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May 3, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

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  • Smart TVs to account for 70% of TV shipments in 2016, IMS says
    Internet-connected television sets, which accounted for one-quarter of global TV shipments last year, will represent 70% of all TVs shipped in 2016, according to IMS Research. Consumer electronics manufacturers are forecast to realize $117 billion in revenue as a result. The market research firm also forecasts that 80% of TVs shipped in 2016 will have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and nearly 30% will have an advanced user interface incorporating gesture, motion or voice recognition. (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • German court issues a big nein to Microsoft products
    A court in Germany has told Microsoft to pull its Xbox 360 consoles and Windows 7 OS software out of the German market, ruling that Microsoft breached an agreement with Motorola Mobility and infringed on Motorola patents. Microsoft intends to appeal the decision. Reuters (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CEA chief: NAB is holding stations back from spectrum auctions
    The National Association of Broadcasters has discouraged its member stations from taking part in spectrum auctions authorized by Congress that are designed to free up wireless bandwidth, says Consumer Electronics Association head Gary Shapiro. "Recent statements discouraging participation in and support of these auctions are not only inconsistent with the goals of Congress, but also are not helpful to competition necessary for a successful and competitive auction," Shapiro wrote in a letter to his NAB counterpart, Gordon Smith. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Screens get bigger, but various sizes remain
    Smartphone-makers are pumping out handsets with increasingly larger screens, making the iPhone 4S look relatively small at 3.5 inches, notes a published report that points to the line of Samsung Galaxy phones as well as the new HTC One X, which will span 4.7 inches. Yet these models pale next to the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note hybrid device. Analysts say phone-makers will continue to produce devices of various sizes because users do not share universal preferences. Computerworld (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Affluent men are revealed as big spenders online
    Men with more than $100,000 in income who shop online spend about twice as much as women in the same bracket, particularly in the luxury category, according to an iProspect study. "About half [of affluent men] spend $4,000 per year -- but they buy monthly -- about 13% of respondents," said Andrea Wilson, luxury practice lead at iProspect. "The next-biggest group spends more than $30,000 online annually." MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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