By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK — Absolute Technologies has introduced the LinkCase, a Wi-Fi boosting, signal-enhancing case for the iPhone 5.
The protective case uses electromagnetic waveguide (EMW) technology in an embedded proprietary sliding antenna that resonates with the iPhone’s antenna to boost a Wi-Fi signal by up to 50 percent.
The case has polycarbonate back, shock-absorbent rubber sides and a raised bevel on the front to shield the screen.
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.
MORGES, SWITZERLAND — Logitech International announced an organizational realignment that will eliminate 5 percent of its workforce and net the company up to $18 million in incremental savings for the next fiscal year, according to the company’s 8K filing.
The company anticipates recording a pretax cash charge of between $12 million and $14 million in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year. The charge is related primarily to the personnel reductions, with the company eliminating approximately 140 positions from its worldwide labor workforce.
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. — Digital Treasures has introduced the PowerFlask, a portable charger for simultaneous charging of up to three devices.
The charger, shaped like a traditional liquor flask, has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers 13,000 mAh to two USB ports, enough to charge two iPads and an iPhone simultaneously, for instance. It includes two 30-pin Apple connectors, a USB-to- Micro-USB charging cable, a USB-to-Dual-Micro- USB charging cable, and a USB power adapter.
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA — iRoom, the European supplier of motorized, in-wall iPad docks, has established a U.S.-based sales division and begun offering its product line in North America.
The North American division will be lead by president Chris Lehnen.
iRoom’s iDock features a proprietary motorized, charging docking system that opens and closes to securely store an iPad or iPad Mini in a wall. When the iPad is docked, it can be used for control of installed smart-home and environment applications and A/V streaming, or as digital signage.
BARCELONA, SPAIN — LG Electronics introduced what it’s calling “the world’s smallest wireless charger,” the 2.7-inch WCP-300 charging pad.
The pad, using Qi technology, boasts 1.7 times the live charging area of LG’s previous-generation charger in a smaller footprint.
It is compatible with all Qi-enabled smartphones, including LG’s Spectrum 2 and Nexus 4 models.
NEW YORK — Despite impending snowstorms in the Northeast, many headphones manufacturers are prepping for spring with new colors and styles of some of their most popular models, while others are upgrading their wares to appeal to smartphone users.
What follows on this page and p. 31 is a roundup of newly shipping and soon-to-come headphones.
COCHRANE, ALBERTA — Ultra-low-power wireless protocols provide fitness monitors with increased performance and efficiency.
One of these, the ANT protocol, from Dynastream Innovations, has been updated to improve the performance of wireless personal monitoring devices. The next-generation ANT+ protocol offers OEMs improvement in power consumption, size, cost, speed and security built directly into the protocol layer.
NEW YORK — The fitness-monitor market geared toward smartphone users continues to expand, adding new functionality and compatibilities, as well as incorporating new technologies, to a bustling market.
Hothead Technologies will begin shipping in Q2 what it is calling “the first fitness monitor on the market to track body temperature, movement and heart rate without using a chest strap.”
AURORA, ILL. — Peerless-AV said last week it has acquired outdoor-TV manufacturer Ciil Technologies, which markets the UltraViewand Xtreme-brand weatherproof displays.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Peerless-AV said the acquisition expands its portfolio of audio/visual technologies, mounting, accessories and digital-content delivery solutions.
SAN DIEGO — Mad Catz Interactive is now taking pre-orders for its Freq7 gaming headset, although it’s not scheduled to ship until the first fiscal quarter of 2014.
The headset, which is part of Mad Catz’s GameSmart line, features Dolby Headphone technology and Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology, said to expand stereo and 5.1 audio to 7.1 surround sound. PC users are able to toggle between surround sound and stereo while gaming.