By Lisa Johnston
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BARCELONA, SPAIN — The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) was at Mobile World Congress 2014 to demonstrate an extension of its Qi magnetic resonance wireless-charging specification that allows for wireless charging over longer distances, with more placement freedom.
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.
BARCELONA, SPAIN — Samsung’s unveiling of its new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone at last month’s Mobile World Congress resulted in a flurry of announcements by accessories brands of products compatible with the new phone.
SAN DIEGO – In recent weeks, pre-refresh TV placements at both electronics stores and mass merchants have been running much lower than last year, while club stores are remaining relatively flat, according to research from Gap Intelligence.
According to Deirdre Kennedy, Gap Intelligence’s TV product placement and promotions research analyst, market changes have been observed in placement counts by size class, where pre-refresh shelf share for screen sizes smaller than 60 inches shrank or remained flat between 2013 and 2014.
SUNRISE, FLA — Sim2 USA recently announced availability and pricing on 2014 high-end, high-performance FullHD home cinema DLP projectors.
The U.S. arm for the Italian high-performance video projector manufacturer, said its 2014 Sirio-edition active- shutter 3D single-chip DLP ($20,000 suggested retail with standard lens) and its Superlumis Pro active- shutter 3D, three-chip DLP projector ($65,000) are both available through authorized Sim2 custom installers now.
SAN DIEGO – Audio supplier Grace Digital launched a new tabletop Internet radio/streamer that replaces an existing model and adds two-way speakers and a color screen that displays album and station art.
The $249 Encore GDI-IRC7500 Stereo Wi-Fi Music System accesses more than 18,000 free Internet radio stations and on-demand programs as well as SiriusXM, Rhapsody, Live365, iHeartRadio and Pandora. The one-piece Encore also streams music from a networked PC or NAS drive and incorporates multiple decoders. The system plays back music stored on USB sticks.
NEW YORK — New products launched by componentaudio companies target a wide variety of market segments from modestly priced soundbars to products intended for audiophiles and custom-install customers.
The products include an opening-price soundbar from Yamaha, Denon’s first USB DAC, an expanded assortment of custom-install speakers from Jamo, and a PS Audio DAC said to be the industry’s first to convert PCM to DSD to overcome the overcome the inherent flaws of PCM processing.
Here’s what the companies announced:
NEW YORK – Brand names big and small are bringing new portable Bluetooth speakers into a market that’s growing at doubledigit percentage rates.
The latest new products, ranging in price from $29 to $399, enter a market whose factory-level dollar volume grew 46 percent to $385 million in 2013, CEA estimates show. The association forecasts 12 percent growth this year to $430 million. The statistics include portable AC/DC models and AC-only models.
The gains prompted CE supplier Sceptre to launch its first Bluetooth speaker.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. – A sharp drop in online customer satisfaction, and improved service and deeper discounts at brick-and-mortar stores, have leveled the playing field between the two retail channels, a new study has found.
According the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 based on thousands of consumer interviews, brick-and-mortar retailers equaled their online counterparts for the first time since e-tailers were added to the satisfaction surveys 14 years ago.
ISSAQUAH, WASH. – Costco, the No. 1 warehouse club, recently added camera and tablet coverage to its exclusive protection plan program with SquareTrade.
The new categories join TVs, computers and cellphones among Costco’s handful of extended-service plan options.
The SquareTrade-branded programs are merchandised alongside their respective CE products via descriptive sales cards, and, according to Costco assistant general merchandise manager Steve Messmer, have proven very successful, even in the chain’s unaided sales environment.
NAPERVILLE, ILL. – Barrett’s Technology Solutions has revamped its Chicago-area showroom to better demonstrate the pairing of home automation with elegant design.
The 48-year-old A/V specialty dealer, system integrator and custom installer said its new Design Center was developed to inform as well as inspire, and shows how smart technology can complement décor without disrupting aesthetics.