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February 15, 2013News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Xbox 360 sales top the Wii U in January, NPD reports
    Microsoft sold 281,000 Xbox 360 units in January, outperforming sales of Nintendo's Wii U and other rival systems, according to NPD Group, which said Xbox 360 has been the best-selling console for 25 consecutive months. The market research firm reported U.S. retail sales of game hardware, software and accessories were up 9% in January to $834.7 million, compared with $766 million a year earlier. VentureBeat/Gamesbeat (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CE in the Home 
  • SmartThings makes its move into home automation
    SmartThings of Reston, Va., a Kickstarter-funded startup with venture-capital investors, is offering a kit of moisture sensors, motion detectors and power outlets that aims to connect a number of home appliances to the Internet, under the control of a smartphone. Home automation is a crowded market that has yet to develop fully because of the complexity in current offerings, Brad Stone notes in this analysis. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rovi revenue down 10% in Q4; company signs up more MSOs
    Rovi reported revenue in its fourth quarter dropped 10% from a year ago to $157 million. It recorded net income of $2.1 million in the period after posting a net loss of $49.3 million in 4Q 2011. Eleven multi-system operators have signed up for the company's TotalGuide and TotalGuide XD interactive program guides for set-top boxes and tablets, respectively, with six of those MSOs implementing the guides during the first six months of this year, according to Rovi. Multichannel News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Electronics 
  • More robust sat-nav system emerges from Spanish university
    Scientists at the Carlos III University in Madrid have come up with a satellite navigation system for vehicles that they say is more accurate than most existing GPS-based systems. "We have managed to improve the determination of a vehicle's position in critical cases by between 50% and 90%, depending on the degree of the signals' degradation and the time that is affecting the degradation on the GPS receiver," said David Martín of the university's Systems Intelligence Laboratory. BBC (2/13), CNET/Cutting Edge blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Auto dealers fine-tune their mobile approach to millennials
    Millennials, those young adults who make the greatest use of mobile devices, present a marketing challenge to automobile dealerships, this article notes. Clayton Stanfield of eBay Motors says millennials do a lot of online research about prospective purchases, especially on their mobile devices, and they don't want to spend hours in a car dealer's showroom. "It used to be about turning leads into showroom traffic, so you'd hold back information to bring them to the showroom," he said. "But I think because of digital, consumers are so far down the purchase funnel when they reach out that all they want to do at the dealer is take delivery." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • Nvidia has tablet processors down; next, smartphone chips
    Nvidia's Tegra processors are designed into a number of tablet computers. Where the company is lagging behind Qualcomm is offering a chip for smartphones that integrates an applications processor and a modem -- a Long-Term Evolution modem, in particular. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said Wednesday, "Smartphones ... this is an area where we'll need to have an LTE modem to be successful. We'll have some phone success this year, but we don't expect to have a whole lot of phone design wins until we engage the market with LTE." GigaOm (2/14), The Verge (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Amazon applauds Senate for sales tax bill
    Paul Misener, vice president for global public policy at Amazon, has sent a letter thanking the Senate for introducing the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would let states collect sales tax from online retailers once they simplify tax law. " has long supported a simplified nationwide approach that is evenhandedly applied and applicable to all but the smallest volume sellers," Misener wrote. All Things D (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Webinar: Sell your CE product to catalogs
    This workshop will show you how to sell your products to retail catalogs, big and small. Industry expert Karen Waksman will walk you through the exact steps that Manufacturer's Reps take to actually pitch and sell to catalog buyers. Absolutely no sales experience or existing buyer relationships required! You'll learn how buying decisions are made, how to get a buyer's attention and ultimately how to get them to buy. Join us Feb. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. Please RSVP by Feb. 19. Space is limited. Find more information on and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA revising mobile electronics cabling and mobile amplifier standards
    CEA's Portable, Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee is also beginning work on revisions to ANSI/CEA-2015, "Mobile Electronics Cabling Standard," and ANSI/CEA-2006-B, "Testing & Measurement Methods for Mobile Audio Amplifiers." The first standard defines the size, conductor resistivity and strand count requirements for CEA wire gauges. The second defines characteristics that, considered collectively, describe the performance of mobile power amplifiers for consumers. It is the basis for the CEA-2006 product mark program. To get involved in the CEA-2015 effort, join R6 WG14. To get involved in the CEA-2006 effort, join R6 WG10. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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