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March 1, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • YouTube adds Send to TV feature to its iOS app
    Google's YouTube subsidiary updated its iOS application with the Send to TV feature that was previously available on its Android app, this blog post notes. The Send to TV feature can be used with Google TV-enabled products, along with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox consoles, it was said. TechCrunch (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Tune-Up app for iOS marks THX's wider entry into CE
    THX has released the Tune-Up application for iOS devices, which allows people to calibrate their home projectors and television sets through their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The company founded by George Lucas is moving beyond certifying the audio capabilities of consumer electronics, Caleb Denison writes. Digital Trends (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Electronics 
  • Printed car may point way to small-batch production
    Small-batch automakers may be the future with 3D printing as explored by Jim Kor with his Urbee 2. The extremely lightweight urban vehicle is made possible by 3D printing, which alone has the capability of producing parts with sufficient strength and the weight savings required for fuel economy. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app engages users for Chevy promotion campaign
    The mobile application that was part of a Chevrolet marketing campaign with Motor Trend magazine had a 37% engagement rate, according to Zumobi. Chevy's Technology Series campaign ran for four months last year in the magazine's print edition and on its website, along with apps for Android and iOS smartphones. ClickZ (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Analysts can't see how smartphone makers can meet 2013 targets
    Several smartphone makers this week outlined aggressive targets for improving their smartphone sales this year, but analysts are wondering where all the growth will come from in the market. They say projected global sales bumps can't match the vendors' ambitious targets, especially since Apple and Samsung Electronics will take up a sizable share of the market growth. The Wall Street Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coming soon to a smartphone near you: Ultrasound technology
    Qualcomm, in the fourth quarter of 2012, acquired the assets of EPOS that developed digital ultrasound technology, and it plans to incorporate the technology into chips that would go into not only mobile devices, but also wearable electronics. Ultrasound could facilitate the use of a stylus as an input device and gesture recognition for smartphones and tablet computers, it was said. TechCrunch (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • What's hot in CE? D&H website offers list updated daily
    D&H Distributing has added a "What's Trending" feature to its website, offering a list of which products in four categories that site visitors are most often viewing. The list will be updated several times each day, this article notes. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Barnes & Noble's Nook retrenches
    Revenue at Barnes & Noble unit Nook Media reached $316 million in the quarter that ended Jan. 26, down from $426 million in the same period a year ago. The division reported a $190 million loss, spurring the bookseller to retrench. The company will cut spending on hardware manufacturing and advertising and focus resources on digital content, CEO William Lynch says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Gain visibility in the CE marketplace
    CEA's Electronics Industry Business Directory is an online vendor search tool designed specifically for the consumer electronics industry. CEA regular and associate members receive a FREE basic listing in the Directory. Check your basic listing to ensure that your listing is accurate and you are listed under the correct categories. To alter or enhance your listing, contact CEA’s partner, MultiView at 800-816-6710 or Access the directory media kit online for an overview of your enhancement options. Not a CEA member? Join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on Investor’s Business Daily: "Fed purchases of government debt enables Washington's big spenders”
    Read what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in an article for Investor's Business Daily! In the article, Gary discusses America's current spending problem, "While most people understand how mortgages work and that we have a national spending problem, few can understand or discuss the concept of a nation borrowing from itself. Indeed, the Fed was pretty innovative to try this idea as a short-term stimulus in keeping interest rates low while the economy righted itself after the 2008 disaster. But this quick fix has become an addiction, and the music at some point will stop playing. Interest rates will rise," said Shapiro. Check out and comment on the full article on Investor's Business Daily. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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