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December 21, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Netflix users inch closer to sharing watched info on Facebook
    The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that would allow American subscribers to Netflix's video services to share what they're watching on Facebook. Already passed by the House of Representatives, the bill now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama, Catherine Shu writes in this blog post. TechCrunch (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • IHS: 3D shows strong growth on multiple platforms
    Consumers increasingly want 3D, whether it's in home video, pay television, theatrical releases or video on demand, according to IHS. The market research firm estimates that U.S. spending on 3D Blu-ray discs has almost doubled in 2012 compared with last year. In addition, 37 channels dedicated to 3D video content have been launched around the world since 2010, it notes. Rapid TV News (U.K.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Electronics 
  • Toyota will pioneer Qi wireless charging in 2013 Avalon Limited
    Toyota has become the first automaker to embrace the Qi wireless charging standard, saying Wednesday that it will offer the in-console option for mobile devices as part of a technology package in its 2013 Avalon Limited model, which recently arrived at dealerships. The move is a boost for the Qi approach for charging devices via an in-car pad, a standard that needs automaker support to take hold. The Verge (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Volvo, Ericsson plan cloud-driven car technology
    Volvo is teaming up with Ericsson to develop and implement cloud-based automotive technology to bring dashboard-based digital services to drivers. The Connected Vehicle Cloud will be available in all countries where Volvo markets its vehicles, and will include entertainment, information and navigation features. SlashGear (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Polaroid CEO: Look for an Android-based ILC at CES
    Polaroid will debut an Android-based digital camera at the 2013 International CES, CEO Scott Hardy confirmed, according to this blog post. Capable of accommodating interchangeable lenses, the camera will reportedly have a 18.1-megapixel sensor and a 3.5-inch touch screen, along with Android 4.0 and integrated Wi-Fi. The Verge (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple locks up App Store rankings for the holidays today
    Apple's annual holiday shutdown of the iTunes App Store, during which the company locks up its rankings of applications, begins today, Dean Takahashi reports. Developers of mobile apps are especially keen to have their product rank highly in the App Store for the holidays. "[I]f you're in the top 5 or top 10 in the App Store rankings, then you get this extra exponential growth because everyone's looking at you," said Chartboost CEO Maria Alegre. VentureBeat (12/20), Reuters (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • CinemaNow will copy DVDs to the UltraViolet cloud for a fee
    CinemaNow, owned by Best Buy, is offering a beta version of a disc-to-digital service through which users can upload their DVD videos to the cloud-based UltraViolet "digital locker" in standard definition or high definition. Pricing is said to be similar to that of Wal-Mart's disc-to-digital service. Engadget (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exec: Google aims to be a resource, not a retailer
    Google Shopping's upgraded page and the company's recent purchase of BufferBox don't mean the search giant wants to become a retailer, said Sameer Samat, Google Shopping's vice president of product management. Instead, the company wants to create a level playing field for retailers that don't have the resources of big players such as Amazon and Rakuten, he said. All Things D (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Help make CES even better -- participate in on-site focus groups at the 2013 International CES
    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, producer of the International CES, is seeking individuals to participate in focus groups during the 2013 International CES. We are interested in hearing about attendees' experiences at the show and how we can make it even better. The groups will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), and participants will be provided with a meal and monetary compensation. If interested, please contact Tara Hutton, director of market research, or complete this short survey. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Northeast companies display cutting-edge technologies at the 2013 International CES
    More than 300 technology companies based in the Northeast region of the U.S. will unveil their latest cutting-edge technologies at the 2013 International CES®, scheduled for Jan. 8 to 11 in Las Vegas. The world's largest annual innovation event, the 2013 International CES will feature 3,000 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across more than 1.85 million net square feet of space. For more information on the 2013 International CES, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA and AARP partner for a look at the ownership and market potential of Americans 50 and over
    Older American households own many CE devices across the various product categories, with ownership rates highest for products like televisions, cellphones and desktop computers. CEA's AARP-sponsored study finds that older adults are significantly interested in purchasing new and evolving technologies, so CE retailers should appeal to this sizable segment by emphasizing quality and service. For more on ownership and the market potential of this segment, see Americans 50+: 14th Annual Ownership and Market Potential Study. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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