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November 20, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • "Black Thursday"? More consumers say, "Yes!"
    In a survey of 1,000 adults, Deloitte found that 23% plan to shop in stores on Thanksgiving Day, up from 17% in 2011. Even more people will shop online on the holiday. The survey results came out as employees of Target and Wal-Mart petitioned against opening their stores on Thanksgiving Day, or "Black Thursday." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • CEA survey: "Home monitoring" is the term in home automation
    Three-quarters of consumers surveyed by the Consumer Electronics Association said "home monitoring" is the best way to describe home automation products, with fewer respondents picking "smart home," "home automation" and "connected home." An earlier CEA survey found that smart home was the preferred description among consumers. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Who will fill Otellini's shoes at Intel?
    Intel CEO Paul Otellini says he'll retire in May. Intel traditionally has chosen insiders for its top post, and it promoted three executives Monday who may have the inside track to the CEO's office: Chief Operating Officer Brian Krzanich, Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith and Renée James, general manager of the Software and Services group, were named executive vice presidents. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (11/19), Reuters (11/19), CNET (11/19), EE Times (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung wins ITC review of adverse patent ruling vs. Apple
    Samsung Electronics won a round Monday in its global patent struggle with Apple when the U.S. International Trade Commission announced it will reconsider an administrative law judge's ruling in favor of Apple, saying that it expects to issue a decision Jan. 14. Samsung has claimed that Apple's iPhone and iPad violated its patents and has sought a ban on their import. On another patent front, HTC head Peter Chou termed "outrageous" media estimates of the license fees the smartphone maker will pay Apple as part of their recent agreement. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/19), Reuters (11/19), Reuters (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Japanese company creates speedy book scanner
    Japan's Dai Nippon Printing and University of Tokyo professors Masatoshi Ishikawa and Yoshihiro Watanabe teamed up to develop what they're calling the world's fastest 3D book scanner. The machine can scan 250 pages per minute and creates a clean copy that is suitable for formats including PDF and e-book, the company says. CNET/Crave blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung plans February unveiling of mobile app processor
    Samsung Electronics is scheduled to present details on an application processor for mobile devices, a 28-nanometer system-on-a-chip incorporating the "big.little" architecture created by ARM Holdings, at a conference in February. Kevin Krewell of The Linley Group said, "We expect the Samsung part is the first big.little processor. The A7 cores should be capable of handling most [smartphone] tasks, with the A15 cores only required for maximum performance needs, like video games." EE Times (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Online sales, Thanksgiving openings extend Black Friday rush
    Retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy are making a concerted effort to lure Black Friday shoppers on two fronts -- those braving long lines at physical stores and those content to stay home and shop online. Last year, the online crowds accounted for almost 40% of the total $52.4 billion in Black Friday sales, according to the National Retail Federation, up from 23% in 2006. Sears started online sales Nov. 18 and is following Target, Wal-Mart and others by opening its stores in the evening on Thanksgiving, with another round of sales kicking off early Friday morning. The Wall Street Journal (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Give us your Best Shot! Don't miss out on your chance to win a DSLR and more
    The fourth annual CEA "Best Shots" photo contest, in partnership with Eye-Fi, has launched! Share your favorite photos for a chance to win great prizes! Enter now! All shots will be displayed at the upcoming 2013 International CES, where we'll announce the winners on Jan. 11. You have until Dec. 16 to submit your "Best Shots." You can submit one photo in each of the four categories: travel, people, pets and cellphone shots. Expert judges will select the finalists, and winners will be determined by an online popular vote running Jan. 8-11. Judges include: Dave Johnson, PC World's Digital Focus; Mike McEnaney, Photo Industry Reporter; Steve Tiffen, Tiffen Company; and Yuval Koren, Eye-Fi. The grand prize winner will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and an Eye-Fi wireless memory card. Top winners in each category will win one of four cameras: Nikon Coolpix P300, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 and Fujifilm FinePix F770-EXR. Additionally, all camera prize winners and five additional honorable mention prize winners will receive an Eye-Fi wireless memory card to easily upload and share all their best shots right from their camera. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
  • Join CEA today and receive 2 months free membership
    Have you been considering membership with Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®? There is no better time to join! Sign up for membership today and take advantage of this special end-of-year offer: free membership for the remainder of 2012. Questions? Contact Brianne O'Leary at 703-907-7756. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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