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November 2, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Yesterday's toys get interactive upgrades
    Furby, Hasbro's hit toy of the 1990s, is being revived with a technology upgrade -- the furry little critter apparently develops a personality as a child plays with it. It's one of more than 20 products that the company is bringing back with greater technical capabilities, this analysis notes. Toy manufacturers are hoping that children familiar with smartphones and tablet computers will take a liking to the new generation of "app toys." Bloomberg Businessweek (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CE in the Home 
  • What's hot in home theaters?
    Several important trends are developing in the home theater segment, Grant Clauser writes. Among the hot trends is the use of multiple screens, installing two or more flat-screen televisions on one wall or possibly on various walls. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Streaming must be a smooth consumer experience, execs say
    Consumers are expecting a trouble-free, uncomplicated process when they stream content on a device, and they are unhappy if that process has technical problems, speakers said Wednesday at an industry conference. Multisystem operators and content providers should do incremental testing of their streams, even once a product is launched, HBO executive Michael Dube said. Home Media Magazine (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Electronics 
  • Who should dominate the automotive aftermarket?
    A seminar at the upcoming International CES will be devoted to a discussion of whether automotive manufacturers are gaining the upper hand in the vehicle aftermarket. Seven automotive manufacturers will exhibit at the 2013 International CES, including Subaru, a first-time CES exhibitor, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists develop "remote magnetic gears" for recharging EVs
    Researchers at the University of British Columbia have come up with an electromechanical system for recharging electric vehicles that won't interfere with the vehicle's electronics. The "remote magnetic gears" operate at a frequency much lower than existing wireless chargers, the research team reports. Gizmag (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Famed Apple designer comes up a winner in management shake-up
    Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, is said to have frequently left Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iOS software, out of design meetings for new mobile devices, this article notes, citing people with knowledge of the matter who requested anonymity because the meetings were private. With Forstall on his way out of Apple, Ive has emerged as a more powerful executive in the company's hierarchy. Neither executive would provide comment to Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: FTC staff urges Google be sued on patent-related policy
    Federal Trade Commission staffers reportedly have urged the five-member panel to sue Google for antitrust violations. The staffers assert the Internet company has tried to employ the courts to keep rivals away from industry-standard wireless patents that are essential for much of the technology in devices imported by Apple and Microsoft, reports indicate. Bloomberg (11/2), Reuters (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Tablet computer ownership continues to increase in Q3, according to CEA's latest Consumer Outlook on Tablets Report
    U.S. ownership rates for tablet computers continued to increase in the third quarter of 2012, according to CEA's Consumer Outlook on Tablets: Q4 2012 report. In addition, consumer satisfaction with these products remains consistently high. Tablet ownership rates among online U.S. consumers reached 31% as of September 2012, more than doubling the ownership rate from October 2011 (14%). "The tablet market continues to see incredible growth and is showing no signs of slowing down," said Kevin Tillmann, senior research analyst, CEA. "We expect tablets to play a big role in the upcoming holiday shopping season; not only in sales but also in complementary purchases such as accessories and gift cards." The report examined trend information on consumer behavior and sentiment regarding the sale and use of tablet computers between July and September 2012. The complete study is available free to CEA member companies at Nonmembers may purchase the study at the CEA store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 CES: Focus on the finance and investment community
    Whether you want to discover raw innovation, a forward-thinking conference program or mix and mingle with the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, the 2013 International CES has you covered. Clear your schedule for Monday, Jan. 7, and attend the CEA Research Summit at International CES. Once the show floor opens Tuesday, head to The Venetian to experience Eureka Park, the home of the budding entrepreneurs and fledgling startups. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on "Memo to Team Obama and voters -- Big Bird, binders and bayonets are not big issues"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro had to say in his latest article! In his latest opinion editorial, Gary discusses how the real issues of this election have become lost under popular discussions. "As the election nears, these are the policy topics voters should be debating and sharing with each other, not colorful memes and rhetoric about Big Bird, binders, or bayonets." Shapiro writes. What are your thoughts? Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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