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2/19/2018

The New York Toy Fair is expected to feature Amazon Alexa-enabled devices such as Mattel's "Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment." Mattel Chief Technology Officer Sven Gerjets believes voice-assisted technology is the future of toys, saying, "We know that more than one in five parents of connected children own a voice-controlled internet-connected smart speaker. Nearly all parents who have a smart speaker feel comfortable with their child using it."

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2/19/2018

Panasonic will add an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, model DP-UB9000, to its lineup of audiophile-focused devices, a company spokesman said. The DP-UB9000 would join the UB820, which Panasonic unveiled for the US market at CES 2018.

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2/19/2018

With more than 5 million subscribers combined for its All Access and Showtime over-the-top products, CBS is laying ambitious plans for these and its full stable of OTT services. These plans include the scheduled fall introduction of an "Entertainment Tonight"-branded streaming service.

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2/19/2018

Many companies consider augmented reality to be the future of play, and Toy Fair is likely to feature many AR options. Hasbro will enter the AR market with its phone-supported "Iron Man" mask.

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2/19/2018

Multiplayer online game Trove will receive an expansion this spring that will include superhero-themed content. The game has more than 15 million players across platforms, per Trion Worlds.

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2/19/2018

ZTE is looking to become a leader in low-cost 5G services, anticipating that the connections will be commercially available in 2020. The company's chief technology officer, Liangwen Chen, says the company is looking for larger facilities in Tokyo to test the technology.

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2/19/2018

An EEDAR study involving 33 game experiences and motivations examined North American mobile gaming preferences. The most popular ones were single-player experiences that include "progression achievement and completion."

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VentureBeat
2/19/2018

Apple Search Ads had an outstanding year in 2017, jumping from 10th place to fourth in the latest Singular ROI Index. In the Americas, it was second only to Facebook in terms of return on investment on iOS.

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2/19/2018

This year's Mobile World Congress starts on Feb. 26 in Barcelona and will be notable for demonstrating how up-and-coming technologies are already being put to practical use. Mike Sutcliffe gives his recommendations on what to expect, beginning with current applications of artificial intelligence.

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The Drum (Scotland)
2/19/2018

Telegram has raised $850 million in funding that it plans to use to develop blockchain technology and maintain Telegram Messenger while also pursuing other purposes. The funding is seen as preliminary to an initial public offering, which could raise as much as an additional $1.15 billion.

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