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December 31, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

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  • What's coming in HDTV during 2013 and at CES
    LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics will finally start shipping their big organic light-emitting diode TVs and plasma TVs will survive in 2013. Those are among HD Guru's predictions for what to expect in the HD industry in the coming year and what attendees can expect to see at the 2013 International CES. The predictions also include "newfangled remotes" and more HDTVs with integrated webcams. HD Guru (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysts offer their game predictions for 2013
    Industry analysts have a lot to say about 2013 developments and trends in video games and consumer electronics in general, James Brightman writes in this roundup. The Wii U console will see a price cut next year, especially when the PlayStation 4 is announced, Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities predicts. (U.K.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sony will reportedly debut new Xperia phone at CES
    Sony is said to be readying an Xperia smartphone for introduction at the 2013 International CES, the ePrice website reports. The handset will have a quad-core processor and a 1,080p display measuring 5 inches, according to the report. Ars Technica (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Happy holidays for big retailers in mobile-driven shopping
    During holiday shopping, Wal-Mart was a big winner in traffic driven by mobile phones, according to data provided by Placed Analytics. Kohl's and Sears were the top contenders among department stores, the market research firm reported. GigaOm (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Britain's Pearson to buy 5% of Nook Media
    U.K.-based media company Pearson will acquire a 5% interest in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media, which includes the bookseller's digital operations as well as 674 U.S. college bookstores. Pearson, which owns publishing house Penguin and the Financial Times, will pay $89.5 million; earlier this year, Microsoft made a $300 million investment in Nook Media. Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gary Shapiro on Will America's Beacon Keep Shining?
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column on! This week, Gary discusses why how America is hurting itself by closing its doors to the best and brightest. "We have become arrogant in our success. But we cannot stay successful until we recognize that our success stems from welcoming the best and brightest, not excluding them," said Shapiro. What do you think American needs to do to make sure its beacon keeps shining? Check out and comment on the full article on Forbes (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA creates new membership category to welcome startups
    CEA launched a new membership category exclusively for startups. The special focus on startups is consistent with CEA's commitment of fostering innovation as a national strategy and as part of its mission. CEA believes that innovation is critical to American global leadership and economic growth. CEA's startup category will offer regular membership at a reduced rate of $95 per year. To qualify for this membership, companies must be in development of a technology product, service or app that has been introduced into the market within the last year or will be within the next year; have annual sales under $1 million; be located in North America; and not have been a CEA member within the past two years. Companies will receive regular CEA membership benefits at the reduced rate in the startup category for up to two consecutive years. On Thursday, Jan. 3, startups can begin to sign up for CEA's new membership category. E-mail for more information, or visit the Experience CEA booth in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center onsite at CES to learn more about CEA's new startup membership. View full release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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