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FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — Staples said aggressive expense management helped deliver third-quarter profits of $135.2 million following a year-ago loss of more than half a billion dollars.
Sales struggled though, falling 4 percent to $6.1 billion for the three months, ended Nov. 2, as a result of 107 store closures across Europe and North America and unfavorable currency exchange rates.
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.
Logitech Marries Gaming & Power For iPhone
NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech took the wraps off its first iPhone gaming controller, the PowerShell Controller + Battery.
The device attaches to an iPhone 5, 5s or a fifth-generation iPod Touch running iOS 7 for console-style gaming with a D-pad, shoulder triggers and face buttons. It also has a 1,500 mAh battery that will charge the Apple device during game play, and comes with a headphone extender to prevent the cable from interfering with game play.
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — Horizon Hobby, a manufacturer and distributor of remote- control devices, is looking to expand its distribution into the CE channel as a result of interest in one of its newest products, the Blade 350 QX quadcopter.
SAN DIEGO — Samsung leads all other TV manufacturers with the largest pre-Black Friday ad share going into the critical sales period with nearly half of all TV print advertisements, a Gap Intelligence report showed.
The market research firm, which monitors television shelfshare and advertising share, found that this year, many retailers released Black Friday preview ads ahead of the holidays in order to give shoppers more time to plan visits to their stores.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After advancing to the fastest-growing segment of the large-screen LCD TV class last quarter, 50-inch FullHD LED LCD TVs should finish the year on a dramatic upswing, according to pre-Black Friday research submitted by Quixel Research.
Quixel Research principal analyst Tamaryn Pratt said that during the third quarter of 2013, 50-inch LCD TVs for the first time represented the bulk of “big-screen” sales among LCD TVs measuring 40-inches and larger – a first for the screen size in that display technology sector.
IRVINE, CALIF. – Vizio has begun offering its widest active soundbar to date, the 54-inch-wide $299-suggested S5430W.
The new model matches the width of Vizio TVs that measure 60 inches diagonally, but it’s also designed for use with any TV measuring 55 inches diagonally and larger.
A 42-inch-wide soundbar, which remains in the line, used to be the company’s widest soundbar.
SAN DIEGO – Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Connected Experiences has begun to offer its Toq smartwatch for $349 through the company’s Toq online store, toq.qualcomm.com.
The company’s hasn’t said whether the watch would also be made available through other channels.
The device, positioned as a secondary display for Android smartphones and tablets, features the company’s Mirasol display, said to be visible even in direct sunlight.
STAMFORD, CONN. – Smart watches might be media darlings right now, but a Gartner report states the devices won’t have a major impact on holiday sales this year.
Barriers to higher consumer acceptance include low interest, high price and poor designs, Gartner said. As a result, the nascent wearable technology has not been able to truly create its own niche and lacks a clear value proposition, the company said.
For the holidays, therefore, consumers will spend more on tablets, fitness bands and other types of portable technology, Gartner said.
Sigma Lenses Get Nikon Update
RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Sigma recently made a free firmware upgrade available to photographers using its lenses with a Nikon mount on the Nikon D5300 camera body.
The company said it has discovered that when paired with the D5300, Sigma Nikonmount lenses containing internal motors do not properly operate the optical stabilization and live view autofocus functions.
The issue is specific to lenses used with this particular camera.
NEW YORK – The 2013 Black Friday period has taken on a different complexion from prior years when it comes to advertising and promoting digital imaging products, analysts told TWICE.
Instead of focusing on entry point-and-shoot cameras at the lowest price points, camera manufacturers are promoting more advanced offerings, including compact system cameras (CSCs), DSLRs and better-featured pointand- shoots than in the past.