Consumer Electronics
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8/17/2018

Major tech brands such as Apple, Google and Facebook have rolled out initiatives to help consumers cut back on the time they spend online as part of a digital well-being program. An example of this comes from Apple, which aimed to limit screen time with a "Do Not Disturb" function in iOS 12, its new operating system.

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8/17/2018

The number of US broadband households that tune in to streaming TV services has risen by 58% in the past year, per comScore data, to hit 5% of the total market, or 4.9 million viewers.

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TechCrunch
8/17/2018

A team at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a low-cost tag dubbed LiveTag that can be attached to everyday, nonelectronic items. The tag reflects radio signals from Wi-Fi routers and can control certain devices by emitting unique signals.

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New Atlas
8/17/2018

Google has partnered with GN Hearing to provide direct audio streaming to assistive devices via Android. The new Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids specification promises to use little power while improving the ability to monitor device status.

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9to5Google
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Google
8/17/2018

Sony recently announced that it has sold 3 million virtual reality headsets and 21 million copies of PlayStation VR games. Overall, the company has sold 82 million PlayStation 4s, indicating that only a small portion of users have purchased the VR add-on.

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VentureBeat
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Sony
8/17/2018

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told staff developing a search engine for China fits with the company's mission but said Google is nowhere near launching such a product. That's according to a transcript obtained by Reuters in which Pichai said the China situation remains "very unclear."

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Reuters
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Sundar Pichai, Google, Reuters
8/17/2018

WhatsApp users storing old messages will no longer have to count those data against their Google Drive storage as of November. Backups will be free thanks to a deal WhatsApp secured with Google.

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The Verge
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Google, WhatsApp
8/17/2018

Google is adding expandable snippets to its search query results that can be quickly enlarged to offer additional information. "These new panels are automatically generated based on our understanding of these topics from content on the web," Google said.

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Search Engine Land
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Google
8/16/2018

Best Buy will acquire GreatCall, which makes the Jitterbug phone and other technology and services designed to help older consumers stay connected and get help in emergencies, for $800 million. GreatCall booked $300 million in revenue last year and boasts 900,000 service subscribers.

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GreatCall
8/16/2018

Samsung is expanding its presence in the high-end audio market with the unveiling of its HW-N950 and HW-N850 sound bars, built in partnership with Harman Kardon. Both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio standards are supported, and the devices are designed to immediately improve sound quality with minimal components.

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Samsung, Harman Kardon, Dolby Atmos