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NEW YORK — Sales of tablet accessories leaped to a whopping $1.35 billion in 2012, up from $900 million in 2011, according to The NPD Group.
The reason for the spike, Stephen Baker, NPD industry analysis VP, told TWICE, was predictably due to the sharp rise in number of first-time tablet owners. Most of the accessories purchased were for new tablets, rather than by consumers who were looking to refresh existing products.
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 — CE industry: Meet one of your fastest growing audiences. Their population grew by 15 percent over the last decade. They will continue to swell in numbers over the next two decades by 31 percent. They expand their ranks by 10,000 new members every single day. They are senior citizens, Americans older than 65.
NEW YORK — Although Samsung may not have quite the rabid following as Apple (yet), the introduction of the Galaxy S4 earlier this month marked a noticeable increase in the timeline for accompanying Android accessories.
G-Form In Running For Edison Award
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – G-Form’s impact absorbing Reactive Protection Technology (RPT) composite material, which is used in the company’s impact-potective device cases, has been named a finalist for a 2013 Edison Award.
G-Form’s RPT is a finalist in the Material Science: Composites category, one of twelve categories honored by the Edison Awards, which recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the areas of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education.
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.
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.