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SAN DIEGO — RevoluSun Solar, a solar-panel energy- system provider, is looking to use electronics and electronics/appliance retailers as franchisees to sell its systems.
Shawn Mahoney, sales director of RevoluSun, knows how electronics and electronics/appliance retail channels work and perform, having worked a decade in the CE industry: seven with Tweeter and the rest with Hitachi’s TV division.
MILWAUKEE — Koss has teamed with Olympian swimmer Dara Torres for a line of woman-themed fitness headphones.
The Fit series is currently offered in two configurations: the in-ear FitClips with sweat-resistant overear clips, and the FitBuds ear buds.
The FitClips feature 9mm drivers, a frequency response of 15Hz to 20kHz, and impedance of 16 ohms. Suggested retail is $29.99. Five colors choices are available, and each one comes with three sizes of silicone tips.
ARLINGTON, VA. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) revealed its 2013 class of inductees for the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. Fifteen people make up the new class:
• Samar Basu — worked on the lithium-ion battery at Bell Labs;
• Manning Greenberg — covered the CE industry for Home Furnishings Daily for decades;
• Marcian (Ted) Hoff — invented the microprocessor;
• Team: Jim Barton/Michael Ramsay — TiVo founders;
WASHINGTON — While the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act earlier this month and backers of the mandatory online sales tax collection legislation see progress, the bill still has to be reviewed, possibly revised, and voted upon by the House of Representatives.
SAN ANTONIO — The Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) and its sister buying collective Home Entertainment Source (HES) have begun a reorganization under the ProSource name and will focus on four key product categories going forward.
The new game plan was outlined last week by ProSource president/CEO Dave Workman and HES executive VP Jim Ristow at PRO’s annual spring meeting here at the Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort and Spa.
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.