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November 9, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • NPD: Internet radio enjoys faster growth than on-demand music
    In the second quarter of this year, U.S. audiences for Internet radio services, such as Pandora, increased by 27% from a year earlier, according to The NPD Group. Meanwhile, Rhapsody, Spotify, YouTube and other on-demand music services had an 18% increase in listeners in the comparable 2011 period. NPD also reported that AM/FM radio is still the top preference in the U.S. for listening to music, followed by music-streaming services, which displaced CDs. CNET/Internet & Media blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CE in the Home 
  • Hitachi brings out new lines of LED LCD TVs
    Hitachi has introduced several new models of light-emitting diode LCD television sets, Grant Clauser notes in this blog post. They include the UltraVision UltraThin W806 Smart 3D TVs, which have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, Netflix, Vudu Apps and YouTube. Available in 48-inch and 55-inch models, the TVs range in price from $929 to $1,399. (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Electronics 
  • An iPad Mini in the dashboard? It's a hit!
    Soundwaves of Tampa has been deluged with business since it posted a YouTube video on how to install an iPad Mini tablet computer in a vehicle's dashboard, this article notes. "It's not too much bigger than a standard double DIN. ... It looks more like an OEM radio. It's definitely a lot better suited for an in-dash install that a full-sized iPad," said Rob DeCrane, general manager of the Florida shop. (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Buyers are passing up cheap PCs to get tablets, Nvidia CEO says
    As tablet computers become more advanced, people are becoming more attracted to them than cheaper PCs, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says. "These days, tablets are so versatile, transformable. Now with Microsoft Surface and Windows RT, the distinction between a tablet and a cheap notebook has all but disappeared. ... The future of cheap PCs is tablets," Huang said. Nvidia said its net income in the quarter ended Oct. 28 was $209.1 million, compared with $178.3 million in the year-ago quarter, as revenue increased 13% to $1.2 billion. CNET (11/8), Bloomberg Businessweek (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hulu offers, ad-free kids section on its website, PS3 app
    Hulu is serving up advertising-free video content for children from Lionsgate, Nickelodeon and PBS on its website and through its PlayStation 3 application. The Hulu Kids service is exclusively available to Hulu Plus subscribers. Netflix also offers programming for children on a variety of platforms, this blog post notes. GigaOm (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Target teams with CNET to share product reviews
    Target aims to set itself apart with holiday gadget shoppers by displaying product reviews from the news site CNET in its stores and at its website. Target stores will display reviews of 28 popular products, while the retailer's site will include reviews of about 300 items. Reuters (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New app makes Siri a personal shopper
    Apple has released an application that integrates virtual voice assistant Siri with the Apple Store application. The release comes in time for the holiday season, and it comes with the ability to purchase Apple gift cards and e-mail them to recipients. GigaOm (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CES announces new program for marketing and advertising execs
    For years CMOs and CEOs from names like Coca-Cola, Unilever, IPG and Facebook have come to the International CES® to connect. Which is why we're proud to announce Brand Matters, sponsored by MediaLink, for the 2013 show. Designed exclusively for marketing and advertising agency executives, Brand Matters highlights the conference sessions, exhibits and events that matter to them at the world’s largest, most influential technology show. This new program provides essential insights into the changing technologies, platforms and touch points that will be critical to the future of advertising and media. Register for the 2013 CES today and use priority code B7 to part of this exciting new program. Visit to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Developer University will return to the 2013 International CES®
    Developer University is a unique event that brings application developers together with many different platform vendors, helping developers learn about the numerous opportunities available to them and helping platform vendors reach a large audience of developers. Developer University sold out last year and has been expanded for 2013 to accommodate more speakers. Platform vendors may now sign up for speaking slots at Registration for speaking slots is on a first come, first served basis. There is a fee to present, and CEA members receive a discounted rate using the promotional code CEAMEMBER. Additional information about Developer University is available from Catrina Akers at 703-907-7060. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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