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Japanese firms exhibit high-end TVs at U.S. electronics show

January 9, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electronics firms are exhibiting high-end televisions with better profitability at the world's top electronics show which started in the United States on Tuesday, aiming to shore up their slumping operations amid fierce price competition especially for smaller models.

Huge gadget show gears up in Vegas

January 3, 2013 6:17 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Think your high-definition TV is hot stuff — as sharp as it gets? At the biggest trade show in the Americas, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas, TV makers will be doing their best to convince you that HDTVs are old hat, and should make room for "Ultra HDTV." It's the latest gambit from an...

The smartphone, the cloud, and the automobile

December 10, 2012 10:58 am | by Andy Gryc, QNX Software Systems | Articles | Comments

CES has become an important event for automakers to showcase their cars and, especially, the electronics in these cars. Automotive was a top line item in 2012, and 2013 will be no different. This trend is not surprising, considering that since the 1930s, when the Galvin brothers and Blaupunkt introduced the radio into the automobile....

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2013 International CES shines spotlight on start-ups

November 27, 2012 4:22 pm | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced a new program with the Startup America Partnership, a national network of communities dedicated to advancing the success of American start-ups, for the 2013 International CES.  The partnership will bring specific programming for entrepreneurs and start-ups at the 2013 International CES, world’s largest innovation event.

Mobile computing will still be gasping for air time at CES

November 26, 2012 9:47 am | by Noam Kedem, Leyden Energy | Blogs | Comments

The world is going untethered, with computing no longer tied to the home or office. Business is getting behind this ina big way: according to Cisco, over a third of the U.S. workforce is now completely mobile, and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) programs are taking off. Both consumer and business mobility depend on the developing cloud....

What I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012 11:46 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

It's that special time of year when we all get bloated from eating too much turkey, get into fist fights at Best Buy over that last doorbuster sale, and enjoy Christmas music that started in June. But there is much to be thankful for, and it goes far beyond my propensity for Holiday-induced mayhem.

Quantenna 802.11ac Wi-Fi wins 2013 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award

November 13, 2012 4:20 pm | News | Comments

Quantenna Communications announced it has been named a 2013 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Embedded Technologies product category for its QAC2300 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution. The QAC2300 is the world’s first 802.11ac Wi-Fi chipset designed to guarantee ultra reliable delivery of video over wireless to anywhere in the home.

China rare earths producer suspends output

October 25, 2012 11:34 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

China's biggest rare earths producer has suspended production in an effort to shore up plunging prices of the materials used by makers of mobile phones and other high-tech products. State-owned Baotou Steel Rare Earth (Group) Hi-tech Co. said in a statement released through the Shanghai Stock Exchange...

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LG Electronics post profit on smartphone sales

October 24, 2012 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics Inc. reported a third straight quarterly profit on Wednesday as sales of smartphones designed for faster wireless networks helped end losses at its mobile phone business. LG forecast higher smartphone sales for the current quarter...

Consumer electronics industry announces Ultra High-Definition

October 22, 2012 11:59 am | News | Comments

The next generation of so-called “4K” high-definition display technology for the home giant-screen TVs with more than eight million pixels of resolution, four times the resolution of today’s high-definition televisions will be called “Ultra High-Definition” or “Ultra HD,” connoting its superiority over conventional HDTV, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

February 2012: Consumer

February 1, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue of ECN delves into consumer electronics -- in particular, the recent Consumer Electronics Show. Technical Editor Jason Lomberg discusses Microsoft’s recent departure from CES and its implications for the celebrated trade show.

Best of CES 2012

January 23, 2012 6:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show was a colossal disappointment...though I believe it's endemic of the event's declining importance. Still, CES is always a fun show, and it's always worth the trip. Enjoy these highlights!

CES 2012 and consumer robotics: Informative yet confusing...and bad food!

January 20, 2012 11:35 am | by Frank Tobe, Editor, The Robot Report, www.therobotreport.com | Blogs | Comments

CES 2012 was a mammoth display of the trend toward smart, connected devices for every form of consumer activity: toys, appliances, entertainment, health, mobility, etc.

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Electric-powered DeLorean comes back from the future...

January 20, 2012 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

Although the last official DMC 12 left the production line in the early 80's, a company in Texas have all the original factory presses and parts to start making 'as new' cars again in 2013, one option will be an Electric model.

Can VIZIO Cross Over from TVs to PCs?

January 19, 2012 10:56 am | by Chris Connery, DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

News that VIZIO plans to enter the PC market caught quite a few CES attendees off-guard, and it was a common topic of conversation at the show this week. The company announced plans to market all-in-one (AIO) and notebook PCs.

MPEG Surround: Improving Music Streaming Quality to Meet Consumer Expectations

January 19, 2012 6:13 am | by Jan Nordmann, Fraunhofer IIS, www.iis.fraunhofer.de; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

As HD audio and speaker quality continue to evolve, the demand for higher quality audio increases. Audio streaming will compete with other types of media, including HDTV, video streaming and games. To help meet these HD-quality expectations, MPEG Surround enhances the streaming experience.

CES 2012: Wilocity Announces Marketing Strategy and Product Availability

January 16, 2012 9:39 am | by Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat | Blogs | Comments

Wilocity is an Israel-based start-up that has been aggressive in pursuing the WiGig or 802.11ad silicon market. At CES, it has announced a marketing strategy for its 60 GHz solution that emphasizes the ability to use the technology at work, on the go, or at home.

CES 2012: Qualcomm mirasol on Two More E-Readers

January 16, 2012 9:35 am | by Jennifer Colegrove in DisplaySearch, Display Technology | Blogs | Comments

At CES 2012, Qualcomm announced two more e-readers using its 5.7” mirasol display; these will be from Chinese companies Shanda and Hanvon. In November, Korea-based Kyobo released the first e-reader with mirasol display technology.

CES 2012: Microsoft goes out with a whimper

January 16, 2012 8:29 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Special thanks to ECN's photographer, Andrew Maiman | Articles | Comments

For a company that changed the world with its PC operating systems and dominated CES for over a decade, Microsoft left a mute impression in its swan song at the world’s largest consumer electronics show. Even the star power of American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest

CES 2012: Conexant Systems' low-power video encoder

January 16, 2012 3:43 am | Videos | Comments

Ken Chuang, Marketing Director at Conexant Systems, discusses their new low-power, high-compression video encoder.

Capacitive Coupling Device Enables Wireless Charging Systems

January 12, 2012 11:14 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics North America introduced its new wireless power transmission module at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. The higher power capability of the LXWS Series enables wireless charging systems for

HD DIFT JPEG-MJPEG Encoder Targets Video Surveillance and Monitoring Apps

January 12, 2012 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. announced the CX93610, a low power DIFT JPEG encoder that includes a 656 camera interface and optional microphone input. A monolithic mixed signal Application-Specific Standard Product (ASSP), the CX93610 is designed for monitoring and surveillance camera applications, including

Smart Voice Processors Present New Clarity to Mobile Conversations

January 12, 2012 10:44 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a digital audio processor for multi-microphone applications. ST’s new Smart Voice product family combines exceptional processing performance with desirable scalability and programmability to bring

CES 2012: Hillcrest Labs' motion control products

January 12, 2012 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Videos | Comments

Dan Simpkins, CEO of Hillcrest Laboratories, discusses the company's motion technology products including the Scoop Pointer along with several new partnerships.

CES 2012: Atmel's maXTouch S Series capacitive touchscreen controller

January 12, 2012 10:35 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Videos | Comments

Sherif Hanna, Product Marketing Director at Atmel, goes over their maXTouch S Series, their capacitive touchscreen controllers introduced at CES 2012.

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