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Los Angeles — The iconic California surf lifestyle brand Hang Ten will start appearing on a line of mobile accessories from Trexta.
Starting this month, the familiar two-footed logo will be included on a collection of device cases and covers that feature leather, fabric, wood and plastic finishes for iPhones, iPads, Galaxy smartphones and other tablets and devices to be announced.
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.
Fremont, Calif. — Logitech has purchased a Kickstarter-funded startup, TT Design Labs, creators of the TidyTilt iPhone case and the Justmount iPhone wall mount.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Calabasas, Calif. — Phorus is running a Dads and Grads special on its PS1 speaker and PR1 receiver.
The Phorus audio products (bundled as a wireless speaker, receiver and an app) are designed to turn any Android device into a whole-home audio hub.
On a stand-alone basis, the PS1 speaker retails for $199, and the PR1 receiver retails for $149. The Dads and Grads promotional discounts, which run until June 16 and only on the Phorus website, are as follows:
• two PS1 speakers and one Phorus PR1 receiver, $399;
Fort Collins, Colo. – OtterBox has acquired LifeProof, a primary competitor in the protective case market.
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Diego, LifeProof specializes in waterproof, shock-proof hardshell cases for Apple’s iPhones and iPads.
The company sells through consumer and enterprise channels.
CTIA 2013 Las Vegas — CTIA 2013 is not just for hardware.
Accessories suppliers occupy a large percentage of the exhibition space here and can offer retailers high-margin add-on dollars to each and every smartphone or mobile device sale.
Here is a rundown of some of the recent and imminent accessories introductions to the mobile market.
CTIA 2013 Las Vegas — Voxx Accessories came to the CTIA convention to expand its 808 series of headphones and tabletop speakers and announce an availability date for its tabletop Soundboard speaker.
The $29-suggested Soundboard speaker, available in August, is the company’s first speaker with Soundflow technology, which lets users place a smartphone or MP3 player on a pad on top of the device to amplify the portable device’s sound. The intent is to simplify operation by eliminating the need for Bluetooth pairing.
Denver -- HydraConnect this week announced improvements to its HSS line of HDMI matrix processors.
The company has added three new system drivers, for Savant, Bitwise Controls and Elan g! automation systems, and has extended the replacement warranty on its processors to five years.
The HSS line already supports Control4, Crestron, RTI, and iRule systems.
Current owners of HSS-2 and HSS-3 processors will have their existing warranties retroactively reset to the original date of purchase.
Hauppauge, N.Y. — Voxx reported a double-digit sales gain and relative flat profits in its fiscal year, ended Feb. 28.
Net sales for the fiscal year were $835.6 million, an increase of 18.2 percent when compared with net sales of $707.1 million reported for the prior fiscal year.
Net income in fiscal 2013 was $22.5 million as compared with net income of $25.6 million for the prior year. Operating income was $41.7 million for the year, compared with $43.9 million in the comparable year-ago period.
Palo Alto, Calif. — Ooma will begin shipping its first small-business VoIP phone system, Ooma Office, next week.
Designed for businesses with 10 or fewer employees, Ooma Office supports up to five phone extensions and up to 10 phone lines. Each line costs $19.99 per month.
Features of the system include an online interface to control settings remotely, up to 15 virtual extensions to forward to external numbers, a virtual receptionist, extension dialing, on-hold music, ring groups, conference bridges, E911, call transfer and directory listing.
Lake Success, N.Y. — Coby Electronics announced the layoffs of 35 percent of its Coby USA staff, or a total of 42 people, and the closing of the company’s Savannah, Ga., warehouse.
Contributing factors as “the prevailing economic headwinds and the convergence of products that Coby, along with other suppliers in the consumer electronics space, are facing,” the company said in a statement.
Coby said it “had little choice but to restructure its operations to ensure the company’s continued business success.”