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February 6, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Analysis: Zynga faces mobile-game challenge
    Zynga, the champion of social games on Facebook, is finding its transition to mobile platforms more challenging than it expected. "Do I wish that we would have gone all-in on mobile and made a bigger commitment to it earlier? Yes," CEO Mark Pincus said after the company reported it expects 2013 revenue to decline when compared with 2012 figures. Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities said that Zynga executives are "definitely saying the right things; now all they have to do is execute." ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg (2/5), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  CE in the Home 
  • Deezer to offer music-streaming service on more smart TVs
    Internet-connected televisions from LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Toshiba will soon incorporate Deezer's music-streaming service in a variety of markets around the world, this blog post notes. Smart TVs with Deezer will not be available in the U.S. Engadget (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BlackBerry reports strong orders in Great White North debut
    It was fitting that the Canadian-based BlackBerry debuted its Z10 smartphone in its home country on Tuesday with carriers there reporting solid demand for the handsets. In a speech, CEO Thorsten Heins vowed to return BlackBerry to its former glory, saying the new BlackBerry 10 platform will enable the company to reclaim its role as a major mobile power. Also, a BlackBerry blog post revealed the company and developer Unity are writing an add-on aimed at making it simpler to write gaming applications for the platform. And BlackBerry reportedly confirmed that it will update the operating system's Android runtime layer to include Android 4.1, known as "Jelly Bean." The Wall Street Journal (2/5), Reuters (2/5), News Service (2/5), Engadget (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Emulator puts Windows apps in reach of Android users
    Android users will be able to run Windows applications through the Wine emulator, which had previously been limited to Unix-based systems, project leader Alexandre Julliard disclosed at a technology conference this week. While running Windows apps on Android-based smartphones may not be practical, the Wine emulator could be useful on tablets and other Android-powered devices, it was said. Ars Technica (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Sources: Sapphire wafers pushed to replace glass covers
    Taiwanese suppliers of sapphire wafers reportedly are trying to convince smartphone manufacturers to use such wafers to protect cameras in smartphones, rather than the usual glass covers, DigiTimes asserts, citing sources. Sapphire wafers are generally more expensive than glass covers, however. DigiTimes (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • NPD: Game-content expenditures declined 9.4% in 2012
    Consumer spending on video game content was $14.8 billion in 2012, down 9.4% from 2011's $16.34 billion, The NPD Group reported. Digital game revenue rose 16% to $5.92 billion last year, while purchases of physical video game and PC game software declined 21% to $7.09 billion, according to the firm. USA Today (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Tell your innovation story with the new "I Am Innovation" app
    Since its creation, CEA's grassroots initiative, the Innovation Movement, has been highlighting the connection between innovation and public policy by sharing the story of America's brightest innovators. Now, the movement wants to empower all individuals living in America to share their innovation stories. For that reason, the Innovation Movement introduced a new Web and mobile "I Am Innovation" app at the 2013 International CES, designed to capture and showcase these stories of American ingenuity. Whether you are an entrepreneur, employee at an innovative company or just passionate about innovation, add your story today at to illustrate why innovation is so important to America. You can also download the app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the app on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Today is the last day to register for the CEA Economic Retreat! This intimate event is designed to maximize networking opportunities for attendees in an informal atmosphere while providing key economic insights. Start off each morning with an in-depth discussion on trends affecting the CE and global markets, presented by industry experts. This low-key environment fosters concentrated relationship building you can't find at the office or at a tradeshow. Find out what CEA member Jake Sigal, founder and CEO of Livio Radio, has to say about his experiences at past Economic Retreats on our blog. Join him and register by today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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