By Lisa Johnston
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El Segundo, Calif. — MXL Microphones, a division of Marshall Electronics, has announced a line of cellphone- and tablet-compatible microphones for mobile audio and video recording.
The Mobile Media series, or MM series, is agnostic in design, working with iOS, Android and Windows devices as well as most mobile devices with a 3.5mm jack, the company said.
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.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Lenovo plans summertime availability of a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet that connects to a detachable folio case with built-in keyboard to turn it into a full-function laptop.
The Miix tablet, designed for entertainment and productivity, starts at $500 for the base Wi-Fi model, but a SIM card port is available for a version with 3G W-CDMA SIM card.
When bundled with keyboard, the package will be $549, a spokesperson said.
New York – Toshiba today updated its computer lineup, making touchscreens optional on almost all of its laptops and adding a stylus-equipped high-end tablet.
The company also updated its all-in-one (AIO) computer line with a new industrial design so they now resemble Toshiba’s televisions, said Mark Lackey, product manager, digital products division.
Taipei, Taiwan — Acer began its Computex Taipei product rollout by introducing an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet and two upgraded Ultrabooks.
Two versions of the W3 tablet are on sale for pre-order starting today. The 64GB version is priced at $429 and the 32GB model at $379. Both will ship within a few weeks, the company said.
El Segundo, Calif. — Few CE products have experienced the dramatic rise and equally impressive fall as the netbook.
IHS iSuppli is forecasting that only 3.9 million units will ship this year, down from 14.1 million in 2012 and 32.1 million during the height of their popularity in 2010.
Only 264,000 netbooks will ship next year, and the category is expected to disappear entirely by 2015.
Once again the category-killer tablet is taking the blame. IHS noted that netbook shipments began declining after 2010, when the iPad was first introduced.
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless will join U.S. Cellular on March 7 in offering an LTE-equipped version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which comes with the S Pen stylus.
The stylus lets users annotate pictures and files with handwritten messages, draw pictures on screen, and preview a file or email message without opening it when the S Pen hovers over the file or message. Apps optimized for the S Pen are also available.
The Wi-Fi-only version of the Note 10.1 became available last year.
Panasonic has released a promotional video to illustrate some the potential of its “4K Tablet” that was introduced for the first time at CES2013.
It’s a 20-inch Windows-based tablet with 4K resolution ISP-alpha screen and attached digital pen.
Framingham, Mass. – When it comes to shipping smart connected devices, Samsung is now the worldwide champ, according to IDC.
Samsung took over the top spot from Apple by shipping 250 million such devices, defined by IDC as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, in 2012. Apple was not far behind, pumping out 218.7 million such products during the same period.
For the entire year, 1.2 billion smart connected devices were shipped worldwide, a 29.1 percent increase over 2011.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft’s launch last week of the Surface Pro tablet is receiving mixed reviews from analysts.
Views on the introduction run the gamut from calling it normal to a failure and to too early to call.
The one fact everyone agreed upon is that the Surface Pro quickly sold out.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft plans Feb. 9 availability of its Surface Windows 8 Pro in the U.S. and Canada at an estimated street price of $899 for the 64GB version with bundled Type Cover.
Pricing on the 128GB version with Type Cover wasn’t disclosed.