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December 17, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Activision Blizzard CEO has his fans, critics
    Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, is a feared and respected figure in the video-game industry, Amy Chozick writes in this analysis. The company is pouring significant resources into its new games to keep players paying $60 or more for those games. To develop its latest Call of Duty title, Activision turned to Oscar-winning musician Trent Reznor to write the theme song and hired Oliver North to serve as an adviser, she notes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Preschoolers get new TV show previews through mobile apps
    Producers developing television shows for Nickelodeon and PBS are previewing video content for the preschool audience through applications for smartphones and tablet computers, this article notes. Nickelodeon conducted research in October that found 27% of U.S. households with children in the 3-to-5 age bracket had an iPad, compared with 22% in April, and 40% of preschoolers in those households were using the Apple tablet for educational apps, compared with 27% six months earlier. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How your home TV can get smart with Netflix, other apps
    Internet-connected television sets nowadays come loaded with applications for Netflix and other video-streaming services, but there are other ways to get Netflix running on an HDTV, Rob Pegoraro writes. He recommends buying a Blu-ray player with a Netflix app. Getting a TV and Blu-ray player made by the same manufacturer is a way to reduce the number of remote controls needed, he adds. USA Today (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Zynga struggles in transition to mobile, Web games
    Investors haven't been happy with Zynga's missteps as it works toward a future where it is less dependent on Facebook and has a larger portfolio of mobile and Web-based social games, Benny Evangelista writes in this analysis. For all the bad publicity the company has seen since its initial public offering, it has increased its base of active players by 37% to more than 311 million, compared with 240 million a year earlier, he notes, and AppData reports that FarmVille 2 has a monthly average of 46 million players on Facebook while CityVille 2 boasts a monthly average of 30 million players on the social network. San Francisco Chronicle (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • Computers will engage more senses in 5 years, IBM predicts
    Computers will involve more than sight within the next five years, as hearing, smell, taste and touch become a more commonplace part of the computing experience, IBM predicts in its latest "5 in 5" forecast. The company also sees analysis of images becoming faster and more comprehensive. GigaOm (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA lauds Justice Dept., FTC for workshop on "patent trolls"
    In the interest of developing a "pro-innovation patent system" in the U.S., the Consumer Electronics Association applauded efforts by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to discuss the issue of "patent trolls," companies that accumulate patents through acquisitions and use them to sue developers of electronics hardware and software. Such firms generated litigation that cost U.S. companies $29 billion to fight in 2011, the CEA estimated. Radio World (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Wal-Mart cuts prices on Apple's iPhones
    Wal-Mart is deeply discounting prices on a handful of iPhone and iPad models for 30 days at 3,000 of its stores, the company said Friday. The deals, which were approved by Apple, won't be available online, Wal-Mart said. CNBC/Reuters (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • 2013 International CES to feature record amount of exhibit space
    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® has announced the 2013 International CES®, scheduled Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, will feature a record amount of exhibit space, with the show floor totaling more than 1.87 million net square feet. The previous record was 1.862 million net square feet at the 2012 CES. The 2013 CES will feature 3,000 exhibitors spanning the largest show floor in the event’s 45-year history. A record number of eight automakers will exhibit at the 2013 CES, including Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus and Subaru, across more than 100,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Read more on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on Right-to-work shifts America
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column on! This week, Gary discusses Michigan’s recent shift to a "right-to-work" state. "The right-to-work bills passed by the Michigan Legislature this week and the state’s referendum limiting union power last month reflect that while Americans re-elected a pro-union president and preserved a Democratic Senate, they are uncomfortable with the cost of unions to our competitiveness and to government spending," said Shapiro. What do you think? Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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