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December 14, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • CE consumers will turn to the cloud, Ericsson says
    Cloud computing will be a big trend in consumer electronics for 2013, with more than half of tablet computer owners and 40% of smartphone users in U.S., Japan, Australia and Sweden already employing various cloud-based services, according to Ericsson ConsumerLabs. Meanwhile, Parks Associates reports that more than half of prospective smartphone purchasers plan to buy an iPhone for the holidays, compared with 33% who said so in the third quarter and 24% a year ago. CNET/Business Tech blog (12/13), All Things D (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Report: Mobile device owners watch videos mainly at home
    Most people who watch TV shows or movies on their wireless devices are not actually on the go, according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which found that 63% of the viewing took place at home, with 36% taking place in a room even with another device available to watch content. The report also found that two-thirds of respondents watch more than one hour a week on their smartphones or tablets, with 85% of it in short bites -- less than 10 minutes in length. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (12/13), VentureBeat/Mobile (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roku and Samsung TV add Amazon Cloud Player
    Amazon's cloud-based music storage and streaming service is available on Roku and Samsung Electronics' Smart TV, allowing users to play digital music on a single device. Like competitor Apple iTunes, Amazon Cloud Player charges $25 annually to store as many as 250,000 songs. CNET (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Electronics 
  • Google delivers a new Maps app for iPhone
    Google has delivered a revised mapping application for the iPhone, nearly three months after Apple substituted its own mapping software on iOS devices. The move means Google determined it was better off broadly distributing its app rather than trying to undermine Apple's poorly received maps. "They're more interested in owning the relationship with customers in any way they can," said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi. Google has not completed a Maps app for iPad. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/12), The Wall Street Journal (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TI processor picked for Audi's new infotainment system
    The Jacinto 5 processor from Texas Instruments will be at the heart of Audi's next-generation MIB High infotainment system, which runs on the QNX real-time operating system, this blog post notes. The TI processor will displace Nvidia's Tegra processor in the Audi electronics. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • GE touts cooling technology for mobile computers
    General Electric has introduced dual piezoelectric cooling jets designed to reduce heat generated by laptop and tablet computers. "DCJ can be made so quiet that users won't even know it's running," GE's Chris Giovanniello says. ExtremeTech (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Best Buy's stock price leaps on report of buyout bid
    Shares of Best Buy enjoyed an increase of 16% to 19% on Thursday after the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that founder Richard Schulze has put together the financing for a possible buyout valued at $5 billion to $6 billion. Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper said Schulze's bid is being backed by Cerberus Capital Management, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital. Best Buy declined to comment on the report. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon's later delivery options cater to procrastinators
    Online shopping is up 13% this holiday season, less than the 17% forecast by comScore. Meanwhile, Amazon is offering a 10% coupon to some to spur buying. Analysts say delivery options that let procrastinators wait to holiday shop might be behind the smaller-than-expected increase. All Things D (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PayPal creates prepaid card for online shoppers
    PayPal has launched My Cash Card, a prepaid card that lets consumers shop online without using credit, debit or a bank account. The card, sold at 30,000 retail stores nationwide, can be loaded with as much as $500 at a time. GigaOm (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Give us your best shot! Last week to enter to win a DSLR and more
    The fourth annual CEA "Best Shots" photo contest, in partnership with Eye-Fi, is almost over! Share your best photos for a chance to win great prizes and have your photos displayed at the 2013 International CES. Enter now! You have until Sunday to submit your "Best Shots," and winners will be announced Jan. 11. You can submit one photo in each of the four categories: travel, people, pets and cellphone shots. Expert judges will select the finalists, and winners will be determined by an online popular vote running Jan. 8 to 11. The grand prize winner will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Top winners in each category will win one of four cameras: Nikon Coolpix P300, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 or Fujifilm FinePix F770-EXR. All camera prize winners and five additional honorable mention prize winners will receive an Eye-Fi wireless memory card to easily upload and share all their best shots right from their camera. Don't miss your chance! Enter today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA and The Recording Academy partner on new website promoting quality audio
    Last week, CEA, in partnership with The Recording Academy®, launched, an online portal that promotes enhanced consumer awareness of higher-quality sound for music. The site provides insight about how to find and enjoy higher-quality music recordings. features articles on products, technologies, record labels, recording artists and music producers who are using quality audio to improve recordings. A new CEA market research study, "Discovering the Motivations and Opportunities Behind Home Audio Upgrades," found that 9 in 10 audio enthusiasts say sound quality is the most important component of a quality audio experience. The study also demonstrated that price, quality and size/weight are the most important purchase considerations for consumers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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