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November 29, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Report: Tweens, young teens doing homework over mobile devices
    Middle school students are increasingly turning to their smartphones to finish homework assignments, according to a survey from TRU, a division of the WPP advertising firm, which found 39% of children ages 11 to 14 did schoolwork on their smartphones compared with 31% for tablets and 65% with laptop computers. Hispanic students skewed higher than others in the report. In another survey of wireless device users, single adults were found more likely to use smartphones while married people turned to tablets, according to a Harris Interactive poll conducted for The Search Agency, a marketing firm. Reuters (11/28), CNET/Internet & Media blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Time Warner CEO on an Apple TV set: Bring it on
    Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is looking forward to the rumored prospect of a television set being marketed by Apple. "I think Apple is a great device company," he said at a conference in New York, while adding, "If they bring good interface navigation skills to the interface of TV and devices, when we're talking about 200 channels of really good content people really love, that's solving the problem we're talking about." Apple should expect to find several competitors for such a product, he noted. Business Insider (11/28), CNET/Internet & Media blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LG Smart TVs, Blu-ray players use FiOS TV app without an STB
    FiOS TV subscribers who also use Verizon's FiOS Internet service soon can access HBO, Food Network, NFL Network, TBS, VH1 and up to 70 other cable channels on their LG Electronics Smart TVs and Blu-ray players through a new application, without requiring the use of a set-top box. They will also be able to see video-on-demand titles through Verizon's Flex View service. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Microsoft's financials, innovations are good, Ballmer asserts
    Speaking at Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer said the company has a good track record in financial results and technical innovation, while acknowledging that it should have entered the tablet computer market sooner. Of the competition with the dominant iPad, he said, "We're innovating on the seam between software and hardware. Maybe we should have done that earlier." Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • GE sets tech sights on energy management
    General Electric says the path to greater energy efficiency for enterprises lies in "the Industrial Internet" and technologies such as the smart grid. "We estimate that the technical innovations of the Industrial Internet could find direct application in sectors accounting for more than $32.3 trillion in economic activity," a GE report says. The Register (U.K.) (11/26), GigaOm (11/26), The Wall Street Journal (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Brookstone rolls out tablet-optimized site
    Brookstone has created an e-commerce site just for tablet users, which incorporates the features and functions of the original site and incorporates new features including streamlined pages and touchscreen-oriented features. Tablet users who click onto Brookstone will automatically be sent to the tablet-optimized site, the company says. Internet Retailer (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • New electronics energy calculator helps consumers live green, buy green this winter
    CEA launched a new, interactive Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator on, a website for living green, buying green and recycling responsibly. The new Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator estimates the amount of energy your electronics are using in your home based on the products you own and the amount of time they are used each day. The calculator determines the energy cost per month and per year, compares your energy use to that of the average U.S. household, and provides tips on how consumers can save even more energy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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