CEA has taken a minority stake in a company called Global Inventures, a 15-year-old firm that helps develop, launch and manage emerging technologies for networked devices. "The investment complements our efforts to encourage innovation and bring to market new industry standards and products by increasing our work with emerging technologies for networked consumer electronics and devices," explained Gary Shapiro, the president and chief executive officer of CEA.
Color e-book readers are expected to be the next hot thing in the sector. Barnes & Noble, in cooperation with Plastic Logic, is said to be developing a color e-reader that likely will be launched next spring.
Many retailers will leverage gift cards this holiday season to entice shoppers, with several rolling the cards into their promotions. Best Buy will enable more than one shopper to contribute to the value of a single gift card to help finance higher-priced items.
Google has made its Android Market app store off-limits to those who bought an unlocked version of its G1 handsets as the company moves to prevent them from accessing copy-protected applications. Anyone who pays $25 to join the Android developer program can buy the unlocked hardware, which typically costs $400.