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March 21, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Pre-orders for Samsung's S9 UHD TV run $39,999
    Samsung Electronics will start taking pre-orders for its 85-inch S9 Ultra HD television at the end of the month. It carries a price tag of $39,999. Samsung Electronics America also reported that it will offer the Fox Now, Spotify and Univision applications for its Smart TV line, in addition to a number of existing apps. "Generally speaking, a lot of those apps are available on 2011 and 2012 TVs," said Samsung's Joe Stinziano. He added, "There may be some little technical thing where one app can't go back two years, but we generally always try to update them so that someone who has a 2011 TV can use Spotify or Fox." CNET/Crave blog (3/20), Multichannel News (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
7 Secrets of Electronics/High-Tech Leaders
Why do some electronics and high-tech manufacturers succeed while others fail? Learn which 7 features allow market leaders to manage compressed product lifecycles, agile supply chains and tough regulatory mandates. The biggest secret of all? All 7 features are built into a single cloud ERP system.
  CE in the Home 
  • Analysis: Quantum-dot displays may replace OLED TVs in 3-5 years
    The industry delays in making and shipping organic light-emitting diode televisions could provide an entrée for a more advanced display technology -- quantum dots. Alex Wolfgram writes that according to some analysts, quantum dots are said to use less power and have enhanced color compared with conventional OLEDs. While OLED TVs are finally making it to store shelves this year, it may take another three to five years before quantum-dot displays show up in commercial products, Digitimes Research estimates. DigiTimes (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From Blue Chips to Startups 
  • Pre-sales of Samsung's Galaxy S4 are promising
    Samsung's Galaxy S4, which won't be available until April 26, is pre-selling at a rate of more than four times that of the Galaxy S III, according to U.K. mobile distributor Carphone Warehouse. "We're anticipating a massive amount of customer interest in this handset and are expecting our stores to be busier than at the height of the Christmas period," said Carphone Warehouse's Graham Stapleton. VentureBeat (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HP chairman, 2 directors are re-elected to board with narrow margins
    Raymond Lane, chairman of the Hewlett-Packard board, and two outside directors were re-elected to the HP board, by a narrow margin, as many shareholders expressed their dissatisfaction with the company's acquisition of Autonomy and other strategic moves. Some shareholder advisory services had advocated "no" votes on Lane and other directors. New York City Comptroller John Liu said after the shareholder vote, "Shareowners have sent a clear message that the directors most responsible for HP's recent debacles must be held accountable." The Wall Street Journal (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Analysis: CE has many next big things in the wings
    No single product or product category will emerge this year or in 2014 as the "next big thing," because the consumer electronics industry has so many promising developments and innovations in the hopper, Sean Murphy of the Consumer Electronics Association writes in this analysis. Increased connectivity and greater ease of use are among the leading trends, he notes. "The free answer to the billion dollar question might be as simple as this: there is no room (or need) for the next 'big' thing, because there are enough noteworthy things currently capturing consumers' attention," Murphy writes. Dealerscope (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HP takes giant step toward 3D displays without glasses
    U.S. researchers have demonstrated 3D displays that could play on smartphones and tablets that project hologram-like images without the need for viewing glasses. Hewlett-Packard Laboratories has deployed a technology known as diffractive optics that allows viewers to virtually surround an object from 200 different angles on conventional LCD screens. Scientists still face a number of hurdles to bring the technology to market. MIT Technology Review online (3/20), Google/Agence France-Presse (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • CEO of Best Buy's Five Star chain in China resigns
    Nicolas Wang, a Best Buy senior global vice president and CEO of the Five Star electronics chain in China, resigned this week, leading to renewed speculation that the U.S. company may exit its international operations to raise capital and focus on turning around the business back home. Best Buy paid $180 million for Five Star, China's fourth-largest consumer electronics chain, in 2006. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Still waiting in the wings, NFC may be ready to take center stage
    With an expected 300 million NFC handsets in circulation by next year, that part of the problem for the spread of NFC is nearing solution. Remaining, however, is the task of convincing consumers to use the new technology, which offers a wealth of conveniences and capabilities but doesn't appear to solve any immediately pressing need. The Wall Street Journal (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • It's time for CEA members to participate in the Market Research Brainstorm ...
    CEA's Market Research Brainstorm is taking place this week. This is an opportunity for CEA members to voice their opinion about the research they'd like us to deliver, how we can improve our market research and more. To contribute your ideas, go to CEA's member's only website or contact Rhonda Daniel for details on how to participate. We look forward to hearing from you! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stand up against patent trolls: Text "TROLLS" to 52886
    Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss abusive patent legislation and the impact it has on the economy. Patent lawsuits not only increase consumer costs for useful products, but they also stifle the creation of innovation in new products. CEA member companies have experienced firsthand the squeeze from patent trolls. Recently, Newegg won a patent case against a patent troll. As a crusader in the issue, Newegg's Chief Legal Officer, Lee Cheng, has made it clear the company will not settle with patent trolls. However, many small businesses and startups cannot afford to fight back or get funding to continue their businesses. CEA is standing up for its members and innovation and asking lawmakers to support the bipartisan Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act. Under the SHIELD Act, if a patent troll loses in court, it pays the other side's legal fees. By imposing real and appropriate costs for lawsuit abuse, the SHIELD Act undermines the patent trolls' business model. Text the word "TROLLS" to 52886 to contact your member of Congress to support the SHIELD Act. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reach the buyers you need!
    CEA's Electronics Industry Business Directory has been created specifically for serious buyers of CE products and services. CEA Regular and Associate members receive a FREE basic listing in the Directory, and enhancing your company's presence ensures that your brand and message are delivered directly to those that matter most to your business. To alter or enhance your listing, contact CEA's partner, MultiView at 800-816-6710 or Access the directory media kit online for an overview of your enhancement options. Not a CEA member? Join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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