Devices

Sony CEO: Smartphone Business is Indispensable (Reuters)

Sony’s consumer electronics hardware business “has centered on entertainment since our foundation, not daily necessities like refrigerators and washing machines,” Kenichiro Y... More

Adobe Expands Premiere Rush to Android Devices (MESA)

Adobe announced that Premiere Rush, the first all-in-one cross-device video editing app, is now available for Android phones. Available for download through the Google Play Store a... More

China Overtakes U.S. in Smart Speaker Market Share (TechCrunch)

The U.S. no longer leads the smart speaker market, according to new data from Canalys, which found China’s smart speaker shipments grew by 500% in Q1 2019 to overtake the U.S. an... More

VR Headset Owners Only Use Their Devices Six Hours a Month on Average (Variety)

The typical virtual reality (VR) headset owner spends only about 6 hours a month using their device, according to a new IDC Report. One of the top use cases for VR continues to be ... More

YouTube VR App Coming to Oculus Quest (Variety)

YouTube is bringing its virtual reality (VR) app to Facebook’s Oculus Quest headset. The Google-owned video service announced Thursday that its VR app would be available on the Q... More

31% of U.S. Homes Own Smart Speakers, Up From 8% in 2016 (MediaPost)

TVs, smartphones and laptops retain the lead in U.S. household tech ownership, but smart speaker ownership has grown nearly 100% in a year, according to a new Consumer Technology A... More

Avid Unveils New Versions of Pro Tools (Rapid TV News)

The latest version of the audio post-production solution is designed to boost power and performance for every level of user from aspiring artists to top-echelon audio post professi... More

Eurofins Digital Testing to Be Exclusive CI Plus 2.0 Test Partner

Quality assurance and testing specialist Eurofins Digital Testing will serve as the exclusive test partner for the CI Plus 2.0 standard, an enhanced security system allowing manufa... More

Apple, SAP Partner to Help Clients Build Their Own iPhone Business Apps (VentureBeat)

SAP and Apple are teaming up to help clients develop their own mobile business applications using Apple’s machine-learning technology. This will make it possible, with the help o... More

Consumers Aren’t Using the ‘Smart’ Part of Smart TVs (Rapid TV News)

Even though ownership of new connected devices is high, many who own them don’t use most of their core capabilities.... More

Home Audio Shipments Grow Globally by 20% (TWICE)

Home audio equipment shipments continue to climb, growing globally by nearly 20 percent year-on-year in Q4 2018, according to a new report. Futuresource said home audio shipments r... More

Adobe Survey Finds Pockets of Opportunity for Consumer Electronics Advertisers (Adobe Blog)

With consumer electronics brands forecasted to eclipse $10.1 billion in digital ad spend this year and Samsung recently surpassing Proctor & Gamble as the largest U.S. advertiser, ... More

How Video Games are Pushing the Boundaries of IP Law (Raconteur)

Video games are a fast-moving medium, so much so that they’re outpacing some aspects of copyright law.... More

With New Freemium Service, Amazon Looks Beyond Prime Users to Pull in Fresh Listeners (Billboard)

Launched April 18 for customers who own Amazon's Echo devices and certain other Alexa-powered speakers, Amazon's new free service is limited to certain playlists and artist radio s... More

Analyst: Apple Will Release a 5G iPhone in 2020 (CNBC)

Apple could release iPhones in 2020 equipped with 5G modems, according to research notes from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The modems could be provided by both... More

Facebook Admits It’s Working on AI Voice Assistant (Forbes)

Facebook has confirmed that it is working on an artificial intelligence voice assistant that could work on its Portal video calling device, and the Oculus headsets. Facebook is pla... More

Microsoft Launches $250 Xbox With No Disc Drive (CNBC)

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced its first gaming console without a disc drive, meaning that gamers will have to download games instead of loading them on a disc in the traditional ... More

The Power of Audio (Forbes)

Similar to digital media and now television, radio is developing its own data-driven solutions to meet the needs of advertisers. Podcasting has become among the fastest growing ad ... More

FCC Warns of Rise in Noncompliant Streaming Set-Tops (Twice)

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has noted a rise in the marketing of set-tops with internet streaming capability that do not comply with FCC equipment marketing rules, and has issued ... More

HDR is Driving the Digital Transformation in Media, Entertainment, Beyond (Technicolor Blog)

As the future of our entertainment delivery systems, we need to support an open ecosystem today, where there’s an open HDR workflow from start to finish and everybody can collabo... More