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March 18, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Does the PlayBook tablet have a future at BlackBerry?
    There are conflicting reports on whether BlackBerry plans to continue or expand its PlayBook line of tablet computers, according to this blog post. BlackBerry's Mike Al Mefleh said at a conference in Dubai that a new PlayBook model will be introduced this year. CEO Thorsten Heins, however, told the Australian Financial Review, "The business case for taking a plunge back into the tablet market was not compelling," adding, "I wouldn't want to do it the same way again, if I do something around tablets, I want it to be substantial and meaningful, and quite frankly it would need to be profitable as well." Digital Trends (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • Philips DesignLine HDTV defines the latest in decorative CE
    TP Vision's Philips-branded DesignLine television looks unlike the high-definition TVs most people have seen, this blog post notes. The HDTV is basically a sheet of glass with a 46-inch or 55-inch screen -- without a base or stand. The set can be leaned up against or mounted on a wall. Digital Trends (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Are game consoles still relevant?
    U.S. sales of Nintendo's Wii U console hit only about 64,000 units in February, according to The NPD Group, raising concerns that gamers are moving beyond console play. Game designer Tadhg Kelly says of the Wii U, "Like that other recent dud, the PS Vita, you know it's all gone wrong when a platform is just not featuring in any conversations." TechCrunch (3/15), TechCrunch (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung touts Galaxy S4 as portable console rival
    The Galaxy S4 smartphone can rival the performance of existing portable game consoles, according to Samsung Electronics, which is developing a gaming accessory for the handset. A gamepad was demonstrated at the S4 rollout, although Samsung did not provide details on when the accessory may become available. (3/15), Forbes (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech News 
  • U.S. consumers are aware of video chat, voice tech, CEA says
    Almost half of online Americans surveyed are aware of voice-to-text and text-to-voice technology, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Nearly two-thirds say they are familiar with video chat and voice control technology, the association reports. "These technologies are quickly becoming an integral part of Americans' lives and are significantly changing the way in which consumers interact with their tech devices," CEA's Kevin Tillmann said. (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Website displays purported Google Nexus prototype
    Google and LG Electronics are reportedly developing a next-generation handset, code-named Megalodon, according to the Android and Me website. This smartphone, which may emerge this year as the Google Nexus 5, is said to be based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor, running at 2.3 gigahertz. (U.K.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Lenovo ThinkPad boasts better touchpad functionality
    Lenovo, which accounts for 27.6% of the business market, according to IDC, has introduced the ThinkPad T431s, which boasts a more slender look, weighs 24% less than earlier models and eliminates some buttons in favor of expanded touchpad functionality. The redesigned model retains its red tracker button. "We don't change things all that often. We put in a lot of thought into all we did," said Alysia Baker, worldwide product marketing manager at Lenovo. The laptop maker is also prepping a contactless payment capability featuring an embedded near field communication reader. Network World/IDG News Service (3/17), eWeek (3/17), Engadget (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Best Buy founder can fill 2 board seats
    Best Buy founder Richard Schulze has until Oct. 31 to name up to three candidates for two seats on the retailer's board of directors, under a deal the 20% shareholder negotiated with the company. Schulze is allowed to nominate himself for one of the seats, but may opt to remain an outsider to leave open the possibility of reviving a plan to assemble a group to buy the company, experts say. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CEA Zap 
  • Gary Shapiro on Austin American-Statesman: "Austin and Texas business climate is very inviting"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest Austin American-Statesman column! Shapiro discusses why Texas is a good place for business. "Austin is also attractive to tech startups because of its tax structure, regulatory environment and cost of living. Research shows that states without income taxes enjoy higher growth than neighboring states that levied the tax. Moreover, Texas' cost of living is 42% less than California's. As a result, Texas is seeing a rise in population, income and gross domestic product growth," said Shapiro. Check out and comment on the full article on Austin American-Statesman. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Recap: Read all about DMW Music 2013
    On Feb. 20 and 21, Digital Media Wire held its annual music conference, DMW Music sponsored by CEA, in New York City. There were over 400 attendees at the event who enjoyed the workshops, the Pit, and the Un-Conference Sessions. Attendees included industry leaders from companies such as The New Myspace, BMI, YouTube, Sirius XM, BET, Shazam, Billboard, ROC Nation, Warner Music, Sony Music, and more. The Music Leadership Awards Dinner with renowned DJ and Producer DJ Zeke Thomas and award winners Abe Burns, BandPage and AEG Digital Media as well as the Music-Tech Crawl to YouTube/Google, Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio were huge hits. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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