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LAS VEGAS — Sony Corporation president/CEO Kaz Hirai and Phil Molyneux, president/COO of Sony Electronics, discussed the importance of 4K, the current state of the company and the industry, and unilateral pricing policies (UPP) for 2013 during an informal press reception after its press conference on Monday evening.
Hirai said that when he took on his new role and stated that mobile, imaging and gaming would be key categories for Sony as it rebuilds, he did not mean the company was downplaying TVs.
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LAS VEGAS — Sony is unveiling five new compact digital cameras at International CES 2013, all of which place a strong emphasis on value and affordability.
All models are scheduled to ship to dealers in January.
The latest entry level Cyber-shot is the W170, which will carry a $99 suggested retail. It features a 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD and Steady Shot.
LAS VEGAS — Sony is expanding its selection of CD receivers that use USB-connected iPhones and Bluetooth-connected Android phones as touchscreen remotes and supplementary head-unit displays that can be mounted on top of a dashboard via suction cup.
The technology, called App Remote, also expands head-unit control of a connected smartphone’s music-playback functions and enables head units to launch smartphone apps of any type.
LAS VEGAS — Sony is waterproofing its latest all-in-one Sports MP3 player, broadening the device’s addressable market beyond health-and-fitness enthusiasts to include swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts.
The 4GB MP3 player, shipping in March at a tentative everyday $99, integrates controls and memory into the left and right in-ear ear buds, which are connected by a flexible wire-like headband that wraps around the back of the head and goes over top the ears.
Las Vegas – Sony is reentering the market for dedicated Bluetooth speakers after an absence of several years with four AC/DC models shipping in March and priced from an everyday $79 to $299. The top two at $199 and $299 stream the AAC and apt-X codecs over Bluetooth.
LAS VEGAS – Netgear founder and CEO Patrick Lo spelled out his company’s plan to create the “Smart Home.”
Netgear’s mission for the next ten to 15 years is to have everything in a home that is powered by electricity connect to the Internet, said Lo.
“Going forward we want to extend beyond speeds and feeds to the start of the Smart Home,” Lo said during Netgear’s press conference at CES.
LAS VEGAS – Intel continued its drive into the smartphone, tablet and Ultrabook markets at CES today.
Intel unveiled its “Lexington” Atom processor for smartphones, the 7-watt Intel Core Z2760 processor for Ultrabook convertibles and its fourth generation Intel Core processors, formerly codenamed Haswell. Company executives also showed off a new 22nanometer quad core Atom system-on-a-chip processor that will be in products by the 2013 holiday season.
Las Vegas — One year after Monster’s very public split with Beats by Dr. Dre, the manufacturer is trying to reach as many different consumer demographics as possible, and it’s using a ton of star power to help.
In a celebrity-studded press conference on Monday, Monster expanded several of its existing headphones lines and launched its very first gaming headset, the MVP Carbon.
Las Vegas — Despite a decline of 1 percent in 2012, global sales of consumer electronics are expected to rise 4 percent in 2013, to $1.106 trillion, based on joint research by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and GfK Digital World.
Steve Koenig, CEA industry analysis director, cited weakness in the GDPs of major mature markets, including the U.S. and Western Europe in 2012, but said emerging markets, led by such countries as Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as Brazil, Russia and China, will drive overall growth in 2013.
Las Vegas – Panasonic stepped up networking capabilities in new tabletop audio systems, added Apple’s 8-pin docking-pin connectors to two models, and launched three new soundbars sized for larger TV displays than last year’s soundbar line.
Information wasn’t available on whether Panasonic planned to launch new Blu-ray-equipped home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) systems.