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December 19, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Consumers prefer video streaming to downloading, Cisco study says
    While many broadband users in the U.S. are averaging more than 100 minutes a week in watching professionally produced videos, those consumers are more likely to stream that content than to download it, according to a survey conducted by the Internet Business Solutions Group of Cisco Systems. More than one-quarter of respondents indicated that they are open to buying videos if a cloud service, such as UltraViolet, is involved. "While broadcast television still rules, 48% of consumers have increased their streaming of professionally produced video content in the past two years, making it the fastest-growing category of video use," Cisco's Chris Osika said. Home Media Magazine (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Spotify Premium subscribers can use music service on TiVo
    The TiVo Premiere set-top box now has the capability to stream music from Spotify, Ty Pendlebury writes in this blog post. Spotify Premium subscribers can use the TiVo box for playing music and using other features of the Internet music-streaming service. Pandora and Rhapsody are also available on TiVo, he notes. CNET/Crave blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Samsung agrees to dismiss some patent suits vs. Apple
    Samsung Electronics said that it will drop patent claims against rival Apple in five European countries: Germany, France, the U.K., Italy and the Netherlands. The company said the move was a unilateral one, adding that it would prefer to compete in the marketplace rather than in court. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh is weighing Apple's request for additional damages in the aftermath of its August jury verdict over Samsung. Koh this week refused to ban Samsung devices. Also, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge cleared Apple of violating Motorola Mobility's patents regarding a sensor designed to stop phones from hanging up accidentally. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/19), Bloomberg Businessweek (12/18), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Android spammers employ bots to spread SMS spam through phones
    Carriers now have to worry about a new twist on Android malware: Companies have developed a botnet that hides their origin by sending spam through text messages via infected handsets, a move that makes the victims foot the bill and points to them as the culprits, according to security vendor Cloudmark. The Federal Communications Commission said it is trying to fight the spread of malware by releasing Tuesday a Web-based application, the "Smartphone Security Checker," that provides users with prevention guidelines based on the type of phone they are using. News Service (12/17), VentureBeat (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Samsung to surpass Nokia as top cellphone maker
    Samsung Electronics will end the year as the global cellphone manufacturer, toppling Nokia's 14-year run at the top, according to a report from the IHS iSuppli research firm. IHS predicts Samsung will hold a 29% worldwide share at the end of 2012 compared with 24% for Nokia, which slid from 30% in 2011. Samsung, which grew largely on the backs of its Galaxy smartphone sales, had held a 24% market share a year ago. While global cellphone shipments edged up by 1%, smartphone shipments increased by 35% to 654 million units. Network World/IDG News Service (12/18)
  Tech News 
  • Google Maps app for iOS 6 gets downloaded 10M+ times
    In 48 hours, the new Google Maps application for iOS 6 was downloaded more than 10 million times, this article notes. In introducing the iPhone 5 and updating the software in September, Apple replaced the popular Google tool with its own mapping app, which has drawn criticism for offering wrong directions and locations. Marketnews Magazine (Toronto) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARM JV aims for better security in mobile devices
    ARM Holdings, with software houses Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient, has established Trustonic, a joint venture aimed at making smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices more secure from spyware and viruses. Employing ARM's TrustZone technology and the other companies' Trusted Execution Environment, the JV will work in the areas of securing mobile payments and online shopping. The Wall Street Journal (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Google adds "scan-and-match" feature to its free music locker
    U.S. users of the free Google Music service can now take advantage of the "scan-and-match" feature previously available only to European users, Peter Kafka writes in this blog post. Google continues to pay record labels for the use of songs, while competitors Apple and charge users $25 a year for subscriptions to their digital music locker services, he notes. All Things D (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 CES to feature internationally headquartered exhibitors from 48 countries
    More than 1,300 internationally headquartered technology companies from 48 countries outside of the United States will unveil their latest consumer electronics products at the 2013 International CES® (, scheduled Jan. 8 to 11, in Las Vegas. The world's largest annual innovation event, the 2013 International CES will feature 3,000 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across 1.8 million net square feet of space. For more information on the 2013 International CES, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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