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New numbers show: Microsoft moves more media than you might think

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Everyone was focused on the fact that consumers still buy plenty of DVDs and Blu-ray discs when the NPD Group published its 2012 Home Video Data report this week. It’s true: 61 percent of all U.S.-based transactional home video spending goes towards physical media, compared to 64 percent in 2011. But the real surprise to me was to see how much digital media Microsoft is moving these days.

Microsoft made a significant showing in the area of internet VOD, which is industry slang for those 24 or 48 hour video rentals you can get from iTunes, Vudu and others. That segment currently accounts for just 12 percent of total video-on-demand revenue, with 72 percent of the money coming from rentals through pay TV operators. But it’s an interesting segment, in part because it’s not dominated by just one or two players.

Apple’s iTunes does have a strong lead with 45 percent of all internet VOD revenue, according to NPD, but there’s a fierce competition going on for second place: Amazon Instant Video generated 18 percent of the industry’s revenue in this segment in 2012, followed by Walmart’s Vudu with 15 percent and Xbox video with 14 percent.

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Samsung’s road to global domination

CNN Money

FORTUNE — To understand how Samsung — yes, Samsung — became America’s No. 1 mobile phonemaker and thorn in Apple’s side, it’s helpful to rewind to last fall. On a mid-September morning, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook stepped onto a stage in San Francisco to unveil the iPhone 5. Several hundred miles away, in a Wolfgang Puck restaurant in Los Angeles, a group of marketing executives from Samsung Electronics followed real-time reactions to Cook’s remarks. They huddled around tables mounted with laptops and TV screens, carefully tracking each new feature and monitoring the gush of online comments on the new device via blogs and social media sites. As the data flowed in, writers from the company’s advertising agency, who were also camped out in the restaurant turned war room, scrambled to craft a response.

Two hours later, when Cook stepped off the stage, the Samsung group was already drafting a series of print, digital, and TV ads. The following week — as the iPhone 5 went on sale — the company aired a TV ad mocking Apple “fanboys” queuing up for the new phone. (“The headphone jack is going to be on the bottom!”) The 90-second commercial went on to become the most popular tech ad of 2012, garnering more than 70 million views online. More important, in the weeks following the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5, Samsung sold a record-breaking number of its own signature smartphone, the Galaxy S III. “We knew this was going to be a big moment in time, when consumers are really paying attention,” says Todd Pendleton, chief marketing officer of Samsung’s U.S.-based mobile division. “We wanted to take that opportunity and all that energy and make it Samsung’s moment.”

No doubt about it, Samsung is having a moment. In recent years the South Korean company has taken the mobile world — the U.S. included — by storm. Last year it overtook longtime leader Nokia to become the No. 1 player in cellphones, with 29% market share worldwide. In smartphones, those high-end devices with advanced computing power, Samsung is also No. 1 globally and in a dead heat with Apple in the U.S.: Most analysts show Apple with a slight edge in smartphone sales, while one outfit, ABI Research, says Samsung’s share of smartphone shipments topped 33%, compared with Apple’s 30%. (To be sure, Apple sells one device, the iPhone, while Samsung offers 25 unique smartphones in the U.S.) “Samsung is on fire,” says John Legere, CEO of mobile operator T-Mobile USA.

CES 2013: World Tech Update

IDG News Service

This week’s WTU covers all the big news from the International CES in Las Vegas including new 4K TVs from Sony, an Intel Atom chip for low cost smartphones and autonomous car technology …

 

CES preview: TVs, tablets to be major focus; Mobility to remain dominant theme at Consumer Electronics Show

MarketWatch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off next week in Las Vegas, and industry watchers expect the show to remain heavily focused on developments in large-screen, connected TV sets as well as smaller tablet and PC-hybrid devices. Makers of large-screen TV sets will be a major presence at the show. Samsung , Sony , LG , Panasonic and Sharp will hold press events on Monday to showcase their latest and upcoming offerings. These are expected to include more ultra-thin sets and improved software interfaces for connecting to the Internet. See full streaming coverage of CES

Another area to watch will be so-called “ultra HD,” meaning TV sets that offer up to four times the screen resolution of current high-definition sets. Sony and LG have already introduced such sets, and Samsung, Sharp and other manufacturers are expected to showcase these types of products at CES, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

But CES has also become notable for who is not there. Apple —one of the largest and most profitable consumer electronics makers on the planet — has never been a strong presence at the event. And this year will also be the first without Microsoft acting effectively as show anchor. The software giant announced last year that it plans to hold its own events to showcase its products.

Ramon Llamas of IDC told MarketWatch that larger companies are favoring their own forums for launching their devices. Also, smartphone makers typically favor the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona in late February for big product launches. “I’m seeing a lot more people looking at CES and saying that this is not the time to showcase our new flagship,” Llamas said. “There’s so much going on that it’s easy to get drowned out.”

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PCWorld and TechHive Pick Top 100 Products in Time for Holiday Gifts

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Mobile and home entertainment products dominate list topped by Windows 8

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With big technology launches and announcements now on par with blockbuster movie premiers and red carpet galas, tech fans were treated to their fair share of pageantry and promenading from the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Google, and many others this year. The experts at PCWorld and TechHive took a look back at 2012 to rank the 100 Best Products that made the biggest impact, and have released their list just in time for the holidays.

Windows 8 is No. 1

At the top of the list of 100 Best Tech Products sits Microsoft’s biggest operating system update and rollout since Windows 95: Windows 8. In some ways, the jury is still out on whether Windows 8 was/is a big success, but the experts at PCWorld and TechHive credit its substantial performance improvements and bold step into the mobile/touch-screen universe with winning the top rank for 2012.

The top 10 includes many of the most popular and successful products from the year: Apple’s iPad (3rd generation, for its groundbreaking, high-res Retina display), Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone, and even TV maker Vizio’s first foray into the laptop market with a sleek ultrabook. Check out the full list here:http://go.pcworld.com/100best

Tech in the Home

The era of the smart home is dawning, as indicated by the large number of home automation and home entertainment products turning tech experts’ heads in 2012. Vivint ranked in the top 100 for bringing sophisticated home security and automation systems (alarm, electronic door lock, door/window sensors, lighting controls, an IP camera, and a programmable thermostat) to the mainstream market. Automation solutions from ADT and Lowes also made the list. Other top products for the home include a handful of wireless and network-capable sound systems and speakers, two HDTVs, several acclaimed video games, and a number of headphone offerings. Take a closer look at what PCWorld and TechHive had to say about the products from the list in the categories of home technology and entertainment.

5 Flops & 5 for the Future

For the PCWorld magazine version of the 100 Best list, editors also took the opportunity to review some of the products of the past year that didn’t quite make the impact they could have, and some others to look forward to in the coming year.

The five on the list of flops and failures: Google Nexus Q—Google’s overpriced media streaming device; Ping—Apple’s ignored music-oriented social network; Sony PS Vita—the underachieving handheld gaming system; 3D TV sets—in only 3% of U.S. households; and Windows Home Server 2011.

For 2013, the PCWorld team recommends keeping your eye on five highly anticipated products: Open-source gaming console Ouya; Google Glass—the wearable display product demoed this year; A hand gesture device for controlling your computer called Leap Motion; Microsoft’s Pro version of the Surface tablet; and the epic third sequel to one of the best video games of all time—Half Life 3.

Overall, the editors at PCWorld and TechHive have come up with a thorough list of the year’s most exciting and impactful tech, just in time for everyone to hit the electronics stores and websites for the holidays. If you’re looking for more advice about a category, or insightful reviews on all of the top 100 products, visit PCWorld.com and TechHive.com.

About PCWorld & TechHive

IDG Consumer & SMB publishes leading tech media brands, PCWorld, Macworld and TechHive. PCWorld includes PCWorld.com and PCWorld magazine, reaching nearly 16 million readers each month who look for advice on getting the most from the PC ecosystem. TechHive.com launched in Sept. 2012 and gives it’s growing audience of almost 2 million visitors a fresh, enthusiastic perspective on new technology and its active role in our lives. Both PCWorld and TechHive can be found in apps and readers across many smartphone and tablet platforms, along with responsive, HTML5 websites, built to flex to virtually every screen size.

IDG Consumer & SMB is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, events and research company.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com. Additional information about IDG Consumer & SMB is available athttp://www.idgcsmb.com/.

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Twitter to be ‘hero’ social media channel for media brands in 2013

The Wall

With half a billion Twitter accounts, over 1 billion Facebook accounts and an estimated 200m more online users across the world by end 2013, social media is changing the way media brands connect and engage with their audience. Over the past four weeks, we’ve interviewed experts across all media channels – TV, radio, magazines, newspapers – and asked about the challenges they’ve faced from social media, the lessons they’ve learnt and their preparation for 2013.

From this audit with heads of social media, communications experts and business leaders, along with our own experiences working with UK and international media owners, we’ve put together a series of observations and insights, identifying clear trends for social media use by media brands in 2013:

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World Tech Update – 11/29/12

IDG News Service

Coming up on WTU this week Apple’s iPhone 5 cleared for sale in China, with ride along with a Nokia mapping car and play catch and juggle with a robot.

How To Navigate The Post-PC Era

Cmo.com

Once upon a time, there were three main places to advertise products and services: radio, television, and print. Although each of these methods offered an effective way to reach consumers, none of them provided a tangible way to gauge whether there was any real return on its investment. Success was based mostly on trial and error—with a good deal of intuition thrown in for good measure.

When personal computers and the Internet entered the picture, the first accurate marketing and advertising metrics were born. Suddenly clicks and click-through rates became the order of the day. But just as marketers began to make sense of Web-based advertising, an entirely new scenario has unfolded: a post-PC era filled with iPhones, iPads and Android devices delivering data 24x7x365 across a variety of mobile form factors.

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World Tech Update – 11/8/12

IDG News Service

Coming up on WTU this week iPad minis fly off shelves, Twitter wins the U.S. election, Sony’s huge TV gets a price tag, Android turns five and a DARPA robot completes an obstacle course.

World Tech Update- Week of 11/1/12

IDG News Service

Coming up on this week’s show Microsoft intros Windows Phone 8, we test out the Microsoft Surface tablet, Sony slashes sales targets and more.