Devices

Amazon is Working on Another Big Bet: Robots for the Home (Los Angeles Times)

Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled out the Echo, prompting million... More

Boxing Clever: What Does the Future Hold for Set-Top Boxes? (NAGRA Blog)

In a landscape dominated by SVOD and OTT services, the big question for many pay-TV operators is: how can the traditional set-top box (STB) evolve? And the question is urgent: oper... More

Netflix Launches 30-Second Preview Videos on Mobile (TechCrunch)

The launch is long-awaited. Netflix began offering previews on the web and via its TV app, and the company said the new feature will help those who tune in via their phone to find ... More

Study: Chinese Consumers to Use Phones More Than TV in 2018 (CNBC)

People in China will spend more time on their smartphones and other mobile devices than watching television for the first time this year, according to a study. Chinese adults will ... More

Nearly 50 Percent Of U.S. Broadband Households Used a Voice-Activated Digital Assistant in 2017 (GeoMarketing)

Approximately 48 percent of U.S. broadband households used a voice-activated digital assistant in 2017, according to new research from Parks Associates — a substantial increase o... More

Cisco Adds AI Tools, Cheaper Devices to WebEx Chat Offerings (Bloomberg)

Cisco said it’s expanding the use of artificial intelligence in its online collaboration and video-conference products to make meetings more useful and efficient. Menial tasks... More

How 5G Will Unlock the True Potential of IoT Devices (CMS Wire)

The Internet of Things is taking almost every industry — and every household — by storm. Yet, Gartner expects the number of connected devices to almost double between 2018 and ... More

5G Set to Spur on Smartphone Sales Around the World (IT Pro Portal)

The smartphone market in the developed world has matured to the point where any growth is borderline surprising. With that in mind, phone manufacturers are hoping the upcoming 5G t... More

Google Home Turns Into Search, Discovery Tool for Coachella Music Festival (MediaPost)

Google released on Monday a Google Assistant voice command — Hey Google, talk to Coachella — that allows music lovers to keep up with the happenings at the festival, which kick... More

MicroStrategy 10.11 Ups the Front-End Ante (ZDNet)

In January, MicroStrategy announced something pretty radical: supported connectors for its core BI platform for popular self-service BI front-end tools, specifically Tableau, Micro... More

Live at NAB Show: Cyber Summit Keynoter Offers Advice on Protecting Journalists in the Field

LAS VEGAS — Reporters working in war zones and countries hostile to journalists have long dealt with the physical dangers that come with the job. But in many countries today, cyb... More

IBM Collaborating with Top Startups to Accelerate Quantum Computing (Next Big Future)

IBM is announcing the first startups to join the IBM Q Network, a worldwide community dedicated to advancing quantum computing and exploring practical applications for business and... More

Survey: Almost Half the World’s Online Population Plans to Tune Into the World Cup (The Drum)

Almost half the world’s online population plans to tune into the Fifa World Cup in Russia according to research from GlobalWebIndex. The company surveyed 80,267 people from more ... More

Quincy Media Deploys Avid’s Story-centric TV News Workflow Across 14 U.S. Markets (MESA)

Avid today announced that Quincy Media has adopted Avid’s end-to-end story-centric workflow. Powered by MediaCentral®, the new workflow facilitates remote collaboration for jour... More

Dolby Atmos Immersive Sound Brought to Huawei Mobile Devices (MESA)

Dolby announced a partnership with Huawei to launch the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro with Dolby Atmos sound and Dolby® AC-4. Dolby Atmos within a mobile device adds an extra, ... More

Google Cloud Launches a New Text-to-Speech Engine for Developers (TechCrunch)

Text-to-speech synthesis has made great strides over the course of the last few years, up to the point where many modern systems almost sound like a real person is reading a text. ... More

A Different Take on Voice Interfaces, IBM Launches Watson Assistant (InformationWeek)

Watson Assistant will be delivered via IBM partner devices such as electronics embedded in cars and apps branded by hotel companies. Beyond customer engagement and service, the rea... More

Analysts: Don’t Expect Big Sales of 5G Phones Anytime Soon (FierceWireless)

Wireless operators in the United States have promised to launch 5G services as early as this year—but don’t expect many customers to upgrade to a new 5G smartphone anytime soon... More

Why Apple Cares About Mobile Game Developers (GamesBeat)

If you build it, they will come. For years, it seemed didn’t really embrace the game developers who flocked to the iPhone and filled the App Store with games that consumers downl... More

NAB Show: Thinklogical to Showcase Solutions for Virtualized Media and Entertainment Environments (MESA)

Thinklogical, A Belden Brand, will showcase a new all-in-one solution for extending virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) architectures in media and entertainment with live demonstr... More