By Lisa Johnston
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Berlin –– Griffin Technology rolled out at IFA a newly designed MultiDock for charging, storing and syncing up to 10 handheld devices that can be daisychained with two other units to charge up to 30 devices.
Aimed at businesses and schools, the MultiDock features Griffin’s ChargeSensor technology that adapts on the fly to any connected iOS or USB device by providing the fastest charging rate for that device. Any combination of devices can be charged simultaneously.
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.
New York — In response to a recent slew of media reports regarding lithium-ion batteries and battery-based charging devices heating up and catching fire, Voxx Accessories has sent out a letter to its dealers advising them to be very careful about what devices they choose to sell.
Boston - Gordon Brothers Group signed an agreement to purchase all Coby Electronics inventory, fixtures, equipment, intellectual property, global trademarks and patents and revive the business.
Gordon Brothers said it “will infuse capital into the company in support of the development of new products and go-to-market strategies for Coby that will enable an expedited return of the company’s various product lines to the marketplace.”
Zurich, Switzerland -- Logitech International surprised Wall Street and turned a profit in its fiscal first quarter.
Net income came in at $1 million, compared with a net loss of $51 million in last year's Q1.
The company reported sales of $478 million for the quarter, up 2 percent year over year. Gross margin surged to 35.2 percent, up from 31 percent a year ago.
Logitech’s retail sales for Q1 increased by 8 percent over the prior year. OEM sales decreased by 6 percent and sales for the company's LifeSize division decreased by 18 percent.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Mobile accessorie supplier Ballistic today announced a distribution deal with Ingram Micro that will further expand the availability of its device cases throughout the U.S.
The deal is expected to expand Ballistic products' presence in the brick-and-mortar retail and indirect wireless channels.
Chicago — Swissvoice is launching its first DECT 6.0 phone at AT&T’s flagship store, here, on July 26.
The ePure cordless DECT phone, which will also be available at ATT.com, is being billed as a “functional piece of art.” Its design is meant to be ergonomic and reduce acoustic leaks, and includes such features as a backlit LCD display, 10 hours of talk time, an alarm, various ringtones and auto answer.
The ePure is a single-handset system, but a company spokesman told TWICE it will release a Twin unit later this month.
New York — Monster unveiled a refreshed line of high-end A/V cables at CE Week, including its first cable intended for 4K Ultra High-Definition video and 4K gaming.
Head monster Noel Lee unveiled the M2000 Active HDMI cable, the flagship of the company's new M series and the first single HDMI cable capable of data-transfer speeds up to 31.5Gbps, he said. The cable was developed with semiconductor supplier Spectra7 and is the first to be endorsed by the Imaging Science Foundation for Ultra HD use.
St. George, Utah - Cellular signal booster supplier Wilson Electronics has been acquired by private equity firm Sorenson Capital. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Sorenson managing directors Fraser Bullock and Tim Layton, and principal LeGrand Lewis join the Wilson board of directors.
Sorenson’s extensive brand portfolio includes solar charging provider Goal Zero and International Development Corp., which markets CE products and accessories under the Westinghouse brand.
Beaverton, Ore. — Telefield, which is licensing the RCA brand for a line of business telephones, announced on Tuesday its VoIP system is now available in more than 2,500 office-supply stores.
The RCA Digital Business Phone Service is designed for the truly small businesses in the small- to medium-business (SMB) market, Scott Dunmire, Telefield product development director, told TWICE, such as dentist offices and dry cleaners. The sweet spot for the number of employees using the phone tops out at around 15 to 20 people.
Lake Success, N.Y. — Coby Electronics last Friday reduced its staff by another 17 people, including president Mike Troetti and all sales, marketing and product-management staff except for four salespeople, sources close to Coby told TWICE.