Devices

Facebook Unwraps Holiday-Ready AR, Instagram Tools for Merchants (The Drum)

Facebook yesterday announced a group of new tools for retailers to cater to shoppers this holiday season. Facebook has been testing out an augmented reality ad feature for its news... More

4K ‘Quickly Becoming the Standard for TV Sales’ (TV Technology)

Shipments of 4K TVs worldwide this year will exceed 102 million units, representing more than four in 10 flat panel TVs shipped, according to a new forecast from market research fi... More

IBM: Data, Utility are the Keys to Brand Success in Voice (Fast Company)

IBM’s chief digital officer Bob Lord: “When you think about AI or augmented intelligence, what it allows you to do is express your brand, and for the consumer to experience you... More

Dolby Vision Coming to Xbox One Consoles (TVB Europe)

Microsoft is bringing Dolby Vision streaming to its 4K-ready Xbox One consoles, allowing users to watch Netflix in the 12-bit high-dynamic-range format. The Xbox One S and Xbox One... More

App-y Birthday: Apple’s $33 Billion App Store Turns 10 (Billboard)

A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own. The resulting ... More

SVOD Stacking Fuels Continued Growth of the Market (TVB Europe)

SVoD 'stacking' is fuelling the growth in the market as adoption amongst new customers slows, according to a new report. The research found that in territories such as the UK, Germ... More

Bigger is Still Better – At Least in the Living Room (Twice)

Few things are a more iconic representation of a traditional U.S. home than a big TV in the living room. And while smartphones are pacing to reach TV ownership rates within the nex... More

Report: Smart Speaker Adoption Expected to Grow 6 Fold by 2022 (VentureBeat)

A new report projects that the smart speaker market will continue its torrid growth, with Google and Amazon battling for dominance. According to the report, the number of smart spe... More

Spotify is Fine – But Let’s Mourn the Passing of CDs (LA Times)

The problem with sundowning music formats is that, in our eagerness to pitch ourselves into the future with new technology, we bury what brought us so much pleasure in the first pl... More

Content, CE Industries Prepare for 8K Transition (HD Guru)

You might just be getting up to speed with that new 4K Ultra HDTV you bought, but the content production industry, joined soon by consumer electronics manufacturers, have begun the... More

Voice Assistants are the New Marketing Battleground (WSJ)

Many advertisers are experimenting with apps for voice assistants, which are being rapidly adopted by consumers and are expected to grow more intelligent as technology advances. Th... More

Amazon Continues Alexa Push with Dock to Turn Tablets Into Echos (Bloomberg)

Amazon.com unveiled a new dock and software upgrade that turns its tepid-selling line of Fire tablets into voice-controlled Echo speakers, the latest attempt by the e-commerce lead... More

We Have Reached Peak Screen – Now Revolution is in the Air (New York Times)

Tech has now captured pretty much all visual capacity. Americans spend three to four hours a day looking at their phones, and about 11 hours a day looking at screens of any kind. S... More

Chromebooks Will Get a Video Editing App with Adobe’s Project Rush (Forbes)

Articles extolling the virtues of Chromebooks almost always mention that they have become powerful enough to handle everything most people do with a computer outside of power-hungr... More

Smart Speakers, Video Entertainment Drive Smart Home Shipments (Dealerscope)

The worldwide smart home devices market is forecasted to ship roughly 549.5 million devices by the end of the year, according to the latest data from IDC. If achieved, that would r... More

4 Early Predictions for Black Friday 2018 (Dealerscope)

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holiday shopping season. Typically by now, the retail community is well into the holiday shopping mood, prepping their warehouses... More

IBM Ends China’s 5-Year Reign Atop Supercomputer Rankings (NW)

There’s a shake-up – and a scandal – in the Top500 ranking of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The U.S. has retaken first place in the Top500 list after five years... More

Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones for 2019 (Bloomberg)

The upcoming audio push builds on Apple’s earlier success in the field. The iPod and iTunes digital music store helped revive the industry and began a transformation that turned ... More

AI is Making Hardware Sexy Again (Forbes)

AI is not a new concept, nor are the math fundamentals underpinning it. But for AI to “eat software” and become truly useful it needs hardware: processors and chips fast and st... More

How Will Consumers Make Sense of Wearable Technology? (Forbes)

Industry analysts predict that apparel fitted with intelligent agent technology is where the greatest opportunities lie for the wearable technology market. Smart clothing is just s... More