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March 4, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Samsung teases debut of Galaxy S4 smartphone with a video
    Ahead of the March 14 press conference to introduce its Galaxy S4 smartphone, Samsung Electronics released a video to build up expectations for the new product. The handset is rumored to include an eight-core Exynos processor, a 4.99-inch Super Amoled display and will reportedly run on the Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system. CNET (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Amazon: Friend or Foe?
Should your consumer product brand partner with e-tail giant Amazon? Learn the keys to a win/win relationship and how to capitalize on the rewards while mitigating the risks in L.E.K.'s Executive Insights.

  CE in the Home 
  • REL adds R-528SE model to its subwoofer line
    REL has introduced the R-528SE subwoofer, a "special edition" model in its Series R line. It has a 12-inch driver with a 500-watt RMS Class D amplifier, according to the company. The new subwoofer is shipping early this month and will carry a suggested retail price of $2,800. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Measure and Fix Your "Leaky" Marketing Funnel
Marketing funnels can get pretty leaky. It's time to turn the odds in your favor. The first step to improving your marketing funnel is to measure it. Once you know where you are, then you can test improvements and move the needle. Buuuut... what should we track with a funnel? Get your hands on this guide to gain insight into the five best practices for optimizing a "leaky" funnel.

  • Gearbox head talks about the battle between commercial, creative
    Randy Pitchford of Gearbox Software talks about the creative-commercial "tug of war," declining sales and the issue of violence in video games in this interview with GamesIndustry International. "Within that tug of war there's that leaning towards the expression, that's where the invention will happen, the leaning towards the commercial will want to count on the things that we can count on," he says. (U.K.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft distributes indie film through Xbox 360 Live
    An independently produced British crime caper film called "Pulp" is being exclusively distributed by Microsoft through the Xbox 360 Live subscription service. "It's a great fit. The film is really well aligned with our audience. All our audience [likes] that sort and [type] of film and it's great to support British talent," said Microsoft's Pav Bhardwaj. Microsoft has indicated it plans to distribute more movies through Xbox Live. Fast Company online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  Tech News 
  • Yahoo: We're now a "global technology company"
    Yahoo now describes itself as a "global technology company" and not as an Internet media enterprise, Christina DesMarais notes in this analysis. The changes that CEO Marissa Mayer is imposing include the dropping of several products and services on April 1. The company acquired OnTheAir in December to beef up its mobile applications and services, DesMarais writes. PCWorld (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Judge: Samsung owes Apple $450 million less in damages
    Samsung Electronics won a victory in its federal court battle with Apple on Friday when U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh curbed Apple's $1.05 billion jury verdict from their 2012 patent trial by about 45% to $599 million. Samsung plans to appeal to reduce the award even further. Koh ruled that the jury applied an "impermissible theory" in its decision and set a new trial to reconsider the remaining damage award. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/4), The Wall Street Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Retail Trends 
  • Best Buy boosts sales, shrinks net loss
    Best Buy booked its first same-store sales increase in more than a year and narrowed its net loss in the fourth quarter, the company said Friday. "People who thought we were dead have to go through the painful process of revisiting that point of view," said CEO Hubert Joly. The Wall Street Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gartner: Mobile-app business sees continued growth
    The mobile-application business is expected to achieve revenues of $25 billion in 2013, a 62% increase compared with last year, Gartner says. The industry has changed in recent years as online app markets have tightened their rules to prevent scams, although developers are still trying to figure out the most profitable models to pursue. The Wall Street Journal (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • CEA's Audio Systems Committee seeks new participants
    CEA's Audio Systems Committee produces standards for consumer audio equipment. All are encouraged to join the Audio Systems Committee and get involved in its activities. The Audio Systems Committee is particularly interested in adding new members (called "users") who acquire audio products from those who create them, and in adding new members who neither produce nor use audio products, such as regulators, associations, and others (called members with a "general interest"). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on "Broadcasters: Start embracing (and stop suing) innovation"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column! This week, Gary discusses how the broadcasters need to stop holding on to the status quo and start innovating. "I am not anti-broadcast. I am enchanted by and appreciative of the major contributions broadcasters make to society. However, their generations of monopoly status and their overregulation by government have led to a level of complacency and entitlements that has them naturally relying on government to preserve their business model and the status quo," said Shapiro. Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shapiro: Talking 3D printing, innovation and more on reddit
    Last week, reddit users were given the opportunity to participate in an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") with CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. Shapiro fielded a variety of questions, ranging from the immigration debate and his book Ninja Innovation, to his favorite Ninja Turtle. Reddit AMAs are an element of the site that can connect the influencers in your organization with reddit's community. The majority of reddit users are male (72%), 25-34 and college-educated. This group lent itself well to asking intelligent, thought-provoking questions on not only the future of the ever-changing consumer electronics industry but on related policy issues and CES. Read more on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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