Alpine Gets New Sales Representation in Illinois and Wisconsin
June 23, 2006

Thursday Alpine announced that the newly formed independent manufacturer’s rep firm Velocity Sales and Marketing would represent them in Illinois and Wisconsin. Velocity President Michael Lewis proclaimed, “All of the Velocity employees are proven 12-volt enthusiasts.” Authorized Alpine dealers will have the opportunity to meet the Velocity team at a reception on June 30th, at which the Alpine BMW Sinister 6 show vehicle will make an appearance.

RadioShack Expands A/V Offering by Adding LG, Panasonic, TiVo and More
June 22, 2006

Several years ago, RadioShack attempted to gain a solid footing in selling television and home entertainment A/V products through an exclusive relationship with Thomson and the RCA brand, but it was met with little success and lead to a termination of the contract. Even so, RadioShack hasn’t given up hope. Now the company is placing its bets on LCD TVs from multiple vendors. It has been selling models from the AKAI brand and coming in July will expand the stores offering with LCD TV models from LG and Panasonic, ranging in sizes between 20 and 42 inches; all of them will have built-in HDMI connections

Tivoli Releases New Products and Treads the Waters of HD Radio
June 22, 2006

The audience of press and analysts laughed when Tom DeVesto, Chairman and CEO of Tivoli Audio, joked that the company had been introducing its all-in-one CD/AM/FM music system for two years now. It’s true. The product was first announced at the company’s annual luncheon and line show in 2004. But DeVesto says his company is now ready to ship the unit in the Fall for a price of $599.99. But another product may take its place in the “coming soon” category—an HD radio. It seems a natural progression. Tivoli, a radio company made good by its first product, the Henry Kloss-designed Model One table top

Nokia and Siemens Join Forces
June 20, 2006

Nokia Siemens Networks was announced today as a joint venture of Nokia’s Network Business Group and Siemens carrier-related operations. The new company is poised to make considerable inroads in fixed and mobile product platforms and convergence. The company starts off with $20 billion in pro forma annual revenues and 60,000 employees. It will be second only to Ericsson/Marconi in terms of mobile infrastructure market share. Cost synergies for the new partnership are expected to reach $1.9 billion by 2010. The company will have regional headquarters in Munich and operational headquarters in Helsinki. Simon Beresford-Wylie, currently executive vice president

Report: New Class of Handsets to Drive VOIP Market
June 19, 2006

Light Reading’s VOIP Insider recently released a report which states that a rise in handsets that can perform double duty as both cellular and 802.11 wireless local-area network (WLAN) phones will cause a corresponding rise in the popularity of voice over IP (VOIP) as the network of choice for many companies. The report, “VOIP & WLANs: Enterprise Market Challenges,” covers the development and availability of these kinds of phones, the quality of the WLAN’s on which they would run, the industry standards involved, wireless network operators’ attempts to accommodate these changes and the key drivers for this technology to gain acceptance. The

New Jeep Doubles as Giant Phone Receiver
June 19, 2006

The 2007 Jeep Compass, coming out this summer, has been tricked out with virtually every conceivable digital amenity, going so far as to take hands-free phone use to the next level. Although the nine-speaker Boston Acoustics Sound Group with eight-channel amplifier and articulating liftgate speakers seems best-suited for listening to the output from the AM/FM stereo, six-disc CD player, built-in SIRIUS satellite radio or auxiliary input jack for an MP3 player (which can be powered from the 115-volt outlet in the center console – also good for cell phones, laptops, etc.), customers can also use it to listen to phonecalls. The Uconnect

Audiovox, Audio Research, Jensen, Code Alarm Line Show
June 16, 2006

At the West Side of Manhattan in an indoor loft Audiovox took some time to show off its latest and greatest products. Furnished like a living room for a statesman, the loft was the perfect vehicle to promote a new high-end 50” Plasma Television. The Audiovox 50-inch Plasma model FPE5016P features 16:9 aspect ratio coupled with a high resolution HDTV display, 3.2 and 2.2 pull-down with motion compensation, parental control with V-chip, SRS surround sound, a super-wide viewing angle, and a unique tilt-and-swivel stand and remote control with a MSRP of $3,650. Surrounding the television were elegant home furnishings that are

New CAN Bus Interface for Chrysler from Scosche
June 14, 2006

2004 and up Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles can now receive a new CAN bus interface from Scosche that solves the problem of ACC power loss upon head-unit removal. Consumers upgrading to an aftermarket head-unit can use this new interface for real-time control applications. Kas Alves, Scosche’s vice president, sales and marketing, says, “Our research and design team continues to develop unique products to help custom installers and dealers and our unique CAN bus interface is no exception.” The product is compatible with the following models: 2004 and up Dodge Durango 2005 and up Chrysler 300C 2005 and up Jeep Grand Cherokee 2006 and up Dodge Charger 2006 and

White Paper: DRM/CA Conflicts Could Burn Digital Entertainment Industry
June 14, 2006

iSuppli Vice President of Multimedia Content and Services Mark Kirstein recently released a white paper entitled, “Digital Rights Management and Conditional Access: Keys to the Digital Content Kingdom.” In it, he explains how conflict over Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Conditional Access (CA) could cripple the progress of the digital entertainment industry, with hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. According to the paper, the future of broadband video, digital music, next-generation DVD, home networking, mobile TV and IPTV all hinge on the decisions made now about CA and DRM, which concern access to the content involved (CA) and what the

June 13, 2006

The NPD Group reports that mobile phone sales to consumers in the U.S. have reached 34.8 million units in the first quarter of 2006. Representing an increase of more than 11 percent from sales in the first quarter of 2005, NPD predicts total first quarter 2006 consumer sales will be around $2.3 billion. NPD’s Mobile Phone Track percentages show Motorola continuing to lead in the U.S. market. The company experienced an increase in share percentages for its first quarter from 27 percent to 29 percent. Other leaders include Nokia and Samsung with 18 percent and LG at 15 percent. Looking at the GSM market,