Ultimate Ears, a Logitech brand, is adding a waterproof and dustproof portable Bluetooth speaker with 360-degree sound called the "Roll" to its lineup. The $99 speaker will serve as an entry-level design to Ultimate Ears' $199 Boom and $299 Mega Boom speakers. TWICE (6/16)
Netatmo's Wi-Fi home security camera is designed to recognize faces and send an alert when a face it does not know comes to the door. At CES in January, the Paris-based company first showed off the aluminum "Netatmo Welcome," with a 130-degree wide-angle lens and a camera that shoots 1080p video. Wired.com (6/15)
Apple's inclusion in iOS 9 of the "Split View" and "Slide Over" features, which let users work in adjacent windows on the same screen, may be a clue that a bigger iPad is in the works at Apple, says Kantar WorldPanel Comtech analyst Carolina Milanesi. Computerworld (6/9)
A pair of trade groups representing major tech companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft urged President Barack Obama not to weaken encryption systems built into digital devices such as smartphones. "We are opposed to any policy actions or measures that would undermine encryption as an available and effective tool," the groups wrote in a letter to Obama. Reuters (6/10)
Self-driving car technology you can expect by 2020
Self-driving cars are cruising from science fiction fantasy to pick-it-up-at-the-dealership reality. A recent IBM report predicted that vehicles will be "able to learn, heal, drive and socialize with other vehicles and its surrounding environment" by 2025. Major automotive companies like Audi, Ford, Lincoln, Volkswagen, Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz exhibited at the inaugural CES Asia in Shanghai recently, and you’re sure to see more at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Read more about the latest innovations in self-driving automobiles on the CEA Blog.
Future Cities Catapult is floating a concept of a bike helmet with a visor that offers route suggestions and directions and points out local landmarks. The company believes the heads-up display could make cyclists safer. CityLab (6/4)
SanDisk touts tiny USB 3.0 128GB flash drive
SanDisk claims that its latest 128GB flash drive is "smaller than a dime," making it the world's smallest USB 3.0 flash drive, the company says. The drive retails for $120. Ubergizmo.com (6/1)
Nintendo will deploy Android software in its upcoming NX console, Japanese business wire service Nikkei reports, claiming the gaming company wants to build an open-source platform into the NX to attract more third-party developers, who have abandoned Nintendo in recent years. Ars Technica (6/1)
LG showed off a 55-inch OLED panel prototype less than 1 mm thick that can attach to a wall with a "magnetic mat" and be "peeled off like wallpaper," James Vincent writes, citing Korea's Yonhap news agency. The thin screen signals that LG is moving forward with expensive OLED technology as competitors fall away. The Verge (5/20)
shaken by patent trolls
Starting up a technology company can mean long hours and short paychecks and now many entrepreneurs are adding another headache: picking through the minefield of patent lawsuits. Called patent trolls or patent assertion entities, by any name they are still companies that don't invent or manufacture anything but make money monetizing patents. It Is Innovation magazine spoke with three companies about their experiences with patent trolls. Read the full interview on the i3 website.
Smartphones, TVs and more: See the top 10 most-commonly
owned tech products
The top ten most-commonly owned consumer electronics products of 2015 have seen some dramatic shifts since last year. According to CEA's "17th Annual CE Ownership and Market Potential Study," smartphones are now the third most-owned consumer electronics product in the U.S., trailing only televisions and DVD/Blu-ray players. CEA is projecting that ownership of digital content will catch up with traditional content by 2018, with tablets joining the top ten list for the first time last year. See how this top ten list has changed from 2014 to 2015 on the CEA blog.
HP sees profits decline ahead of planned split
Hewlett-Packard continued to shed profits in its second fiscal quarter as it prepares for the company to split into two separate businesses in October. HP saw its net income drop by 21% over the quarter on a 7% decline in revenue. CEO Meg Whitman said the results solidify her belief that the best way to optimize investment dollars going forward is to separate HP's enterprise and personal computing divisions. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/21)
Commerce, ads to drive surge in mobile Internet
Mobile Internet revenue is likely to nearly triple in size from 2014 to 2018, reaching $850 billion, according to Digi-Capital. Mobile commerce and mobile advertising will be the chief drivers, with the latter projected to ascend from third to second place in terms of revenue generation in three years. TechCrunch (5/26)
shows U.S. household ownership of wearables jump in 2015
According to CEA's 17th Annual CE Ownership and Market Potential Study, wearable activity fitness trackers saw significant growth in ownership, increasing to 11% of households in 2015, more than double the number of households who owned the technology last year. Five percent of U.S. consumers now own a smartwatch, and 6% of households plan to buy one over the next year. The complete study is available for free for CEA member companies at members.CE.org. Non-members may purchase the study at the CEA Store.
Google adds TrueView shopping to YouTube video
Google is adding a new e-commerce strategy to YouTube, tailoring product ads to individuals based on the videos they view and then giving consumers the option to make immediate purchases. The addition of the "TrueView" platform is expected to help YouTube and Google make money, as BI Intelligence predicts that online video ad revenue will come close to $5 billion next year. NewsFactor Network (5/22)
Audi's R8 e-tron "electronic super car," which debuted at CES Asia, features a suite of sensors that give the car the ability to drive itself. Audi calls the car a "high-tech mobile laboratory" intended to test technologies "that will eventually make it to production vehicles," Andrew Griffin writes. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (5/26)
Amazon gives Prime members free delivery on
Amazon Prime members in 14 cities have the option of selecting same-day delivery for free as long as they buy a qualifying item, place the order before noon and spend more than $35. CNET (5/28)
Gartner: Samsung's market share dipped in Q1
Apple narrowed the global smartphone gap on rival Samsung Electronics in the first quarter, Gartner reports, adding that Samsung's market share fell by 6.2 percentage points year over year to 24.2%, while Apple rose slightly, to 17.9% from 15.3%. Smartphone sales rose by 19% collectively, and Android's market share dipped slightly to 78.9%. CNET (5/27), CIO.com/IDG News Service (5/27)
Survey: Web-connected TVs are in 56% of U.S.
The percentage of U.S. households with an Internet-connected TV has grown to 56%, up from 44% in 2013 and 24% in 2010, the Leichtman Research Group has found in a survey. Nearly 30% of adults watch content on a connected TV at least weekly, up from 17% in 2013, the survey shows. Broadcasting & Cable (5/27)
General Motors will build Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities into 14 Chevrolet 2016 models, which will enable users to link their smartphones and applications with their vehicles' infotainment systems. "The car is the ultimate mobile device," Apple executive Jeff Williams said at a conference this week. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/27), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/27), Computerworld (5/27)
Atmel chips aim to make touch screens more
Atmel has introduced sensor chips designed to make touch screens thinner, more responsive and less power-hungry. The maXTouch U series of chips will support screens from 1.2 inches to 10.1 inches. VentureBeat (6/2)
Dell showed off its 20- and 24-inch Inspiron 3000 desktops in Taiwan on Tuesday. Dell said the PCs feature among the "thinnest AIO displays in the market." Prices start at $329.99 for the 20-inch model and $479.99 for the 24-inch option, which is already on sale in the U.S. and China. Ubergizmo.com (6/2)
Google hired more women for tech roles last year
Women made up about one-fifth of Google's tech hires last year, the company said. The company said it's also working to expand hiring of blacks and Hispanics. Reuters (6/1)
GoPro is adding the Hero+ LCD as an entry-level camera that features built-in LCD, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The rugged, waterproof video camera will launch June 7 with a retail price of $300. Digital Trends (6/1)
Apple will pay more than usual for iPhone trade-ins throughout June, which will enable customers in the U.S. to trade in an iPhone 4S for up to $50 in in-store credit, as well as an iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S for up to $100 and $200, respectively, in in-store credit. Ubergizmo.com (6/1)
Amazon offers free shipping on the little things
Amazon will ship items that cost less than $10 and weigh less than 8 ounces for free, whether the customer is a Prime member or not. The service includes "thousands of products from hundreds of sellers," an Amazon spokesman said. CNNMoney (6/3)
Google is ramping up its efforts against Apple Pay with the introduction of Android Pay. The mobile service enables payments in physical stores, as well as online. Google also announced that it will bring Android M to market this year, and Google Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke said the operating system will emphasize quality, stability and usability. Wired.com (5/28), Quartz (5/29), The Verge (5/28)
Vivint has launched a "discreet," Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell camera that offers a live video feed of the front doorstep to the homeowner's smartphone when a person rings the bell. The company expects to add facial recognition in the coming months to enable the door to be unlocked and the security system disarmed for approved people. CEPro.com (5/28)
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