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February 1, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

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  • Valve co-founder talks Steam Box competitors
    The forthcoming Steam Box video-game console won't primarily compete with products from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, but with whatever will emerge from Apple in the near future, Valve Software co-founder Gabe Newell said. "The threat right now is that Apple has gained a huge amount of market share, and has a relatively obvious pathway towards entering the living room with their platform," he said. "I think that there’s a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed-down living room platform emerging -- I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily. The question is can we make enough progress in the PC space to establish ourselves there, and also figure out better ways of addressing mobile before Apple takes over the living room?" Digital Trends (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • MERA president: Automakers, aftermarket firms should collaborate
    Chris Cook, president of the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association, wants automotive manufacturers to be better suited to letting aftermarket companies add their products to vehicles. "It would be helpful for a car maker to provide a seamless experience for upgrading," he said during a CES 2013 panel discussion, noting that Ford's Sync platform isn't integrated with many aftermarket products. CEOutlook.com (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New products propel Q4 tablet shipments upward
    Product variety and affordable prices drove tablet shipments forward in the fourth quarter, with an increase of 73% over the third quarter, according to research firm IDC. The firm said 52.5 million tablets were delivered, an increase from 29.9 million in 2011. "New product launches from the category's top vendors, as well as new entrant Microsoft, led to a surge in consumer interest and very robust shipment totals during the holiday season," said Tom Mainelli, IDC research director for tablets. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Sony will introduce its new console this month
    Sony will introduce its next-generation PlayStation video-game console this month, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The rollout comes amid a struggling retail environment for console hardware, as Nintendo recently reduced its estimate for sales of the new Wii U system. The Wall Street Journal (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google wants the FCC to not reveal Glass photos, manual
    Google filed details of its Project Glass product with the Federal Communications Commission and requested that the agency not make public photos of the Glass product and its manual. Google's Warwick Wong wrote in a letter to the FCC, "The market for the technology that is the subject of the certification application is a highly competitive one [and] were Google’s competitors to become aware of the facts set forth … it could have an adverse effect on Google’s competitive standing and deprive Google of the marketplace benefit it otherwise might achieve by virtue of having a product available before other competitors." The Register (U.K.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 CES conference session videos and more
    If you attended the 2013 International CES® and didn’t make it to all the conference sessions you wanted to see or wasn’t able to attend CES this year, you’re in luck. We’ve posted many of the conference sessions, all the keynote addresses and SuperSessions on CESweb.org. Hear Arianna Huffington moderate a panel of experts discussing the digital health revolution, a panel of brand executives react to young consumers talking about their digital media habits, young entrepreneurs discuss how technology influenced their vision for the next big thing and so much more. It’s all here on CES TV. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA's new membership category is for startups
    The special focus on startups is consistent with CEA's commitment of fostering innovation as a national strategy and as part of its mission. CEA's startup category will offer regular membership at a reduced rate of $95 per year. To qualify for this membership, companies must be in development of a technology product, service or app that has been introduced into the market within the last year or will be within the next year; have annual sales under $1 million; be located in North America; and not have been a CEA member within the past two years. Companies will receive regular CEA membership benefits at the reduced rate in the startup category for up to two consecutive years. Find out more on CE.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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