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February 4, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Early signs of demand emerge for BlackBerry phones
    BlackBerry is seeing some preliminary signs of interest in the U.K. and on eBay for its new Z10 smartphone. BlackBerry's chief marketing officer, Frank Boulben, explained the smartphone maker's strategy -- which included a Super Bowl ad -- in an interview. Boulben said the next series of spots will focus on the Z10's new features. The company faces a particular challenge in India and Indonesia, two critical regions where it must navigate both the budget and luxury ends of the market. eWeek (2/2), Bloomberg (2/1), All Things D (2/4), Reuters (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Tablets are seen as a major TV viewing option by 2017
    Tablets will be in almost two-thirds of U.S. households by the end of 2017, the devices are expected to account for 10% of all current TV, video and OTT consumption, or 58 billion hours, according to a report by The Diffusion Group. "This will create major new opportunities and challenges for content providers, TV networks, multichannel operators and advertisers. These companies need to be actively exercising their tablet strategies now, not later," said TDG senior analyst and report author Bill Niemeyer. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • What the popularity of Minecraft could mean for Mojang
    Mojang of Stockholm, Sweden, a company with 29 employees, has a huge international hit with the Minecraft video game and is highly profitable, this article notes. Bigger game companies and venture capitalists have expressed interest in Mojang, but founder Markus Persson plans to remain independent for now. The Wall Street Journal (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: App Store, Google Play see uptick in global game revenue
    Revenue from game applications sold at the App Store and Google Play is on the rise in many markets around the world, according to the App Annie analytics firm. While the iOS App Store is dominant in many markets, game customers in South Korea rely almost entirely on Google Play to buy their apps, it was said. "What was very telling was that December was the biggest increase we have ever seen for iOS, driven by device sales and promotions," said App Annie's Oliver Lo. VentureBeat (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Tech News 
  • Nokia may make Windows tablets, CEO says
    A tablet computer running on Windows may be in the Nokia product portfolio in the near future, CEO Stephen Elop hints to reporters in Australia. He says, "We haven't announced tablets at this point, but ... We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time." Australian Financial Review (2/5), Marketnews Magazine (Toronto) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • See-through mobile devices are still a fantasy
    Smartphones and tablet computers with transparent displays currently live in fantasy-concept drawings, Mike Elgan notes in this analysis, which questions where such technology fits in the consumer electronics space. "Transparent display technology is coming, just not to phones and tablets," he writes. "Rather than transforming computer screens by making them transparent, this technology will instead transform transparent things into computer screens." Computerworld (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HP joins Chromebook market with new laptop
    Hewlett-Packard has introduced the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, its first laptop to use the Google Chrome operating system. The company joins Acer and Samsung Electronics in selling Chromebooks. Bloomberg (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • How retailers can best allocate shelf space
    Peter Weedfald, president of Gen One Ventures, makes several recommendations in this article about how best to use retail shelf space. "Retail shelf space is a valuable and expensive resource for retailer and manufacturer. The relationship between shelf push and pull, managed turns, margins, forecasts, and promotions is the key to success," he writes. Dealerscope (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
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    Find out the top 9 ways to generate revenue and the best direction for you to generate real revenue with your own product. In this webinar, product sales expert Karen Waksman will be discussing various options for revenue generation such as licensing your product, private label, big box store sales, As Seen on TV opportunities, selling your products to big companies and more! Join us Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Please RSVP by this Tuesday. Space is limited. Find more information on and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 1 in 5 owners bought an HDTV to watch the Super Bowl, according to CEA study
    Nearly a quarter of HDTV owners in the U.S. (22%) purchased their televisions for the specific purpose of watching the Super Bowl, according to the forthcoming Sports and Technology Study V by CEA. No other sporting event comes close to prompting that many purchases of HDTVs. Super Bowl fans use both televisions and Internet-connected devices to follow the game. Of the 70% of online U.S. adults who planned to follow the game, 53% said they were planning to watch live in high-definition, with 21% planning to watch live in standard definition. Read more on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on "It's time for a fresh look at copyright laws"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column! This week, Gary discusses how in 2013 copyright laws are already hurting America. "I used to believe that the copyright paradigm was solid and only needed tweaking, but I increasingly believe that the balance in the U.S. is broken and is hurting our nation. The Constitution allows Congress to make laws on patents and copyrights to 'promote Science and the useful arts.' We should reevaluate our copyright laws with that purpose in mind," said Shapiro. Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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