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Facebook Launches App For Smart TVs

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook Launches App For Smart TVs

Facebook Inc is launching an app for smart TVs that will aid the social network’s users in being able to view its videos on a larger screens. The app will roll out soon from app stores for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, the company said in a blogpost on Tuesday. The blogpost also said users can scroll through their news feed and simultaneously watch videos on their timeline.  Sound also fades in and out as one scrolls through videos in news feed now. Videos in news feed... 

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Vizio Settles Complaint On Smart TV Spying

February 8, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Vizio Settles Complaint On Smart TV Spying

Popular smart TV maker Vizio agreed to shell out $2.2 million to settle complaints that it violated customers’ privacy by continuously monitoring their viewing habits without their knowledge. Beginning in February 2014, the Irvine, California-based TV maker tracked what TV shows customers were watching on 11 million TV sets sold in the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General said in a complaint, released Monday. Vizio smart TVs captured “second-by-second”... 

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FCC Makes First Move Towards 4K TV Broadcasting

February 6, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
FCC Makes First Move Towards 4K TV Broadcasting

The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first step toward the eventual implementation of over-the-air terrestrial 4K television broadcasting in the U.S. The FCC published a proposed regulation that would allow TV stations to begin broadcasts using the ATSC3.0 format, a newer version of the digital transmission format used today. ATSC 3.0 uses an IP data stream, so it’s much more flexible than current broadcast standards. Using the system, broadcasts can simultaneously send several... 

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Fitbit Struggles Continues, Announces Layoffs

February 2, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Fitbit Struggles Continues, Announces Layoffs

Fitbit has revealed that it will institute cost measures and layoff of 6% of its global workforce after experiencing softer-than-expected holiday demand for fitness trackers. The company and analysts said despite the negative news, there is still a future market for wearable devices as well as for smartwatches made by Apple, Samsung and, soon, Fitbit itself. In its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016, Fitbit said it sold 6.5 million devices, with revenues expected to reach... 

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Facebook Sets Sights On Television Set-top Boxes

February 2, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook Sets Sights On Television Set-top Boxes

Facebook Inc is developing an app for television set-top boxes, including Apple Inc’s Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The world’s biggest online social network is also in discussions with media companies to license long-form, TV-quality programming, the Journal reported on Tuesday. Facebook declined to comment. An app for set-top boxes would bring Facebook closer to live video and video advertisements. Getting advertisers to buy more... 

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Intel, Google’s Android IoT Partnership Growing Stronger

February 1, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel, Google’s Android IoT Partnership Growing Stronger

Intel may have ended Android’s operating system on smartphones and tablets devices, but the company’s partnership with Google on Android for the internet of things is growing stronger. Google’s Android Things, a slimmed-down version of Android for smart devices, will be coming to Intel’s Joule 570x computer board. The combination will allow makers to cook up Android-based gadgets or smart devices for use in home, retail, or industrial settings. The Intel board adds a lot of... 

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Qualcomm Legal Woes Continue As Apple Files Lawsuit

January 27, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Qualcomm Legal Woes Continue As Apple Files Lawsuit

Apple Inc has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc in Beijing, accusing the chip supplier of abusing its clout in the chip industry and seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday. Apple also filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm which accused it of failing to live up to promises made to license “standard essential patents” broadly and inexpensively. Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and... 

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U.S. Agency Pushes For Safer Lithium-ion Batteries

January 26, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
U.S. Agency Pushes For Safer Lithium-ion Batteries

Safety standards for lithium-ion batteries should be updated following a massive recall of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd phones after faulty batteries caused fires, a U.S. government agency said on Tuesday. “Consumers should never have to worry that a battery-powered device might put them, their family or their property at risk,” Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement. The agency reached agreement with Samsung to recall 2.5 million Note 7 phones in early... 

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Toshiba Considers Selling Stake In Memory Business

January 19, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Toshiba Considers Selling Stake In Memory Business

Toshiba confirmed that it is exploring a spinoff of its memory business but added that nothing had been finalized at this point. The Japanese company said that it positions its memory unit as a business focus. The announcement by Toshiba follows news reports that the company was planning to spin off its semiconductor  business. The company is considering selling a “partial stake” in its semiconductor business to Western Digital in the U.S. to raise funds due to losses in its U.S. nuclear plant... 

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Robot Rights Get Debated In The EU

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Robot Rights Get Debated In The EU

Robots should be granted rights as “electronic persons,” members of the European Parliament recommended — but not until the machines are all fitted with “kill” switches to shut them down in an emergency. Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee wants the European Commission to propose legislation that will settle a number of ethical and liability issues in the field of robotics — including who is to blame when an autonomous vehicle is involved in a collision. Granting... 

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LG Going Totally Wi-Fi

January 12, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG Going Totally Wi-Fi

LG says that all its products will ship with Wi-Fi connectivity from this year. LG marketing VP David VanderWaal says that “starting this year” all of LG’s home appliances will feature “advanced Wi-Fi connectivity”. One of the flagship appliances that will make good on this promise is the Smart Instaview Refrigerator, a webOS-powered Internet-connected fridge that among other things supports integration with Amazon’s Alexa service. While this might be a good... 

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Amazon’s Alexa Takes On Rival Google’s Android OS

January 10, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon’s Alexa Takes On Rival Google’s Android OS

Amazon.com Inc’s digital assistant popped up just about everywhere at the CES technology show this week in Las Vegas, even making an unexpected appearance on rival Google’s Android system. Companies ranging from appliance maker Whirlpool Corp to Ford Motor Co unveiled products featuring Alexa, the digital assistant from Amazon that responds to voice commands. Most strikingly, Chinese firm Huawei Technologies Co, which manufactures smartphones running on the Android operating system produced... 

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nVidia and Mercedes Go Self-Driving

January 10, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
nVidia and Mercedes Go Self-Driving

Who would have thought that people who are covering computer graphics would start writing about the automotive industry. Each car of the future is going to get a self-driving ADAS system, powered by a SoC that is wrapped around a strong CPU and GPU. Nvidia announced at CES 2017 that it just scored both Mercedes and Audi automotive deals. In the past week, Nvidia announced that it scored an ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) deal with both Audi and Mercedes, both known as premium car manufacturers.... 

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Panasonic Develops Flexible Lithium Ion Battery

January 9, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics

Panasonic has previewed a flexible lithium ion battery fit for use in wearable devices that maintains its electrical characteristics even after repeated bending. The battery means more freedom for designers of wearable devices, who are constrained by the need for inflexible areas to hold the battery and some electronics. Three prototypes of the battery were on display at this week’s CES electronics show in Las Vegas. The largest is 40mm by 65mm, the medium size is 35mm by 55mm, and the smallest... 

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Kingston To Release Highest Capacity 2TB Thumb Drive

January 6, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Kingston To Release Highest Capacity 2TB Thumb Drive

Kingston Technology has announced it will offer the world’s highest-capacity USB thumb drive starting in February– a 2TB model that can store up to 70 hours of 4K video. The new DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte drive uses the USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) specification but not the new 24-pin fully reversible Type-C plug connector. While Kingston released hardware specifications for the drive, it did not offer information about the retail price of the drive, its data transfer speeds,... 

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