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UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – Manfrotto Distribution is out of the distribution business, sort of.
As part of a two-year-old strategy to extend its focus on pro digital imaging and video-production accessories to the mass consumer market, the Italian stand, case, bag and lighting manufacturer moved out of its U.S. headquarters and distribution/repair center in Northern New Jersey after 20 years last winter to a new, nearby office and showroom facility here.
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.
Speck Sues Katinkas Over Counterfeit iPhone Cases
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Speck Products is suing Katinkas USA for distributing counterfeit products in the United States.
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — BiteMyApple. co, an online retailer specializing in Kickstarter CE accessories, is expanding its product offering and plans to move beyond its realm of Apple-centric products.
The e-tailer, a one-man show helmed by formal U.S. postal worker Chris Johnson, currently offers about 40 products, all of which got their start on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Johnson said he is currently the exclusive seller for three of them, including his best-selling product, the Radius iPhone case.
NEW YORK — Portable Bluetooth speakers are going for big sound as spring approaches and consumers look to take their music outdoors. A number of manufacturers have recently welcomed new additions to their lines, many of which are designed to pull double duty as speakerphones.
NEW YORK – Musubo has begun shipping two new iPhone 5 cases, the Chamfer, a soft-touch case with a metallic finish, and the Diamond, a case being marketed to women.
The Chamfer is described as Musubo’s first minimalist protective case. It is an ultrathin polycarbonate protective shell with a beveled edge design and a metallic finish. It is available in graphite black, metallic magenta, metallic silver, metallic red and metallic blue and includes a folding video stand. Suggested retail is $24.99.
TAIPEI – Acase has expanded its Super- Leggera Pro phone case line to include models for the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S4 and Blackberry Z10 smartphones.
The new models utilize an inner flexible silicone case to absorb shocks and a removable polycarbonate outer cover to enhance grip and protection. In addition, Acase has added a layer of metallic rubber coating to the finish, increasing the case’s scratch, fingerprint and dust resistance.
FREMONT, CALIF. – New Trent has begun shipping two new high-powered travel chargers/backup batteries for smartphones and tablets.
The Travelpak and Travelpak+, available now, are two-in-one charging devices with an AC adapter and two USB ports (a 1-amp for smartphones and a 2.1-amp for tablets) featuring passthrough charging technology, which allows users to charge two devices while simultaneously charging the battery pack.
Four ambient LED status indicator lights double as a nightlight that can be switched on and off.
ROCKLIN, CALIF. – Purple Communications has introduced a home videophone system designed for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
The new SmartVP videophone, developed in partnership with Tely Labs, delivers HD-quality video calling through a television over a video relay service (VRS) that allows deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to connect directly with each other or communicate with hearing people in real-time via American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.
SECAUCUS, N.J. — Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America added three new DECT 6.0 phone series to its lineup last week.
All three series — the KX-TG787x, KX-TG684x and KX-TG422x — feature the company’s Link2Cell technology, which can link two cellphones to the DECT handset. Users of the KX-TG787x series will also now be alerted to incoming text messages, and there is now a USB port on the base to charge cellphones.
NEW YORK — The vision has been laid out for more than a decade: a nationwide “smart grid” that connects every electric power source with every electric power-consuming device or appliance, allowing twoway communications between them — much like the Internet connects all our individual PCs and lets them communicate.