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November 1, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • CEA: U.S. tablet owners double
    The U.S. ownership rate for tablet computers reached 31% in October, more than double the rate of a year ago, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. "The tablet market continues to see incredible growth and is showing no signs of slowing down. We expect tablets to play a big role in the upcoming holiday shopping season; not only in sales but also in complementary purchases such as accessories and gift cards," CEA's Kevin Tillmann said in a statement. Dealerscope (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Panasonic must "cut, cut, cut," analyst says
    Panasonic has reduced its workforce by about 11% in the past year, cutting nearly 39,000 positions, yet it still forecasts that it will lose $9.6 billion in the current fiscal year. Analysts and investors expect the beleaguered company will have to cut more jobs. "They have to cut, cut, cut. They’re not doing it fast enough," said Edwin Merner of Atlantis Investment Research. Bloomberg (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple increases R&D spending but falls short of rivals
    Apple shelled out $3.4 billion for research-and-development efforts during its most recent fiscal year, an increase of almost 40% from the previous fiscal year but a fraction of the $9.8 billion R&D budget of Microsoft. Apple said it "expects to make further investments in R&D to remain competitive" and is building a 300,000-square-foot research facility for its new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., scheduled to be complete by 2015. CNET (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Oakley snow goggles bring texting to the slopes
    The Oakley Airwave combines a smartphone with snow goggles, allowing skiers and snowboarders to read text messages, see their speed and locate friends on the slopes in the heads-up display. Airwave is compatible with Android and iOS mobile devices, using Bluetooth technology to interface with smartphones, according to Oakley. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pandora 4.0 launches for Android, iOS devices
    Pandora has added social media features to the 4.0 release of its music-streaming application for Android and iOS mobile devices. With the new version, soon to be available on the App Store and Google Play, users can share songs and find people who have similar tastes in music, according to the company. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • CEA teams up with mHealth Summit to offer VIP discount
    CEA members attending the mHealth Summit Dec. 5 to 7 in Washington, D.C., to receive a $50 discount off Full Access Registration. The largest event of its kind, the fourth annual mHealth Summit brings together leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across the mHealth ecosystem to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the U.S. and abroad. CEA members may contact Jack Cutts to request the registration discount code. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join CEA's Wireless Research Working Group
    CEA is looking for volunteers to participate in the Wireless Research Working Group. The group will collaborate with CEA's Market Research department to design a research study focused on the adoption and usage of wireless devices. A kick-off call is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. If you cannot attend the kick-off call, you can still participate and provide input. CEA member companies interested in getting involved with this study should contact Rhonda Daniel or Allyson Pahmer by Nov. 7. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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