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November 12, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Game designer: What's the motivation for two-screen gaming?
    Game designer Peter Molyneux isn't convinced that gamers will take to using a flat-screen television and a tablet computer at the same time to play a video game. "Which one should I be looking at? Should I be looking up at the big screen and down, or at my lap and up?" he says in an interview. Meanwhile, Molyneux's 22Cans studio has launched Curiosity, a smartphone game that hundreds of thousands of people reportedly are playing to uncover a mysterious prize. (U.K.) (11/10), The Guardian (London)/Games blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CE in the Home 
  • Google TV will roll out movies and music in Europe
    Google TV will expand this week in Europe, making music and movies available in the U.K., France and Germany. The company apologized for a message that said Australia and Canada would be included in this launch. The service has struggled with licensing issues in trying to secure content. TechCrunch (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Apple, HTC reach 10-year deal, end patent war
    Apple and rival HTC have buried the hatchet with a 10-year global cross-licensing patent deal, the first such settlement reached between Apple and an Android wireless-device manufacturer. Analysts wondered whether the agreement signals a wholesale softening of Apple's aggressive patent policy, noting that its legal fight with Samsung Electronics involves more valuable technology than the HTC patents. The deal will guarantee that HTC will be able to import its smartphones into the U.S. and relieve the Taiwanese vendor of costly legal battles, but analysts said HTC's plunging global smartphone market share point to problems beyond patent issues. Bloomberg (11/12), Network World/IDG News Service (11/12), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has security flaw, researchers say
    Activision's video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has a security flaw that makes it vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks, according to researchers at ReVuln, a security consulting firm. The firm also uncovered a flaw in Crytek's CryEngine 3 graphics engine, which is used in many video games, that could enable cyberattacks on a player's computer. CSO/IDG News Service (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • M2M technology links gadgets with vehicle electronics
    Machine-to-machine communications are being incorporated in automotive vehicles to help link their electronic systems with smartphones and other gadgets drivers are using, this blog post notes. Juniper Research describes telematics as a potential "anchor" application for M2M. (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
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  Retail Trends 
  • Lions Gate exec: Packaged media is reviving with "The Hunger Games"
    Retailers are seeing a significant uptick in packaged-media sales with the Blu-ray and DVD releases of "The Hunger Games," according to Steve Beeks of Lions Gate Entertainment. More than 40% of the title's disc sales are Blu-ray, he reports. "We have high expectations [for 'The Hunger Games'] through the holiday season starting with a Black Friday promotion through the end of the year," Beeks noted. Home Media Magazine (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google Shopper gets update ahead of Black Friday
    Google has updated mobile application Google Shopper in time for the holidays, saying 4 in 5 consumers expect to use a mobile device for shopping this year. The app features an easier-to-use search box on the home screen and allows users to shop around for the best price. TechCrunch (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Gary Shapiro on "Economy must be President Obama's priority"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro had to say in his latest column on! This week, he says fixing the economy and creating jobs should be President Barack Obama's biggest priority in his second term. "Now that the election is over and President Obama will return to office, my fondest hope is that the nation unites with the common purpose of growing the economy and creating jobs.

    "During his next term, President Obama has the opportunity to burnish his legacy as a problem solver rather than one who has repeatedly blamed his predecessor for economic problems and attempted to destroy the reputation of his opponent," Shapiro writes. What do you think should be Obama's biggest priority next year? Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Let's make fitness electronics the gift of the season!
    Want to help increase consumer awareness of health and fitness electronics? Join the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and our Health and Fitness Technology Working Group to leverage CEA's expertise in market research, government affairs, media outreach and the International CES®. Join CEA today and receive the remainder of 2012 FREE! The first 10 companies to join by Dec. 15 will also receive a CEA duffel bag. Questions? Contact Brianne O'Leary at (703) 907-7756. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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