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March 25, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Source: Amazon may purchase Samsung's Liquavista subsidiary
    Samsung Electronics is negotiating with Amazon to sell its Liquavista subsidiary, which develops electrowetting technology for e-readers and other displays, Bloomberg reports, citing a source close to the deal. The purchase price would reportedly be less than $100 million, the person says. Samsung spokeswoman Chenny Kim said, "We are currently reviewing many plans, including the sale, but nothing has been confirmed yet." Bloomberg (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Panasonic adds Nuance voice tech to its smart TV line
    The Dragon TV platform from Nuance Communications is a standard feature on 2013 models of Panasonic's Smart Viera Internet-connected television sets. With Dragon TV, viewers can use voice commands to change channels, look for video content, search the Web and other functions. Meanwhile, Panasonic's ZT60 plasma TV may be the last in that line, as the company acknowledged that it is discussing the future of its plasma TV business. The NPD Group estimates that worldwide shipments of plasma TVs dropped 21% last year, compared with 2011. SlashGear (3/22), CNET/Internet & Media blog (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Game developers flock to mobile, leaving big publishers behind
    Games for mobile devices are the hot spot for developers, leaving Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts and other leading publishers of video games for consoles and PCs in a quandary, Cliff Edwards writes in this analysis. "It's anarchy out there, and these big companies are finding it difficult to steer their supertankers," says Ben Cousins of Scattered Entertainment, which is developing free-to-play titles for the iPad. More than half of North American game developers heading to a San Francisco conference this week say their next projects will be for smartphones and tablet computers. Bloomberg (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Analysis: Tech companies vie for position in music streaming
    Amazon, Apple and Google are reportedly in discussions with top executives in the recording industry on expanding their music-streaming services, Poornima Gupta and Ronald Grover write, citing sources close to the matter. Facebook and Twitter are also devoting more resources to online music services, they note. All this activity comes as Pandora, the leading music-streaming service, remains unprofitable. Reuters (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Too many choices? Google, LG said to be prepping smart watches
    Google's Android unit is developing a smart watch, according to London's Financial Times, meaning that it has been reported that Apple, Samsung Electronics, Google and LG are all working on a wearable device. Samsung has confirmed it is working on a smart watch, while Apple is said to be either close to or years away from completing its device. LG is also starting to produce its own device, Darrell Etherington writes. Also at Google, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Thursday that the company has no plans to combine its Android and Chrome operating systems in the wake of the departure of Android chief Andy Rubin. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/22), ZDNet (3/22), Network World/IDG News Service (3/21), TechCrunch (3/22)
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  Retail Trends 
  • Barnes & Noble launches Nook giveaway
    Barnes & Noble is giving away a Nook Simple Touch e-reader with the purchase of a Nook HD+ tablet through Sunday. The tablet starts at $269. The promotion is available at the bookseller's bricks-and-mortar stores, online and at third-party retailers including Best Buy, Wal-Mart Stores and Target. (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is it the end of the cash register?
    Retailers including Barneys New York, J.C. Penney and Coach are experimenting with tablets, iPods and other mobile gadgets that may one day soon replace bigger, bulkier cash registers. "Consumers want the retailer to bring the register to them," said Lori Schafer, executive adviser at retail software provider SAS Institute. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.)/The Associated Press (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Gary Shapiro on "Supreme Court Gives American Consumers Victory Over Copyright Owners in Kirtsaeng vs. John Wiley & Sons"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column. This week, Gary discusses a recent Supreme Court ruling. "If the lower-court opinion in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons had been allowed to stand, content providers could have skirted our copyright laws and reasserted control over the use of sold products simply by moving their manufacturing overseas. The court's opinion, which reflects the advocacy of the tech and retail communities in support of Kirtsaeng, preserves the rights that the first-sale doctrine guarantees to manufacturers, retailers, libraries, consumers, and the public at large," said Shapiro. Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: How the Cloud Enables Consumer Electronics Success
    Sponsored by NetSuite, this unique webinar will showcase the benefits of the cloud and how the cloud is leveling the playing field for emerging CE companies enabling them to compete effectively. Hear directly from emerging consumer electronics companies on how they have leveraged the power of the cloud to power their success. Participants will learn how the cloud can simplify your business, while providing a foundation for future growth. Join us March 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Presenters, please RSVP by March 25. Space is limited. Find more information on and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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