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1. NVBOTS develops a user-friendly 3D printer

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

NVBOTS is testing a 3D printer the company claims is simple enough to use in an elementary school. Dubbed NVPRO, the model ejects pieces of printed items as they are completed and can print from multiple devices. "We have developed the only 3D printer that can run 24-7 without human interaction and that can be simply controlled from any device," said AJ Perez, one of the company's founders. TechCrunch (02/23)


2. 100M 4K TVs forecast to ship yearly by 2018

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Futuresource Consulting predicts that 100 million 4K TV sets will be sold annually by 2018, but asserts the sustainability of the growing market will largely depend on a steady output of 4K content. "We are seeing several 4K video services now available in the market, driven by over-the-top (OTT) video services, and we are beginning to see signs that broadcasters support will be forthcoming," Futuresource Director of Sales and Marketing Sarah Carroll said, adding, "However, with 8K on the horizon, there is speculation as to whether the window for 4K will be short-lived." Advanced Television (free registration) (02/20)


3. LG to promote Super Ultra HD, OLED TVs

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

LG Electronics plans to make a push for its organic light-emitting diode TVs this year and bring 11 Super Ultra HD TV models to market. LG's Super Ultra HD TVs will range in size from 43-inch to 79-inch displays. The electronics company wants to make OLED TVs more mainstream through partnerships with select firms in China and Japan. Reuters (02/24) Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (subscription required) (02/24)


4. Aereo is set to auction off patents, hardware

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Aereo plans to sell off its single approved patent, 17 pending patents and hardware to the highest bidders in an upcoming bankruptcy auction. Aereo reported its assets could total anywhere from $4 million to $31.2 million at auction, but Albert Fried & Co. analyst Richard Tullo said he "wouldn't be surprised if people show up with open pocketbooks," adding that interested parties may include Apple, DISH Network and Verizon. Bloomberg (02/24)


5. The Impossible Project's printer works with more smartphones

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

The Impossible Project's Instant Lab printer, a crowdfunded device first made available only on iPhones up to the 5C, is now compatible with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and several Android smartphones. The printer allows users to open a photo on their phone using the Instant Lab app and place the phone screen-down on the device for immediate printing. The device retails for $249, but owners of the previous generation printer only need to buy a cradle to fit new smartphones for $36. Engadget (02/19)


6. Report: "Brand X" suppliers surpass Apple, Samsung tablet sales

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Apple and Samsung were each surpassed last year in tablet sales by the rise of "Brand X" suppliers, which collectively sold around 70 million tablets, a Strategy Analytics report states. Less expensive tablets saw big sales in emerging markets and as part of holiday specials linked with wireless carriers last year. Apple saw its first dip in iPad sales since 2010, accounting for 26% of the market, while Samsung swept up 17%. Re/code (02/25)


7. Broadcom, TI each tackle wearables battery life issues

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Broadcom is testing a platform likely to be released this year that will double the battery life of Google Android-powered wearable devices. Texas Instruments said its latest platform will shrink chips down and stretch wearables' typical 24-hour battery life to several weeks. TI's platform will land in select consumer products this week, Ben Fox Rubin writes. eWeek (02/25) CNET (02/25)


8. Pebble goes with a splash of color, returns to Kickstarter

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Pebble is using crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to launch sales of its latest smartwatch, "Time," which features a color e-paper display, microphone and the ability to run unlimited applications. The move into color screens is designed to help Pebble better compete with other wearables companies, including Apple, which will soon be launching a smartwatch of its own. Pebble Time will sell to Kickstarter backers for $159 and retail for $199, and the first watches will ship in May. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (02/24)


9. Skipr aims to help TV viewers skip commercials

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Startup Skipr is developing a product that could detect commercials on any cable or satellite program over HDMI and switch the user to other tailored content -- such as music, a social media stream, a sports game or the weather, depending on user preferences -- then return the viewer to the original program once the commercials were over. An application is said to be in the works to make Skipr compatible with Android TVs. TechHive (02/20)


10. Judge rules in favor of Google in antitrust case

CEA SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

A lawsuit filed against Google that alleged that the company drove up Android device prices by requiring the phones to use Google applications by default was dismissed last week. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman wrote, "there are no facts alleged to indicate that defendant's conduct has prevented consumers from freely choosing among search products or prevented competitors from innovating." ITProPortal.com (U.K.) (02/23) CIO.com (02/21)




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