San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
LAS VEGAS — Handset vendors and carriers began to unveil new smartphones in advance of CTIA 2013, with some making show appearances. Visit TWICE’s website to see the following stories:
• LG Steps Up Intuition’s Enterprise Friendliness
• BlackBerry Outlines Phone Plans, Other Initiatives
• Nokia Adds New Flagship Lumia
• Sony Expands Xperia Z Smartphone Series
• Startup Zact Readies Flexible-Plan Cellphone Service
• AT&T Sets Up Subsidiary To Sell AIO Prepaid Service
NEW YORK – Jim Meyer picked a good time to be named CEO of SiriusXM, as the satellite-radio provider reported double-digit gains in net income, revenues and subscribers.
Meyer, who had been serving as interim CEO since December following the departure of Mel Karmazin, was named CEO last week. Meyer had been president of SiriusXM sales and operations since May 2004.
John Revie, Sharp Electronics Company of America (SEMCA) product marketing VP, has been named has been named home entertainment sales VP, replacing John Homlish, who has joined Haier America. Revie, who previously worked at Sony and Samsung, joined Sharp last August.
NEW YORK — Buffalo Technology debuted its first external hard drive using DDR3 memory, which helps boost data-transfer rates by up to three times.
The DriveStation DDR features 1GB of DDR3 memory that sits between the disks and the device controller on the USB printed circuit board assembly, said Brian Verenkoff, Buffalo’s marketing and business development director.
MAHWAH, N.J. — Denon unveiled In-Command networked A/V receivers that start at a slightly lower opening price point, expand the series’ selection to five models from four, and include some new features.
Four new models shipping this week join a carryover flagship $2,499 model. The new models start at a suggested $499, down from the previous line’s opening price of $649.
Like last year, all In-Command models feature built-in AirPlay, DLNA networking, and Internet radio but no built-in Wi-Fi or optional Wi-Fi dongle.
STAMFORD, CONN. – Harman reports its home audio and multimedia sales grew 17 percent in its fiscal third quarter, due to expanded distribution in the U.S., such as Sprint-owned stores.
Chairman Dinesh Paliwal attributed much of the growth to the expanded distribution here and in emerging markets. In the U.S., Harman launched multimedia products through Sprint-owned stores, which number about 1,000. Harman will also enter into relationships with AT&T and Verizon Wireless, he added.
WASHINGTON — On their recent visit to Congress, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) officials and members lobbied for passage of the SHIELD Act, a bill that would impose reforms to stop “patent trolls” who file frivolous lawsuits against tech companies. CEA pitched the Housesponsored legislation, formerly known as “Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act,” which is being introduced by Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
NEW YORK – NAD, the component-audio supplier, wants to make a connection with a younger generation of music enthusiasts who connect to PCs, smartphones and tablets to play music but who have shunned full-size audio components.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – RadioShack plans to refresh its brand, assortment and stores to attract a new generation of customers and reverse a string of successive quarterly losses.
The turnaround strategy, which is still evolving, was outlined during a first-quarter earnings call by CEO Joseph Magnacca, who joined RadioShack in February from Walgreens.
NEW YORK – It is earnings season once again and four CE industry giants reported within days of each other – Apple, Amazon, Samsung and LG – with investors, customers and pundits being able to contrast, applaud or express concerns in side-by-side comparisons.