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March 14, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Chrome leader Pichai will take Android reins from Rubin
    Google named Sundar Pichai, the head of its Chrome browser and operating system unit, to lead the company's Android division following the resignation of Andy Rubin in what CEO Larry Page insisted was a voluntary move. Rubin will take on a new, undisclosed role at Google, Page said, adding that Google will unite the two divisions under a single roof. "Basically, Rubin's job is done. The platform is successful and now it's about the ecosystem and finding a better way to monetize," said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi. The Wall Street Journal (3/13), Network World/IDG News Service (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nielsen: Game consoles are streaming videos 22% of the time
    Nielsen surveyed more than 2,500 U.S. consumers and found that owners of game consoles used their equipment for video-on-demand streaming 22% of the time in 2012. That compares with 19% devoted to VOD streaming in 2011 and 13% in the year prior to that, the market research firm reported. PlayStation 3 owners reserved one-quarter of their time last year to watching VOD, up from the 2011 figure of 15%. (U.K.) (3/13), Broadcasting & Cable (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Samsung outspent Apple on ads in 2012 to take the global lead
    Samsung outspent Apple on advertising last year, $401 million to $333 million, reversing a nearly three to one Apple advantage reported in 2011, according to Kantar Media. Samsung's "Next Big Thing" campaign, which often poked fun at Apple fans, gave the South Korean manufacturer the global lead in smartphone sales, with a 30.3% share, per IDC. The advantage of greater marketing budgets has grown in importance for device-makers, said Fared Adib, Sprint Nextel's senior vice president of product development, because carriers spend more time marketing such things as service plans and less on actual products. The Wall Street Journal (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Want to design a custom doll? Get the iPad app
    The Makies Doll Factory application for the iPad lets users design their own custom dolls, which are then manufactured with 3D printers and shipped to the designer. MakieLab of the U.K. is charging about $88 for each doll, without shipping charges. "People love the fact that these toys are on demand," MakieLab co-founder Alice Taylor said. TechCrunch (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Disney pushes back Infinity launch by 2 months
    Disney Infinity, a bundling of toys and video games featuring Disney and Pixar characters, will now hit store shelves in North America on Aug. 18 and two days later overseas. The company had earlier announced that sales would commence in June. "We could deliver in June if we wanted to," Disney Interactive's John Pleasants said, adding, "Will a two-month timing change help us? Sure, of course. It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles and make sure it really sings and pops." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Amazon gives price cut to largest Kindle Fire
    Amazon has cut the price of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with 4G wireless capability to $399, from $499, and has taken $30 off the Wi-Fi-only version. The company says expanding availability to additional markets has reduced production costs. "Whenever we're able to create these cost efficiencies, we want to pass the savings along to our customers," a spokeswoman said. The Wall Street Journal (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research: Older children prefer gadgets to toys
    Children in the 7-to-13 age bracket are expressing their preference for gadgets over toys, according to Allison Arling-Giorgi of The Intelligence Group. Two-thirds of that age cohort would rather have a smartphone or a tablet computer, according to research. Those 46 million children, part of what researchers are calling Generation Z, are "the main drivers behind parental purchases," said Arling-Giorgi. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • CEA's Video Systems Committee seeks new participants
    CEA's Video Systems Committee produces standards for television video technologies. All are encouraged to join the Video Systems Committee and get involved in its activities. The Video Systems Committee is particularly interested in adding new members who manufacture video products or services (called "producers"), and in adding new members who acquire video products from those who create them (called "users"). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on Mashable: "The U.S. must protect Internet freedom"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest Mashable column! Gary discusses the importance of Internet freedom globally and nationally. "As the world&rsquo's technology leader, the U.S. must lead the way in preserving a free and open Internet. The Internet is the lifeblood of our economy and helps individuals create businesses, trade goods and services, access low-cost banking resources, facilitate open communication and more. America must provide the example and walk the walk -- not just talk -- about preserving Internet freedom," said Shapiro. Do you agree? Check out and comment on the full article on Mashable. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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