By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
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.
OCEANSIDE, CALIF. — JLab has begun shipping its latest headphone model, the Intro.
Featuring 40mm drivers, the entry-level Intro headphones are geared toward users who place a priority on comfort. They are designed with a lightweight construction with an Eco Leather headband, Cloud Foam ear cushions, 360-degree rotating ear cups, tangle-free cable, and universal in-line mic and controls.
Frequency response is listed at 20Hz to 20kHz with impedance of 32ohms and sensitivity of 05dB at 1KHz.
NEW YORK — HTC is selling its Beats Electronics shares back to the company, a deal expected to close in the fourth quarter.
HTC purchased a 51 percent equity stake in Beats Electronics in August 2011. Upson its sale back to Beats for $265 million, HTC’s remaining stake was 24.84 percent.
HTC noted in the statement that it would also receive the repayment of a $150 million promissory note plus accrued interests.
NEW YORK – A number of new rugged protective cases for the Apple iPhone 5s and 5c have reached the market this week.
Trident Case released three new models, reworking its flagship Kraken AMS protective case for the iPhone 5s to accommodate the new phone’s fingerprint scanner.
The Kraken AMS combines two cases: a soft silicone sleeve, called Perseus, and a hard, tough outer shell with a built-in screen protector, called the Kraken AMS Exoskeleton. Both are available separately in a variety of colors.
IRVINE, CALIF. — Mobile accessories and memory supplier Dane Elec USA is merging with Taiwan-based accessories manufacturer Gigastone.
Gigastone will take a majority stake in Dane-Elec while Dane-Elec parent New Dane will maintain a minority holding position. Exact shares and other terms were not disclosed.
New Dane is a France-based investment group.