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November 21, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • CEA: U.S. adults are ready to shop on Black Friday weekend
    The Consumer Electronics Association reports that 37% of U.S. adults plan to shop on Black Friday, with 60% planning to shop during the holiday weekend. Average spending this weekend on holiday gifts will be $218, compared with an average of $159 last year, the CEA survey found. "The 2012 Thanksgiving weekend has the potential to be the biggest shopping weekend on record," Shawn DuBravac, CEA's chief economist and senior director of research, said in a statement. Dealerscope (11/21), The Hollywood Reporter (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Home automation shipments trend upward, ABI reports
    Home automation shipments in the U.S. have almost doubled in 2012 compared with last year, according to ABI Research. Recent entrants in the North American market include AT&T, Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Verizon Communications. (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Jolla's MeeGo-based OS readies for battle
    Nokia spinoff Jolla has introduced its open-source Sailfish operating system, showcasing a user interface that evolved from the ill-fated MeeGo platform, which Nokia jettisoned before it partnered with Microsoft. Jolla CEO Marc Dillon exhibited the displays at a conference in Helsinki. The Finnish startup hopes to port Sailfish into tablets, set-top boxes and TV sets, as well as smartphones. Light Reading Mobile (11/20), GigaOm (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retailers fret; kids ask for iPads as top present
    As retailers worry over whether the nation's economic problems and a potential tax increase on upper-income shoppers will depress holiday sales this weekend, Nielsen is reporting that children and teenagers want an iPad more than any other gift. Requests to receive an iPad within the next six months topped the wish list of 48% of children ages 6 to 12 and 21% of teenagers. (11/20), Bloomberg Businessweek (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Tech News 
  • Imagination debuts ultra-low-power GPU for gadgets
    Imagination Technologies has introduced the PowerVR G6630 graphics processing unit core, outfitted with six shader execution clusters. The PowerVR G6630 is designed to be used in low-power gadgets, smartphones and tablet computers. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google Play increases international music
    Google has sealed European licensing deals to add 5.5 million musical works from 35 countries to Google Play. The deals were key for Google, which has been playing catch-up with Apple and Amazon regarding digital music. eWeek (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Best Buy aims to build on e-commerce success
    Online retail has been one bright spot in Best Buy's ongoing struggle to remain relevant in a digital age. The retailer has laid out a five-point strategy to boost e-commerce revenue, starting with increasing the conversion rate, executives say. Internet Retailer (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Gary Shapiro on "5 Reasons I'm Optimistic"
    This week, in, CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, discusses why he is optimistic that newly re-elected President Barack Obama can tackle our business and economic issues in the next four years. "The past four years have been characterized by policies that have put more strain on businesses, worsened unemployment and burdened future generations with growing debt. It's understandable for people like me -- people who saw Governor Mitt Romney as America's best hope for economic recovery and prosperity -- to be devastated by the election results. However, I was raised to appreciate the value of democracy and see the positive in any situation. So here is what I'm reminding myself of to stay optimistic about the future," said Shapiro. Are you optimistic about President Obama's re-election? Check out the 5 reasons why Gary is optimistic in the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Black Friday recap and final holiday outlook
    Join leading analysts from CEA as they walk you through early results from Black Friday weekend and give you a leading edge on things to come in the final weeks of the year. CEA's Chief Economist and Director of Research Shawn DuBravac will highlight results from CEA's Black Friday survey and examine the weekend's results in-depth. If you want to know how the holidays are shaping up, don't miss this timely and informative webinar. Register now! Remember, CEA members have access to all CEA webinars at no cost! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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