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November 12, 2008News covering the consumer electronics industry

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  • CEA president remarks on industry, lauds Obama
    Gary Shapiro complimented President-elect Barack Obama's use of multimedia outreach in his election campaign and called on the new administration to act quickly to bolster the economy. In remarks to reporters, Shapiro also expressed concern for job losses caused by the bankruptcy of Circuit City, but assured that "the industry will go on." Dealerscope (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NTIA: 33.5 million DTV coupons have been requested
    As the deadline for digital conversion closes in, the government says 62% of the U.S. households using television antennas have requested coupons for $40 toward the cost of converter boxes, according to Meredith Baker of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration. She added, however, that of the 33.5 million coupons requested by consumers, only 13.5 million have been redeemed. (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Razr passes Q3 sales torch to iPhone: After 12 straight quarters on top, Motorola's Razr phone fell behind Apple's iPhone in U.S. cell phone sales during the third quarter, according to the NPD Group, which cited a "watershed shift in handset design from fashion to fashionable functionality" as the main factor behind the iPhone push. Overall, cell phone sales fell 15% from a year earlier, but the average selling price increased 6%. Los Angeles Times (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • CEA survey finds silver lining amid holiday slide
    A forecast from the Consumer Electronics Association finds electronics sales should climb about 3.5% even as Americans slash overall holiday spending 14%. Sales of navigation devices and phones will fuel the growth, with expected gains of 30% and 11%, respectively. (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DisplaySearch: Flat-panel growth slows in Q3
    The firm reported TV shipments in North America grew to 10 million units in the third quarter, a 6% gain over the previous quarter. Nevertheless, the market showed signs of a slowdown, with the rate of growth declining over the last six months. TWICE (11/11), (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CES + Consumer Robotics = CES Robotics TechZone
    For companies to maximize their potential for success in the consumer-robotics market, as well as grow the market as a whole, they must be able to identify, meet with and educate prospective customers and partners more effectively and rapidly than their competitors. The CES Robotics TechZone was designed specifically to do just that. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech and Emerging Countries Panelists Announced
    Intel Chairman Craig Barrett and Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers will speak at the 2009 International CES as part of the second annual Technology and Emerging Countries Program, Jan. 9, 1 to 4 p.m. TEC focuses on the role technology plays to further economic growth. An hourlong panel discussion, Reaching the Promise of Universal Access to Technology: Creating the Global Tech Ecosystem, will immediately follow Barrett's keynote address. The panel focuses on how universal access to technology is the catalyst to greater knowledge, more vibrant marketplaces and growing standards of living. The panel will be moderated by Eric Nonacs, managing director for global affairs, Endeavour Financial Ltd. Panelists include Kazi Islam, CEO of Grameen Solutions; Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of the S.E.VEN Fund; and inventor William Kamkwamba. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumer Technology Trends in the Middle East's Persian Gulf Region
    The Persian Gulf region of the Middle East, along with Egypt, is expected to collectively generate more than $1 trillion in GDP in 2008. How do the 119 million consumers of this fast-growing region use technology to work, to be entertained, to be informed and to communicate? CEA, working in conjunction with the Dubai-based Maktoob Research, delves into these issues and more with a comprehensive study of consumers in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Members may download the study free of charge; nonmembers may buy it at the CEA store LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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