By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK – A flurry of recent activity among wireless charging spec competitors highlighted the progress made by all, but further clouded the industry’s expectation that one unifying standard will emerge in the near future.
NEW YORK — SOL Republic announced the Master Tracks XC last week, a version of its over-ear headphones designed in collaboration with music producer, writer and DJ Calvin Harris.
Seth Combs, SOL’s chief marketing officer, came to the TWICE offices, here, on launch day to show off the newest model. Building off of the company’s Master Tracks headphones, the XC version was created in response to Harris’ desire to partner with SOL for a headphone he could use as both a studio headphone and a street headphone, Combs said.
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Griffin Technology rolled out a newly designed MultiDock for charging, storing and syncing up to 10 handheld devices that can be daisychained with two other units to charge up to 30 devices.
Aimed at businesses and schools, the MultiDock features Griffin’s ChargeSensor technology that adapts on the fly to any connected iOS or USB device by providing the fastest charging rate for that device. Any combination of devices can be charged simultaneously.
GAIMERSHEIM, GERMANY — A consortium of German automakers has recommended its members use the Qi standard for inductive wireless charging in current and future vehicle models.
The Experts from Consumer Electronics for Automotive working group (CE4A) includes BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche and Daimler, and was formed to promote an active standardization of interfaces between consumer mobile devices and automotive engine control units.
Harman Debuts JBL Synchros
STAMFORD, CONN. — Harman International expanded its JBL brand of headphones with the debut of the Synchros line. All five models make use of JBL’s new LiveStage signal processing technology, said to recreate a warm, natural feeling, as well as the company’s PureBass technology.
NEW YORK — Nothing motivates an accessory manufacturer like the release of a new Apple device — unless it’s two Apple devices. As expected, the unveiling of the iPhone 5s and 5c ushered in a flurry of new products to protect and serve within minutes of their debut.
TWICE has rounded up some of the newest offerings, and continue to visit TWICE.com as more hit the market.
NEW YORK — Long-time CE veteran Ron Goldberg’s new start-up, Kineticane, is bringing to market the Isowalk, an intelligent mobility aid that can be described as a “smart cane.”
The Isowalk features a native pendulum movement that is naturally self-propulsive. A radically re-imagined handle and grip provides dramatically improved comfort, leverage and stability, the company said. It is lightweight and has a strategic center of gravity that makes the device “virtually effortless to use,” according to Goldberg.