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November 7, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • China clears PlayStation 3 on safety standards
    Two PlayStation 3 models have been certified for safety standards set by the China Quality Certification Centre. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, the 12-year-old ban on game consoles in China is over, this blog post notes. "This does not mean that we have officially decided to enter [the] Chinese market. We recognize that China is a promising market so we will continuously study the possibility," a Sony spokesperson told Reuters. CNET/Tech Culture blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Get ready for the hot new product in home tech: The TV set
    Nearly 16% of system integrators attending recent industry conferences said television is "the most exciting technology you see on the horizon," Julie Jacobson notes in this blog post. One in 10 attendees specifically cited 4K TV, now officially known as Ultra HD, and 8K TV as promising products, she adds. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Guitar Hero inventor sees Android devices as gaming consoles
    Green Throttle Games wants to turn Android devices into game consoles. Guitar Hero creator Charles Huang, one of the co-founders of the new company, has created a game controller that connects wirelessly to Android devices that can be connected to televisions to enable gaming. "We just need a simple and fun way for people to play games both on the go, and on the couch," Huang said. All Things D (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple seeks to expand patent lawsuit against Samsung
    Apple is seeking to expand its patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung to include the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The suit already alleges Samsung violated its patents with its Galaxy Note 10.1 device. The move comes as Samsung sought to add patent infringement charges over the iPhone 5 in the same case. A federal judge in California is hearing the case. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • CEA: Democrats, Republicans show few differences in CE spending
    A person affiliated with the Democratic Party typically spent $779 on consumer electronics in the past 12 months, while a Republican averaged $747 for such purchases, the Consumer Electronics Association reported. "Despite all the potential things that can divide us as a country, the one thing that Democrats and Republicans clearly agree on is technology," CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. Broadcasting & Cable (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • THQ is running low on cash, pushes back South Park game
    THQ has hired Centerview Partners Holdings to help it raise capital as its cash has fallen to about $36.3 million, less than half of the $76 million it held a year earlier. The company reported a loss of $21 million on revenue of $107.4 million for its fiscal second quarter and said it will delay the release of its South Park: The Stick of Truth video game until "early fiscal 2014." The Wall Street Journal (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Amazon creates monthly option for Prime
    Amazon introduced a monthly option for Amazon Prime, which includes a video-streaming service that competes with Netflix. Customers who don't want to pay the $79 annual fee can pay $7.99 per month for Prime, which provides free two-day shipping. Bloomberg (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CE sales will rise in holiday shopping, retailers say
    Consumer electronics retailers are forecasting a 3.7% increase in sales for the holiday shopping season, according to a survey by BDO USA. "While we haven't returned to pre-recession levels of optimism, retailers are gearing up for what looks to be a promising holiday season. Still, consumers have more choices than ever, and retailers are looking to avoid showrooming by curating a mix of exclusive and top-selling products to get consumers in their door or on their site," said BDO's Doug Hart. Dealerscope (11/6), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Working on your business plan?
    You can rely on Economic Census data as the basis for key measures of economic activity, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and monthly retail sales. The Consumer Electronics Association relies on this big-picture view for our economic and sales forecasts. In November and December, millions of businesses across America will receive an Economic Census form. A response is required by law, but just as important, your careful response makes a difference. The fact sheet includes information and important dates. For the first time, small businesses will have a Web form to complete the Economic Census data online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join CEA today and receive 2 months free membership
    Have you been considering membership with Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®? There is no better time to join! Sign up for membership today and take advantage of this special end-of-year offer: free membership for the remainder of 2012. Questions? Contact Brianne O'Leary at 703-907-7756. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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