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November 5, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Yesterday's tablets become today's trade-ins
    Consumers are rapidly trading in tablet computers as they look to purchase the latest tablet models introduced by Apple, Google and Microsoft, according to the SellCell electronics trade-in website. SellCell says iPads account for about three-quarters of its tablet transactions, with some consumers trading in the third-generation iPads they bought this year to get the iPad Mini and the fourth-generation iPad. Network World (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  CE in the Home 
 
  • Seagate gets behind UltraViolet
    Seagate Technology, a supplier of hard-disk drives and other data-storage products, has joined the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem consortium, which promotes use of the cloud-based UltraViolet digital content system. Advanced Television (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Gaming 
 
  • Era of big-budget games fades, Splinter Cell: Blacklist director says
    Video games with big development budgets, known as AAA titles, are coming to an end in the game industry, according to Patrick Redding, director of Splinter Cell: Blacklist. "The market as a whole is going to undergo a critical shift in priorities, a shift away from the absolute primacy of graphics and production values and content creation toward systemic depth," he said, leading to the creation of what he called "lower-case aaa" titles. GamesIndustry.biz (U.K.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Tech News 
 
  • Android extended global lead in Q3
    Android extended its lead over iOS among smartphones sold in the third quarter, accounting for 75% of the market worldwide, according to data from IDC. "The decline of RIM, lack of Windows Phone sales and the late launch of the iPhone 5 all had a positive impact on Android sales and market share," said Francisco Jeronimo, IDC research manager. Reuters (11/3), Computerworld/IDG News Service (11/2), eWeek (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  Retail Trends 
 
  • Angry Birds will next appear on prepaid Visa cards
    Rovio Entertainment has licensed images from its popular Angry Birds video games to appear on prepaid Visa cards from Kaiku Finance. In early 2013, Kaiku will begin online sales of Angry Birds cards issued by First California Bank. Images on the cards will be The Red Bird, The Yellow Bird, Bomb Bird and the Bad Piggies. Bloomberg (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retailers shift focus from Sandy to Santa
    U.S. retailers hope to put Hurricane Sandy firmly in the past as they focus once again on boosting holiday sales. Sears will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Target's decking out its gift cards with new bells and whistles, and forecasters say merchants will benefit from two "extra" shopping weekends this year. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  CEA Zap 
  • Be represented in our Industry Forecast!
    Don't miss your opportunity to have your voice heard! Join companies like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and VOXX International and participate in CEA's semi-annual Industry Forecast. We are currently soliciting submissions for the winter edition, forecasting sales through 2016. Our consensus forecasts utilize inputs from the entire CE industry to provide a unique and invaluable look at current -- and future -- trends. Simply provide your estimates of total industry shipment volumes for the categories your company competes in by the Nov. 16 deadline and receive the complete forecast at no cost -- an $8,000 value! For more information on how to get involved, contact Sean Murphy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gary Shapiro on Forbes.com "America is Innovation"
    Check out what CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, had to say in his latest column on Forbes.com! This week, Gary discusses how "creative destruction" drives the market, displaces older technology or ideas with the new, and offers consumers value they didn't dream up yet. "Our nation is better because we create better. We innovate. We try new things. We risk failure. But when we fail, we pick ourselves up and we try again. We create new business models and they succeed. And then newer models come along and destroy them," Shapiro writes. What is your opinion on America's ability to innovate? Check out and comment on the full article on Forbes.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--George Orwell,
British novelist and journalist


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