By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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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.”
Basel, Switzerland — Monster has forged a new headphones partnership once again, this time with watchmaker Hublot.
The Hublot Inspiration by Monster over-ear headphones, which will be available in the U.S. this summer for “around $2,000,” feature active noise cancellation, Bluetooth technology, and AAC and AptX codecs. The carbon-fiber design boasts solid metal frames with a brushed-aluminum finish, leather ear pads, rubber headband, and in-line mic and remote.
Tokyo — Toshiba announced a line of CF cards that are designed for DSLRs that shoot FullHD video.
The Exceria Pro cards come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. They will go on sale in Asia April 27 and will follow in North America.
The cards comply with the Video Performance Guarantee Profile 2 (VPG-65) and UDMA7 high-speed interfaces, as well as CompactFlash Association CFA standard 6.1.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech International reported yet another down quarter, with declining worldwide sales, but the computer accessories company said sales in the Americas have stabilized and it is now better positioned for growth after restructuring efforts.
North Andover, Mass. — InstallerNet announced it has partnered with Kryptonite, an Ingersoll Rand brand that provides action sport security products.
InstallerNet coordinates the installation of consumer and commercial electronics through its network of independently owned mobile and home electronics installers. As a result of the partnership, it will provide installation services for Kryptonite’s RealTime GPS-based security and locating system.
Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America added three new DECT 6.0 phone series to its lineup.
All three series — the KX-TG787x, KX-TG684x and KX-TG422x — feature the company’s Link2Cell technology, which can link two cellphones to the DECT handset. Users of the KX-TG787x series will also now be alerted to incoming text messages, and there is now a USB port on the base to charge cellphones.
Cumberland, R.I. — Ion announced that the SynthX app is now compatible with its All-Star Guitar.
The All-Star Guitar is a full-size guitar controller for use with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It requires no cables or external connections and features a built-in speaker. The SynthX app for iPad is billed as a mathematically modeled synthesizer, said to be very small in file size but containing a large sound library.
SynthX gives users four ways to play 300 sounds: