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November 26, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Holiday shoppers go big for discounted Blu-ray discs
    Shoppers at a Wal-Mart store in Oceanside, Calif., were buying dozens of Blu-ray discs priced less than $2 a piece on Thanksgiving Day evening as the holiday shopping season kicked into high gear, this article notes. The National Retail Federation estimates that 247 million shoppers flocked into bricks-and-mortar stores and onto websites over the weekend, compared with 226 million in 2011. Nearly 40% of their purchases were Blu-ray discs, books, DVDs, music CDs and video games, while 37.7% of purchases were Blu-ray players and other consumer electronics, the group reported. Home Media Magazine (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CE in the Home 
  • New wave of mobile, social games challenges Nintendo
    The Wii U, Nintendo's first new game console in six years, arrives at a time when many gamers are turning to mobile devices and social networks instead of traditional console-based games, this analysis notes. Nintendo is embracing this reality by incorporating into the Wii U design the GamePad, a tablet-like controller that starting in December will also allow users to access TV services. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Are connected toys the next big CE playground?
    Toy companies believe machine-to-machine technology will move their new generation of products across generations: They have begun investing in connected toys that would link to Wi-Fi networks. For example, Meccano has developed a surveillance robot that users control via a Wi-Fi connection. "Mobile devices and smartphones are giving children more ways to play than ever before," said Scott Jochim, the founder of Digital Tech Frontier, whose POPAR Toys unit is making augmented-reality technology a major part of its product line. (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Chromebooks go beyond the storefront in Times Square
    Google has extended its "For Everyone"-themed campaign for its $249 Samsung Chromebook computers beyond the storefronts of Best Buy retail outlets. It is linking messages about the Chromebook posted on to a billboard in Times Square, giving everyone a shot at a few seconds of Broadway fame. TechCrunch (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile takes center stage in early holiday shopping
    Mobile devices played a much larger role in holiday shopping on Black Friday this year than a year ago through the use of mobile-payment technology, transactions conducted over mobile devices and ways in which in-store shoppers used smartphone applications to help them sort through the chaos of Black Friday. PayPal on Friday reported a 173% rise in mobile payments worldwide from a year ago, and eBay said its Black Friday mobile transactions grew by 153%. IBM Smarter Commerce data reported a 65% increase in shoppers turning to mobile devices to make purchases. CNET (11/25), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/22), PC Magazine (11/23), VentureBeat (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Addressing national priorities through standards
    On Dec. 11, CEA and ANSI will host a workshop to explore the use of private-sector standards by federal agencies. Industry and government leaders will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with identifying -- and then referencing -- private sector standards in federal regulations. Industry case studies highlighting the federal use of private-sector standards will be reviewed. Mechanisms to improve the private sector standards developer's responsiveness to the needs of federal regulators and agencies will also be explored. Register now and contact Catrina Akers with any questions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on "Uniting the 2 Americas"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column! This week, Gary discusses how the recent election revealed two Americas and how our leaders need to unite our country more than ever. "The numbers are real and they portend a national financial disaster. Leaders must lead! I hope our political leaders unite the nation by agreeing on the facts and math, communicating honestly and urging shared sacrifice," said Shapiro. How do you think our leaders can unite our country? Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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