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February 22, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Google debuts Chromebook Pixel laptop with a touch screen
    Google on Thursday introduced the Chromebook Pixel, a laptop with a touch screen that will go on sale next week for $1,299 for the Wi-Fi supported version. A model supported on Long-Term Evolution wireless networks will sell for $1,449. Both price tags are significantly higher than previous Chromebook models, which sell for $250 or $350. The Chromebook Pixel is aimed at those who make extensive use of cloud computing services, Google's Sundar Pichai said. Computerworld (2/21), TechCrunch (2/21), Technology Guide (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • How integrators can sell accessories for home theaters
    System integrators can increase their profits by learning how to sell furniture, racks, mounts and seating for home theaters, this article asserts. Gerry Lemay of the Home Acoustics Alliance advises that seats should be made with cloth fabric, since leather can reflect images. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Electronics 
  • Accel offers smartphone made for using in vehicles
    Accel Telecom has introduced the Voyager, which it touts as the "first stand-alone connected-car smartphone." The Android phone is based on a Qualcomm processor and is designed to be easily installed in a vehicle, according to the company. Gizmag (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Vevo redoes its home page for greater ease of use
    Vevo has redesigned and streamlined its home page to make it easier for users to see new music videos and search for favorite videos, this blog post notes. Vevo's Michael Cerda said, "We decided, 'Let's not give people too many places to click around.' " The company is said to be planning a major announcement in March at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. TechCrunch (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile gamers are shifting to Android and iOS devices, stats show
    Dedicated hand-held consoles are giving way to Android and iOS mobile devices in use by gamers, according to statistics released by analytics site App Annie and IDC. In the fourth quarter of 2012, consumer spending on iOS games nearly matched the amount for Nintendo and Sony hand-held consoles, the stats reveal. "While the most popular games and their business models are quite distinct, Nintendo and Apple were surprisingly close in terms of aggregate consumer spend on game software in the fourth quarter of 2012," IDC's Lewis Ward said in a statement. VentureBeat (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Wal-Mart extends "scan-and-go" option to more stores
    Wal-Mart has added its mobile self-checkout option at 40 Denver-area stores, after launching the first tests of the "scan-and-go" system at stores in four other markets. Shoppers use their smartphones to scan each product's bar code as they fill their carts, then the application generates a QR code that's scanned at self-payment kiosks. Internet Retailer (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketing focus turns to wearable devices
    Wearable technology devices, such as Apple's iWatch and Google Glasses, present a new area where marketers can provide content and advertising, this blog post notes. IHS Research reports that about 14 million wearable devices were shipped in 2011, and that number is forecast to increase to 92.5 million units within three years. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PayPal launches mobile payment option in Europe
    EBay-owned PayPal has launched a version of its mobile payment service, PayPal Here, for use by small businesses in Europe. The service uses a gadget the size of a smartphone that lets merchants accept credit and debit cards that work with Europe's more complex chip and PIN system. TechCrunch (2/21), Reuters (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Webinar: Sell your CE Product to Big Companies
    This unique webinar series will show you everything you need to know about selling your product to online retailers, catalogs, and big corporations. Sales expert Karen Waksman will walk you through the exact steps to learn how to sell your product(s) to big corporations. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 27,  from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Please RSVP by Feb. 26. Space is limited. Find more information on and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CE Week: Be a part of the CE industry‚Äôs next big event
    From adventurous startups to industry giants, there’s no greater mid-year showcase for the consumer technology industry than CE Week in New York City from June 24 to 28. The entire city is staged as the show floor with one central show headquarters, CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits, June 26 and 27, and hosts the largest concentration of CE Week attendees. Be among the tech-innovators displaying their latest developments and genius to 6,000 members of the media, retailers and industry thought leaders. Exhibits and sponsorships are available to serve every need and budget, or create your own event! Contact Eric Schwartz at 215-238-5420. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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