By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
NEW YORK – Spring is not exactly in the air, but the calendar says it’s time for CP+ Expo, and that means lots of new compact cameras.
Due to continued pressures on the low end of the camera market, manufacturers this year are turning their sights more and more on prosumers and advanced amateurs in developing point-and-shoots that are both easy to carry, yet produce professional-quality results.
The following are some of the latest camera models announced for spring/summer availability:
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.
RESTON, VA. – Apple and Samsung gained share at equal rates among U.S. smartphone users at the end of 2013, but Apple’s share grew a bit faster than Samsung’s on a year-over-year basis, ComScore found in its latest consumer survey.
As a result, Apple remained tops in smartphone share among users at the end of the year, ComScore said.
TEMPE, ARIZ. – New Rockford Fosgate products include mono and stereo amps in the Power series, the brand’s first direct-fit BMW speakers, and the brand’s first direct-fit motorcycle amplifier/speaker systems, which are intended for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
The company is also adding to its high-end Power series of component speakers, updating all six models in its Prime R1 subwoofer series, and adding to its marine amp series.
HEATHROW, FLA. — Dual plans first-quarter shipments of six head units under its Axxera brand, including the brand’s first three DVD receivers with MHL-enabled HDMI inputs to mirror the display of a connected iPhone 5, 5s and 5c and MHL-enabled Android phones.
NEW YORK — This year’s American International Toy Fair, held here at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this week, will be the largest in its 111-year history.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – LG unveiled its premium G Pro 2 smartphone, which improves performance over the current G Pro by such means as boosting screen size to 5.9 inches from 5.5 inches and stepping up CPU speed to quad-core 2.26GHz from quad-core 1.7GHz.
The new model also adds such features as 120 fps HD video recording, 4K Ultra HD recording and 3GB RAM, up from 2GB. Like before, it has a FullHD 1,920 by 1080 display.
NEW YORK — More versatility and stepped-up performance are the hallmarks of new tablets and smartphones reaching stores in recent days.
Samsung, for instance, launched four new tablets, three with octa-core processors to expand its octa-core selection. Two of the tablets are said to be the world’s first 12.2-inch tablets with 2,560 by 1,600 WQXGA display. They’re also the world’s first 12.2-inch tablets with 16:10 aspect ratio, Samsung claimed.
Other tablet developments include the first Verizon-network Nexus-brand tablet.
FREMONT, CALIF. — Two major wireless charging rivals are teaming up to back a single standard for magnetic- resonance-based wireless charging.
The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced today an agreement with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) to establish global interoperability of their respective wireless power standards.
Additionally, PMA member WiTricity joined the A4WP as a sponsor, becoming the eighth member of the board of directors.
NEW YORK — Lionel, makers of the legendary train sets, recently announced it is opening its Legacy command protocol (LCS) in an effort to make it possible for consumers to control any brand of trains from a mobile device.
According to the company, any manufacturer can use the LCS Wi-Fi protocol to support its unique locomotive command sets. “Within this framework, hobbyists will be able to control different manufacturers’ locomotives seamlessly from one app running on a smartphone or tablet,” Lionel said in a statement.
TOKYO – The same day Sony said it planned to make TV operations a separate subsidiary and to sell off its Vaio PC business (see p. 4), it reported net and operating profits and higher sales in its fiscal third quarter.
The sale of Vaio and the revamp of its TV business will result in layoffs of about 5,000 by the end of fiscal year 2014, Sony said.
The restructuring should result in 100 billion yen in savings starting in fiscal year 2015, the company noted.