TWICE RSS Feed http://www.twice.com/rss.xml en Video & Audio Center Opens Century City Mall Location http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/video-audio-center-opens-century-city-mall-location/110607 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Century City, Calif. – Video & Audio Center has opened its fourth retail store at the Westfield Century City Mall, here, where customers can test products in an open, relaxed atmosphere. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="5594" height="4435" alt="Video &amp; Audio Center’s Tom Campbell (from left) Mayer and Joseph Akhtarzad at th" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/DSC00190a.JPG?1397654929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video &amp; Audio Center’s Tom Campbell (from left) and Mayer and Joseph Akhtarzad at the new Westfield Century City Mall store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Century City, Calif. &ndash; Video &amp; Audio Center has opened its fourth retail store at the Westfield Century City Mall, here, where customers can test products in an open, relaxed atmosphere.</p> <p>The location was previously a top Sony Store, which closed recently, and had its soft opening on Friday, April 11. The retailer told TWICE the date of the formal opening has not yet been set.</p> <p>The new Video &amp; Audio Center location has stores from Microsoft, Apple, Bloomingdales and other similar retailers that, according to corporate director Tom Campbell, attract the same type of upscale clientele.</p> <p>The store, which is 10,000 square feet, is similar in size to its three other locations in Santa Monica, Lawndale and Agoura Hills, Calif. The location is described as a &ldquo;unique opportunity&rdquo; by Campbell due to its location and the &ldquo;new direction&rdquo; it takes the retailer.</p> <p>&ldquo;This store has been totally redone to welcome consumers with an open concept, so they can test products. It really is designed for impulse sales,&rdquo; Campbell said. &ldquo;You may come in for a TV but you may walk out with headphones along with it.&rdquo;</p> <p>The design is based on focus groups the chain&rsquo;s co-presidents Joseph and Mayer Akhtarzad have conducted quarterly for several years, Campbell said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to give you an experience you can&rsquo;t get on the Internet. For instance, you can sample any music you like in our headphone demonstration area. There are mirrors there, since headphones are a cosmetic item now, to see how you look with them on.&rdquo;</p> <p>To increase the in-store experience Video &amp; Audio Center now offers same-day setup and delivery at no extra cost for products such as Ultra HD TV, which the retailer has been a leader in introducing during the past two years. Those jobs are handled by its One Touch custom-installation unit that handles residential and business customers.</p> <p>Campbell noted that the Akhtarzad brothers opened the business 33 years ago. &ldquo;They have always realized that retail is always evolving and changing, especially now.&rdquo;</p> <p>He added, &ldquo;Our business is up. What they have done in this new retail environment [with the new store design] is realize that it is no longer about how many boxes you can possibly jam into a retail store. You have to sell the experience to consumers.&rdquo;</p> <p>As part of Video &amp; Audio Center&rsquo;s evolution, it has gradually added unlocked smartphones (the brands have not been set as yet); tablets from Samsung and Sony; wearables from those two suppliers, LG and others; and video games &mdash; PlayStation 4 &mdash; to draw traffic and attract more customers.</p> <p>Campbell noted, &ldquo;Gaming does drive sales of TVs ... drives teens, 20- and 30-somethings into your store.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ultra HD TV is still a big part of the store, with full lines of LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp and Sony lines, with Beats and Monster in headphones and Sonos wireless audio systems among the highlights.</p> <p>Campbell commented, &ldquo;The old way of retail is gone. Retailers now have to focus on the shopping experience, where customers can touch, feel and try the products in a relaxed, social atmosphere. The store almost closes sales itself.&rdquo;</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/video-audio-center-opens-century-city-mall-location/110607" st_title="Video &amp; Audio Center Opens Century City Mall Location" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/video-audio-center-opens-century-city-mall-location/110607" st_title="Video &amp; Audio Center Opens Century City Mall Location" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/video-audio-center-opens-century-city-mall-location/110607" st_title="Video &amp; Audio Center Opens Century City Mall Location" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 16 2014 - 9:27am</span> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:29:15 +0000 ljohnston 110607 at http://www.twice.com Denon Enters Bluetooth Speaker Market http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/denon-enters-bluetooth-speaker-market/110606 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mahwah, N.J. — Denon continues to launch products in new categories, this time offering its first portable Bluetooth speaker, the Envaya DSB200 at $199. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="1280" height="850" alt=" Denon’s Envaya portable Bluetooth speaker" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/DenonBluetooth.jpg?1397654817" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Denon’s Envaya portable Bluetooth speaker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mahwah, N.J. &mdash; Denon continues to launch products in new categories, this time offering its first portable Bluetooth speaker, the Envaya DSB200 at $199.</p> <p>Earlier this year, the D+M Group brand <a href="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/denon-launching-its-first-usb-dac/110047">unveiled</a> its first USB DAC, and last December, the brand <a href="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/denon-hurls-first-soundbar/109411">announced</a> its return to the active soundbar market.</p> <p>The Bluetooth speaker, which incorporates two proprietary 57mm full-range drivers and a 100mm passive radiator, comes in black or white and a choice of four fabric grille-cloth colors. It also features a built-in kickstand that pops out when the user squeezes the speaker. The speaker also comes with a rubber footer to aid stability.</p> <p>Another key feature is a built-in USB charger delivers on-the-go charging of mobile devices, including tablets.</p> <p>The company said it has reduced Bluetooth sound latency to 32ms so that the speaker can be used to reproduce video soundtracks without lip-sync issues.</p> <p>Other features include AptX streaming over Bluetooth and proprietary DSP and amplification to enhance sound quality, an aux 3.5mm input, and a rechargeable battery that lasts 10 hours and can be recharged in 2.5 hours. Envaya automatically remembers Bluetooth devices so that it automatically reconnects when in range.</p> <p>The speaker measures 10 inches by 5.5 inches by 1.9 inches and comes with 100-240-volt power adapter and multiple plugs for worldwide use.</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/denon-enters-bluetooth-speaker-market/110606" st_title="Denon Enters Bluetooth Speaker Market" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/denon-enters-bluetooth-speaker-market/110606" st_title="Denon Enters Bluetooth Speaker Market" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/denon-enters-bluetooth-speaker-market/110606" st_title="Denon Enters Bluetooth Speaker Market" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 16 2014 - 9:26am</span> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:21 +0000 ljohnston 110606 at http://www.twice.com Sam’s Club Expands SquareTrade CE Coverage http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/sam%E2%80%99s-club-expands-squaretrade-ce-coverage/110605 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bentonville, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering extended-service coverage for a wide array of CE products under a newly expanded pact with SquareTrade. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="344" height="424" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/Sam%27s%20Club%20SquareTrade.png?1397654601" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bentonville, Ark. &mdash; Sam&rsquo;s Club is offering extended-service coverage for a wide array of CE products under a newly expanded pact with SquareTrade.</p> <p>The program, available in Sam&rsquo;s Club locations and online, now provides protection and service plans for TVs, smartphones, tablets, media players, computers, printers, cameras, gaming consoles and headphones.</p> <p>For TVs, the plan offers four years of coverage for $99 on models priced at $500 or more. Coverage includes delivery and setup, haul-away and recycling, and a guaranteed buyback feature that allows customers to trade in their sets within six months to receive up to half the purchase price on a Sam&rsquo;s Club gift card.</p> <p>Designed to encourage upgrades, the buyback offer is good for up to 24 months albeit at a decreasing reimbursement rate, and is also available on smartphones, tablets and computers.</p> <p>Product coverage also includes accidental damage from spills, drops and other mishaps, and 24/7 tech support through third-party call center Alorica.</p> <p>&ldquo;We designed this program to make it easy and cost effective for members to buy their phones and electronics at Sam&rsquo;s Club,&rdquo; said Dawn von Bechmann, technology senior VP of the Wal-Mart wholesale club chain. &ldquo;Electronics are an investment, and with our competitive new protection plans our members will save money because they won&rsquo;t have to make a new purchase if an accident happens.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The demands upon the consumer to research, understand and operate technology on a daily basis are greater than ever before,&rdquo; she continued. &ldquo;People need an expert in their court, a resource they can turn to help them not only simplify but maximize the potential of technology.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.twice.com/magazine/retailing-e-tailing/squaretrade-business-was-85-during-2012/104969">SquareTrade</a> launched in 1999 as a direct-to-consumer seller of post-purchase CE protection plans, and became a disruptive force within the extended service industry with its low-cost coverage and high customer service ratings. The company, led by president/CEO Steve Abernethy, has since forged direct retail partnerships with Abt Electronics,&nbsp;Amazon.com, B&amp;H Photo, eBay, QVC, Staples and warehouse club competitor <a href="http://www.twice.com/magazine-issue-type/current-issue/costco-expands-squaretrade-extended-service-program/110152">Costco</a>.</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/sam’s-club-expands-squaretrade-ce-coverage/110605" st_title="Sam’s Club Expands SquareTrade CE Coverage" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/sam’s-club-expands-squaretrade-ce-coverage/110605" st_title="Sam’s Club Expands SquareTrade CE Coverage" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/sam’s-club-expands-squaretrade-ce-coverage/110605" st_title="Sam’s Club Expands SquareTrade CE Coverage" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 16 2014 - 9:22am</span> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:25:11 +0000 Alan_Wolf 110605 at http://www.twice.com Pioneer: CarPlay & AppRadio Perfect Together http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/pioneer-carplay-appradio-perfect-together/110604 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer will add Apple’s CarPlay technology to five aftermarket head units already equipped with Pioneer’s proprietary AppRadio technology because the technologies are complementary, said Ted Cardenas, marketing VP for the company’s car electronics division. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="1500" height="891" alt="Pioneer’s $1,400-suggested AVIC-8000NEX in-dash navigation/multimedia receiver w" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/Pioneer%20AVIC-8000NEXCarPlay_0.jpg?1397654615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer’s $1,400-suggested AVIC-8000NEX in-dash navigation/multimedia receiver with CarPlay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Long Beach, Calif. &mdash; Pioneer will add Apple&rsquo;s CarPlay technology to five aftermarket head units already equipped with Pioneer&rsquo;s proprietary AppRadio technology because the technologies are complementary, said Ted Cardenas, marketing VP for the company&rsquo;s car electronics division.</p> <p>Pioneer announced that it could become the first autosound company to bring Apple&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay">CarPlay</a> to the aftermarket when it delivers an early-summer firmware update for its five currently available <a href="http://www.pioneer-carglobal.com/CarPlay">NEX</a> in-dash head units.</p> <p>The NEX heads, priced from a suggested $700 to $1,400, require the use of an Apple 5, 5s or 5c with iOS 7.1 and a Lightning-to-USB cable. Once the Lightning-equipped iPhone is plugged into the head unit, the CarPlay user interface automatically launches, the company said.</p> <p>Four of the head units are navigation/multimedia receivers, and the lowest price model is a multimedia receiver.</p> <p>None of the company&rsquo;s other current head units are upgradable to add CarPlay, Cardenas noted. He declined to say when Pioneer would offer new head units equipped with CarPlay.</p> <p>Pioneer added CarPlay to heads already equipped with AppRadio Mode, Cardenas said, because &ldquo;there are distinct differences between AppRadio Mode and CarPlay.&rdquo; Depending on how they connect their Apple 5, 5c or 5s iPhone to the head units, consumers will be able to choose one feature set or the other, he said.</p> <p>CarPlay delivers &ldquo;a better [user] experience than any available so far,&rdquo; focuses on controlling four core iPhone functions (voice calls, messaging, stored and streamed music, and Apple maps), and integrates the four core functions, Cardenas said.</p> <p>In citing one example of core-function integration, Cardenas pointed out that if an incoming text message includes an address, then the address will appear automatically in the dashboard display of Apple&rsquo;s Maps app for quick selection.</p> <p>CarPlay also enables Siri voice control of the four core functions, though control is also available through the heads&rsquo; touchscreens and hard buttons. Also with CarPlay, Siri reads back text messages and lets drivers dictate responses.</p> <p>In comparison, AppRadio Mode enables control of a greater variety of apps, all of which are AppRadio-enabled, though the apps don&rsquo;t work together in an integrated manner.</p> <p>In AppRadio Mode, the heads also do not deliver Siri control of AppRadio-enabled apps, and Siri is limited to control of hands-free calling and controlling any function that Siri does in stand-alone mode, such as asking for sports scores or directions to a destination. The destination, however, won&rsquo;t appear automatically appear on an onscreen map.</p> <p>One of the biggest differences between AppRadio Mode and CarPlay is that AppRadio Mode enables control of AppRadio apps on select Android phones, not just on Apple phones.</p> <p>&ldquo;CarPlay is a 100 percent Apple interface that [unlike AppRadio Mode] requires no additional apps to download or update. It controls core Apple functions, and cabling is simpler,&rdquo; Cardenas added.</p> <p>To enable CarPlay features, compatible iPhones connect to CarPlay heads via a Lightning-to-USB cable that comes with an iPhone. iPhones connected to access AppRadio functionality in four of the NEX heads, on the other hand, require a $50 HDMI connection kit from Pioneer, Apple&rsquo;s $49 Lightning-to-digital A/V connector, and the standard Lightning-to-USB cable.</p> <p>CarPlay was developed by Apple mainly for use by automakers, and, so far, automakers have announced that CarPlay would be available this calendar year in only a handful of vehicles: the Ferrari FF, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volvo&rsquo;s XC90 SUV. Apple, however, has also claimed that many other auto manufacturers are working with it to develop CarPlay-enabled systems.</p> <p>CarPlay also lets users control iTunes Radio, Spotify and iHeartRadio, and Apple has promised CarPlay will support more streaming apps in the future.</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/pioneer-carplay-appradio-perfect-together/110604" st_title="Pioneer: CarPlay &amp; AppRadio Perfect Together" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/pioneer-carplay-appradio-perfect-together/110604" st_title="Pioneer: CarPlay &amp; AppRadio Perfect Together" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/pioneer-carplay-appradio-perfect-together/110604" st_title="Pioneer: CarPlay &amp; AppRadio Perfect Together" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 16 2014 - 9:22am</span> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:24:40 +0000 ljohnston 110604 at http://www.twice.com DSI To Offer Sales Rabbit Selling Tool http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/dsi-offer-sales-rabbit-selling-tool/110603 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Las Vegas — National CE and DirectTV distributor DSI Systems has partnered with Sales Rabbit to provide its tablet-based sales app to customers. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="328" height="142" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/DSI%20logo.png?1397654294" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Las Vegas &mdash; National CE and DirectTV distributor DSI Systems has partnered with Sales Rabbit to provide its tablet-based sales app to customers.</p> <p>Based in Provo, Utah, Sales Rabbit offers a point-of-sale selling tool that provides customer presentations and sales management software that can help increase retailers&rsquo; close rates.</p> <p>Said DSI president/CEO Doug Robison, &ldquo;Our partnership with Sales Rabbit allows us to offer our retailers the single best opportunity for success in delivering a quality presentation to the end customer with tools like the competitive bill calculator that both educates the end customer and overcomes their objections.&rdquo;</p> <p>The partnership was announced here this week at DirectTV&rsquo;s annual Revolution retailer conference.</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/dsi-offer-sales-rabbit-selling-tool/110603" st_title="DSI To Offer Sales Rabbit Selling Tool" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/dsi-offer-sales-rabbit-selling-tool/110603" st_title="DSI To Offer Sales Rabbit Selling Tool" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/dsi-offer-sales-rabbit-selling-tool/110603" st_title="DSI To Offer Sales Rabbit Selling Tool" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 16 2014 - 9:17am</span> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:19:44 +0000 Alan_Wolf 110603 at http://www.twice.com March Majap Shipments Up 8.4%: AHAM http://www.twice.com/appliances/appliances/march-majap-shipments-84-aham/110602 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington — Double-digit hikes in core product categories drove major appliance factory shipments up by 8.4 percent in March. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="740" height="307" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/AHAM.jpg?1397653846" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington &mdash; Double-digit hikes in core product categories drove major appliance factory shipments up by 8.4 percent in March.</p> <p>The surge follows a 13.4 percent decline in unit shipments in February, keeping year-to-date tallies flat to 2013.</p> <p>According to the latest vendor data compiled by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), last month&rsquo;s charge was led by the home-comfort category, where unit volume rose 13.4 percent on a 91 percent spike in wholesale sales of dehumidifiers.</p> <p>Among core categories, laundry rose 10.5 percent, dishwashers and disposers were up 10.2 percent, and refrigerators and freezers were ahead by 6.8 percent.</p> <p>Cooking trailed with only a 0.9 percent gain, as a 5.2 percent decline in microwave shipments offset increases in electric and gas ovens of 19.1 percent and 18.3 percent, respectively.</p> <p>Taken together, as reflected in the composite AHAM 6 category, unit shipments of washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, ranges and ovens were up 8.9 percent for the month, while total industry shipments topped 7.8 million units.</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/appliances/appliances/march-majap-shipments-84-aham/110602" st_title="March Majap Shipments Up 8.4%: AHAM" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/appliances/appliances/march-majap-shipments-84-aham/110602" st_title="March Majap Shipments Up 8.4%: AHAM" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/appliances/appliances/march-majap-shipments-84-aham/110602" st_title="March Majap Shipments Up 8.4%: AHAM" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 16 2014 - 9:10am</span> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:13:52 +0000 Alan_Wolf 110602 at http://www.twice.com CE Demo Days Set For May 2-4 http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/ce-demo-days-set-may-2-4/110601 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and co-sponsor Paradigm will host the 2014 CE Demo Days next month. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="580" height="628" alt="Marketing tools for CE Demo Days will include a consumer microsite." src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/Demo%20Days.JPG?1397653126" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marketing tools for CE Demo Days will include a consumer microsite, print and digital ads, and email campaigns. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Arlington, Va. &mdash; The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and co-sponsor Paradigm will host the 2014 CE Demo Days next month.</p> <p>The program, now in its fifth year, provides A/V specialty dealers with free marketing support, valued at $2,500, to help drive customers into stores for exposure to the latest CE products and technologies.</p> <p>CEA will once again provide dealers with creative elements via Revenew, a Cloud-based channel marketing platform that allows manufacturers, retailers and industry groups to promote brands and generate demand through shared databases, marketing content and funds.</p> <p>Marketing tools for CE Demo Days will include a consumer <a href="http://ceademodays.com/">microsite</a>, Facebook ads and app, banner ads, a web button, direct and email campaigns, print ads and in-store posters.</p> <p>Sponsoring manufacturers will also provide content feeds; a dealer locator with connections to Facebook, Twitter and email; and local online and social advertising.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have received tremendous positive feedback from manufacturers, distributors and dealers about CE Demo Days,&rdquo; said CEA member programs director Allyson Pahmer. &ldquo;Our members have embraced these events and have taken full advantage of the marketing resources we are offering through Revenew&rsquo;s network.&rdquo;</p> <p>Last year participating retailers hosted more than 100 in-store events and sent more than 179,000 emails, while garnering 10,000 landing page visits and more than 13 million ad impressions, CEA said.</p> <p>Dealers can learn more about CE Demo Days and how to sign up <a href="http://bit.ly/PthfsK">here</a>.</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/ce-demo-days-set-may-2-4/110601" st_title="CE Demo Days Set For May 2-4" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/ce-demo-days-set-may-2-4/110601" st_title="CE Demo Days Set For May 2-4" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/ce-demo-days-set-may-2-4/110601" st_title="CE Demo Days Set For May 2-4" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 16 2014 - 8:57am</span> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:08:48 +0000 Alan_Wolf 110601 at http://www.twice.com Alpine Plans Aftermarket CarPlay In Fall http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/alpine-plans-aftermarket-carplay-fall/110600 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iwaki, Japan — Alpine announced plans to offer CarPlay-equipped aftermarket head units in the fall in the U.S. and Europe. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="1721" height="1444" alt="An artist’s rendering of an Alpine head unit equipped with Apple CarPlay." src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/AlpineCarPlay.jpg?1397593110" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An artist’s rendering of an Alpine head unit equipped with Apple CarPlay. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Iwaki, Japan &mdash; Alpine announced plans to offer CarPlay-equipped aftermarket head units in the fall in the U.S. and Europe.</p> <p>Model numbers and pricing will be announced at the time of launch.</p> <p>Motorists will be able to control CarPlay functions on a cable-connected iPhone 5, 5s or 5c running iOS 7 from a large, in-dash touchscreen. Users will also be able to control functions via Siri. Controllable functions include making calls, using Apple Maps, accessing stored or streamed music, and sending and receiving messages. Siri will read back messages, and users will be able to dictate responses.</p> <p>&ldquo;For more than a decade, we have worked with Apple to produce products that integrate their technology into our car entertainment and information products,&rdquo; said Hirofumi Morioka, Alpine&rsquo;s senior director and chief technology officer. &ldquo;Our new CarPlay-enabled products represent the next step in providing users a seamless iPhone experience in the vehicle.&rdquo;</p> <p>Earlier today, Pioneer <a href="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/pioneer-readies-aftermarket-carplay/110588">announced plans</a> for early-summer firmware upgrades to five NEX head units to add CarPlay. Clarion has also <a href="http://www.twice.com/magazine-issue-type/current-issue/will-aftermarket-play-ball-apple-carplay/110490">revealed plans</a> to offer aftermarket CarPlay but hasn&rsquo;t released a schedule.</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/alpine-plans-aftermarket-carplay-fall/110600" st_title="Alpine Plans Aftermarket CarPlay In Fall" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/alpine-plans-aftermarket-carplay-fall/110600" st_title="Alpine Plans Aftermarket CarPlay In Fall" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/alpine-plans-aftermarket-carplay-fall/110600" st_title="Alpine Plans Aftermarket CarPlay In Fall" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 15 2014 - 4:18pm</span> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:22:35 +0000 ljohnston 110600 at http://www.twice.com Autonomic Joins HTSA http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/autonomic-joins-htsa/110598 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Armonk, N.Y. — Autonomic, supplier of high-performance Cloud-based media solutions for the custom business, has joined the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) buying group. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="533" height="246" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/HTSA_0.JPG?1397588616" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Armonk, N.Y. &mdash; Autonomic, supplier of high-performance Cloud-based media solutions for the custom business, has joined the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) buying group.</p> <p>Aaron Chisena, global sales director for Autonomic, who attended the late March HTSA Spring Conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz., said in a statement, &ldquo;I took away valuable insights from my interactions at the conference.&rdquo;</p> <p>He added, &ldquo;We had conversations on subjects ranging from the severe winter&rsquo;s impact on consumer spending, features and functionality that consumers are asking for, exploring commercial opportunities as well as specific marketing initiatives that would help drive business &mdash; these are critical topics that will bring benefit to HTSA members as well as our entire channel.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bob Hana, managing director of HTSA, said in a statement about Autonomic joining the group: &ldquo;Having Autonomic join the family of HTSA Vendors not only adds to our member&rsquo;s ability to provide first-class solutions in streaming media and distributed audio for their clients but also with their commitment to branding and marketing. The addition of Autonomic strengthens our overall marketing presence and allows for increased reach, demand generation and improved sales.&rdquo;</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/autonomic-joins-htsa/110598" st_title="Autonomic Joins HTSA " class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/autonomic-joins-htsa/110598" st_title="Autonomic Joins HTSA " class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/autonomic-joins-htsa/110598" st_title="Autonomic Joins HTSA " class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 15 2014 - 3:03pm</span> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:04:06 +0000 ljohnston 110598 at http://www.twice.com Toshiba Unveils Clamshell PC Lines, Adds 4K http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/toshiba-unveils-clamshell-pc-lines-adds-4k/110597 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-head-text"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba America Information Systems’ digital products division introduced Tuesday its 2014 lineup of Satellite clamshell-style laptops highlighted by the company’s first model to feature a 4K Ultra HD screen. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_article_image" width="3803" height="2713" alt="Toshiba’s Carrie Cowan shows off Toshiba’s Satellite P55t clamshell laptop." src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/8Satellite4KCowan.jpg?1397588176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Toshiba’s Carrie Cowan shows off Toshiba’s Satellite P55t clamshell laptop with 4K Ultra HD resolution. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-upload-image"> <div class="field-label">Upload Video Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_upload_image" alt="" src="http://www.twice.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/256640-Bluray.jpg?1343954366" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Irvine, Calif. &mdash; Toshiba America Information Systems&rsquo; (TAIS) digital products division introduced Tuesday its 2014 lineup of Satellite clamshell-style laptops highlighted by the company&rsquo;s first model to feature a 4K Ultra HD screen.</p> <p>Most of the four-series clamshell PC lineup was offered in time for the back-to-school period, but the highlighted Satellite P55t 4K Ultra HD laptop will target an audience of mostly graphics professionals, photographers, editors and serious gamers, among others, the company said.</p> <p>&nbsp;The 4K model is also the first to earn Technicolor Color Certification.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Toshiba Satellite clamshell line includes: the entry C series, step-up L and S series, and the aforementioned flagship 4K Ultra HD P series.</p> <p>Because the clamshell-style laptop market has yet to peak, <a href="http://www.toshiba.com/">Toshiba</a> said it continues to offer customers a broad range of Satellite models ranging from sub-$500 up to sub-$1,500 price points.</p> <p>The various series are built around a highly configurable purpose-built chassis that enables custom flexibility.</p> <p>Design goals for the year across the model series were to make the laptops thinner while improving built-in audio sound and keyboard quality.</p> <p>The flagship Satellite P55t was &ldquo;designed to take on the most intensive computing demands and display unprecedented imagery,&rdquo; the company said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very realistic about who&rsquo;s buying this [4K Ultra HD] product,&rdquo; said Carrie Cowan, TAIS digital products division product manager. &ldquo;We see a definite place for 4K in the laptop market simply because there is a growing number of photo enthusiasts out there and video content creators who can really benefit from this screen resolution. It&rsquo;s a different play than it is on the TV side.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new Satellite P55t 4K Ultra HD will be available on April 22 from <a href="http://www.toshiba.com/us">toshiba.com/us </a>for a $1,499 suggested retail.</p> <p>It features a 15.6-inch diagonal Ultra HD (3,840 by 2,160, 221 ppi) &quot;TruBrite&quot; touchscreen display with four times the resolution of a FullHD 1080p screen.</p> <p>The display includes In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology for wide viewing angles, installed Chroma Tune calibration software, and Technicolor UHD Certification for natural color expression and accurate color gamut.</p> <p>The Satellite P55t includes a full version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 software, and is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of 1,600MHz DDR3L memory, and AMD Radeon R9 M265X enthusiast-class graphics with 2GB GDRR5 video memory.</p> <p>A 1TB hard drive is included along with a 3D impact sensor, four USB 3.0 ports, a UHS-II SD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity for optimal Ultra HD streaming, and a built-in rewritable Blu-ray Disc drive.</p> <p>Sound is handled by Harman Kardon speakers and DTS software.</p> <p>Other features include Toshiba&rsquo;s Sleep &amp; Music feature that allows using the laptop&rsquo;s speakers even with the PC turned off.</p> <p>Design characteristics include an edge-to-edge LCD glass look, a frameless LED-backlit keyboard, large clickpad and a brushed-aluminum finish.</p> <p>For the rest of the clamshell PC lineup, the entry Satellite C series includes two screen size choices of 15.6 inches or 17.3 inches, both with 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. Body thinness was reduced about 26 percent to just under an inch.</p> <p>The keyboard was tightened up to make the keys &ldquo;less smooshy,&rdquo; based on reviewer suggestions.</p> <p>Toshiba is enhancing audio with branded third-party partners across the line, starting with Skullcandy in the value C series. Toshiba said the audio headphones, speakers and accessories company worked with Toshiba engineering to fine tune the built-in audio characteristics of the laptops &ndash; an aspect designated with Skullcandy sub-branding.</p> <p>Non-standard options in the entry series include touchscreens and DVD drives.</p> <p>Processors used in the C series include Celeron, Pentium Core i3, and AMD A4-A6 classes.</p> <p>Entry prices vary by selected components, starting at a $329 suggested retail.</p> <p>The Satellite L series is Toshiba&rsquo;s &ldquo;mainstream&rdquo; laptop platform that was designed this year to create strong visual cues on store shelves. The look and feel of the line is said to clearly denote the step-up value from other models on display.</p> <p>It offers a 13 percent thinner body, textured &ldquo;champagne&rdquo; colored lid and a &ldquo;frameless keyboard&rdquo; design style with a subtle contoured key shape, called &quot;TruType.&quot; The keyboard is said to produce less flex and bounce when typing.</p> <p>Screen sizes include 15.6 inches and 17.3 inches, both with 1,366 by 768 resolution.</p> <p>Branded Skullcandy audio is included for richer sound.</p> <p>The series chassis was designed to meet a $400 to $700 price range. Processor options include Intel Core i3, i5, and AMD A4, A6 and A8.</p> <p>The Satellite S series is Toshiba&rsquo;s &ldquo;performance-driven&rdquo; laptop line, offering a choice of Intel Core i5 and i7, and AMD A8 and A10 processors, with prices starting at less than $698 suggested retail.</p> <p>Design changes include a &ldquo;Skyline&rdquo; design style with an aluminum body, built-in branded Harman Kardon speakers and sound system design consultation with Harman &ldquo;scientists.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other features include backlit TruType keyboard, and 15.6- or 17.3-inch LCD screen options of touchscreen and 1,366 by 768, FullHD 1,920 by 1080 resolution or 1,600 by 900 TruBrite resolution.</p> <p>Toshiba will also offer a derivative Satellite E-series line exclusively through Best Buy stores and Best Buy.com starting on June 22, with pricing starting at less than $649 suggested retail.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class='sharethis-buttons'><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/toshiba-unveils-clamshell-pc-lines-adds-4k/110597" st_title="Toshiba Unveils Clamshell PC Lines, Adds 4K" class="st_twitter_hcount" displaytext="Tweet"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/toshiba-unveils-clamshell-pc-lines-adds-4k/110597" st_title="Toshiba Unveils Clamshell PC Lines, Adds 4K" class="st_sharethis_hcount" displaytext="ShareThis"></span><span st_url="http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/toshiba-unveils-clamshell-pc-lines-adds-4k/110597" st_title="Toshiba Unveils Clamshell PC Lines, Adds 4K" class="st_fblike_hcount" displaytext="Facebook Like"></span></div><div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-post-date"> <div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Apr 15 2014 - 2:55pm</span> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:56:45 +0000 ljohnston 110597 at http://www.twice.com