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NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech International reported another down quarter, but it expressed confidence in the progress of its three-year turnaround plan, and analysts remained optimistic the accessory maker was on the correct course going forward.
Revenue for Logitech’s second quarter of fiscal 2014 was $532 million, down 3 percent compared with the prior-year period.
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.
HOUSTON — Following a successful pilot in New York City this summer, Goal Zero is taking its Street Charge solar-powered public device-charging stations to cities around the country on a “Solarize America Tour.”
The solar panel and lithium battery- powered Street Charge kiosks allow the public to charge their smartphones using built-in USB ports and charging tips, day or night.
LOS ANGELES — OEM supplier Suncraft Solutions announced a partnership with Petra Industries for distribution of the company’s Stanley brand of TV mounts in the U.S.
The mount line, which debuted during the summer, includes 10 models for LCD/LED and plasma televisions ranging in size from 26 inches to 100 inches and weighing up to 220 pounds, and is aimed at the consumer do-it-yourself markets.
NEW YORK – Braven and Jabra have expanded their portable Bluetooth speaker selections in a market that has grown at triple-digit percentage rates in units and dollars so far this year.
The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service found retail-level unit sales of Bluetooth-only speakers, excluding Bluetooth-equipped speakers with docking pins, rose 379 percent for the year through August on a dollar gain of 213 percent.
ATLANTA — Monster collaborated with BET last week for the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. The headphones and CE accessories manufacturer showed off the newest addition to its DNA line, the DNA Pro. The new over-ear headphones will be available at Best Buy at the end of the month for a $299 suggested retail. Shown here is head monster Noel Lee with rapper and actor Tristan Wilds a.k.a. “Mack Wilds” during the BET Music Matters event.
VALHALLA, N.Y. — Turtle Beach named a new chief financial officer and operations VP, both part of its plan to merge with audio company Parametric Sound by the end of this year.
The gaming accessory manufacturer also reassured consumers and retailers that its headsets would indeed operate with the upcoming PlayStation4, despite reports that the PS4 won’t support chat functionality for USB and Bluetooth headsets. However, consumers will have to use included cables to make use of chat functionality.
VISTA, CALIF. — BOOM Movement unveiled its second portable Bluetooth speaker last week, known as the Swimmer.
The shock-resistant Swimmer, which carries a $59.99 suggested retail, uses Bluetooth 4.0 and features a flexible “tail” that enables consumers to hang, wrap or hook the device. The tail can also be swapped out for a suction cup, which is designed to help emphasize the music’s bass when the speaker reverberates against the attached surface.
WHEAT RIDGE, COLO. — Headphones manufacturer Able Planet took the wraps off a headset that is designed to also function as a listening device for the hard of hearing.
ATLANTA — Case-Mate has launched a risk-free trial program for luxury smartphone cases called Style Box.
The program allows members to try an assortment of Case-Mate’s cases for seven days, keep their favorites and return the rest for free. In addition, Case-Mate will offer purchase discount incentives for Style Box customers — the more cases they keep, the more they save.
NEW YORK — While fashion is a prime driver when it comes to smartphone and tablet case sales, protection is paramount to many users. Suppliers that have exhausted the number of color choices for their lines are differentiating themselves by thinking outside the box when it comes to construction materials and protection standards. Pictured here are some recent innovative cases and protective accessories to hit the market.