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BEIJING — Lifestyle bag and case brand Ogio International has opened its first dedicated retail location in the Aegean Beijing Shopping Mall in the busy North 3rd Ring retail section of the city. The company is featuring its broad line of device, sporting and women’s and men’s fashion bags and luggage, as well as, for the first time, Ogio apparel. Ogio plans to expand its retail outreach in China through a combination of shop-in-shops and other flagship stores in the next six to 18 months in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chongqing and Shenzhen.
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.
ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Monster attended Best Buy’s 2013 Business Group Holiday Leadership Meeting earlier this month, where it showcased its products at a vendor expo and offered training to Best Buy executives. It also held a private event at The Grove, here, with a performance from Monster advisory board member Swizz Beatz. Shown above are Beatz (left) and Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly.
PARIS — Parrot is bringing the Internet to the garden.
The company next month will launch Flower Power, a Bluetooth Smart wireless plant monitor and a dedicated app to help grow and maintain healthy plants.
NEWARK, CALIF. — Determined to capture share in the crowded tablet accessories market, Logitech debuted a new Bluetooth speaker and an NFC-capable speakerphone in October.
LONDON – High-end audio supplier Cambridge Audio continued to diversify into new audio segments with the launch of its first dedicated USB headphone DAC.
The $189 matchbox-size DacMagic XS, which bypasses a computer’s built-in sound card, incorporates 192kHz/24- bit DAC and 150mW headphone amplifier, said to deliver 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards. A 3.5mm headphone output on one side connects to a headphone jack, and the other side features a MicroUSB port for connection to a laptop’s USB port.
PHOENIXVILLE, PA. – Direct-to-consumer audio company Wren Sound Systems will go retail with its trio of wireless tabletop speakers for the home.
Additional products are also in the works.
NEW YORK – Bang & Olufsen revealed prices and details of the audio industry’s first three wireless speakers certified by the WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) Association.
Additional companies are expected to launch their first WiSA-certified products at January’s International CES. WiSA technology is promoted as delivering interference- free, wired-quality wireless audio in the 5.2- 5.8GHz U-NII band to stereo and home-theater speakers within a room up to 29.5 feet by 29.5 feet.
SAN DIEGO — With the approach of the critical Black Friday shopping season, Gap Intelligence, which monitors TV retail shelf share and promotions, said the pre-holiday trend shifting that has occurred in recent years in advertising frequency and average ad value continues in 2013.
Samsung and LG, the two companies that offered the greatest advertised value during the third quarter of 2012, offered far lower savings this year, observed Deirdre Kennedy, Gap TV products analyst.
MOORESTOWN, N.J – Looking to expand its brand and seize some of the share of the action video camera market relinquished by Contour, Ion America introduced last week the Ion Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi wearable camera.
The newest iteration offers greater mounting options and is affordably priced compared to other competitive offerings in its class, the company said.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — LG plans November shipments in Korea of the first smartphone with a curved display that follows the contours of the human face, but the company didn’t announce ship dates in other countries.
The 6-inch G Flex phablet, part of LG’s premium G series, reduces the distance between a user’s mouth to the microphone to improve voice and sound quality. The curved shape is said to increase the sound level of a user’s voice by 3dB compared with flat smartphones.