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November 14, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry
 

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  • Companies want more consistent ratings for mobile, social games
    Video games for mobile devices and social networks are lacking in consistency when it comes to content ratings, according to executives in the game industry. "It's an alphabet soup of confusion," said Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, which provides those ratings, acknowledges that there is an issue and is trying to address it with the International App Rating Council program. The Wall Street Journal (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analyst: Tablets mean PCs get replaced at slower rate
    The increased use of mobile-computing devices, especially in the business and education markets, is extending the refresh cycle for PCs, Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes says. The trend is expected to continue, and Reitzes argues that PC makers aren't prepared. All Things D (11/13), Forbes (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung said to be pressing on with flexible displays
    Samsung Electronics reportedly will begin mass production of so-called flexible displays for mobile devices in which the South Korean hardware maker will build phones and other products using plastic instead of glass in order to make them lighter, hardier and bendable, according to a published report. There was no indication when the products would come to market. The devices will incorporate OLEDs, a thin display technology that can be used on more flexible materials such as plastic or metal foil. The Wall Street Journal (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Don't touch that Windows 8 computer, startup says
    Elliptic Labs has developed ultrasound technology that allows users to control computers without touching their screens and is applying it to Windows 8 computers, this blog post notes. The technology could become available in 12 to 14 months, the company estimates. CNET/Cutting Edge blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apple still reigns as most valuable retailer by square footage
    Apple stores generate $6,050 in sales per square foot, making the retailer the most valuable by square footage for the second consecutive year, according to RetailSails. Second-place Tiffany & Co. rings up $3,017 in sales per square foot, less than half of Apple's total. All Things D (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Auto shoppers said to embrace mobile searches, not apps
    While 15% of mobile consumers are using their smartphones and tablet computers to conduct auto searches, less than 1% are using applications, according to a study by Telmetrics and xAd. "Automotive mobile marketers should recognize auto searchers’ preference for mobile websites over apps," said Bill Dinan of Telmetrics, while adding, "Also, understanding the role of location -– specifically the importance of local driving distance -– is essential to harnessing the 65% undecided mobile auto audience and their purchasing power." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Give us your "Best Shot!"
    The fourth annual CEA "Best Shots" photo contest launches today! This year, CEA is partnering with Eye-Fi. All shots will be displayed at the upcoming 2013 International CES, where we'll announce winners Jan. 11. Enter now! You have until Dec. 16 to submit your "Best Shot." You can submit one photo in each of the four categories: travel, people, pets and cellphone shots. A slate of expert judges will select finalists, and winners will be determined by an online popular vote running from Jan. 8 to 11. The grand prize winner will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and an Eye-Fi wireless memory SD card. Top winners in each category will win one of four cameras: Nikon Coolpix P300, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 and Fujifilm FinePix F770-EXR. Additionally, all camera prize winners and five additional honorable mention prize winners will receive an Eye-Fi wireless memory SD card to easily upload and share all their best shots right from their camera. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marini, Shapiro and Kelly on Bloomberg TV: "We have the most tech-forward president ever"
    This week, President and CEO of CEA, Gary Shapiro, voiced his opinion on President Barack Obama, tech jobs and innovation with CEO Rick Marini and former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." "Obama really did do some good things, he opposed SOPA/PIPA, he was out there in the jobs act, on immigration, the House missed an opportunity, I believe in his direction to bring in the best and brightest PhD's and substitute those for a lottery," said Shapiro. What is your opinion on Obama's ability to bring new tech jobs and innovation to America? Check out and comment on the full video below on Bloomberg.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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