2015 CES attracts more than 170,000 attendees | Smart-home tech vies for attention at CES | WiSA gains traction through audio vendor support
 
 
January 12, 2015
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2015 CES attracts more than 170,000 attendees
3D printing at the 2015 CES.
3D printing at the 2015 CES. (CEA)
The International CES attracted more than 170,000 attendees and in excess of 3,600 exhibitors last week. CNET sums up its biggest trends from this year's event, including TV hardware, 3D printing, wireless audio, cable TV alternatives, Internet of Things devices, virtual reality technology, wearables and autonomous cars. CNET (1/10)
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Smart-home tech vies for attention at CES
Roughly $1.9 billion in sales were recorded in the home technologies market in 2014, CEA says. That reflects the growing number of smart-home-focused companies that exhibited at the International CES, including SmartThings, LG, WiTricity, Honeywell and D-Link. Gartner research does show that despite the influx of new products, consumer uptake has been slow. Engadget (1/11), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/11)
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Digital casino gaming on track to hit $100B in revenue
Gambling applications are switching from social games that do not dish out real money to real-currency gambling in some countries, which will help push the $2.7 billion market to a $100 billion revenue market by 2017, says App Annie. VentureBeat (1/9)
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CEA's DuBravac talks about device advancement, personalization
CEA's Shawn DuBravac
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CEA's chief economist Shawn DuBravac spent some time at CES last week discussing the evolution of connected devices, how personalization is playing a role in development and how companies are thinking deeper as they create devices and applications. "We're in an environment where we're more focused on things being technologically meaningful. We're no longer focusing on, 'Can we do this?' We're focusing on, 'Should we do this, and what should it look like?' " said DuBravac, author of the new book "Digital Destiny." VentureBeat (1/10)
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Samsung packs 8-core processor into Galaxy A7 phone
Samsung Electronics will release a 5.5-inch version of its Galaxy A7 phone and punch it up with an octa-core processor, a more powerful battery and a metal frame at a "competitive price point," the company announced. Also, Samsung reportedly may release budget phones that run Windows Phone 8.1. Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/12), The Korea Times (Seoul) (1/11)
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President Obama turns attention to security, privacy ahead of SOTU
Obama administration touts progress in 'year of action'
President Barack Obama (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
In the days leading up to his Jan. 20 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a series of announcements about initiatives designed to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity. A White House official said the president will take executive action and call on Congress to address several critical security issues, including identity theft, Internet privacy, and cybersecurity for government and for private companies. Reuters (1/12), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/10), CNET (1/10)
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Niche is the word for wearables sector this year
Makers of wearable devices are trying to attract more consumer interest by altering their strategy: Rather than providing an all-in-one solution for activity trackers, their latest products offer more niche uses, such as for marathon runners, basketball players and office workers looking to relieve stress. Most connect to mobile application displays. PCWorld (1/12)
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Office Depot campaign says it can help workers "Gear Up"
Office Depot has launched its first brand campaign since it merged with OfficeMax and began working with Interpublic's McCann and UM. The campaign, called "Gear Up For Great," repositions offices supplies as "gear" and touts the company's in-house experts. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (1/8), MediaPost Communications/MAD blog (1/8)
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CEA's newest book: "Digital Destiny" is officially on sale today
Today is the official release of CEA's latest book, "Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate" (Regnery Publishing, 2015). In "Digital Destiny," Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., chief economist for the Consumer Electronics Association, explains that the world's mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity, one that will rival the invention of the printing press for its transformational effects on every person, country and institution in the world. "Digital Destiny" is now available for purchase at all major book retailers and at DigitalDestiny.com.
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CEA, producer of CES, donates a total of $100,000 to 3 Las Vegas green projects
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, owner and producer of the International CES®, the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, announced a total of $100,000 in green donations for sustainability projects in Las Vegas, the host city of CES. This marks the seventh consecutive year CEA has made a green donation to a Las Vegas-based organization.
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