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LAS VEGAS – The Digital Entertainment Group, a CE and Hollywood industries’ home entertainment promotions group, announced the kick-off of a new effort to spur use of the UltraViolet virtual content locker system for movies and videos of multiple formats.
Las Vegas – The Altec Lansing brand returned to the consumer audio market here at International CES after worldwide rights to the brand name were purchased in late 2012 by Infinity Lifestyle Brands.
More than a dozen Altec Lansing products are on display by Sakar International, which is Infinity’s first North American licensee. Sakar markets consumer electronics and accessories under multiple licensed brands.
LAS VEGAS — Qualcomm took total advantage of its first-ever pre-International CES keynote, with CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs introducing star after star and still finding time to unveil the company’s latest Snapdragon processor.
Jacobs’s address marked the first time someone from outside Microsoft has delivered the traditional kickoff pre-CES keynote address. Jacob took over the reins from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer who, in turn, took center stage when Microsoft founder Bill Gates stepped down.
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.
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.