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Amazon Decides Against Offering ‘Skinny Bundle’ Video Service

November 16, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Decides Against Offering ‘Skinny Bundle’ Video Service

Amazon.com Inc has decided to cancel plans to launch an online streaming service bundling popular U.S. broadcast and cable networks because it believes it cannot make enough money on such a service, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The world’s largest online retailer has also been unable to convince key broadcast and basic cable networks to break with decades-old business models and join its a la carte Amazon Channels service, the sources said and has backed away from talks with them.  The... 

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Roku Signs Licensing Deal For Inclusion On Philips TVs

November 15, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roku Signs Licensing Deal For Inclusion On Philips TVs

Roku Inc’s shares skyrocketed by 43 percent to a record high earlier this week after the streaming device maker said it signed a licensing deal that would put its technology on Philips-branded televisions in the United States this year. The company said the licensing partnership with Japan’s Funai Electric Co Ltd, which manufactures Philips N.V. televisions for North American, would place its operating system on Philips’ smart TVs.  Roku also said that it would give a $20 discount on its... 

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Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom’s Takeover Bid

November 15, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom’s Takeover Bid

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc officially rejected rival Broadcom Ltd’s $103-billion takeover bid, saying the offer undervalued the company and would face regulatory hurdles. Shares of Qualcomm were up 1.8 percent at $65.74 in early afternoon trading, while those of Broadcom were down 0.4 percent at $263.95. Broadcom said it would seek to engage with Qualcomm’s board and management, adding that it had received positive feedback from key customers and stockholders.  “We continue to believe... 

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Disney Plans To Take On Netflix With Streaming Service

November 13, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Disney Plans To Take On Netflix With Streaming Service

Disney’s future streaming service will face off with Netflix, the reigning streaming champ, with lower prices, CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call earlier this week. In August, Disney announced its plans to pull movies like “Moana” from Netflix and instead stream them along with future films like the sequel to “Frozen” on its own service, which will launch in 2019. Iger said:”I can say that our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below... 

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Opera Browser Now Supports Virtual Reality

November 9, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Opera Browser Now Supports Virtual Reality

The Opera desktop browser was revamped with social media capabilities earlier this year, but the updates didn’t end there. The latest update adds VR support to the multifaceted browser, letting you stream 360-degree videos to your HTC Vive or Oculus headset, as well as any OpenVR devices. It’ll also let you edit screenshots, add emojis and take selfies with your laptop camera. The feature-packed update comes as Opera plays catch up to Chrome, Safari and Firefox, and the new features... 

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Snapchat Popularity Waning, Growth Slows

November 8, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Snapchat Popularity Waning, Growth Slows

Snapchat’s growth has come to a near crawl. Snap, the company behind the social network, saw daily active users climb by 5 million in the third quarter — just 3 percent growth from the second quarter and 17 percent from a year ago — bringing the total to 178 million. That trails the 300 million daily users on rival Instagram stories. Instagram’s parent, Facebook, boasted a year-over-year 16 percent growth rate, but off a base of more than 2 billion users. The numbers... 

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Broadcomm, Qualcomm Merger May Face Resistance In China

November 8, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Broadcomm, Qualcomm Merger May Face Resistance In China

The proposed mega-merger between chipmaker Broadcom Ltd and U.S. rival Qualcomm Inc is likely to face stern scrutiny from China, antitrust lawyers say, amid a strategic push by Beijing into semiconductors. Broadcom made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm on Monday, aimed at creating a $200-billion-plus behemoth that could reshape the industry at the heart of mobile phone hardware. But Chinese regulatory approval could be a hold-up. Beijing and Washington have sparred over technology deals,... 

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Samsung Bixby Arrives On Refrigerators

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Bixby Arrives On Refrigerators

Get ready for smarter appliances. Samsung has announced the second generation of its Bixby digital assistant will be coming to its various non-mobile devices including its smart TVs in the US and Korea in 2018, as well as its Family Hub refrigerator. The company also announced a new SDK for developers to make apps that work with Bixby. Bixby 2.0, Samsung’s answer to the likes of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, is smarter than its first version, with deep-linking capabilities... 

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DirecTV Now Streaming Service Showing Signs Of Live

October 13, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
DirecTV Now Streaming Service Showing Signs Of Live

AT&T’s entrance into the online streaming video business is finally gaining ground. The Dallas telecommunications giant disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it had added a net 300,000 customers to its DirecTV Nowstreaming service in the third quarter. That’s compared to the 491,000 customers it added in the first half of the year. Overall, the company warned that it had lost 90,000 US video subscribers, blaming a combination of the impact from several... 

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Apple Close To Deal With Steven Spielberg For ‘Amazing Stories’

October 12, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Close To Deal With Steven Spielberg For ‘Amazing Stories’

Apple Inc is putting the final touches on a deal to make 10 new episodes of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories,” landing a premiere Hollywood talent for its plunge into original TV programming, a source with knowledge of the discussions said. The series would be produced for Apple by Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal television production unit. “Amazing Stories” originally ran on the NBC broadcast network. “We love... 

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Amazon Echo Users Lean Towards Apple, Study Says

October 6, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Echo Users Lean Towards Apple, Study Says

What does your choice of smart speaker reveal about your other preferences? If you choose a Google Home speaker, does that mean you drift Android-ward? And what if you bought an Amazon Echo? Well, let me tell you. I have just been made smarter by a piece of research from securities intelligence consultancy Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. It chatted with 300 Amazon Echo and Google Homeowners between July 11 and 27. It concluded that those who own an Echo — which reminds me of the... 

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Roku’s New Feature Expands On How We Can Watch TV

October 3, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roku’s New Feature Expands On How We Can Watch TV

Ever been browsing the guide on your TV, see something you like airing in the future, and say to yourself: “I wish I could watch that right now.” With a new feature on Roku TVs, you can. Smart TVs from brands like TCL, Hisense, RCA and others that run Roku’s Smart TV system have long held an advantage. One big reason is that, unlike competing Smart TV systems, Roku is always rolling out updates that add new functions, like the ability to pause live TV, no DVR required and suggest... 

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Roku Gears Up For IPO, Sets Shares At $14

September 29, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roku Gears Up For IPO, Sets Shares At $14

Roku, the video streaming platform, set its initial public offering price at $14 per share, giving the company a value of $1.3 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The maker of set-top streaming boxes and software priced at the high end of its expected range, raising roughly $219 million Wednesday night ahead of its debut on the Nasdaq stock market Thursday, The Journal reported. Roku may not be as recognizable a name as some of its streaming box competitors, which are all monolithic tech... 

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Vimeo Acquires Livestream

September 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Vimeo Acquires Livestream

Video-sharing website Vimeo announced intentions to acquire live video-streaming service Livestream and launch a new streaming service called Vimeo Live. IAC-owned Vimeo didn’t disclose financial details for the acquisition of the Brooklyn-based company, which says it serves up live videos to 50 million viewers from customers such as Spotify and Dow Jones. Once the deal closes, Livestream’s technology will be integrated with Vimeo, allowing users to capture and stream live events. “With... 

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Amazon, Google Take Feud Public

September 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon, Google Take Feud Public

In a rare public feud between titans of technology, Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday its Echo Show devices could no longer play videos from YouTube because the site’s parent, Google, stopped supporting the service. The spat is the latest in Silicon Valley in which competitive tensions stood in the way of customers. Amazon and Google square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Echo Show. In a statement, Amazon said, “As of this afternoon,... 

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