Consumer electronics

NPD: Apple dominated consumer electronics sales in 2011

U.S. sales of all consumer gadgets hit just $144 billion last year, which is actually a half percent dip when compared to 2010. But last year’s results weren’t terrible news for all CE companies. There is one company that’s doing pretty well in the U.S.

Apple vs. Samsung: the real battle for mobile supremacy

It’s often said that the future of mobile will boil down to Apple versus Google, or iPhone and Android. But that’s far too broad. It’s Samsung that’s giving Apple a run for its money in phones and perhaps, eventually, tablets.

Chasing Consumers, Cisco to Buy Design House Moto

Cisco, in its effort to become a player in the consumer electronics business, continues its torrid acquisition spree by agreeing to buy marquee design house Moto for an undisclosed amount. The new group will help Cisco Consumer Products Chief Jonathan Kaplan cook up new products.

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Forecast: Tablet App Sales To Hit $8B by 2015

The web tablet app market will be a significant one in just a few short years, going from $183 million in revenue in 2010 to $8.2 billion by 2015. The overall momentum for this market will bedriven early on by the iPad and Apple’s app store, but over time other devices and app stores will also push the market. In this report, we provide a detailed forecast of web tablet sales, including both the forthcoming iPad and non-Apple tablets, as well as in-depth descriptions and analysis around expected app purchasing behaviors and total anticipated sales and download volume.

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How AT&T Will Deal with iPad Data Traffic

Today’s launch of the Apple iPad came with a big surprise to those of us following the sad story of the iPhone’s network issues: The new device will stick with AT&T as the cellular data provider. We can argue forever about whether or not AT&T set sail with the iPhone in a leaky boat, how it should have started bailing the boat at the first signs of trouble, or if it should have set the iPhone free to sail with better networks — but that’s not going to change anything. AT&T has faced a 5,000 percent increase in data traffic over the last three years, and its experience is a cautionary tale for carriers in the age of superphones and iPad-like devices. Here’s what we can learn from AT&T’s experience.

Boxee Box, Beta Unveiled in Brooklyn

Media center software company Boxee gave a sneak peek of its new dedicated hardware device that arrives at CES early next month, and has unveiled the latest version of its beta software.

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Forget Syncing, Let’s Put Music in the Cloud!

We’re at the point now where the purchase of digital music can be enjoyed on desktops, notebooks, phones, portable media players, car stereos and of course, the portable digital audio player. So what tie can bind most of these use cases together? Music in the cloud.

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Mobile Broadband: Pricing for Profits

Cisco estimates that data traffic will grow to 63 times its volume in 2008 by 2013, while a report out from Acision, a company that provides messaging and network management products for operators, estimates that the number of subscriptions will increase only seven-fold between 2008 and 2013. What’s grim for carriers about the Cisco report is that it speculates that mobile broadband users will seek the same type of services that wired broadband users consume. As more people are consuming more mobile data, it’s those who are using the PC-like devices that could cause problems. People tend to use mobile broadband on such devices as if they were using wired connections, which means they expect to use high-bandwidth applications such as streaming HD video.

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How to Manage Access to Digital Content

The vast majority of technology purchasers don’t care how their stuff works. They just care that it works. This is especially true with digital content delivery services like iTunes or the Kindle. Kindle and iPod buyers want to be able to enter a credit card number, get their product and enjoy it — without having to worry about all that other messy stuff that goes with it. That’s for someone else to worry about.
Sure, there are organizations like the Electronic Freedom Foundation, which writes long letters and starts petitions for all the people who have been harmed by Apple not letting the songs on iTunes be used on a Dell MP3 player. But most consumers don’t care about DRM — at least not until the “rights management” gets in their way. Steve Jobs knows this. Jeff Bezos, its seems, doesn’t.