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Surround Sound Drives Audio Sales

The Consumer Electronics Association reports a 6 percent increase in factory sales of audio products in August, bringing the year-to-date sales up to $5.3 billion. That accounts for an 11.2 percent increase from last year during the same period. CEA relates the increase in sales to the growing popularity of the aspects of surround sound. It also predicts the continued success of products in this category with the introduction of new formats, such as DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD.

Get Switched On…

The Consumer Electronics Association has a new Web page that offers an objective source for information on electronics. “Switched On, The Complete Guide to Buying and Connecting Consumer Electronics” can be found at www.ce.org/switchedon. This site includes categories in audio, autosound, computers, home theater, mobile, telecom and video.

Invensys Elected To Steering Committee

The Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Forum elected Invensys plc to its Steering Committee, a group of 20 companies that push the guiding principles of the UPnP Forum. The Forum’s mission is to simplify. It pushes to continue the emergence of easily connected devices and to make it simple to establish networks in the office and home.

OneCall.com Now Sells Toshiba and JVC

OneCall.com, an a/v specialty retailer, added Toshiba and JVC brands to the list of the products the company sells online. Those include Toshiba’s HD-ready and standard definition TVs and DVD players and JVC digital video camcorders and SVHS.

Nextel Customizes Platform For Shopping Online

SNAZ Commerce Solutions, a provider of wireless and Web-based commerce solutions, partnered with Nextel Communications, a provider of wireless communications services, to offer users of Nextel’s WAP phone the ability to search and buy online from such merchants as Office Max, Sharper Image, 1-800-Flowers.com, cvs.com and mvp.com.

SNAZ’s wireless shopping platform features support for wireless transactions, connecting the Nextel Internet-enabled phones to the SNAZ merchant network.

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