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December 14, 2011
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How I See It
Fry's Electronics president looks ahead to 2012
Randy Fry, president of Fry's Electronics
Fry's Electronics co-founder and President Randy Fry, who also serves as CEA's executive board chairman, takes a look at the effect cloud-computing has already had on the consumer-electronics industry and delves into the proliferation of connected personal devices in this CEA SmartBrief Best Of
Q-and-A interview post. Fry offers his views on the Internet, tablets and smartphones and on how the idea of charging an online sales tax is shaping some consumers' purchasing decisions. Read the full interview. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/13)
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How You See It
What will be the must-have CE technology in 2012?
41%   Tablets
18%   Connected TVs
10%   Cloud computing
10%   In-car technologies
9%   That is up to the individual consumer
7%   Technology to improve health and fitness
5%   3DTVs
4%   Applications
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What motivates consumers to connect their CE devices to the Internet?
33%   Increased likelihood of finding the exact content they want
28%   A desire to cut the cord
25%   A convenient way to try new content
10%   Cheaper than acquiring over-the-top content
6%   Other
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What do you think will be the most significant technology trend at retail for 2012?
36%   Tablets
27%   Connected TVs
20%   Cloud computing
13%   4G
6%   Other
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Why do you attend CES?
75%   To see what's new
17%   Networking
3%   Other
3%   TechZones/Innovations Showcase
3%   Conference sessions
2%   Keynotes
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  Message from the President 
Gary Shapiro talks innovation
Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO
Americans are creative, innovative doers thanks to a culture that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. More than ever, innovation is critical to American global leadership and economic growth. The Consumer Electronics Association created The Innovation Movement to mobilize those who believe in the cause of innovation. Movement members support pro-innovation policies, including strategic immigration, free trade, deficit reduction and broadband deployment. Join the Innovation Movement today, and sign the Declaration of Innovation to make sure policymakers hear your voice.
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CEA Research
Shoppers spend heavily on tech gifts this season
According to the Consumer Electronics Association's 18th Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, roughly 118 million Americans shopped between Thanksgiving Thursday and Cyber Monday, and nearly half of all shoppers said they purchased consumer electronics. In CEA's Black Friday Weekend survey, 48% of consumers said they purchased CE gifts during the first official shopping weekend of the 2011 holiday season, spending, on average, $89 on tech products. So far, the most popular electronics this holiday season are digital cameras, video game consoles, computers and CE accessories.
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Product announcements appearing in SmartBrief are paid advertisements and do not reflect actual CEA endorsements. The news reported in SmartBrief does not necessarily reflect the official position of CEA.

Most Popular Stories

These are the most clicked and shared stories in CEA SmartBrief in the past year.

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Headphone sales spike is "a kind of wake-up call," executive says
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Apple sues Samsung, citing "blatant copying" of designs
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/19)
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Smartest Quotes

These are the most clicked and shared SmartQuotes in CEA SmartBrief in the past year.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein,
German-born physicist
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
-- Niels Bohr,
Danish physicist
Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.
-- Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon,
French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist and author

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