Devices

CTA: U.S. Consumer Tech Sales Will Grow 2.2% to a Record $401B in 2019 (Venture Beat)

U.S. consumer tech sales will grow 2.2% to $401 billion in 2019, according to a forecast by the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that stages the annual Consumer Ele... More

40 Years Ago Sony’s Walkman Changed the Way We Listened to Music (CNET)

The Sony Walkman is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The now-famous gadget was introduced with little fanfare in the summer of 1979, but it didn't take long before the whole world... More

Sony is First Consumer Electronics Manufacturer to Sign America Recycles Pledge (MESA)

Sony Electronics has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship by becoming the first consumer electronics manufacturer to sign the U.S. En... More

Over 233M 4K TVs to Ship in 2024, With 8K on the Horizon (Twice)

As worldwide TV household penetration is quite saturated, the flat panel TV market has been driven by consumer adoption of TVs with higher resolution, larger screen size, and conne... More

Sony Debuts Premium 4K UHD Blu-ray Player

Sony Electronics has revealed its new flagship Blu-ray Disc player, the UBP-X1100ES, featuring 4K UHD video, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and 4K upscaling up... More

Sony is Expanding Alexa Functionality on Its Android-Based Smart TVs (Twice)

Sony is bringing some new Alexa functionality to its Android TV smart TVs with the new Amazon Alexa Music, Cameras and TV Control app that's rolling out. The app adds a number of A... More

Report: 5G Smartphones Will Surpass 4G Ones by 2023 (TechRepublic)

5G-enabled smart devices will reach 800 million units in 2023, occupying 51% of all smartphone shipments, according to a new report. This means 5G smartphones will outnumber 4G sma... More

Gen Z Favors News From Social Media, Digital-First Pubs (Media Post)

Millennials have gotten rapt attention from media and marketers. But a new generation, Gen Z, born after millennials, is capturing a new zeitgeist. Morning Consult released the res... More

The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real (Fortune)

Virtual reality has been the next new thing for five years and counting. Clunky headsets, a dearth of content, and lack of consumer interest have caused VR to stall. Can this much-... More

Why Game Streaming Will Finally Work (OneZero)

The future of gaming won’t require a powerful console sitting under your TV. In fact, it’s boxless, wireless, and streaming from a magic server, miles and miles away. At least ... More

Netflix Reveals the Top TVs it Thinks You Should Use to Binge Watch in 2019 (TechCrunch)

Netflix has a tradition, in practice since 2015, of annually proclaiming which TVs, of all the TVs in the land, are best suited to serving you its content. The streaming company’... More

Sony Adds Simple Live Streaming to 4K HDR Camcorders (TVB Europe)

Sony has introduced additional workflow flexibility via a free firmware upgrade for its 4K HDR professional camcorders, HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90. As standalone operations, the camcorde... More

Apple TV is Getting a Picture-in-Picture Mode so You Can Watch Two Shows at Once (TechCrunch)

Apple TV is getting a Picture-in-Picture mode that will allow users to stream two shows at the same time, TechCrunch has confirmed. The feature’s forthcoming launch was first rep... More

Netflix Takes Baby Steps Into Video Gaming (Fortune)

Netflix made its presence known at gaming conference E3 this year. The company, known for its streaming video service, is getting its toes wet with video games. It’s just one of ... More

Netflix Planning a Mobile Game Based on the ‘Stranger Things’ Universe for 2020 (CNBC)

The mobile game will allow users to explore the show’s fictional realm, “The Upside Down,” which is hidden around them in their daily travels. It will use GPS to deliver expe... More

Top 5 Reasons M&E Needs NVMe Now

By Erik Weaver, Global Director, M&E Strategy and Market Development, Data Center Solutions, Western Digital Hollywood has its fair share of name dropping.  But have you he... More

Adobe, Other Developers ‘Incredibly Excited’ About New Mac Pro (MacRumors)

Adobe is "incredibly excited" about the new Mac Pro, according to its vice president of 3D and immersive technologies Sebastien Deguy.... More

OTOY Launches Revolutionary Octane X for macOS, iOS (MESA)

OTOY unveiled Octane X — the 10th anniversary edition of OTOY's industry leading GPU renderer OctaneRender — at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference. (more…)... More

Useful Tips for Product Teams Working on Samsung Smart TV Apps (Medium)

If you are a Digital Product Manager or Lead Developer in charge of video streaming apps, you probably have worked on your company’s OTT apps for the most popular platforms like ... More

Voice is the Future of Consumer-Brand Interaction (Forbes)

Not everyone has embraced voice technology yet, but as voice-powered devices become more affordable, adoption is growing. Some experts estimate that 50% of all searches will be voi... More