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2/20/2018

Stereo speakers are the latest surprise feature to be revealed by Samsung for its upcoming Galaxy S9 phone. The upgraded audio will complement the larger screen for video streaming and video sharing, writes Ewan Spence.

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2/20/2018

The use of smart technology in the home will only continue to grow, and smart homes of the future will include tech in almost every room. Smart speakers will be a focal point, while roll-up screens, projectors, smart appliances, smart shower systems and sleep trackers may all be features found in smart homes.

2/20/2018

Israeli startup Otonomo provides data collection services for vehicles and reports that more than 2 million vehicles already use its platform. Otonomo intends to announce a commercial pilot program with an auto manufacturer in Japan within the next 3 months.

2/20/2018

SK Telecom plans to offer 5G demonstrations along with an updated social virtual reality program called Oksusu Social VR at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Spain. The company also intends to show off the results of its recent autonomous 5G car tests.

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2/20/2018

The flaw that allowed a character in Indian Telugu to crash Apple devices has been addressed with updates to all consumer versions of iOS. The fixes also address problems such as accessories not connecting correctly and Messages displaying out of order.

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ZDNet, Ars Technica
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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

Consumers acquiring new smartphones over their old smartphones tend to be more satisfied with their purchases than those making similar purchases via other means, according to a J.D. Power survey. "It's kind of turning into a closed ecosystem, in which all aspects of the ownership experience, from buying the device to engaging with customer support, is done entirely on a mobile device," said Peter Cunningham, technology media and telecommunications practice lead at J.D. Power.

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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

The Securities and Exchange Commission is set to vote Wednesday on whether firms will be required to disclose any cyberrisks and incidents that could financially harm their firm. The guidance, which has not been updated since 2011, comes after a data breach at Equifax.