Industry expected to use UHD, Sony opts to differ
The Consumer Electronics Association has changed the name of 4K to Ultra High-Definition, or the shorter Ultra HD. The rebrand was put to a vote earlier this week, and the CEA's Board of Industry Leaders unanimously voted for the change, as well as minimum performance characteristics for the format.
Microsoft turns down demand for 3yr CES keynotes
Microsoft's decision to bow out of CES after 2012 is in between the official line and rumors of a forceful rejection, a possible scoop uncovered late Wednesday. Microsoft did want out as the event no longer lined up with its schedule, The Verge heard, but the CEA may have brought the issue to a head. It was "playing the field" for an alternate and asked for a three-year deal at a higher price, making Microsoft rethink how long it wanted to stay.
CEA sees tablets driving tech revenue up 5.6pc
Apple's iPad and the rest of the tablet market will boost the whole home technology industry 60 percent further than it would have grown otherwise, the Consumer Electronics Association estimated on Monday. After originally predicting a 3.5 percent year-over-year climb in 2011, the CEA now believed tablets would push the growth to 5.6 percent, to $190 billion. The spike would be $4 billion more than thought and would see more than seven percent, or $14 billion, of the industry's revenue come from tablets alone.
CEA begins process to standardize 3D glasses
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) this week began the process of creating a standard for 3D glasses. The association is now looking for proposals to standardize 3D active eyewear that uses an infrared synchronized interface. A standard will allow for interoperable 3D glasses among the different 3DTVs out there.
About 76 tablets and e-readers shipped at CES
An unofficial tracker from Shawn Dubrovac has revealed the sheer extent to which companies leapt on the tablet market following the early success of the iPad. The list shows at least 100 tablets and crossover e-readers having shipped, including not just major entries such as the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom but also relative newcomers such as Enspert's Identity Tab line and Notion Ink Adam. The list factors in 24 generic tablets at Freescale's booth.
CEA says iPad no. 3 gift pick overall, no. 2 tech
The Consumer Electronics Association today put out a list that had the iPad competing with peace and happiness for the top spot in technology. Apple's tablet was in the top three in a survey of holiday wishes of any kind, coming just behind notebooks and "peace/happiness." It ranked higher than many common non-tech and even non-material wishes, such as clothes, cars and good health.
Apple-centric area at CES
While rumors of Apple's appearance at CES 2010 continue to swirl, a new report says that the Consumer Electronics Association has confirmed plans to host a Apple-centric area at next year's annual electronics show. Despite a second report that echoed echoed Apple's move from Macworld Expo to CES, Apple has still not commented on whether it plans to participate, according to CNET News.com.
CEA Mulls MP3 Standards
The Consumer Electronics Association is considering implementing technical standards for handhelds and other home electronics, according to an announcement late yesterday. The organization says it has formed a discussion group that would gauge interest in a cross-platform standard that would ensure digital cameras, GPS navigators, MP3 players, and video screens all obey a certain minimum standard for integrating with other devices in the home.