By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Techno Source has updated its Kurio kids tablet with three new models, including a 4-inch version it’s positioning against the iPod Touch.
Seven-inch and 10-inch tablet models will also be offered. All three have 8GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 40GB via MicroSD card.
Eric Levin, division head for Techno Source, told TWICE the Kurio 4s “is really the only true competitor for the iPod Touch,” which he noted is “almost every kid’s precursor to their phone.”
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.
West Covina, Calif. — E Fun announced its latest Nextbook Android tablet line.
The series contains two models, the Premium 7SE-8GP and the Premium 8HD priced at $69.99 and $99.99, respectively, and available through Walmart nationwide.
El Segundo, Calif. – Shipments of tablet displays are surpassing expectations as Chinese white-box manufacturers pour into the category, according to an IHS report.
Shipments are expected to increase 6 percent this year totaling 262 million, up from the 246 million originally forecast. Year over year shipments are up 69 percent from the 155 million shipped in 2012.
The main boost has come from Chinese smartphone makers who have jumped into the tablet business, said Ricky Park, IHS’s senior manager for large-area displays.
New York — Barnes & Noble today began to spin down its Nook hardware business announcing it will partner with other vendors to develop co-branded devices.
BN said it its fiscal year statement that it saw a 34 percent decrease in its digital content segment, which includes devices, content and accessories, for its fiscal fourth quarter and a 16.8 percent drop for the year. However, content sales increased 16.2 percent for the year.
The company hopes to offset the loss attributed to hardware sales by stopping in-house manufacturing.
CE Week New York — Tablets will comprise about 80 percent of all computers sold by 2016, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) most recent industry research.
Shawn DuBravac, the CEA’s chief economist and research director, and Jack Cutts, CEA’s business intelligence senior manager, gave this bit of data along with a wide overview of the computer and tablet market at the CEA Research Summit.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Lenovo plans summertime availability of a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet that connects to a detachable folio case with built-in keyboard to turn it into a full-function laptop.
The Miix tablet, designed for entertainment and productivity, starts at $500 for the base Wi-Fi model, but a SIM card port is available for a version with 3G W-CDMA SIM card.
When bundled with keyboard, the package will be $549, a spokesperson said.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. - Samsung today revealed the pricing and shipping information for its previously announced Galaxy Tab 3 line.
London – Five new Windows 8-based products unveiled here by Samsung include the world’s thinnest Windows tablet and the company’s first dual-OS Android/Windows 8 convertible notebook/tablet.
Samsung also unveiled two Windows 8 notebooks, a Windows 8 all-in-one PC, and the Galaxy NX, promoted as the world’s first interchangeable-lens camera with built-in 4G LTE.
Pricing and availability weren’t disclosed
New York — About one-third of all Americans now own a tablet, according to a poll by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
The study found that 34 percent of American adults 18 and older are tablets owners, with the number of tablet owners increasing with age. Almost half of those 35 to 44 years old have a tablet, and the same number, 49 percent, were college graduates. However, the reverse situation takes place with older adults — only 18 percent of those 65 and older have a tablet.
Taipei, Taiwan – Sony has rolled out three Ultrabooks including one that is a slider hybrid laptop/tablet.
The new Ultrabooks are the Vaio Pro 11 and 13 and the Duo 13.
The Pro models feature 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch touch displays and weigh in at 1.92 and 2.34 pounds, respectively. The chassis is made of carbon fiber and has an aluminum hand rest.
Basic features for the three devices are fourth generation Intel Core i7 processors, PCIe solid state drives and near field communication capability.