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November 30, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Redbox Instant service will reportedly launch before Christmas
    Redbox Instant, the video-streaming service being jointly developed by Coinstar and Verizon Communications, may launch Dec. 17 with a basic fee of $6 per month, Dara Kerr writes, citing a report by GigaOm. Six dollars is expected to cover the monthly expense of unlimited streaming access, while $8 a month is said to provide subscribers with up to four DVD rentals. Video on demand will be priced at 99 cents apiece, GigaOm says. Coinstar and Verizon have yet to comment on the report. CNET/Internet & Media blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sony offers 10 free movies to entice 4K Ultra HD TV buyers
    To get U.S. consumers to pony up for its XBR-84X900 4K Ultra HD television set, which is priced at just under $25,000, Sony will lend buyers its 4K Ultra HD Video Player preloaded with 10 feature films in 4K format, including "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Taxi Driver," Tony Smith writes. "Additionally, Sony’s 4K Ultra HD delivery solution is designed to be updated with additional 4K titles and video clips," the company said. The Register (U.K.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Electronics 
  • Toyota tech could bring gesture recognition to cars
    In the near future, drivers may be able to change the volume on their car radios and other simple functions with hand gestures, according to Toyota Motor. "We believe the driver must always be engaged. It's really, really critical as auto manufacturers, all these new technologies that we put in cars will lead to less distracted driving," Toyota's Jim Lentz said. The company is also developing next-generation batteries for its electric vehicles and wireless charging for those batteries. The Wall Street Journal/Driver's Seat blog (11/28), Detroit Free Press (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Ultra HD TV tech is still in development, firm says
    While leading manufacturers are already putting Ultra HD television sets on the market, some of the critical supporting technology for the higher-resolution video format is still in development, according to Futuresource Consulting. Bandwidth is another potentially limiting issue, it notes. ipTVnews (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Apple unveils upgraded iTunes service
    Apple has debuted the newest version of its iTunes Media Service, a rollout originally planned for last month. The service is now more closely aligned with Apple's iCloud storage service, to make it easier for users to find and access content on a variety of devices. Bloomberg (11/30), All Things D (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CEA named one of the Best Places to Work in Virginia
    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® was named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Virginia, by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This is the third consecutive year that CEA has been recognized by the program, which honors the 80 best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. CEA offers flexible hours and encourages employees to work from home one day each week. Employee broadband service at home is subsidized. CEA also provides a mortgage assistance benefit. The rankings of the third annual Best Places to Work in Virginia will be unveiled and published in the February 2013 issue of Virginia Business. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Western technology companies feature big at the 2013 CES
    More than 820 technology companies based in the Western region of the United States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) will debut 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 CESweb.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The International CES in one word
    How would you describe the International CES in one word? We asked top executives and attendees to weigh in on how they would describe the largest annual innovation event. Watch this video and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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