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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A simple method involving only a UV light can reveal the authenticity of luxury watches
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Sweden Tests Electric Roads to Give EVs Unlimited Range
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Wearable Device Tracks Tricks in Freestyle Snowboarding
Cool trick, huh? says the algorithm
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Walmart and Five Elements Robotics Working on Robotic Shopping Cart
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