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Canalys: Lenovo atop latest PC/tablet sales list
Lenovo tops the latest list for PC sales that include tablets in the category, passing Apple, Canalys says. "With a more diverse product portfolio, Lenovo is in a stronger position than Apple to cement its lead in the market," Canalys' Tim Coulling says. WRALTechWire.com (Raleigh, N.C.) (8/6)

HBO expands OTT service to Google's Chromecast
HBO's subscription streaming service is now compatible with Google's Chromecast, with support for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick expected soon. The $15 per month HBO NOW subscription was originally in an exclusive deal with Apple, but it has since expanded to DISH's Sling TV, Cablevision, Verizon and Android mobile devices. TechCrunch (8/6)

Exec: Car's center console will be focus of the future
The center consoles in connected cars will be the go-to spot for collecting and relaying information in the near future, INRIX General Manager Kevin Foreman said at a recent conference. "There is a race for the center stack inside of cars. Over the years to come, watch this space. It's going to [be] the next big device," he said. GeekWire (8/6)

Adidas vs. Under Armour: The fitness app race is on
Adidas' $240 million acquisition of fitness application and hardware-maker Runtastic gives Adidas an immediate 70 million registered users and 140 million downloads, plus an entry into the wearables market. Adidas rival Under Armour has invested $710 million in building its fitness app business but has yet to break into hardware, Alex Stanley writes. SportTechie.com (8/6)

Graava camera does the editing for you
Graava will roll out its Graava video camera early 2016 and claims the device will use a set of five sensors, including a heart monitor, to detect the most exciting moments in a recording and automatically edit long videos down to the best moments. ConsumerAffairs.com (8/6)

Microsoft app translates users' spoken language
Microsoft's Translator application can translate users' spoken words into any of 50 languages on their Android, iOS or wearable devices. TheNextWeb.com (8/7)

Ofcom: TV viewing habits altered by mobile devices
Increasing use of smartphones and tablets, particularly among young people, is altering TV viewing habits, states Ofcom's Communications Market Report, which found that 57% of 16-to-24-year-olds regularly watch on-demand television on a computer and 45% watch TV on smartphones. Broadband TV News (8/6)

Apple website gets facelift, integrates the shopping experience
Apple has redesigned its website to integrate the shopping experience with all of the product pages. The site no longer requires visitors to browse products on one page and travel to another to make a purchase. VentureBeat (8/6), ValueWalk (8/7)

"Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
-- Michael Jordan,
professional basketball player and team owner

 

How consumers are navigating the toys-to-life field
Activision was first to the toys-to-life market in 2011 with the launch of "Skylanders," but Disney, Nintendo and Lego Dimensions have all joined the field at various prices. Parents are looking at access to certain characters, type of game play, price and the ability to go mobile as they weigh the pros and cons of each option for their children, Andy Robertson writes. VentureBeat (8/5)

Epson forges ahead with consumer projectors, money-saving printers
Epson is targeting the consumer market with the upcoming release of three "value"-priced home theater projectors and a line of five inkjet printers with money-saving ink reservoirs. TWICE (8/5)

What Nintendo's under-wraps "NX" console might look like
Digital Trends (8/5)

Adidas acquires Runtastic to better compete in wearables
Adidas has sealed a $239 million deal to buy fitness and health application creator Runtastic to improve its competitive chances against Nike and Under Armour in the wearables market. Runtastic has a portfolio of more than 20 applications offered in 18 languages, Adidas confirmed. Reuters (8/5)

11M users opt to trial Apple Music
Streaming platform Apple Music has secured 11 million trial subscribers, with 2 million signing up for a family plan, since it launched its three-month trial period June 30. The company hopes to reach 100 million subscribers. USA Today (8/6)

Samsung plots regular patches to combat hackers, malware
Samsung Electronics and Google plan to upload security patches about once a month for the South Korean company's Android mobile devices, saying that they want to provide timely over-the-air protection from malware and other attacks. VentureBeat (8/5), TechCrunch (8/5)

Advisers urged to prioritize security of electronic devices
Financial advisers should make smartphone and tablet security a top priority as the industry becomes more mobile, experts say. Kaspersky Lab says 1.3 million smartphone hacks happened between January and October 2014. A survey says 31% of smartphones and 41% of tablets aren't protected by a password, according to Kaspersky. InvestmentNews (free registration) (8/5)

Acer is selling Windows 10 "Cloudbooks" for less than $200
ZDNet (8/5)

Target looks to in-store beacons
Target is tapping in-store beacons for a service resembling a news feed that serves up alerts to its users via the Target Run feature in its own application. The beacon technology will be available this week in 50 stores. MobileCommerceDaily.com (8/6)

Sprint officially takes over 1,435 RadioShack storefronts
Digital Trends (8/5)

"Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable."
-- Theodore Vail,
industrialist

 

Energy-harvesting sensors to enable connected devices
Wireless sensors that can harvest energy for their power sources are a key element in Internet of Things technology, Matthias Kassner of EnOcean writes. Sensors can tap into kinetic, solar and thermal energy in the place of batteries, he writes. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (8/4)

Microsoft plans DVR features for Xbox One starting in 2016
Microsoft is planning to add DVR features to the Xbox One next year, following the May 2015 release of the Xbox One TV tuner, which lets users capture channels over-the-air for a one-time purchase price of $60. PCWorld (8/4)

Former FBI official says mobile devices most targeted by hackers
Mobile devices have become more valuable than laptops to hackers, with their text messages and contact lists, in addition to any personal finance information, says Greg Kesner, former head of the FBI's data intercept program. He says it's important to identify attackers publicly, in order to more effectively defend against them in the future. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/4), BankInfoSecurity.com (8/5)

More consumers to adopt in-app payments, thanks to Apple Pay
Apple Pay has spurred consumer interest in the ability to purchase goods using contactless technology, and that will bring an increase in demand for in-application mobile payments, writes Dennis Jones, CEO of Judo Payments. "The future of payments is almost certainly mobile and the present is increasingly in-app," he adds. PaymentsSource (8/5)

Why nanomagnets could be the next computer storage solution
A breakthrough in nanomagnet polarization by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley could lead to computers with better storage drives that require less energy than when using a hard disk. If researchers can apply their discovery to computer chips, future computers could turn on "in an instant" and work at greater speeds, Dianne Depra writes. New Electronics (8/4), Tech Times (8/4)

Report points to a 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display
Pictures from Apple's El Capitan operating system beta suggest that the company may be working toward a 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K retina display. TechCrunch (8/4)

Samsung Pay adds mobile billing option for TV purchases
Mobile billing options are included in Samsung's new Pay on TV service, in which users can make purchases by entering payment information, pressing a screen-displayed button and entering a PIN. Viewers can buy an array of content and games generally found on a smart TV. VentureBeat (8/4)

Cognistx aims to make retail experience super-personal
Forbes (8/4)

"We become what we think about."
-- Earl Nightingale,
radio personality, writer and motivational speaker

Apple and Google software will anticipate user wants
Apple and Google plan to add software features aimed at providing useful information to smartphone users before they ask for it, industry observers say. Apple, for example, offers Proactive Assistant, which learns how users behave with their devices, while Google has Google Now in its arsenal. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/3)

Companies aim to create a "metaverse" for future VR users
As companies such as HTC and Oculus Rift gear up to release virtual reality headsets, others are racing to create the virtual "metaverse," where VR users can meet and interact, Christian Nutt writes. Linden Lab and AltspaceVR are among the names taking on the challenge. Gamasutra.com (8/3)

Sony to release two midmarket smartphones with high-end cameras
Sony is releasing two midrange smartphones that have high-end photo-taking capabilities. The devices are the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5. Engadget (8/3), The Verge (8/3)

SanDisk, Toshiba to offer 256Gb, 3D NAND flash memories
SanDisk and Toshiba next month will begin sampling their triple-level cell, 48-layer 3D NAND flash memory devices, capable of storing 256 gigabits of data. The companies plan to sell the advanced memories, which are being made in their new wafer fabrication facility in Yokkaichi, Japan, starting in 2016. Computerworld (8/3), New Electronics (8/4)

Xiaomi, Huawei lead "world's biggest smartphone market," China
Chinese vendors Xiaomi and Huawei Technologies are the top two smartphone vendors in China, controlling 15.9% and 15.7% of the market, respectively, states a Canalys report on the quarter ending in June. Rivals Apple and Samsung slipped to third and fourth place, respectively, in the "world's biggest smartphone market," Michael Kan writes. PCWorld/IDG News Service (8/3)

Amazon recruits Staples to sell voice-activated speaker "Echo"
Bloomberg (8/3)

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
-- John Wooden,
basketball coach

Nokia sells Here maps unit to German automaker consortium
Germany's BMW, Audi and Daimler have partnered to buy Nokia's Here mapping unit for $3.1 billion, including debt, in a deal expected to help the automakers move toward developing driverless cars and other next-generation in-car technologies. Nokia Here drew a majority of its $1.1 billion in revenues last year from carmakers, with the rest coming from location-based services. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/3), SeattlePI.com/The Associated Press (8/3), Re/code (8/2)

Hisense buys Sharp's Mexico TV plant; Sharp exits the Americas
Chinese electronics-maker Hisense is buying a Sharp plant in Mexico for $23.7 million as Sharp exits the TV market across the Americas. Sharp has been unable to successfully compete with TV-makers Samsung and LG, a trend Hisense aims to turn around as it prepares to ramp up its TV business in the Americas by using the Sharp brand. MediaPost Communications (8/3), HD Guru (7/31), The Verge (7/31)

Samsung plans NFC printer for mobile devices
Samsung has a printer that leverages near field communication technology in the works that will let users print pictures and documents from a mobile device just by putting it close to the printer. The NFC-Pro printer is set for release next year. Ubergizmo.com (7/31)

Overheating batteries spark Nvidia's Shield recall
Nvidia is encouraging customers who purchased a Shield tablet between July 2014 and July 2015 to send them back for a replacement due to batteries that overheat and pose a fire risk, the company confirmed. The Register (U.K.) (7/31), Digital Trends (7/31)

Engineer fuels DIY electronics trend with 3D-printed Game Boy
More consumers are gaining access to the tools and skills needed to build and customize their own electronics, a trend Phoenix, Ariz.-based engineer James Drachenberg, founder of Dragon Mountain Design, is supporting with step-by-step directions on how to build a personalized Game Boy. Do-it-yourself enthusiasts need access to a 3D printer and a short list of supplies to create many of the devices they could before only dream of. 3DPrint.com (8/1)

Video games turned teaching tools appear in a Norway classroom
KQED.org (7/31)

SoftBank's "Pepper" robot eyes the enterprise
SoftBank has debuted a robot in Japan that the company claims can read and react to human emotions tracked through a set of cameras and sensors. The consumer version of the "Pepper" robot retails for $1,650, and SoftBank plans to have an enterprise version rollout in October. Business Insider (7/31)

CEO: Microsoft HoloLens coming soon to developers
Developers can expect access to Microsoft's augmented reality HoloLens headset within the next year, said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella said the HoloLens is on a "five-year journey" that will see the set land in enterprises first before arriving on the consumer market. Business Insider (8/2)

OnePlus fans line up for just a look at the smartphone's next iteration
The Register (U.K.) (8/2)

EA Games' digital sales pass disc sales
EA Games reported an $87 million annual increase in digital game sales for its first fiscal quarter of 2016, marking the first time the company made more money off digital downloads than discs in stores. The company's net income grew to $442 million from $335 million last year, with 52% of revenue stemming from digital sales. Tech Times (7/31)

Sony to shutter e-store, promises upcoming online "showcase"
Tech Times (8/2)

"Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one's belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one's right to believe, and obey, his own conscience."
-- Viktor Frankl,
neurologist and psychiatrist




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