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September 23, 2009News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

  Today's Digital Pulse 
 
  • Study says confidence in CE-product sales rises again
     
    Despite a slight dip in overall consumer confidence, positive expectations about the consumer-electronics sector rose 6% during September, according to the latest data from the CEA and CNET. Consumer confidence in CE products, which has gone up for five of the past six months, neared the same level as in September 2008. TWICE (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CE in the Home 
  • Monster introduces speedy new cable offerings
    Monster has rolled out a new line of speed-rated cables that, the company says, enables today's sophisticated HD devices to run at peak performance. The HDMI 550, which starts out at $59.95, can handle speeds of up to 10.2 Gbps, and the 1000EX, which retails for $149.95, goes all the way up to 15.8 Gbps. Marketnews Magazine (Toronto) (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • USB group sides with Apple in Palm Pre-iTunes fray
    Apple has the right to stop Palm from using a USB workaround that allows users of its Pre smartphone to access iTunes software, the USB Implementers Forum ruled in a letter it sent to the companies Tuesday. The industry standards group denied Palm's complaint that Apple's use of its USB vendor's code to block iTunes access was anti-competitive and warned that further moves to restore the iTunes feature could violate its rules. Google/The Associated Press (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Netflix's Hastings looks to diversify distribution
    Despite the fact that his company has a deal with Microsoft to stream movies exclusively on the Xbox 360, Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said that, at some point, he'd also like to connect the service to Sony's PlayStation 3, Nintendo's Wii and Apple's iPhone. In an interview with Reuters, Hastings said that he'd like the online video-rental service to "be on all the game consoles, all the Blu-ray players, (and) all the Internet TVs." CNET/The Digital Home (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Silverlight to star in newest Windows Embedded CE
    Looking to help developers write and port their applications faster, Microsoft has announced that its Silverlight multimedia player will be at the center of the latest version of its Windows Embedded CE operating system for handheld devices. Additionally, this version of the OS will also offer support for gesture and touch features. Computerworld (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Verizon Wireless, Best Buy will partner on new e-reader
    Verizon Wireless will support a new $399 touch-screen e-reader along its 3G network under a partnership with iRex Technologies and Best Buy, which will sell the device, according to a published report that said iRex would announce its U.S. plans today for its DR800SG model. The research firm iSuppli predicts the number of e-readers sold globally will jump fivefold this year to more than 5 million units, a majority of them in North America. NYTimes.com (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile technology to be the future of retail-customer communication
    Retailers are beginning to take advantage of mobile technology to communicate with their customers, offering on-the-go brand comparisons, product information and coupons. According to Jeff Weidauer of Vestcom International, integrating the use of this technology into standard marketing platforms likely will enhance the shopper's experience, leading to customer loyalty and increased revenue for the retailer. Retail Customer Experience (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Top automaker to introduce automotive-industry innovations at the 2010 CES
    Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally will return to CES to deliver the opening keynote address. Mulally's address will take place at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Las Vegas Hilton Center, following a State of the CE Industry keynote address delivered by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®). Visit www.CESweb.org to see a full list of keynote speakers, or to register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sept./Oct. CE Vision featuring Pandora's Tim Westergren
    Your copy of the September/October issue of CE Vision magazine is just a click away. Our Visionary interview in this issue is Pandora founder Tim Westergren, who clearly never lost sight of his vision for this unique music service or his musical roots. With the busy holiday shopping season approaching, you'll want to read industry predictions and advice from leading CE retailers. Also find out what regional economic development groups are offering CE companies these days and learn from some companies that are benefiting from them. Also, don't miss the latest from our regular columnists on everything from a review of HDMI version 1.4 to m-Commerce and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does your HDTV need an audio upgrade?
    With your favorite shows returning and football season under way, chances are you'll be turning your attention to your television. CEA research shows the majority of U.S. households own at least one high-definition TV, but less than one-third have a home-theater system. Most of today's TV shows, sports events and movies are filmed in surround sound. A HDTV without an audio system attached simply does not give you the true high-definition experience. Don't worry; manufacturers are making it easier than ever for you to have a home-theater setup. Here are a few suggestions to help you to find the best system that fits your budget and room. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do's and don'ts for digital cameras
    By now you're probably on your second, third or even your fourth digital camera. You've got more digital photos than you can shake a memory stick at. You've pretty much got this digital-imaging thing down. But are you still making some rookie mistakes? Review the do's and don'ts for your digital photos on DigitalTips.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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