San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Las Vegas — Johnson Controls announced during International CES that it’s expanding its electronics product portfolio into full in-vehicle infotainment systems for automakers.
The manufacturer of automotive interiors and electronics also announced its first full infotainment system will launch in a 2014-model-year vehicle program in North America, Europe and Asia.
Las Vegas – Huawei came to International CES to underscore its transition from a low-end to a high-end cellphone supplier with the launch of a pair of superphones that include the world’s first smartphone with 6.1-inch screen.
Las Vegas – Sony turned up at International CES with a new flagship smartphone that boasts the company’s fastest CPU, biggest screen, highest quality camera capabilities, and thinnest chassis to date.
Las Vegas – DTS is putting in an appearance at International CES to demonstrate Headphone:X multi-channel surround sound technology, which promises to deliver up to 11.1 virtual surround channels over any pair of headphones.
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.