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Password Sharing A Revenue Nuisance For TV Streaming Services

July 13, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Password Sharing A Revenue Nuisance For TV Streaming Services

Streaming TV services grapple with password sharing. More than one-fifth of young adults who stream shows like “Game of Thrones” or “Stranger Things” borrow passwords from people who do not live with them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a finding that suggests media companies are missing out on significant revenue as digital viewership explodes. Twenty-one percent of streaming viewers ages 18 to 24 said they had accessed at least one digital video service such... 

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Are Graphene Headphones On The Horizon

July 13, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are Graphene Headphones On The Horizon

Earlier this year at CES, we met with the folks at Montreal-based startup ORA who are hard at work on developing the world’s first graphene based headphones. The company has now taken its idea public with the recent launch of a Kickstarter page to promote its fundraising efforts and make its first flagship product available to early supported at unprecedented low prices. ORA prizes itself on being one of the first to create a commercially viable application of the nanomaterial in a package... 

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Wrixo Offers Wristband With Info For Emergency Situations

July 12, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Wrixo Offers Wristband With Info For Emergency Situations

There’s a new low-tech wristband that is capable of sharing your medical information when you unable to. Unlike smart wearables with built in CPUs, antennas and displays, Wrixo is a simple waterproof wristband that can use a preprinted QR code or built-in NFC chip to access important patient health information — including medical history, prescriptions, and allergies — that you’ve previously stored in an online cloud. Users can also upload other relevant information like... 

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Is Google Glass Making A Comeback

July 5, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is Google Glass Making A Comeback

It appears the death of Google Glass has been somewhat exaggerated, as the accompanying MyGlass app has received its first update in three years. For the first time since September 2014, you can suck up some bug fixes to your ridiculous goggles, recently seen adorning the newly opened “Museum of Failure” in Sweden. But not only that! There’s a new set of firmware too! We’re not entirely sure who is still wearing the early wearable devices which despite a huge fanfare, never... 

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Roku Device Sales Halted In Mexico

June 30, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roku Device Sales Halted In Mexico

A cable service provider belonging to Mexico’s largest television network has won a legal case to halt the sale of Roku video streaming devices in the country on the grounds that the gadgets are often hacked to let users view pirated channels. Cablevision, a cable TV provider owned by Televisa, said a Mexico City tribunal on Wednesday upheld a previous order to suspend the importation and distribution of the devices. “Cablevision cannot allow the content that it licenses from domestic... 

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Western Digital Re-submits 11th Hour Bid For Toshiba’s Chip Unit

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Western Digital Re-submits 11th Hour Bid For Toshiba’s Chip Unit

Western Digital Corp and U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co LP have resubmitted an offer for Toshiba Corp’s  flash memory chip unit, in an eleventh hour effort to stop the conglomerate from signing a deal with its preferred bidder. Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant, has been at loggerheads with its Japanese partner over the sale of the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND chips, and is seeking a U.S. court injunction to prevent any deal that does... 

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Ybrain Headband Treats Depression

June 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ybrain Headband Treats Depression

The 21st century is increasingly acknowledging that depression as a serious illness, and now a team from South Korea wants to treat it with 21st century technology. South Korean startup Ybrain’s Mindd headband sends weak electronic currents to the frontal lobe of your brain, reports The Korea Herald. The process, neuroscientifically referred to as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), aims to stimulate the frontal lobe — where decreased activity is associated with depression. Ybrain... 

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Will Samsung’s Bixby Compete With Apple’s HomePod

June 19, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will Samsung’s Bixby Compete With Apple’s HomePod

The as-yet-unnamed speaker will be powered by the Samsung’s Bixby AI assistant, according to the Korea Herald, which the firm has already confirmed will be coming to IoT gadgets as well as smartphones and tablets. However, this is likely a sign that the speaker won’t be arriving any time soon, as Samsung last week announced plans to delay the rollout of Bixby to Galaxy S8 handsets in the US, because it’s, er, struggling to understand English.  We don’t yet know much else... 

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Is The Wearable Market Growing?

June 19, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is The Wearable Market Growing?

The worldwide market for wearable devices, including smartwatches, smart clothing, and fitness trackers, has increased 17.9 percent from the total number of units shipped in 2016, according to a report from IDC. Back in December, we wrote that the wearables market in the US was experiencing a significant decline in Q3 due to a lack of new hardware. By the end of 2016, the total number of wearables shipped was 20.9 million units, thanks to a 16.9 percent increase in growth in the fourth quarter that... 

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Can Apple’s HomePod Compete With Amazon’s Alexa

June 14, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Can Apple’s HomePod Compete With Amazon’s Alexa

Back in May, we wrote that Apple was preparing to release a Siri-based smart home speaker that would take on competition from Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo series, Google Home, and Harmon Kardon’s recently announced Cortana-based smart speaker. On Monday during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller took the stage and introduced the device as the Apple HomePod. On the surface, the name sounds almost nothing like a high-fidelity music device,... 

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Apple, Dell Said To Be Joining Bid For Toshiba’s Chip Unit

June 13, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple, Dell Said To Be Joining Bid For Toshiba’s Chip Unit

Tech titans Apple and Dell Inc will join a Foxconn-led consortium bidding for Toshiba Corp’s highly prized chip unit, the CEO of the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer told Reuters on Monday. Terry Gou, Foxconn’s founder and chief executive, said U.S.-based Kingston Technology Co, a maker of memory products, would also be part of the bidding group, while Amazon.com Inc was close to joining. The Taiwanese firm is also in discussions with Alphabet Inc’s Google,... 

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Western Digital To Raise Bid Offer For Toshiba’s Chip Business

June 12, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Western Digital To Raise Bid Offer For Toshiba’s Chip Business

Western Digital Corp will increase its offer for Toshiba Corp’s prized semiconductor unit to $18 billion or more, a person familiar with the matter said, in a last-ditch effort to clinch a deal both companies consider vital. The U.S. chipmaker is part of a consortium led by a Japanese government-backed fund. The group will present the new offer of 2 trillion yen or more by Thursday, when the struggling Japanese conglomerate is due to choose a preferred bidder for its Toshiba Memory Corp unit,... 

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Dish Network Ordered To Pay $280 For ‘Robocall’ Violations

June 7, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Dish Network Ordered To Pay $280 For ‘Robocall’ Violations

US District Judge Sue Myerscough for the Central Illinois District ordered the satellite television provider to pay $168 million to the US government and $112 million to four states for running afoul of laws regarding the national Do Not Call registry. The number of calls amounted to “millions and millions,” Myerscough wrote in her 475-page ruling. “The evidence supports the conclusion that the pressure needs to be maintained to keep Dish’s marketing personnel from reverting... 

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HTC Says Vivo Virtual Reality Headset Will Work With Apple’s New OS

June 7, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
HTC Says Vivo Virtual Reality Headset Will Work With Apple’s New OS

Taiwanese consumer electronics giant HTC Corp has confirmed that its virtual reality (VR) headset will be compatible with Apple Inc’s High Sierra operating system (OS), which is scheduled for release later this year. HTC’s Vive headset works in conjunction with Valve’s SteamVR virtual reality system, and Apple is working with Valve to make SteamVR compatible with its new OS, the U.S. tech firm said in a separate statement on Monday. Compatibility with Apple’s Macintosh computers... 

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IBM & Samsung Developing ‘Nanosheets’ To Shrink Processors, Expand Performance

June 6, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
IBM & Samsung Developing ‘Nanosheets’ To Shrink Processors, Expand Performance

If you’re disappointed that your smartwatch isn’t that smart or your mobile phone lacks sufficient power, IBM and Samsung have some good news for you. The allies have announced a technology they call nanosheets that should help shrink chip electronics by another notch, a move that’s necessary to squeeze more computing power into a smaller processor. Compared with today’s chips, they expect a 40 percent performance boost at the same level of power consumption or, alternatively,... 

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