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1. Sears plans interactive connected device shops

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

"Connected Solutions" shops will be set up in 200 Sears and 300 Kmart stores in the coming months to demonstrate wireless fitness devices and smart-home appliances. TWICE (01/16)

2. Microsoft develops light-based wireless charger prototype

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Microsoft researchers in China have produced a ceiling-mounted device prototype that can charge smartphones on a desk wirelessly through a system called AutoCharge, which uses light beams to power the handsets via Bluetooth or a phone's LED. Separately, Microsoft will unveil more details today about its Windows 10 operating system for mobile devices, PCs and gaming consoles. VentureBeat (01/19) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/19)

3. Harman acquisitions aim to advance in-car connected media

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

In-car media company Harman International Industries is spending $950 million in cash and stock to acquire software companies Symphony Teleca and Red Bend Software as it looks to diversify its connected-car services and deliver system updates and upgrades over-the-air. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/22)

4. Acer targets students with new tough Chromebooks

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Acer will launch the Chromebook C740 and C910, which are designed to stand up to typical daily wear and tear from college students. The laptops will come in 11.6-inch (C740) and 15.6-inch (C910) options, and prices will begin at $260 and $300, respectively. PCWorld (01/21)

5. Obama discusses technology in State of the Union address

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

President Barack Obama emphasized technology during his State of the Union address, including passing references to social media platform Instagram and a call to crack down on hackers. Adam Mazmanian writes that the focus on technology marked a rare break from convention in which tech takes a back seat to issues such as national security and the economy. Federal Computer Week (01/20)

6. Xiaomi adds Smart Home Suite to device lineup

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

Xiaomi's Smart Home Suite, which includes wireless home security motion sensors that can be controlled by a mobile phone, will begin a trial with consumers on Jan. 26. Bloomberg (01/18)

7. Demand to drive home automation market past $21B in 5 years

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

The home automation market, including security, entertainment, lighting and other Internet-connected systems and devices, was worth $4.4 billion in 2013, a Transparency Market Research report states. The report shows the market will continue to increase, surpassing $21 billion by 2020, with safety and security solutions leading the way in terms of market revenue. (01/21)

8. Amazon Prime subscription cut to $72 for 27-hour promotion

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Internet Retailer (01/22)

9. Report: Samsung sets goal of selling 30M Tizen-powered quantum-dot TVs this year

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (subscription required) (01/19)

10. Google reportedly signs on to resell Sprint, T-Mobile service

CEA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Google has reportedly partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile US to sell wireless services directly to consumers, though few details about the plan have been released. Sprint is said to have included a clause that would allow it to alter the contract if Google's customer base becomes too big, however. Computerworld (01/21) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/21)

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