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March 11, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Sony chairman will retire in June
    Sir Howard Stringer, the chairman of Sony, said he will retire at the company's annual shareholder meeting in June. He served as Sony's CEO from 2005 to 2012 and has been with the company for 15 years. Stringer said Friday in New York, "A new world is opening up for me ... one that allows me to complete my plan to retire from Sony, which I expect to do at the conclusion of my term later this year. That will allow me to move forward with new opportunities I've been presented with lately." BBC (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Qualcomm may find silver lining in ill-fated FloTV
    Qualcomm believes it can salvage the Long-Term Evolution-based technology used in the chipmaker's failed FloTV mobile broadcast effort to create a system that could enable carriers to provide video and other high-quality content to subscribers more efficiently. The technology could provide Qualcomm with another outlet to sell chips but also allow carriers to deliver similar content to multiple subscribers through the LTE broadcast system. PCWorld/IDG News Service (3/9), All Things D (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Server response times are improved for SimCity game, EA reports
    Electronic Arts said it has greatly improved online access to the new SimCity video game, which frustrated users with slow response times at the outset, this blog post notes. Lucy Bradshaw of EA's Maxis Label wrote Saturday in a post, "The situation is good, but not good enough. And since my boss is one of the negatively affected (!) -- we're still driving hard to get everyone online, playing together, and no hitches." She noted, "Tens of thousands of new players are logging in every day." VentureBeat (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is Oculus Rift and VR the future of gaming?
    The Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset has developers and gamers excited about the possibilities of VR-based games, according to speakers at a South by Southwest Interactive panel session. Said Paul Bettner, the creator of Words With Friends and CEO of Verse, "We're not going to be building games. We'll be building dreams and creating worlds." The Verge (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can Macs, PCs remain relevant in the online game world?
    The debut of the latest SimCity game, which has users complaining about their experiences in using Electronic Arts servers to play online, is an object lesson in how the Mac and the PC will struggle to stay relevant in the game industry, Tadhg Kelly of Jawfish Games writes in this analysis. "What if I just don't want to be online? Why should my single-player game have to contact the Internet?" he asks. Kelly concludes, "As muggles drift over to using app platforms in droves (because life is just too short), the PC increasingly becomes a machine by developers for developers." TechCrunch (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Tech News 
  • Solar cells may keep smartphones running longer
    Solar power firm Alta Devices said it has found a way to extend the battery life of wireless devices by up to 80% using high-efficiency gallium arsenide that could work even in low-light conditions. The Silicon Valley-based company said it has learned how to make gallium arsenide effective inside "thin film" devices such as cellphones and tablets. Basically, Alta has built a solar panel flexible enough to work on a mobile device, the company disclosed. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Publishers and rivals oppose Amazon's Web-name request
    Amazon's request for control of Internet domain names including ".book," ".author" and ".read" is drawing fire from publishers, authors and rival booksellers, including Barnes & Noble. Amazon could use the names "to stifle competition in the bookselling and publishing industries, which are critical to the future of copyrighted expression in the U.S.," Barnes & Noble wrote in its objection to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The Wall Street Journal (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Gary Shapiro on "The federal budget: Promises to ourselves we shouldn't keep"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column! This week, Gary discusses how America's deficit is destroying life for future generations. "Once we agree we have a problem, we can do what our parents and every other generation of Americans have done: sacrifice our present comforts to give our children a better life. When we acknowledge that we must stop stealing from our children and start sacrificing for them, our national sense of entitlement can shift to a national struggle to make a better future. Our leaders must be honest," said Shapiro. Do you agree? Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA supports innovation with new Startup Membership
    Are you looking to launch a new product or get your new company off the ground? CEA has introduced a new membership for startup companies to provide them with the resources and support they need to be successful. Companies who qualify can access all the benefits of Regular CEA membership at a reduced rate of $95 per year (regular membership dues start at $850) for up to two years. From mentoring, networking and promotional opportunities for your new company to representation on Capitol Hill, CEA can provide the benefits you need to succeed in the tech industry. See full details and qualifications for membership at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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