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February 8, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Asus expected to debut Intel-based "phablet"; Will Apple make one?
    Asus is reportedly close to introducing the Fonepad, a hybrid mobile device with a 7-inch screen that is expected to be based on an Atom processor from Intel and run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system. The larger display on the iPhone 5 leads Ben Reitzes of Barclays Capital to speculate that Apple could bring out its own "phablet" next year after updating the iPhone 5. Electronista (2/8), (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • CEA's MCI standard may be used for home energy management
    The Consumer Electronics Association has released a standard for a modular communications interface that could be used with the demand-response software employed by utilities. The interface could help extend smart-grid technology into businesses and homes, providing a method of energy management, according to the CEA. Smart Grid News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The versatility of HDMI cables is extended
    Since HDMI cables provide their own frequency response, power supply voltage, shielding and timing, they have proved to be popular for use with home electronics. With semiconductor companies making devices small enough to fit into the HDMI connector, the power-management capabilities of HDMI cables are being extended, writes Jeff Boccaccio. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile Electronics 
  • Mitsubishi develops free-form display for vehicles
    Mitsubishi Electric has developed a display system for vehicles that can be implemented with curves or shaped in ovals and triangles, this blog post notes. Using its experience with automotive electronics and rear-projection television sets, Mitsubishi has come up with an optical engine versatile enough for a variety of display forms. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Opinion: "Patent trolls" are enemies of innovation
    Nonpracticing entities and patent assertion entities, commonly known as "patent trolls," are abusing the U.S. patent system, Kent Walker asserts in this piece. "Troll lawsuits now account for an astonishing 61% of all patent litigation and are disproportionately aimed at small companies, who are often forced to settle rather than pay millions in legal fees," he writes. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BlackBerry won't market Z10 handset, other BB10 phones in Japan
    The Z10 smartphone from BlackBerry won't be sold in Japan, nor will any of the BlackBerry 10 models, due to a lack of demand for the BlackBerry line there, according to BlackBerry, which does not view Japan as major market for its products. Phones with the BlackBerry operating system and Nokia's Symbian-based OS combined represent less than 0.5% of the mobile operating systems used in Japan, according to comScore. CNET (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Michigan researchers improve color for e-readers
    University of Michigan at Ann Arbor researchers have developed a new method of trapping light beams, a development that could improve the vividness of color on electronic readers, this article notes. The researchers say the technology could also be used to make LCD screens brighter without backlighting and improve the battery life of devices with LCDs. News Service (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Coinstar boosts disc-rental share, will offer more discs
    Last year concluded with Redbox controlling 45.3% of the physical disc-rental market, an increase in market share of 7.5 percentage points from a year earlier, Coinstar reported. The company also said it plans to up the capacity of Redbox kiosks by more than 80 discs this year. Coinstar's stock price took a hit, however, when the company said it will have fewer new releases in this quarter. Home Media Magazine (2/7), Bloomberg (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Millennials heavily influence electronics purchases, CEA study finds
    Millennials -- a generation of consumers currently between the ages of 13 and 31 -- are not only heavy consumers of electronics products, but they also exert considerable influence on others when it comes to buying CE devices, according to a new study by CEA. Among the generations, Millennials have the highest intent to purchase CE devices, with 75% planning to purchase CE products in the next 12 months. Millennials heavily influence their friends' and family members' CE purchases, thereby influencing overall purchasing trends. To learn more, visit the CEA blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: Sell your CE Product to Online Retailers
    This webinar will tell you how to sell your products to retailers including major online chain stores. Retail sales expert Karen Waksman will walk you through the exact steps that Manufacturer's Reps take to actually pitch and sell to online retail buyers. You'll learn about selling your product to online retailers, catalogs, big corporations, how buying decisions are made, how to get a buyer's attention, and ultimately how to get them to buy. Join us Feb.13, from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Please RSVP by Feb. 12. Space is limited. Find more information on and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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