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February 7, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

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  • Firm projects sales growth for ultraslim notebooks
    The future appears bright for ultraslim notebook vendors, says NPD DisplaySearch, which projects 44.2 million units will ship this year to make up 21.4% of the notebook market. Shipments could hit 100 million in 2017, the firm says. CNET (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Where is audio technology heading?
    New sound bars were among the advanced audio equipment unveiled at last month's International CES, Sean Murphy of the Consumer Electronics Association writes in this analysis. "Consider how atrocious audio quality typically has been on the very devices we spend so much time using: PCs, MP3 players, headphones and, lately, tablets and smartphones. It's no longer acceptable to tolerate inferior sound on any device. Quality audio is the new normal," he notes. Dealerscope (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EA's mobile division will help Samsung offer more games
    To help Samsung Electronics attract more independent developers to create games for its mobile devices, the mobile division of Electronic Arts, Chillingo, will give developers all revenue from any new game in the Samsung app store for six months, this blog post notes. The program kicks off on March 4. Electronista (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Capcom: Mobile games cost more to develop for new smartphones
    Costs for developing mobile games can reach $1.1 million or more, in large part because of technology improvements in smartphones and tablet computers, says Capcom Chief Operating Officer Haruhiro Tsujimoto. The Japanese company, which created the Resident Evil and Street Fighter video games, got only 12% of its revenue from mobile games in the nine months ended Dec. 31, and is looking to improve that proportion. Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Reviews see some bright spots for Surface Pro
    The reviews on Microsoft's Surface Pro are generally positive, including TechCrunch's John Biggs writing that the device may represent the revival of the PC because it works as a laptop, and Mashable's Pete Pachal arguing that the hardware is the venue needed to show Windows 8's strengths. But others say improvements are still needed, specifically on heft, battery life and cost. TechCrunch (2/5), Mashable (2/5), Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Abrams, Newell discuss approaches to storytelling
    Director J.J. Abrams and Valve's Gabe Newell had a freewheeling discussion about how movies differ from video games in telling stories at a game industry event in Las Vegas. "Movies let you experience moments that are not the point but are everything," Abrams observed. Newell said the self-pacing nature of games gives gamers a sense of control, noting that makers of movies could benefit from being schooled in this art of pacing. The men are collaborating on a new game. VentureBeat/Gamesbeat (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • GameStop: Xbox's reported restriction on used games may be an issue
    Reports that the next-generation Xbox console won't allow used games to be played on it are concerning GameStop, which gets a large portion of its profits from selling pre-owned game discs. "We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability or not play new physical games," GameStop spokesman Matt Hodges said. Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 25 billion songs sold by iTunes, Apple reports
    An iTunes user in Germany downloaded the 25 billionth music track from the online store, winning a gift card worth about $13,500, according to Apple. It took a decade to reach that milestone, the company noted. In comparison, the App Store recently racked up its 400 billionth download. The Washington Post (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Renew your CEA membership by Feb. 28
    CEA appreciates your ongoing support and continued membership. To continue to receive access to valuable member benefits like CES discounts, $1 million worth of market research and a plethora of business development opportunities, renew your membership today at http://payinvoice.ce.org. The final renewal deadline is Feb. 28. Questions? Contact Jamie Recio at 703-907-4346. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on Washington Post: "Will a moderate Republican stand up in Va.?”
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in a recent Washington Post article! Gary discusses why Virginia needs a moderate governor choice for this year's election. "For years, Virginia has succeeded because it is pro-business, with traditional but tolerant social views. There is no reason we cannot continue this legacy, but right now we -- and the Republican Party across the nation -- are in dire need of a third option in the race for governor of Virginia," said Shapiro. Do you think Virginia needs a more moderate governor? Check out and comment on the full article on WashingtonPost.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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