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February 5, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

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  • NPD: Numbers of free streamers, SVOD users nearly equal
    During the last 90 days, 14% of television viewers used a subscription video-on-demand service to watch TV shows, while 12% resorted to free streaming of such content from the Internet, according to The NPD Group. was the leading source of free streams last year, accounting for 43% of total streams, while the websites of the five broadcast TV networks accounted for 30%, the market research firm estimated. Home Media Magazine (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Engineers devise system to expand battery life for phones
    Researchers at Virginia's Old Dominion University say they have invented a method to keep a mobile device's batteries running longer by deploying the microphone to reduce the power consumption of Wi-Fi parts, which are major energy drains. The engineers have substituted a much more power-efficient audio signal to check whether data needs to be downloaded. (U.K.)/The Frontline blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study finds few aware of digital payment options
    U.S. consumers are behind the curve when it comes to understanding options when it comes to employing mobile and other forms of digital payments, according to a comScore survey. ComScore found only 12% of those polled have employed any such applications, including those from Google, MasterCard or Square Wallet. "Digital wallets represent an innovative technology that has not yet reached critical mass among consumers due to a variety of factors, including low awareness and a muddied understanding of their benefits," said Andrea Jacobs of comScore. CNET/Internet & Media blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tablet computer sales, potential sales on the rise, according to CEA's Quarterly Report
    U.S. ownership rates for tablet computers saw a sharp increase in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to new research released by CEA. Consumer Outlook on Tablets: Q1 2013 shows that tablet ownership rates among online U.S. consumers reached 38% as of December 2012, up 7% from the previous quarter. Tablet purchase intent is also rising. Approximately 74% of online consumers expect to purchase a tablet in the future, compared to 67% of online consumers in December 2011. The complete study is available free to CEA member companies at Non-members may purchase the study at the CEA store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on USA Today: "CBS orders crush CNET credibility"
    Read what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in an article for USA Today! Gary discusses the recent controversy at the 2013 International CES where the DISH Hopper was disqualified from CNET's "Best of CES" awards. "Every week it seems we see a rock of society crumble, and CBS' actions during CES unsettle me as someone who treasures innovation and hates seeing a great company tarnished by unfairness in a respected awards program," said Shapiro. What do you think of the "Best of CES" controversy? Check out and comment on the full article on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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