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November 15, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Google TV adds voice searching, simpler UI
    Voice-search capability and a less cluttered user interface are being added to Google TV to improve viewer navigation of video content, according to Google. Rishi Chandra of Google TV said, "When we first did Google TV, it felt more like a computer. It shouldn't have." (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Gesture recognition makes TVs tablet-like
    Advances in gesture-recognition technology are making it possible for people to interact with Internet-connected television sets the way they do with tablet computers, Colin Neagle writes. "[T]he role of the TV is changing inside the home," said Stephen Prentice of Gartner, who sees TVs evolving to eventually just be "the largest screen in the house." Network World (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • CEA, others face off with broadcasters over Aereo
    The Consumer Electronics Association is joining the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge in opposing litigation by national broadcasters against Aereo, which offers a lower-cost way to watch live television broadcasting on the Web. CEA and other groups have filed briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. "[C]ountless other disruptive innovators ... will be affected by this decision," CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro wrote. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Apple's iPad Mini is boosting category
    The iPad Mini has brought in more new customers into the tablet fold than it has cannibalized from Apple's full-size version, according to a study from Cowen & Co. "The iPad Mini creates more demand than it cannibalizes. Since 52% of the Mini intenders in our sample did not own a tablet of any type, we see it successfully positioned as likely to penetrate new entry-tier segments," analyst Matthew Hoffman said. All Things D (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Smartphone sales soared in third quarter led by Samsung, Apple
    Global sales of smartphones rose 47% in the third quarter compared with the previous year as Samsung Electronics and Apple accounted for almost half of the market and Nokia slid from third place in market share a year ago to seventh, according to a Gartner report. Total cellphone unit sales slipped as Samsung held a rising 23% market share while Apple, ZTE and Huawei also gained. Among operating systems, Android increased its share from 52.5% to 72.4% as Nokia's Symbian and Research In Motion's BlackBerry platforms fell sharply while Samsung's Bada rose to fourth place. CNET (11/14), The Wall Street Journal (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • "We love showrooming," Best Buy CEO says
    Hubert Joly, CEO of Best Buy, is taking a contrarian position on the practice of "showrooming," which most bricks-and-mortar retailers dislike. "We love showrooming. We want to turn the tables and embrace showrooming," he told The Wall Street Journal. Best Buy's position is that once consumers enter its stores, "they are ours to lose," he adds. The Wall Street Journal/Corporate Intelligence blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nielsen: Baby boomers, Gen Y don't shop the same
    There are key differences in how consumers from Generation Y and the baby boom era shop, according to a Nielsen NeuroFocus study. "The brain undergoes big changes in the 50s that marketers need to understand. While it improves its ability to understand a message holistically, it needs a simpler delivery. It slows down in its ability to process fast-moving, cluttered information. And older brains have to work much harder to suppress distractions," says Caroline Winnett of Nielsen NeuroFocus. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Gary Shapiro on "I voted for Romney but I'm still optimistic about the next 4 years"
    Check out what President and CEO of CEA, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest FoxNews column. This week, Gary discusses that even though he voted for Mitt Romney in the presidential election, he is still optimistic that President Barack Obama can put his differences aside with the divided Congress and make the tough decisions America needs. "With no re-election campaign looming, the president can focus more on establishing his political legacy than politicking. He'll need to demonstrate his commitment to making hard choices early on, because the challenges he faces in his second term are numerous," said Shapiro. How do you feel about Obama's ability to handle the challenges that America will face in the next four years? Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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