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December 12, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Security ranks high in home automation system features, CEA finds
    More security peace of mind ranks highly in the wish list of consumers interested in acquiring a home automation system, along with smoke detectors and entrance/exit alerts, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, which noted that only 1.7 million residences currently have home automation systems. "The more consumers know about home automation, the more likely they are to adopt the technology in their homes. Our industry must work together to develop clear product descriptions and educate consumers about what these technologies can do in order to increase adoption of these systems," said Rhonda Daniel, CEA's market research manager. Dealerscope (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Apple reportedly works with Hon Hai, Sharp on its TV design
    Apple is collaborating with Hon Hai Precision Industry, which does business as Foxconn, on the prospective design of its new television product, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the situation. Hon Hai is reportedly turning to Sharp to provide the TV's display technology. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said TV is "an area of intense interest" for his company, without elaborating. The Wall Street Journal (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Broadcom packs Bluetooth, FM, NFC, Wi-Fi into one radio chip
    Broadcom has introduced the BCM43341 radio chip for mobile devices, which will be featured at next month's International CES exhibition. The chip integrates Bluetooth, FM radio, near-field communication and Wi-Fi connectivity in one part. Customers are sampling the BCM43341, which will go into volume production in the first quarter of 2013. Computerworld (12/11), VentureBeat (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Russians bet on dual-screen phone in effort to join global party
    Russia's Yota Devices will introduce a smartphone equipped with two displays at a major industry event in February in preparation for releasing the $500, Android-powered handset in the third quarter and going global by the end of 2013. "Most phones nowadays are boring -- they are just boxes. This is a phone for people who want to be outside that box," said chief executive Vladislav Martynov, who was demonstrating the handset. The phone's second screen features an electronic-paper display that provides seamless data streaming and a promise of longer battery life than other smartphones. The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Report: Digital data to double every 2 years through 2020
    Updated figures to the Digital Universe study reveal digital data will double every two years for the next eight, surpassing 40 zettabytes, which equals out to 5,200 GB for every child, woman and man on Earth. Machine-made data will account for the lion's share of the total, with research firm IDC predicting at least one-third of data will feature critical information worthy of data analysis attention. Computerworld (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile technology companies bend the ear of VC firms
    Venture capital investors are putting an increasing amount of cash behind mobile-based enterprise technology, according to The New York Times' DealBook blog, which points to companies behind security, mobile payments and mobile concierge applications as getting the most attention. The bring-your-own-device movement has fueled security concerns among employees while investors are still backing mobile-wallet startups even though a number of major companies already populate the field. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Microsoft preps for Surface retail sales push
    Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, featuring ARM processors and Windows RT, should be available from third-party retail partners, including Staples, beginning today. "The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see," said Panos Panay, general manager of Surface. "We've increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface." Computerworld (12/11), The Register (U.K.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • 2013 CES Brand Matters keynote focuses on the cloud
    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® has announced that executives from American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Salesforce.com, Samsung and Unilever will join the Brand Matters keynote at the 2013 International CES®. The Brand Matters keynote brings together executives from the world’s top brands to discuss how technology and digital platforms are impacting marketing and brand strategy on a global scale. Kicking off with a fireside chat featuring Michael Kassan, chairman and CEO of MediaLink, and Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, the keynote will then feature a spirited panel discussion, featuring top marketers, on the benefits of the cloud to connect with consumers. The keynote is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT on Jan. 9 in the LVH Theater. Read more on CESweb.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The virtual 2013 CES Preshow Planner is now available!
    The virtual CES Preshow Planner is an attendee's must-have reference guide. In it you'll find complete information on awards, events, TechZones, special programs, shuttle services, show services, best ways to navigate the show and more. View the Preshow Planner now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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