By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK – Consumers have embraced cellular carriers’ phone-financing programs, according to a survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
And so has AT&T.
Under the plans, consumers pay full price up front for an unsubsidized phone, or pay monthly to purchase an unsubsidized phone, in return for no contract. Before the phone is paid off, users can also trade the phone in for an unsubsidized upgrade after a certain period of time.
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.
NEW YORK – A $29 LTE-equipped tablet, ZTE’s first phablet, an updated BlackBerry OS and LG’s curvedscreen phablet are among the mobile product making their U.S. debuts.
The new products also include a smartphone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, joining only a handful of such products in the market.
The launches follow a fourth quarter in which Android and Windows smartphone share rose in the U.S. while Apple’s share declined, according to a consumer survey by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
WILSONVILLE, ORE. — Flir Systems recently unveiled at International CES its Flir FX compact Wi-Fi camera.
The 2014 Innovations Award-winning camera, which will ship in the spring at a $249 suggested retail, is billed as an easy-to-use, affordable video-monitoring solution with a wide range of applications from outdoor security, home monitoring and sports recording.
LAS VEGAS – European sports electronics company Geonaute recently used International CES to introduce its spin on the emerging trend of 360-degree image capture.
In fact, the company’s Geonaute 360-degree action camera was a winner of a CES 2014 Best of Innovations Award in the digital imaging category.
The action video camera uses three wide-angle lenses, each with an 8-megapixel sensor that captures a 360-degree spherical image, creating 2K-resolution videos and 4K-resoloution photos, the company said.
RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – Zoom North America recently introduced an audio-centric action video camera with 24-bit/96kHz audio capture to complement its 1080/30p FullHD video recroding
The Zoom HQ4 Handy Video Recorder (shipping now at a $299 suggested retail) features a removable LCD screen and offers an action-cam-style mount in addition to a more traditional tripod mounting screw.
The camera is billed as being equally adept at recording point-of-view ski trips and up-and-close music concerts.
ANAHEIM, CALIF. – DarbeeVision used the recent International CES to demonstrate a range of visual depth cue imageenhancement products, including the new DVP-5100CIE (custom installer edition) HDMI video-processor.
The company also announced a series of partners that will be adding its technologies into forthcoming CE products.
The DVP-5100CIE includes PhaseHD technology, which is said to solve many HDMI connectivity issues, and Darbee Visual Presence DVP processing, which adds new levels of depth and clarity to any digital image.
BOSTON – Former Soul Electronics executive and cofounder Bob Bonefant is starting up a new premium audio brand whose initial products will ship in July or August with selective distribution and unilateral retail pricing.
Bonefant’s Cleer AV, which showed prototypes at the Paris Hotel during International CES, is setting up a nationwide network of independent reps with training capabilities to sell the products.
GREENWOOD, MISS. – Viking Range has acquired Hadco, its largest independent distributor.
Viking has been buying up its distribution network for the past year and taking it in-house under a strategy formulated by The Middleby Corp., a manufacturer of commercial kitchen appliances that acquired Viking one year ago.
Hadco, in business for more than half a century, supplies in excess of 500 dealers in 21 Southeast, Mid- Atlantic and New England states with such premium brands as Asko, Electrolux, Faber, LG, Perlick, U-Line and Zephyr.
BENTON HARBOR, MICH. – Whirlpool said it won’t pursue a three-year-old dumping case against offshore majap makers despite winning a favorable court ruling last month.
BENTON HARBOR, MICH. — Maytag introduced the fifth generation of its iconic Maytag repairman, but the character has a new twist.
Instead of playing the bored repairman waiting for an appliance to break down, he is literally the machine itself. The new ad program has the actor sitting under the counter, “being” the oven or dishwasher.