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March 7, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Connected TVs are starting to click with public, poll shows
    Just over 3 in 10 of those shopping for a TV are looking for one that can connect to the Web, compared with 18% last year, the IHS Smart TV Consumer Survey has found. The rising interest in connected TVs is likely being driven by price drops for connected models, with more than half of consumers citing cost as the main influence on their purchase, compared with about 28% last year. GigaOm (3/6), (3/7)
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  CE in the Home 
  • Sonos debuts $699 sound bar
    The Sonos Playbar, priced at $699, is designed to improve television audio and stream music from the Internet, Jefferson Graham writes. USA Today (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  Tech News 
  • Study: Users turned to legit video sources with closure of pirate sites
    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Wellesley College tie last year's shutdown of the Megaupload and Megavideo file-sharing sites to an uptick of online revenue of between 6% and 10% in 2012 for two studios. "We conclude that shutting down Megaupload and Megavideo caused some customers to shift from cyberlocker-based piracy to purchasing or renting through legal digital channels," the researchers reported. The Wall Street Journal (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T, News Corp. partner on budget Android tablet
    AT&T has joined forces with a unit of News Corp. to debut a low-cost tablet computer designed for educational settings. The tablet -- which is the brainchild of News Corp.'s Amplify division -- runs on Android's "Jelly Bean" operating system, features extended battery life and retails for just $299. A premium version with 4G access from AT&T costs $349 and comes pre-installed with Google Apps for Education and Amplify's own education software. ZDNet (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Target wants to lure mobile developers with SXSW contest
    Target is sponsoring a contest at this year's South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, hoping to get developers of mobile applications and websites to submit ideas. Seven finalists will each get $10,000 to flesh out their submissions and the grand-prize winner will receive $75,000, this blog post notes. "Target is currently focused on this opportunity to engage the developer community," said Target's Eddie Baeb. TechCrunch (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • CEA Technology & Standards Spring Forum early-bird registration now open
    Join your CE industry standards developing colleagues at the 2013 CEA Spring Technology & Standards Forum, May 20 to 23 in Denver, Colo. CEA's standards committees will be meeting in the Rocky Mountains, working on new ideas to keep the consumer electronics industry moving forward. Be a part of new discussions and take advantage of great networking opportunities. Register now and pay the low early-bird rate. Visit for the latest schedule. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA is seeking input on standard to specify the methodology for measuring power transfer efficiency
    CEA's Wireless Power Subcommittee's Wireless Power Transfer Efficiency and Standby Power working group is currently developing standards to specify the methodology for measuring power transfer efficiency and standby power. The working group is seeking input from testing laboratories on its proposed methodology. For more information or to participate in this project, contact Alayne Bell. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: How the Cloud Enables Consumer Electronics Success
    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 on 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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