DirecTV Expands A/V Service Program

El Segundo, Calif. - DirecTV said Tuesday it was teaming up with Customer Service Companies (NEW) to open its customer service program up to A/V consumer electronics products beyond satellite receiving components.

Jason Oxman Named CEO Of Electronic Transactions Association

Las Vegas - Jason Oxman, industry affairs senior VP for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), has been named CEO of the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the global trade association representing the payments processing industry.

Toshiba’s Exceria SD Cards Ratchet Up Read/Write Rates

Irvine, Calif. - Toshiba America Electronic Components today announced the launch of a line of high-performance SDXC and SDHC memory cards under a new brand name, Exceria, boasting the company’s highest data-transfer rates ever.

New Cases Follow New iPad To Market

New York - Apple’s introduction of its third-generation iPad last week was followed within minutes by accessories companies unveiling new cases for the device. Here is a look at what some top accessory suppliers unveiled. - John Laposky

Study: Smartphone Users Like Bigger Displays

Boston - Smartphone owners prefer screens that are 4- to 4.5-inches,according to a Strategy Analytics survey of smartphones owners in the U.S. and U.K.

Walmart Lauds T-Mobile

Bentonville, Ark. - Walmart has named T-Mobile its 2011 “Supplier of the Year” for its entertainment division and wireless category.

Panasonic Prices 2012 Audio Lineup

Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic unveiled prices and ship dates on its 2012 audio lineup, which includes sharper pricing on its 3D Blu-ray HTiBs.

Apple Adds 3rd-Gen Apple TV With 1080p

San Francisco - Apple said Wednesday that it is bringing FullHD 1080p resolution to its Apple TV streaming set-top box.

2012 PC Shipments To Increase Slightly

Stamford, Conn. - Gartner is estimating that 368 million PC will ship in 2012, up 4.4 percent from 2011.

Sony’s Molyneux Details UPP, Dealer Program

New York - Phil Molyneux, Sony Electronics’ president/CEO, provided details on the company’s unilateral pricing program (UPP) and strategic investment program with retailers, during a media briefing today.