By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK — GE Appliances and Viking Range are among the latest majap makers to add or enhance wireless control within their cooking lines.
For the former, a new GE Brillion mobile app release will allow current owners of its connected GE Profile wall ovens (models PT9550, PK7500, PT9050 and PK7000) to preheat, set the timer, check cooking status, and receive timely notifications over their smartphones.
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.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — Falling prices and advances in displays will lead to higher global shipment levels of tablet PCs, which will increasingly replace notebook PC shipments in the future.
According to The NPD Group, 2014 global tablet PC shipments are expected to rise to 315 million units, comprising more than 65 percent of the market, according to a recent report. Tablet shipments will climb to 455 million units by 2017, encompassing nearly 75 percent of the mobile PC market.
Bowers & Wilkins Readies Opening-Price Speakers
NORTH READING, MASS. – Premium audio supplier Bowers & Wilkins unveiled its new opening-price series of in-room speaker series, which adds technology from the company’s higher end lines to improve performance.
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. — A last-minute rally in the fourth quarter of 2013 was not enough to save the U.S. television business from a steep 9 percent unit shipment decline for the year, as Americans continued to hold off purchases through most of the year, a new report from IHS Technology found.
The market research firm said U.S. TV unit shipments in 2013 declined to 34 million, down sharply from 37.5 million in 2012.
SAN DIEGO – The Super Bowl lived up to its billing as the premiere selling event for big-screen TV, as indicated by an increase in ads and promotions for large-screen TV sets in weeks leading up to the big game.
According to data compiled by Gap Intelligence, in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl last year, 322 TV print ads were placed, while the two weeks following the Super Bowl saw a 29 percent drop in print ads to 229.
The pattern continued this year, with 314 print ads placed in the two weeks prior to the Super Bowl, Gap said.
NEWARK, N.J. – Panasonic had demonstrated its ability to add a new dimension to the traditional camcorder market by introducing a model that helps videographers create the video equivalent of a selfie.
The company that gave us the Palmcorder showed the new W850 ($800 estimated street retail) FullHD Twin Camera as the flagship of the 2014 camcorder line.
PARAMUS, N.J. — LG Electronics USA recently opened “the State Room” — a giant-sized man-cave-themed lounge decked out in LG large-screen TVs — in the Westfield Garden State Plaza shopping center, here.
The State Room, which will be available to the public up through the end of March, features some of LG’s most popular models of high-end OLED, Ultra HD LCD and Laser (short-throw front projection) TVs.
NEW YORK — Despite an increase in the amount of tablet and time-shifted video viewing, television still remains the central device for media consumption in U.S. homes, a new media study from Nielsen found.
The study showed that Americans as a whole consume 60 hours a week of media across all devices.
Meanwhile, viewers increasingly are watching programs on their own schedule, using time-shifted video recordings and streaming video through a computer or smartphone.
NEW YORK – Looking to attract a more savvy audience of image-quality-conscious photographers, leading camera makers rolled out a number of new interchangeable- lens cameras (ILCs) offering advanced resolution and responsiveness.
In addition to the Panasonic unveiling the world’s first Micro Four Thirds ILC capable of capturing 4K Ultra HD video, Olympus revealed a new addition to its OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera family, while Sony pulled out its Alpha a6000 mirrorless compact.
Jeannette Howe, executive director of Nationwide Marketing Group’s Specialty Electronics Nationwide (SEN), has left the buying group. A longtime industry veteran, Howe joined Nationwide to head the then-new organization in January 2006.