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1. IKEA debuts plans for Internet-connected kitchen

CEA SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

IKEA showed off plans for future kitchens at a Milan design show, with tabletops that can cook, shelves that refrigerate food and drones that deliver groceries. The company intends to bring the smart kitchen, expected to run on the Internet of Things, to consumers by 2025. Network World (05/04)

2. Tesla's new battery helps solar-powered homes get off the grid

CEA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Electric car manufacturer Tesla revealed a new battery for the home that can store power from solar panels at night, be used in case of a power outage and transition solar-powered homes to be completely off the grid. "The goal is complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world, to completely sustainable zero carbon," says the company's founder, Elon Musk. Japan Times, The (05/01) Reuters (05/01)

3. Apple and Samsung's Cold War seems to be thawing

CEA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Apple and Samsung Electronics are collaborating on an increasing number of projects and are putting their differences behind them in some areas, including patents -- a development that could save the companies money and put pressure on chipmaking competitors, writes Ian King. Bloomberg (05/01)

4. Ford wants to keep control over car connectivity

CEA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

While Ford is working with Google and Apple on connected-car features, CEO Mark Fields said the company does not plan to make a commitment to one company over another. "We want to make sure you are not pushed into a decision on a $40,000 car based on your $200 smartphone," Ford Chief Technology Officer Raj Nair said. Re/code (04/30)

5. Intel is trying to move beyond the PC

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Intel's strategy for change includes looking further than the personal computer business and exploring areas such as the Internet of Things, drones and camera technologies, says CEO Brian Krzanich. "What we have done now is taken the intellectual property we built on the PC and we are pushing that across a variety of devices," Krzanich says. CNBC (04/27)

6. Apple TV may be up for a refresh

CEA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Apple recently dropped prices on its Apple TV, and shipments of the set-top box have slowed, which is fueling speculation that Apple may be gearing up to announce a refresh. (04/30)

7. Samsung back on top in global smartphone race

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Samsung Electronics retook the lead in smartphone sales globally in the first quarter after tying with Apple in the previous period, Strategy Analytics has found. Samsung shipped 83.2 million phones, compared with 61.2 million for Apple, although Samsung's share declined and Apple's grew from the first quarter a year ago. Total smartphone shipments rose by 21%. Lenovo's market share was 5.4%, down from 7%, while Huawei improved to a 5% share. Computerworld (04/28)

8. Book your 2016 CES hotel room!

CEA SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

All official CES hotels are now accepting room reservations for the 2016 International CES. Bookmark to view the full listing and rates and check back for updates on new hotels throughout the year. Book now to make sure you don’t miss out on your first choice.

9. How tablet discounts are depressing iPad sales

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

The NPD Group reports that wireless carriers attracted 8.7 million new tablet subscribers in 2014 amid a 90% leap in connected devices, thanks in large part to heavy discounting strategies on low-end tablets to grow data revenues. Apple's iPad sales declined by close to 15% in 2014 when compared with year-ago figures. Re/code (04/29)

10. Microsoft builds up HoloLens headset as "next-gen" computer

CEA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Microsoft will position its HoloLens augmented reality headset as the next generation of computing, Jeff Grubb writes. HoloLens will run Windows 10 without needing to pair with another device, making the headset a stand-alone computer likely to be priced in the high-end-laptop range. Tech Times (05/01) VentureBeat (05/01)

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