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Google Pulls Nearly 60 Apps With Pornographic Malware

January 16, 2018 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Pulls Nearly 60 Apps With Pornographic Malware

Google yanked nearly 60 apps that contained hidden pornographic malware from its Play Store after a security research company found the code. Many of the games were aimed at kids. Researchers at Check Point Software Technologies reported the malware last week. Dubbed AdultSwine, the malware displayed pornographic images that looked like ads but were designed to prompt users to download fake security software. The users were then encouraged to click on other links they would have to pay for. Google... 

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Samsung Smart TVs Ad Bixby Voice Assistant

January 9, 2018 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Smart TVs Ad Bixby Voice Assistant

While pretty much every TV manufacturer is collaborating with Amazon or Google (or both) to add voice capabilities, Samsung is sticking it out alone with Bixby. Samsung’s digital assistant, already available on its phones, will appear on its 2018 TVs too. The company promised as much earlier in the month but confirmed new details on Sunday at its CES TV unveiling. Pushing a button on the remote will summon Bixby and allow interactions similar to other assistants, such as searching... 

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Android Games Tracks Users Viewing Habits

January 9, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net, Consumer Electronics
Android Games Tracks Users Viewing Habits

Yet another privacy violation has been found alive and well in the Google Play Store. The New York Times reports that “hundreds” of apps are embedding a revenue stream-creating package called Alphonso that uses your smartphone microphone to track your TV viewing habits. Games like ‘Pool 3D’, ‘Beer Pong: Trickshot‘, ‘Real Bowling Strike 10 Pin‘ and ‘Honey Quest‘ seem like innocent games but, in fact, have a secret agenda. Now it’s important... 

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YouTube TV App Full Roll-out Delayed Until 2018

December 21, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
YouTube TV App Full Roll-out Delayed Until 2018

YouTube TV finally has a full app, but the implementation for various TV devices is taking longer than originally planned. The apps for Roku and Apple TV, originally slated to launch before the end of 2017, are now scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Also planned for the Q1 timeframe, a YouTube representative told me, are apps for older smart TVs, namely Samsung sets from 2014 and 2015, and Sony TVs that use the older Linux-based operating system, as opposed to Android TV. YouTube... 

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Sony Focuing On Its Sensor Business For Growth

December 21, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Focuing On Its Sensor Business For Growth

Sony Corp is on track to report its highest-ever profit this year on strong sales of image sensors after years of losing ground in consumer electronics and hopes to develop the technology for use in robotics and self-driving cars as competition heats up. The results will mark a significant turnaround for the conglomerate, once famed for leading the world in consumer gadgets such as its Walkman music player, but now finding a new focus on image sensors and gaming. Sony  forecasts that operating profit... 

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Powermat Releasing Updated, Stronger Wireless Charging Pad

December 15, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Powermat Releasing Updated, Stronger Wireless Charging Pad

Powermat plans to roll out an upgrade to its wireless charging technology in January  that will enable 15-watt power transfers through a 1.5-in. thick solid surface and provide support for new Apple iPhones and other Qi-enabled devices. The wireless charging company also plans to release an under-tabletop product that allows users to simply place enabled mobile devices atop a desk, for example, to begin receiving a charge. By moving from 5 watts to 15 watts with the upcoming software upgrade,... 

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YouTube Rumored To Unveil Paid Music Streaming Service

December 11, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
YouTube Rumored To Unveil Paid Music Streaming Service

YouTube is gearing up to launch a new music subscription service in March, according to Bloomberg, a move that would be Google-parent Alphabet’s third attempt to challenge rivals Apple and Spotify. The new streaming service, tentatively called Remix, will feature on-demand streaming and incorporate video clips from YouTube, sources described as familiar with the company’s plans told the news outlet. Major recording label Warner Music Group has already signed on, but YouTube is still... 

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Amazon Prime Video Makes It Apple TV

December 8, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Prime Video Makes It Apple TV

Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc teamed up to offer the Amazon Prime Video app to Apple TV in more than 100 countries, the companies announced. The news came a day after Alphabet Inc’s Google said it would block its YouTube video streaming application from two of Amazon’s devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook had said in June that Amazon’s streaming service would be available on Apple devices later this year. Apple TV, a device... 

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DirecTV Now Streaming Service Passes 1M Subscribers Mark

December 7, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
DirecTV Now Streaming Service Passes 1M Subscribers Mark

It took little more than a year for AT&T’s DirecTV Now streaming video service to hit its first million subscribers. The Dallas telecommunications provider confirmed that more than 1 million consumers have subscribed to its service, which offers a mix of live television channels and on-demand content over the internet to your phone, tablet or TV box like a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick. The figure marks solid progress for the upstart service, though it still lags behind Sling TV, which Comscore... 

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Google Blocks YouTube On Amazon Devices

December 7, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Blocks YouTube On Amazon Devices

A growing public spat in the technology industry escalated even further when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the... 

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Samsung Commits To A Mergers, Acquisitions Strategy

December 4, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Commits To A Mergers, Acquisitions Strategy

Samsung Electronics’ $8 billion purchase of automotive and audio electronics company Harman has given the technology giant confidence to pursue additional big deals, its strategy chief said. Young Sohn, the South Korean company’s Silicon Valley-based president and chief strategy officer, said he was keen for world’s top maker of memory chips, smartphones and televisions to expand in automotive markets, digital health and industrial automation.  Samsung, which this year surpassed Intel to... 

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CBS Channels Go Dark On Dish Network

November 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
CBS Channels Go Dark On Dish Network

CBS Corp’s TV stations no longer broadcasting for Dish Network Corp’s customers over a network carriage deal dispute, the companies said early Tuesday. Dish said in a statement that CBS rejected its offer to extend their contract while negotiations continued. “This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace,” CBS said in a separate statement. CBS and 28 other CBS-owned... 

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Apple Delays Launch of HomePod Smart Speaker

November 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Delays Launch of HomePod Smart Speaker

Apple Inc has delayed the launch of its HomePod smart speaker, pushing it to early next year from December, the company said, missing the holiday shopping season as the market for such devices becomes increasingly competitive. “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod … but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the U.S., UK and Australia in early 2018,” an Apple spokeswoman said via email.  Apple introduced the voice-controlled... 

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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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