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December 13, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

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  • Sony exec: Cloud-based UltraViolet has 7M+ accounts
    The UltraViolet service, which lets consumers store video content in a cloud-based "digital locker," now has more than 7 million registered accounts, compared with 3 million in June, according to Lexine Wong of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Consumer awareness of UltraViolet has gone north of 50%, she adds. "In all of our releases we have links to learn more about UltraViolet because not every consumer knows what it is yet," Wong says. Home Media Magazine (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Olive Media seeks crowdfunding for less expensive audiophile system
    Olive Media has launched a crowdsource funding appeal for its Olive One project, which seeks to offer a high-end audiophile system with a $399 price tag. The company wants to raise $200,000 and has already received almost $30,000 in funding pledges to bring the product out in July, this article notes. Digital Trends (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers: Hackers can exploit Samsung Smart TVs
    The Smart TV line from Samsung Electronics is vulnerable to data breaches in cyberattacks, security researchers say. The Internet-connected televisions have a security flaw that leaves them open to various online exploits, Luigi Auriemma of ReVuln reports. "This specific vulnerability affects almost all the Samsung televisions of the latest generations, so multiple models," he says. The Register (U.K.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Android is outdoing Apple in mobile devices, Google chairman says
    With more than 1.3 million Android devices being activated every day, Android held 72% of the mobile operating system market in the third quarter, compared with 14% for Apple's iOS, according to Gartner. "This is a huge platform change; this is of the scale of 20 years ago -- Microsoft versus Apple," Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said. "We're winning that war pretty clearly now." Bloomberg (12/11), Reuters (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tablets crowd out sales of e-readers, IHS iSuppli says
    Worldwide sales of e-book readers in 2012 are estimated to be 14.9 million units, down 36% from 2011's 23.2 million units, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm expects e-reader sales to decline an additional 27% next year to 10.9 million units. "Single-task devices like the e-book reader are being replaced without remorse in the lives of consumers by their multifunction equivalents, in this case by media tablets," said Jordan Selburn of IHS iSuppli. All Things D (12/12), ZDNet/Between the Lines blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eric Schmidt: Education is key to the jobs of the future
    People have to learn to "outrace the robots" for the best-paying jobs in the future, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Wednesday. Robots will someday replace the cheap labor in China's factories, and highly trained personnel will be needed to install and maintain those robotics, he noted. "Given the trends of globalization, automation and demographics, there will definitely be a small number of people who will be very prosperous," Schmidt said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Amazon rolls out social gift-suggestion app
    Amazon has debuted Friends & Family Gifting, a Facebook application that makes gift suggestions based on information shared on the social network. The app is similar to ones launched by Wal-Mart Stores and CafePress, but it goes a step further by tying information to Amazon wish lists. Internet Retailer (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maluuba debuts updated Android app to rival Siri
    An updated version of Maluuba's Siri-like mobile application for Android users has teamed with Wal-Mart and Best Buy to offer expanded shopping options. Users seeking specific product information will also have access to results from several other retailers, including Amazon, IKEA and Zappos. TechCrunch (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement expected to save U.S. consumers $1.5 billion annually
    CEA and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association announced last week that 15 industry-leading multichannel video providers and device manufacturers that deliver service to more than 90 million American households are launching an unprecedented Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement that will result in annual residential electricity savings of $1.5 billion or more as the commitment is fully realized. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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