By Lisa Johnston
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Fountain Valley, Calif. — D-Link has begun shipping the Wi-Fi AC750 portable router and charger (DIR-510L), a device that lets users create a Wi-Fi hot spot and also acts as a rechargeable battery for mobile devices.
It will be available through Amazon.com, Frys.com and other retailers at a suggested retail of $99.99.
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.
Eagan, Minn. – National CE distributor Capitol has added BenQ America’s line of home and pro projectors to its product assortment.
“BenQ is one of the leading innovators in visual displays, and the company’s projectors are considered to be among the best on the market,” said Capitol president and chief financial officer Curt Hayes. “Adding them to our portfolio further strengthens the options available to our customers who serve the home theater and professional A/V sectors.”
San Jose, Calif. — Netgear introduced this week a pair of cable modem routers including the N600 dual-band Wi-Fi (C3700) and the N300 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3000).
The two-in-one devices integrate a Docsis 3.0 cable modem for faster Internet access and an N300/N600 high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi router.
The N600 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3700) has a $129.99 suggested retail and the N300 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3000) carries a $99.99 suggested retail. Both are available now.
New York – Best Buy and Walmart are offering gift cards and cash to goose sales of tablets and smartphones.
In a year-long promotion, Best Buy is providing a $50 gift card with the purchase and activation of a smartphone under a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Customers can sign up for the promotion now through Feb. 15, and have until the end of the year to buy and activate a phone. The gift card can be applied to the purchase.
Tokyo — Sony Corp. is reportedly in talks with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners to sell off its Vaio personal computer division, according to reports out of Japan.
The reports, which cited an anonymous source familiar with the matter, said proposals call for a new company to be set up by Japan Industrial Partners to take over the Vaio brand’s operations in Japan.
Sony is also considering a withdrawal from overseas PC markets, Reuters reported.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Falling production costs and expected lower average selling prices (ASPs) should help drive growth in 4K Ultra HD desktop monitor unit shipments this year, NPD DisplaySearch predicted.
The market research firm’s “Quarterly Desktop Monitor Shipment and Forecast Report” found that despite declining global demand in overall desktop monitors to 133 million units in 2014, 4K Ultra HD monitor shipments should reach 2 million units, and by 2017 shipments are forecast to reach approximately 8 percent of the market.
Mountain View, Calif. – Motorola Mobility’s fourth-quarter revenue shrank 24 percent to $1.15 billion on a GAAP basis, and the Google unit’s operating losses grew 43.6 percent to $507 million, Google’s financial report shows.
For the year, Motorola’s revenues declined 32 percent to $4.31 billion, but operating losses shrank by 25 percent to $895 million.
Boston – Apple’s global iPhone shipments grew only 12.9 percent in 2013, underperforming the smartphone market’s 41.4 percent growth rate and reducing Apple’s 2013 share to 15.5 percent from 2012’s 19.4 percent, Strategy Analytics found.
The research and consulting company also found growth in global smartphone shipment fell slightly from 43 percent in 2012 to 41 percent in 2013 because of high penetration in some major markets, including the U.S.