to be available on PS3
Facebook support will be introduced to the console in the next
firmware update, version 3.10. Once you link your PlayStation
Network account to your Facebook account, you will be able to
turn on options to automatically update your Facebook profile
in 3 different areas: trophy information, purchasing information,
and game event information.
drops more CE prices in run-up to the holidays
Wal-Mart has announced a new pre-Black Friday promotion that includes
the 26-inch 720p Vizio LCD TV and select video game packages.
The in-store deals -- the third such price-dropping initiative
in the retailer's run-up to the holiday shopping season -- last
from Nov. 21 to 27.
new Sony Bravias, Blu-ray players get Netflix streams
Select Sony Bravia HDTVs and Blu-ray players now are equipped
to directly stream Netflix's catalog of 17,000 "Watch Instantly"
titles. Models included are the 40-, 46- and 52-inch versions
of the W5100, Z5100, XBR9 and XBR10 series as well as the company's
N460 Network Blu-ray Disc Player.
eyes expansion of wireless contracts for CE devices
Nearly half of the netbooks, notebook PCs, mobile Internet devices
and other consumer-electronics products sold worldwide in 2013
will carry a 3G or 4G cellular contract, according to new data
from In-Stat. The firm said that 31.5% of netbooks and smartbooks
were sold with a wireless contract this year, a percentage that
will grow to 49.5% during the next four years.
Remote monitoring offers a healthy advantage
those of us who have elderly or disabled loved ones, getting them
the care and attention they require can be difficult at times.
It can also be expensive given the cost of assisted living. Learn
how M2M technology can help improve lifestyle through remote monitoring
and offer a healthy advanatge.
Burkhardt charts life after the recession
Now that the economy is showing signs of improvement, custom installer
SpeakerCraft will begin targeting a broader swath of the population,
including mainstream consumers and retrofit installations. "Those
that have survived the storm and put their financial and operational
ship in shape are going to come out of this economic learning
experience stronger and more prepared to run even more profitable
businesses," said SpeakerCraft President Jeremy Burkhardt.
regains top spot as U.S. LCD TV supplier
a 17% share of the U.S. LCD market in the third quarter, Samsung
Electronics has regained its position as the leading supplier
over Vizio, which controlled 16% of the market, according to the
latest data from iSuppli Corp. Samsung last claimed bragging rights
in the category in the fourth quarter of 2008, but it was overtaken
by Vizio in the first and second quarters of this year.
introduces new online tools for data analysis
Consumer Electronics Association has launched CEMarketMetrics.org,
a Web portal designed to provide member firms with new tools for
tracking reports and customized data analyses. "Our new custom
analysis tools take the program to a whole new level, enabling
customers to tailor reports to suit their business needs,"
said Steve Koenig, CEA's director of industry analysis. "Companies
that participate in CEA's industry-data program now have an even
stronger advantage in the marketplace."
to buy video company BitBand
Inc. said that it would buy privately held BitBand, an Israel-based
video-on-demand technology provider, to expand its home video
business. Motorola said it would integrate BitBand into its Home
and Networks Mobility unity, for which the company has reportedly
been looking for a buyer willing to pay $4 billion to $5 billion.
sells the big-screen plasma experience
executives say large-screen plasma TVs, such as the company's
58- and 65-inch VIERA sets, offer a number of technical advantages
over other displays, including a wider "sweet spot"
for viewers and a higher level of brightness regularity across
the screen. The pitch for plasma as a replacement for outdated
rear-projection TVs came as the company conducted technical briefings
on the East and West coasts.
TV service now sold directly at retail
TV, a mobile-television service that has been sold as an add-on
to voice or data service in the past, now is being offered as
a stand-alone product at a variety of consumer-electronics stores.
The FLO TV Personal Television serves up 10 to 15 channels from
cable and broadcast networks for $15 a month.
firms look to interactive Blu-ray for sales spark
companies increasingly are looking to the highly interactive capabilities
of the Blu-ray platform to provide a much-needed sales spark in
the home-entertainment category. "As with any new rollout
of new technology, we are getting a sense of what people like
and what they don't like," said Sony Home Entertainment Vice
President Rich Marty. "The real challenge is to stay relevant."
sales expected to spread cheer during the holidays
LCD TV shipments expected to increase 7.3% during the fourth quarter
and prices on all levels of HDTVs at all-time lows, CE industry
analysts are predicting that flat-panel sets will be the name
of the game this holiday shopping season. "The reason for
that strong growth is the fact that the prices are very, very
aggressive," said Riddhi Patel, an analyst with iSuppli.
"It won't be only on the basic models. It will be on the
more advanced ones, too."
lets users download mobile apps from PCs
this week created an online catalog to help Windows Mobile 6.5
users browse for applications without needing to access their
mobile phones. Instead, they can download the apps from their
PCs, which Windows will deliver wirelessly to their customers'
predicts consumers will want Web-enabled TV, e-books
Distributing says it will help retailers cope with what CEA economists
call a "pent-up demand" for products such as Internet-connected
TV and e-books as consumers open their wallets again. "It's
time to ask ourselves about the new consumer mind-set," said
D&H executive Michael Schwab. "What kind of merchandise
and lifestyle are people picturing for themselves, post-recession?"
7 inspires touch-screen boom
Manufacturers are releasing a range of touch-screen PCs to take
advantage of multitouch support featured in Windows 7. Gartner
predicts about 10% of new PCs this year will include touch-screen
capabilities, with shipments next year expected to increase four
times over 2008's total.
study says technology brings families together
media technology may seem to drive families apart, but new research
from Nickelodeon says many are doing activities together. A new
study by the cable network, as part of an ongoing research effort
with Harris Interactive called "The Family GPS," shows
that 82% of families watch TV together. 77% of families watch
movies together at home each week.
of the coupons for DTV converter boxes expire
redeemed 54% of the 64.1 million government-issued coupons toward
the purchase of a digital-TV converter box, according to this
report. The last 200,000 of those coupons that were sent by the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration reached
their 90-day expiration date Monday.
Bell unveils touch-screen all-in-one desktop PC
Bell has announced its oneTwo series of all-in-one touchscreen
Windows 7 desktop PCs that offer a digital TV tuner built-in.
The all-in-one devices, with a "space-saving design and a
single power-cord" combine a PC and a TV in a 20-inch 1600
x 900 resolution or 23-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display.
game consoles morph beyond their gaming roots
game consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation
3 are, according to this report, morphing beyond their gaming
roots and becoming full-fledged entertainment platforms. Later
this month, for instance, Microsoft will add a number of key features
to its Xbox Live online service that will allow users to stream
music, download movies and access social-media networks.
Wall Street Journal
presses Nintendo as iPhone profits surge
strong popularity of the iPhone and iPod has helped Apple to press
Nintendo as the global leader in hand-held gaming devices, according
to a report that also quotes Nintendo's president as saying the
companies are not competitors. Apple's gaming applications may
have been a major factor in the iPhone's latest success: The handset
has surpassed Nokia's phones in generating operating profits,
according to a report from Strategy Analytics.
can help curb rise in retail theft
Global Retail Theft Barometer shows that theft costs to companies
have jumped nearly 6% this year compared with last year. The increase
is being attributed to the economic downturn and reduced spending
on security measures. Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID
Journal, suggests that RFID technology can help in a number of
developing material to keep batteries cool
Taiwanese researchers are developing a battery material designed
to prevent lithium-ion batteries that are used in laptops and
mobile devices from catching fire or exploding. The material is
called Stoba, and, when placed between the positive and negative
sides of the battery, it can morph from a porous material to a
film to help dissipate heat buildup in the cells.
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HVAC alliance formed
The ClimateTalk Alliance will establish a common communication
infrastructure for HVAC and smart energy devices, enabling easy
interoperability of diverse applications across multiple protocols.
acquires three British controls businesses
Carrier Corp., which makes heating, ventilating and air conditioning
equipment, said Wednesday it has acquired three building management
control businesses of the i2S Group, a British company.
says green buildings reduce energy use, lower financial risk
The potential for energy use reductions in old and new buildings
is significant, according to a report from KPMG. The study finds
that energy consumption in buildings can be cut by 30 to 50 percent
and still produce a positive return on investments. Plus, real
estate groups can get a business boost from green buildings by
attracting the best deals, strategic investors, and marquee anchor
tenants, according to the report.
Wireless and Jasper Wireless partner on M2M connected devices
Rogers Wireless and Jasper Wireless announced today the companies
have entered into a multi-year, exclusive agreement to wirelessly
connect consumer electronics and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.
Through this partnership, Rogers Wireless will accelerate market
entry for new categories of connected devices such as personal
navigation and e-readers.
anticipate LEED-liability suits
may not be hearing a lot of concern from the construction community
about liability issues arising from LEED projects, but they expect
its coming. One potential liability scenario could result
from simply not receiving the level of LEED certification the
to buy GE Security unit
Technologies Corp. said that it will buy General Electric's security
business for $1.82 billion, adding another major element to UTC's
own security products unit, UTC Fire & Security. GE Security,
a division of GE Technology Infrastructure, provides a wide variety
of products, including fire detection and access control systems,
alarms and video surveillance.
ICT has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 25%
technologies, if used intensively, have the potential to reduce
carbon emissions by 25% in the G20 countries, compared with 2006
baseline emissions, according to new IDC report. ICT-enabled smart
building systems, ICT-optimised supply chains, and variable motor
controls in industrial machinery are the leading technologies
for reducing emissions in each of the sectors surveyed.
DOE walks the walk with smart building
and office buildings consume three-quarters of U.S. electricity,
and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory wants to lower that
figure by erecting what it believes will be the largest "net-zero"
energy building in the world one that produces as much
power onsite as it uses.
IT teams bring to green building efforts
A smart building is one that uses networked sensors and controls
and centralized monitoring and management to improve the efficiency
of its operation. So what's IT's role? IT also brings a deep understanding
of how to stick to standards and secure networks.
solutions selected for TESCO superstores in China
continues to expand as a total solutions provider for high performance
commercial buildings and has recently been selected by the global
retail giant TESCO to provide air conditioning equipment for 20
future TESCO superstores. In addition, Carrier will perform chiller
retrofits for existing TESCO stores across China. Carrier Corp.
is a unit of United Technologies Corp.
STAR releases progress snapshot
latest ENERGY STAR Snapshot provides an at-a-glance summary of
key performance indicators. The Snapshot brings together the latest
U.S. metrics and helps you watch progress across the country.
The report monitors trends in the energy performance rating of
commercial and institutional buildings and also follows ENERGY
STAR certification for commercial and industrial facilities.
Efficiency in Buildings: Transforming the Market
paper from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
explores building efficiency in six markets: Brazil, China Europe,
Indian, Japan, and the U.S. Energy consumption for building operation
was studied. Building operations account for 80% of the total
energy consumed during the life cycle of the building that include
construction and demolition. Buildings consume 40% of energy produced.
The report proposes methods to reduce energy consumption sufficient
to decrease carbon output by 77% by 2050. Codes, incentives, designs,
and technologies to achieve this goal are discussed. Financial
incentives alone are inadequate today; taxes and subsidies are
recommended. The net cost is estimated at $250 billion per year
in the six market studied. Read
the full report as published in CABA's Research Library. Paid
CABA membership provides you access to the full CABA Research
Library, which has grown by 300
new reports within the last two years.
Bright Green Buildings - Convergence of Green and Intelligence
Konkana Khaund, Industry Analyst - Environment & Building
Technologies, Frost & Sullivan on November 24 at 11:30 am
ET as she identifies exciting developments in technology &
analyzes their implications for buildings, i.e. lowering energy
costs & enabling buildings to comply with Smart Grid &
Net Zero targets of the future.
The Webinar will be brought to you through 2degrees, a collaborative,
online corporate network which invites you to join free of charge.
How to Promote an Energy Star Qualified Building
STAR will hold a webinar on December 2 at 1 pm ET to describe
the characteristics of an ENERGY STAR qualified building, and
how to leverage EPA materials and resources that help spread the
word about ENERGY STAR qualified buildings.
Pro launches Virtual Trade Shows
CE Pro Virtual Trade Shows will take place on May 11-13, 2010
and October 12-14, 2010. This new virtual event format will offer
the custom electronics industry a fresh, new experience. Over
three days each CE Pro Virtual Trade Show will offer custom installation
professionals and retailers keynote presentations from prominent
industry leaders, strong conference content, virtual trade show
booths, appointment making, chat, video and audio presentations,
and much more. For manufacturers and service providers, the event
will offer an efficient tool to showcase their products and services
to a national CE Pro community. Learn more.
Cisco, NetApp and Panduit Data Center of the Future
Join Cisco, NetApp, and Panduit for an online discussion of Fibre
Channel over Ethernet best practices on December 10 at 12 pm ET.
Power, cooling, and space challenges are the norm for most data
centers today. These challenges are a direct result of the growth
of and disparate technologies involved in cabling, adapters, and
switch ports for networking. While server virtualization addresses
some of these issues, many problems remain and new challenges
continue to emerge. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn
more about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) solutions available
today, and how IT organizations are realizing the benefits and
efficiencies of products from Cisco, NetApp, and Panduit.
Launches Connected Home Roadmap 2010 Study
Continental Automated Buildings Association, through its Connected
Home Research Council, is launching a consumer market study that
will examine all aspects of the connected home marketplace.
and Building Intelligence Group to hold seminar at AHR Expo
Building Intelligence Tour, produced by CABA and Building Intelligence
Group, and in its fifth year at AHR Expo, will present an educational
seminar focused on Optimized and Integrated Controls for High
Performance Building Operations. The event, to held Jan. 26
at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL will demonstrate
leadership and expertise in building automation, controls, energy
management and integrated systems. The seminar will also be designed
to enhance your marketing efforts while educating building owners,
facility managers, property developers, system integrators, contractors,
and consultants; and providing them networking opportunities.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what
--Winston S. Churchill,