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March 28, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • EA exec: Digital games may represent half of sales in 2 years
    Peter Moore, chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, said Thursday that digital games, downloaded from the Internet, may make up 50% of the company's sales by 2015. "In two years we could be looking at the tipping point where digital becomes bigger than the traditional core," he said. The downloading seen with February's release of EA's free Real Racing 3 mobile game could signal that trend, according to Moore. "It taught us that the business model of the future is bringing in a larger sampling of consumers with a free-to-play mechanic," Moore said. "We're seeing the balancing now of other platforms against the console." Bloomberg Businessweek (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Ericsson reportedly is in talks to buy Microsoft's MediaRoom business
    Ericsson is reportedly in negotiations with Microsoft to acquire the software giant's Internet Protocol television unit. The acquisition of the MediaRoom unit would help propel Ericsson into a more competitive position in the growing market for IPTV products and services. For its part, Microsoft plans to direct its video software strategy toward delivering more content via its Xbox game console, sources say. Bloomberg (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3D and DLNA streaming come to Boxee TV
    A firmware update for Boxee TV enables the device to stream 3D movies from Vudu, Janko Roettgers writes. Also, Boxee TV owners will be able to stream music and videos from mobile devices using the Digital Living Network Alliance standard. GigaOm (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Analysis: Will IGZO technology provide Sharp's salvation?
    Indium gallium zinc oxide is the material that Sharp is touting for LCDs, promising to provide greater touch sensitivity, higher-resolution images and longer battery life for electronics, this analysis notes. "IGZO will be the technology to rescue Sharp," President Takashi Okuda said. NPD DisplaySearch's Hiroshi Hayase adds, "IGZO has the potential to be a groundbreaking technology." The Wall Street Journal (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BlackBerry surprises with Q4 profit though sub numbers drop
    BlackBerry surprised Wall Street today by reporting adjusted earnings per share of $0.22, although the company's fourth-quarter sales fell short of estimates and subscribers declined by 3 million to 76 million. The company said it sold 6 million smartphones, including 1 million Z10 handsets in overseas markets prior to last week's U.S. market launch. BlackBerry cited significant cost-cutting as a major factor in the turnaround. CEO Thorsten Heins said it would take two quarters to evaluate the Z10's U.S. performance. CNET (3/28), Bloomberg (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Biggest teen fans of mobile Internet are girls
    Almost three-quarters of teens have mobile access to the Internet and a quarter say mobile is their primary way to go online, according to a Pew study. Mobile usage rates among teen girls are highest in low-income homes, the study notes. eMarketer (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Column: Analysts look for blowout numbers from GameStop today
    Analysts estimate that GameStop today will report earnings of $2.09 a share for the quarter ended in January, compared with $1.27 a share a year ago, Spencer Jakab writes in this column. Even with this improvement, the retailer still has a way to go to continue bringing up its stock price, he adds. "The installed base of existing console owners still gives GameStop plenty of action, including a lucrative market for used games and hardware," Jakab writes. The Wall Street Journal (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Consumers use mobile more for banking than buying
    Consumers used their smartphones to check bank balances, make deposits and pay bills 33% more last year than the year before, according to the Federal Reserve, but they're not showing the same enthusiasm when it comes to making mobile payments in stores and restaurants. Only 6% of Americans paid with a smartphone last year and fewer than 25% are interested in being able to do so. The Wall Street Journal (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Make it easier than ever to be found
    CEA's Electronics Industry Business Directory is an online vendor search tool designed specifically for the consumer electronics industry and is indexed up to 100 pages deep each week, allowing buyers to instantly connect to your products and services. 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 in 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
  • CEA revising mobile electronics cabling standard to meet industry needs
    CEA's Portable, Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee is revising ANSI/CEA-2015, "Mobile Electronics Cabling Standard." The revision will focus on reducing the complexity of the standard and simplifying the link with matching CEA-2006 compliant amplifiers. To get involved in the CEA-2015 effort, join R6 WG14. 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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