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February 21, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

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  • Sony's PlayStation 4 unveiled
      
    Sony Computer Entertainment held a splashy rollout on Wednesday in New York City for the PlayStation 4, the successor to the PS3, which was introduced in 2006. The PlayStation 4's features include the DualShock 4 touchpad controller, social networking and cloud-based gaming capability. The use of an Advanced Micro Devices microprocessor will make the PS4 more like a gaming PC than a traditional game console, analysts and Sony executives said. The PS4 is expected to go on sale during this year's holiday season, although no official release date was revealed. ClipSyndicate/Newsy.com (2/21), Technology Guide (2/20), The Wall Street Journal (2/20), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Samsung improves searching for movies, TV shows with new service
    Samsung Electronics has introduced the TV Discovery service for its Internet-connected television sets, which it says will make searching for movies and TV shows easier. The service will be a standard feature on Samsung's 2013 Smart TV models sold in the U.S., South Korea and parts of Europe this quarter, and will become available as an application for Samsung mobile devices in the same markets during the second quarter. Network World/IDG News Service (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Report: Spotify talks with record labels about free play on mobiles
    Spotify hopes to get more generous terms in music licensing agreements with the leading record labels, including longer periods of free play on mobile devices, the Verge website reports, citing music industry sources. The music-streaming service is reportedly in talks with Warner Music and wants to reduce the fees it pays for licensing music, which are said to account for about 70% of operating costs. Electronista (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Could Google Glass supplant the smartphone as "go-to" device?
    Google Glass could alter the mobile landscape by becoming "numerous consumers' go-to mechanism for many things they currently do on smartphones, such as playing games, shooting videos, 'second-screening' and finding local businesses on the go," write Christopher Heine and Sam Thielman. Google has released a video demo of the augmented-reality project and is accepting applications for a trial pair from "bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass." Those selected must pay $1,500 for a pair of the glasses, which Google expects will be widely available next year. Adweek (2/20), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (2/20), CNET (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • How startups and small companies can innovate like a ninja
    Ninjas were nimble and determined warriors who successfully fought more powerful enemies, says Gary Shapiro, head of the Consumer Electronics Association. That should serve as a model for corporate innovators, who need similar agility and resilience to bring products to market. "While the big companies are mired in bureaucracy, small businesses can be ninja innovators by being more agile," Shapiro says. Inc. online (free registration)/Tech Report blog (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report puts iPhones at top of the heap in Q4
    Apple had the top two selling smartphones in the fourth quarter, with Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III in third place as the three devices accounted for almost 28% of the estimated 217 million smartphones sold worldwide in the period, according to Strategy Analytics, a research firm. Consumers bought 27.4 million iPhone 5 handsets, 17.4 million iPhone 4S models and 15.4 million Galaxy S III phones. VentureBeat (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Viewpoint: Retail disruption is key to consumer interest
    "Retail leadership should invest to arrest the competition through disruptive business models," asserts Peter Weedfald, president of Gen One Ventures, in this article. He offers five suggestions on how retailers can disrupt standard business practices and draw in customers. "Successful disruption is cultivated through careful research of what consumers really need, want and value," he writes. Dealerscope (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Feb. 26 -- Ask Gary Shapiro anything on Reddit
    President and CEO of CEA, Gary Shapiro, will be participating in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit.com. An AMA is a way to engage with high-profile influencers by asking them questions in an online "chat" setting. Gary will be answering questions about CEA, International CES, tech policy and CEA's newest book Ninja Innovation. Please join us on Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Reddit, and ask Gary Shapiro anything! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LAST CHANCE! Membership renewals due Feb. 28
    Stay connected with CEA! Continue your membership for valuable member benefits like CES discounts, $1 million worth of market research and access to all sorts of business development opportunities. Renew today at payinvoice.ce.org. Questions? Contact Jamie Recio at 703-907-4346. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACT NOW: Tell the Senate to support immigration reform
    Did you know that immigrants with advanced degrees boost employment for U.S. natives? Nonetheless, the U.S. trains and educates tens of thousands of foreign students every year, only to kick them out after graduation, so they can create businesses and jobs elsewhere. America's legal immigration system is outdated. During the 2013 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama noted that NOW is the time for immigration reform. Stand up with us today and ask Congress to pass strategic immigration reforms to ensure America's doors are open for innovators of tomorrow! Currently, two bills in the Senate, the Startup Act 3.0 and the Innovation Immigration (I-Squared) Act of 2013, would help solve the problem of immigration reform. Tell your Senator to support these bills to spur American jobs! Want to learn more? Watch CEA's Innovation Movement video series of entrepreneurs, academics, investors and legal professionals, all in support of immigration reform. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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