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December 18, 2012News covering the consumer electronics industry

  Today's Digital Pulse 
  • Are LG, Samsung giving up on OLED TVs?
    LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics are apparently shifting their manufacturing priorities from active-matrix organic light-emitting diode televisions to Ultra HD TV panels, according to David Hsieh of NPD DisplaySearch. AMOLED panels are proving difficult to produce, he notes. Meanwhile, Panasonic is contemplating phasing out production of its plasma TV displays in favor of organic electroluminescence and other display technologies. The Register (U.K.) (12/17), Broadband TV News (12/17), The Japan Daily Press (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HTC may have scraped plans for large-screen Windows phones
    HTC reportedly abandoned a project to manufacture Windows Phone 8 smartphone screens at least 5 inches in size because they would have suffered from poorer resolutions than rival devices, according to a published report that cites the Microsoft software for lacking support for larger displays. HTC had hoped to market a big-screen, Windows-based smartphone next year to compete with Samsung Electronics' Android-based Galaxy Note device. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Startup targets mobile games that can be played on big screens
    Green Throttle Games is developing multiplayer video games for mobile devices that can be played on a big-screen television set, this article notes. The startup has attracted $6 million in private funding from DCM and Trinity Ventures. Green Throttle's CEO is Charles Huang, co-founder of RedOctane and co-creator of that company's most popular title, Guitar Hero. Xconomy (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Danish firm is close to launching eye-opening devices
    Denmark's The Eye Tribe hopes to bring to market within a year technology that would enable smartphone and tablet users to control their hardware with eye movements, the company said while disclosing a handful of partners. "We have already done experiments on tablets and have a prototype to demonstrate that it works. Now we need to make the technology even more robust, and more tolerant to different scenarios, including outdoor use," CEO Sune Alstrup Johansen said in an interview. The startup and a government-backed Danish technology foundation have invested $4.4 million in the project. Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tech News 
  • IHS iSuppli: Prices for SSDs are in a free fall
    Prices for solid-state drives, which fell 23% in 2011, declined another 20% in the second quarter of this year and went down 10% more in the second half of 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. SSDs are now priced at 80 cents to 90 cents per gigabyte, and in some cases even lower, IHS iSuppli's Ryan Chien noted. Computerworld (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smart power plugs and strips can save on energy costs
    Smart power plugs and power strips can help homeowners save on their electricity bills, offering recommendations on the best time to run a dishwasher and other energy-saving tips, according to this blog post. Live Easy Technologies has introduced the MeterPlug, which measures the power use of various appliances. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Best Buy, others give Twitter a prominent role in holiday sales
    Brands such as Best Buy, Warby Parker and RadioShack have elevated the role of Twitter in holiday marketing from a bit player to a star. Best Buy is hosting Twitter parties, where like-minded consumers discuss gift ideas, and the company has upped its Twitter spend by half compared with last year. Warby Parker sees Twitter advertising as insurance that the brand is not excluded from conversations, and RadioShack discovered that riddles about product offers on Cyber Monday drove tweeting about the brand up 1,200%. The Wall Street Journal (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEA Zap 
  • Next Generation of Innovators keynote highlights CES as the Home of Entrepreneurs
    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced a new entrepreneur-focused keynote at the 2013 International CES. The Next Generation of Innovators keynote will feature Jeff Jordan, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, as moderator and includes executive/founder panelists David Lieb of Bump Technologies, Cyrus Massoumi of ZocDoc, Eric Vishira of RockMelt and of, llc. The Next Generation of Innovators keynote builds off the solid foundation of the Eureka Park TechZone and the Startup America Live Stage, which focus on entrepreneurs. The keynote adds another vital entrepreneur-focused event to showcase innovation within the tech industry and across the CES show floor. The Next Generation of Innovators keynote will be at 11 a.m. on Jan. 8 in the LVH Theater. Read more on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Southern companies showcase latest innovation at 2013 International CES
    More than 230 technology companies based in the Southern region of the United States will debut their latest consumer technology innovations at the 2013 International CES®, scheduled January 8 to 11 in Las Vegas. The world’s largest annual innovation event, the 2013 International CES will feature 3,000 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across more than 1.85 million net square feet of space. For more information on the 2013 International CES, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sign up for an Official 2013 CES Show-Floor Tour
    Get the most out of 2013 International CES® by taking an official two-hour guided show-floor tour. There are five to choose from: General Overview, Connected Home and Digital Health and Fitness, Wireless and Wireless Devices, Technology for Investors and Financial Professionals, and the Retailers and Buyers Tour. In partnership with CEA, Shelly Palmer and his team of experienced tour guides will help you identify and understand key technologies and services, differentiate offerings and create action items and strategic take-aways. You'll also get the Shelly Palmer Digital Leadership™ CE Report (a $495 value). Enter the code CESB at checkout to receive 25% off until Dec. 24. Sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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