Before the 2012 make-or-break U.S. holiday buying season (which this year ran from 23 November to 24 December), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimated that spending on consumer electronics would increase a few percentage points. Unfortunately for manufacturers and retailers, an analysis released in January by the CEA showed that actual spending was flat. But that overall figure conceals that some categories are booming while others are in decline.
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Cellular data can reveal where people spend their days
Big Fridge Is Watching You
Smart technologies will mean healthier eating
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Renewables are making progress, but not enough to dent emissions
European Innovation Varies by Country
In the aftermath of financial crisis, German enterprises lead the pack in investing in the future
The hardware at the heart of the Internet isn’t fast enough
Who’s Writing Linux?
Corporations are paying for the world's most famous free operating system
The Other Fallout From Fukushima
Carbon emissions rise as nuclear plants are shuttered
More Viewing, Less Attention
TV watchers multitask with mobile devices
Mobile Broadband’s Boom
Are wired data connections going the way of phone landlines?
Tech Trajectories: Four More Moore’s Laws
Semiconductor technologies aren’t the only ones that have gotten exponentially better
Sunny Job Growth
Photovoltaics are generating employment as well as electricity
Nanoscale Wireless Communication Operates at Visible Wavelengths for the First Time
Plasmonic nanoantennas are 60 percent faster than previous plamsonic waveguides
Setting a Land Speed Record with a Sidecar Motorcycle
Kevin Clemens built this electric sidecar motorcycle to set a world record on the salt flats of Bonneville
DIY Emergency Button: Hack a Nike+iPod Sport Kit to Create an Elder Alert System
Some inexpensive components can replace pricey commercial services
Video Friday: Octopus Robot, Solar Drone, and Humanoid Neck Test
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos
Carbon Nanotube-Based Sensor Detects Toxins With a Mobile Phone
Carbon nanotubes wrapped in a polymer offer a powerful sensing platform for many chemicals
Why Should Engineers Give Themselves Awards?
Because engineers look good in evening wear (and so does the profession)
Real-Time Crowd Simulator Could Help Prevent Deadly Stampedes
System collects real-time crowd data to help authorities predict and head off tragic stampedes that have left hundreds dead