition to providing ongoing leadership for finance and information technology. These four areas are now company-wide operations spanning HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and lifestyle brands.
San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) and its sister buying collective Home Entertainment Source (HES) will further coalesce under the ProSource umbrella, and will organize their membership by size and expertise around four core product categories.
The strategy was outlined yesterday by ProSource president/CEO Dave Workman and HES executive VP Jim Ristow at PRO’s annual spring meeting here.
New York — Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first Android-based, Tegra 4-powered tablet/laptop hybrid today with the introduction of the SlateBook X2.
The company also expanded its Windows 8-based Split X2 tablet/laptop hybrids with the addition of a 13.3-inch model.
The SlateBook X2 is HP’s first venture outside the Windows operating system for a laptop or tablet. The SlateBook has a 10-inch FullHD touch display and a full-size detachable keyboard; it comes with batteries in both the keyboard and tablet sections.