By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
New York — Worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter hit recession level lows, although shipments in the U.S. were above 2012 levels, according to IDC and Gartner.
Overall, the back-to-school quarter saw Hewlett-Packard continue as the shipments leader in the U.S., while Lenovo retained a slim lead in the worldwide market.
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.
Bridgewater, N.J. — Brother today launched its ImageCenter ADS-1500w compact scanner targeted at the home-office consumer.
The ADS-1500w connects wirelessly to a home or businesses network and at 11.4 inches wide and 4 inches deep is designed to fit on most desks.
It has a 20-sheet auto feed and is bundled with PDF conversion software and a desktop document manager; it also has the ability to scan business cards and receipts.
The scanner is shipping this month with a $299 suggested retail.
Stamford, Conn. – About 102 billion mobile apps will be downloaded this year, with total revenue generated at $26 billion, according to a Gartner study.
The 2013 figure is up from the 64 billion downloaded in 2012, and Gartner is forecasting yearly downloads of 268.7 billion by 2017. The iOS and Android ecosystems now account for 90 percent of all apps downloaded.
In 2013, 91 percent of the apps downloaded were free; this figure will climb in small increments until it reaches 94.5 percent in 2017.
Irvine, Calif. –– Mobile accessories and memory supplier Dane Elec USA is merging with Taiwan-based accessories manufacturer Gigastone.
Gigastone will take a majority stake in Dane-Elec while Dane-Elec parent New Dane will maintain a minority holding position. Exact shares and other terms were not disclosed.
New Dane is a France-based investment group.
Denver — New wired and wireless networking products launched by Pakedge here at the CEDIA Expo include the S24AV fully managed 24-port gigabit switch, which is designed for custom installation and media streaming with enterprise-grade reliability, the company said.
A new style of metal 1U-rack chassis complements A/V installs and entertainment systems, the company said.
New York — Verizon Wireless has introduced a 4G LTE broadband router with voice, which is said to combine voice and data connectivity over the carrier’s networks in one package.
There are three monthly plans to choose from: voice only ($20), data only ($20), or voice and data ($30), when added to a Share Everything Plan. Customers have the flexibility to move among the three different plans at any time, the carrier said.
Framingham, Mass. – Stockings will be stuffed with tablets this Christmas, according to IDC.
The research firm expects tablet shipments to surpass the combined total of laptops and desktops for the fourth quarter of 2013. PCs will retain their leadership position for the full year and 2014, but IDC is forecasting that tablets will surpass PCs on an annual basis by 2015.
Irvine, Calif. – Toshiba today added three portable computing devices to its line, including the 8-inch Encore Windows 8.1 tablet.
Joining the Encore is the Satellite Click laptop/tablet hybrid and the thin and light Satellite NB15T laptop.
New York — Sony has updated its Vaio line to include a new form factor that the company calls the Vaio Flip PC.
Also part of Sony’s fall computer rollout is the Vaio Tap 11 tablet and Tap 21 all-in-one PC. Sony said it will release pricing and shipping information in October.
New York – It’s “IFA in New York” today for Sony Electronics as it is in the process of debuting 4K TVs and related products, Vaio | Flip PCs and the Xperia Z 4G LTE tablet and other products at Jazz at Lincoln Center, here, at Columbus Circle.
Phil Molyneux, president / COO of Sony Electronics, provided an overview of a variety of products that the company will begin selling this month and later in the year that are distinctive not only to their features but their style.
Here is a brief summary of what was introduced: