Inputs/Outputs – November 2013

November 05, 2013
Each month i3 recaps the latest comings and goings of CE industry executives. In this month’s roundup: RealD president announces his retirement, David Pogue jumps to Yahoo! to start a new tech channel, BrightLine hires former SiriusXM exec and more.  RealD President to RetireRealD, a leader in 3D motion picture technology, has announced that its president Joe Peixoto will retire in March, following the end of the company’s 2014 fiscal year. Peixoto has served as president of RealD since 2005. During his tenure, RealD grew to be the most widely used 3D technology for cinema, with roughly 23,500 installations in 74 countries. “Joe has been an instrumental part of...

As the Mini Turns One, CEA Explores the Tablet Landscape

November 01, 2013
Apple’s iPad mini turns one on Saturday. Already a new version of the tablet has been announced – the iPad mini with Retina display, set to ship in November.   Like Apple’s other tablets, the new mini will be available with and without a cellular connection. But a CEA study released this week found that while three in 10 tablet owners own a device with 3G or 4G connectivity, only half (49 percent) of these consumers end up springing for the data plan. “There is a disconnect between consumers that own a 3G/4G-enabled tablet and the consumers that feel the need to pay for the data connectivity,” said Tara Hutton, CEA’s director of market research. ...

Introducing the 2013 CE Hall of Fame: Retailers and Journalists

October 23, 2013
The achievements of 15 individuals were celebrated last night, as CEA inducted its 2013 class into the Consumer Electronics (CE) Hall of Fame. With their contributions to the industry, the 197 inventors, corporate executives, engineers, retailers, and journalists that make up the CE Hall of Fame helped to shape the modern world of technology. Today we look at the five inductees that make up the ‘Retailers and Journalists’ category of the 2013 class. These individuals devoted their time to making sure the latest technologies are exciting and available:  Team Award: Len and Jim TwetenWhen Len Tweten added a few stereo components to his usual inventory of stationery...

Five Technology Trends to Watch: Explore the Future of CE

October 21, 2013
Enter to win one of eight $50 American Express gift cards in CEA's Five Techs Twitter Contest! Each weekday between November 12 – 22, @CEA will tweet a trivia question related to the 2014 edition of Five Technology Trends to Watch using the hashtag #FiveTechs. Be on the lookout for questions in your Twitter feed around 11 a.m. each weekday. Find contest details, including how to enter, here.The 2014 edition of Five Technology Trends to Watch, CEA’s annual deep dive into the technology innovations slated to drive the consumer electronics (CE) industry in the coming years, is now available! Featuring a glimpse into the future of some of the hottest product trends in the...

Succeeding in Competitive Markets

October 18, 2013
The CE industry continues to grow with revenues projected to rise to $203 billion buoyed by gains in mobile devices, connected solutions and online media consumption. But even as selection and value increase for today’s buyer, features and pricing are becoming more commoditized. A recent Gartner report urged smart TV makers, who are expected to triple production by 2016, to create unique brand strategies to entice consumers. Going forward, businesses must be remarkable or risk being seen as replaceable in the minds of consumers.   As evidenced by the music, movie and news media industries, where high-quality content is plentiful and alternatives readily available, the more...

A Tale of Two Tech Trends

October 17, 2013
No trend better defines the digital age than connectivity, and few words describe life in the 21st century more effectively than mobility. Put these two trends together and you have a megatrend that is not only changing the technology industry, but altering the way we live, work and play.  No other devices embody the intersection of mobility and connectivity like smartphones and tablets. As a result, we’ve witnessed a groundswell in consumer uptake of these products in recent years, fueling a burgeoning and seemingly limitless market opportunity. This dynamic has massively impacted our industry, stimulating growth in some sectors while blunting it in others. What does this...

Startups Moving the Industry Forward

October 15, 2013
CEA is committed to fostering the next generation of game-changing technology companies. To that end, the association has established a startup membership category for emerging companies which share CEA’s vision for a progressive future.Startup membership provides companies looking to launch a new product or establish themselves among the top companies in the industry with the resources and support they need to be successful.From access to CEA’s market research and data analysis, to government affairs support, promotion and networking opportunities, startup members also receive benefits like small business resources and a mentorship program.Tarsier and Phone2Action are two...

Mobile Devices in the Wild

October 10, 2013
With their large, vibrant displays, tablets are more likely to be used for entertainment purposes at home than out and about, according to CEA’s recent study A Tale of Two Techs: Smartphone and Tablet Adoption and Usage. The report found that 95 percent of tablet owners say they use their devices at home, while only 16 percent use them in outdoor spaces like parks, and 12 percent use them while commuting via public transportation. When it comes to using apps, tablet owners report that their primary activity is playing games; number two is watching TV shows or movies.   Consumers rely on their more nimble smartphones to take their shows (podcasts and apps) on the road. Some...

Streaming Video for CE Devices

October 07, 2013
From Downton Abbey to National Football League (NFL) games, from Hollywood classics to original online content, video programming is being bundled for easy access via a growing number of digital viewing options, including game consoles, smart TVs, tablets, e-readers and an array of handheld and tethered devices. Among the most perplexing announcements accompanying Google’s recent launch of its Chromecast streaming media device was the highly publicized then suddenly canceled offer of a three-month Netflix subscription with the purchase. Google explained that it had to eliminate the Netflix promotional...
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