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Are wireless desktops on the horizon?
Delays have hindered the development of a Certified Wireless USB that would eliminate the USB cables that connect PCs to their many accessories. Recent developments, including WiMedia Alliance’s "ultrawideband," which would be compatible with multiple CE devices, could help push wireless USB to the market by the end of 2006.   CNET (10/17)
Survey: Bose tops car audio brands
Bose has the best global brand power of all car audio brands, according to a J.D. Power and Associates Internet survey that assessed consumers’ brand name/logo recognition, favorability and top-of-mind awareness.   Auto123 (Canada) (10/18)
Analysis: Apple iPhone could launch in January

Industry analysts expect that Apple Computer will release two iPhone selections as early as January, with one analyst going as far as predicting it will come in three colors. Apple filed a trademark for the iPhone in September.    Bloomberg/ClipSyndicate (10/18),   Pocket-lint.co.uk (10/17)

Symbian CEO: PC era over in five years
Symbian CEO Nigel Clifford says desktop PCs "are effectively a flatlining commodity" and that smartphones are ushering in a new era in computing in a shift "as profound as the Internet and PC were in the 1990s." Clifford said the trend is accelerating quickly, thanks to increasingly sophisticated mobile screens and strong interest in the technology in developing countries.   CNET (10/17)
Microsoft to issue privacy guidelines
Microsoft Corp. will release its own set of privacy practices to encourage companies to adopt more cohesive standards to safeguard people’s personal information. Microsoft will urge telling customers why personally identifiable information is collected and will encourage deleting the data no longer needed.   USA TODAY (10/17)
Report: Wireless coverage to reach 90% of world’s population by 2010
Wireless coverage is expected to reach 90% of the world’s population by 2010, but handset penetration will lag unless governments take steps to lower taxes and other factors that put phones out of reach for many customers, according to a report by the GSM Association. Currently, wireless coverage is available to about 80% of the world’s population, double the level in 2000, the group said.   Yahoo!/AFP (10/17)
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Technology Update 

Monster remote gives home theater owners custom control
Monster’s new Monster Home Theater Controller 100 features an LCD screen and supports eight customizable functions that will control the actions of up to 15 devices. The remote also can connect to a computer via a USB cable.   Slippery Brick (10/16)
Sony introduces accessories for new Walkmans
Sony Corp. has made a plethora of accessories available for its new Walkmans, including three docking systems and Bluetooth-capable headphones.   Pocket-lint.co.uk (10/17)
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Retail 

RadioShack launches online courses for consumers
RadioShack will begin offering online classes designed to educate consumers on the use of various high-tech gadgets, including HDTVs. The courses, which are self-paced and moderated by technology experts, are designed to build customer loyalty, the electronics retailer says.   The New York Times (free registration) (10/18)
Carphone Warehouse to auction old mobile phones online
Carphone Warehouse launched an online auction site to give customers an avenue to sell old, unwanted wireless phones. The site is designed to prevent stolen phones from being listed.   Silicon.com (10/17)

CEA Zap 

CEA will not launch 2007 gaming event
Based on industry feedback and a recent ESA announcement, Karen Chupka, senior vice president of events and conferences, CEA, issued the following statement: "CEA spent the past few months soliciting industry feedback, via advisory committee meetings and a research survey, to determine the need for a new gaming event although CEA was prepared to launch a new event, the recent announcement by ESA that it would open its event to both ESA and non-ESA members led us to conclude that a new spring West Coast event would likely not serve the best needs of the industry. At this point, we will continue dialogue with the industry to determine if the need for a broader gaming event exists for 2008."

Dell to receive CEA’s Digital Patriots Award at March 27 Dinner
Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc., will receive a 2007 Digital Patriot Award for his contributions to advancing the consumer electronics industry at CEA’s Digital Patriots Dinner on March 27, 2007. The Digital Patriots Dinner is part of the CEA Washington Forum — formerly known as the Entertainment Technology and Policy Summit — which will be held March 26 to 28, 2007 in Washington, DC. The awards program recognizes industry and government leaders who fight for the freedom to innovate and change the world through digital technology.

CEA SmartStat
Fifteen percent of all Internet connections were cable and 4% were DSL in October of 2000. By March 2006, cable and DSL each accounted for 29% of the residential Internet market. Source: CEA Market Research Broadband and the Home of Tomorrow study, March 2006
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