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Study: Wi-Fi could be in 1 billion CE devices by 2012 | SpeakerCraft goes for subtlety with NEAT 3 | Integra joins Blu-ray market with DBS-6.9
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October 7, 2008
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Study: Wi-Fi could be in 1 billion CE devices by 2012
The number of electronic devices equipped with Wi-Fi chips could more than triple by 2012 from the 294 million in the market in 2007, according to a report from In-Stat, a research firm that cited mobile handsets as the fastest-growing such product. In-Stat said lower prices on Wi-Fi-equipped devices and more robust batteries had been the key ingredients in the technology's growth.
CNET (10/6),  Cartt News Service (subscription only) (10/6) 
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SpeakerCraft goes for subtlety with NEAT 3
Source: SpeakerCraft
The pint-size NEAT 3 allows for unobtrusive home audio with flush wall or ceiling mounting. SpeakerCraft's CEO says the speaker is designed to resemble a mere lighting fixture and be less conspicuous.
ElectronicHouse.com (10/6) 
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Integra joins Blu-ray market with DBS-6.9
Integra's DBS-6.9 Blu-ray player, which launched this week, supports interactive content and formats including CD, DVD and MP3. The DBS-6.9 is priced at $600.
TWICE (10/6) 
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From Blue Chips to Startups
Supreme Court puts Dish on the line for $104 million
The Supreme Court has declined to hear Dish Network's appeal of a patent ruling that awarded TiVo millions of dollars in damages for unauthorized use of its "Time Warp" software. A district court may award additional damages in response to allegations that Dish has violated an injunction against its use of the technology.
Reuters (10/6),  Mediaweek (10/6) 
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Vizio eyes worldwide sales
Source: Vizio
This fall, the California company started selling its low-price LCD TVs in Japan after claiming 10% market share in the U.S., and it is planning further global expansion. Vizio credits its success in the U.S. to low production costs coupled with a strong presence in discount stores such as Costco, Wal-Mart and Target.
International Herald Tribune (10/6) 
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Report: New MacBooks will be thick as a "brick"
With reports swirling across the Internet speculating on Apple's next major release, code-named "brick," 9to5Mac.com is reporting the term refers to how Apple will make the MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops: They will be carved out from a single block of aluminum. That has led observers to consider how such a revolutionary production process would affect its manufacturing costs.
Bloomberg Businessweek (10/7) 
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Sanyo laser could speed Blu-ray systems
Sanyo Electric has produced a blue-laser diode for Blu-ray players that, at 450 milliwatts, is twice as powerful as the company's current standard, Sanyo said Monday. But lags between development and commercial rollout mean the faster and more powerful devices may not hit stores for up to two years.
Network World/IDG News Service (10/6) 
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Netflix falls short, lowers Q4 estimates
Citing the severe economic climate, Netflix reduced its earlier fourth-quarter predictions, saying that its subscriber base will end up 1% to 5% lower than its July estimates of 9.1 million to 9.7 million and that revenue will come in 1% to 3% below its target. For the third quarter, the online DVD-rental company reported 8.672 million customers, about 3,000 to 203,000 under its estimates, saying August was "unusually weak."
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/7),  Reuters (10/6) 
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GameFly adds mobile platform for users
Source: GameFly
GameFly has developed a mobile-phone version of its online site that the gaming retailer says contains many of the same features. Customers can plug in the same URL to access and update their accounts, according to the company.
MocoNews.net (10/6) 
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Sony Pictures starts Blu-ray loyalty program
Consumers who buy Blu-ray disc titles with BD-Live bonus features that come from Sony Pictures can earn points to buy other Sony products through membership in Sony Pictures Blu-ray Club. The studio launched the loyalty plan -- a component of the Sony Rewards program -- partly as a way of promoting its new video release, "You Don't Mess With the Zohan."
TWICE (10/6) 
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Best Buy among first to stock MSI Wind
The MSI Wind netbook will go on sale at Best Buy priced at $399 and equipped with a 120GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM, MSI said Monday. Best Buy is one of the few major U.S. CE retailers to stock the Wind, which keeps its price lower partly by using a less powerful battery pack.
Electronista (10/6) 
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CE comfort in Costa Rica
CEA blogger Bhavna Bhatia recounts her surprise on a trip to tech-savvy Costa Rica. "As soon as I stepped off the plane in Liberia, Costa Rica, my cell phone lost signal. With no cell phone, and sweat beads piling up on my nose, I was nervous to see the conditions I would have to live in for the next week. To my surprise, my room came fully equipped with wireless Internet capabilities, a 42-inch flat-screen television and a local cell phone service available for a fee." Read more at Digital Dialogue.
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Road warrior guide to accessories
Cool consumer electronics can make business travelers more effective and the trip more fun! Make the most of your trip with CEA's road warrior guide.
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Special accessories issue of Dealerscope
Thank you to the Accessories Division members who contributed to the special accessories issue of Dealerscope, and a special thanks to the staff at Dealerscope for promoting the CEA Accessories Division and the category. The special accessories issue hit newsstands the third week of September and is filled with news and product information on the hottest accessory categories from antennas to batteries. Learn more about CE accessories on DigitalTips.org.
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