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8/16/2018

Samsung is expanding its presence in the high-end audio market with the unveiling of its HW-N950 and HW-N850 sound bars, built in partnership with Harman Kardon. Both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio standards are supported, and the devices are designed to immediately improve sound quality with minimal components.

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Samsung, Harman Kardon, Dolby Atmos
8/16/2018

Best Buy will acquire GreatCall, which makes the Jitterbug phone and other technology and services designed to help older consumers stay connected and get help in emergencies, for $800 million. GreatCall booked $300 million in revenue last year and boasts 900,000 service subscribers.

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GreatCall
8/16/2018

Square says it has reduced its chip card transaction time to two seconds, a crucial factor in consumer acceptance of the technology. That's less than half the 4.2-second average of just two years ago.

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Yahoo, The Verge
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Square
8/16/2018

Bing users can now use their phone's camera to photograph numbers and symbols in a math problem to get a solution. The artificial-intelligence feature is available through an update to Bing's iOS search app.

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Bing
8/16/2018

Google is improving the quality of its Wear OS apps by introducing new standards for app-makers. The review process to place an app in the Play Store used to be optional, but now developers will have to pass the review to add their app.

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Digital Trends
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Google, Play Store
8/16/2018

Apple is reportedly being investigated by Japanese authorities for allegedly interfering in Yahoo Japan's online game development operations. While both companies declined to comment, Yahoo both cut its budget for its online gaming platform and stopped prominently advertising it as well.

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Apple, Yahoo
8/16/2018

Virtual reality features could be used as a form of vision correction, per a team of researchers at Stanford. The team, led by Nitish Padmanaban, has developed a prototype that can automatically adjust based on what the user is looking at, though the research is still in its early stages.

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TechCrunch
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SIGGRAPH, Stanford
8/16/2018

Oracle's GraphPipe tool simplifying deployment of machine learning for mobile apps and internet of things devices is now open source. The tool allows developers to avoid building custom application programming interfaces for their artificial intelligence models as they work through the cloud.

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Oracle
8/16/2018

United Capital decided last year it was time to build a fintech app to provide an exceptional experience for its mobile users. Mike Capelle, head of United Capital's technology platform, reflects on the factors taken into account including mobile screen size and the features competitors offer in their apps.

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United Capital
8/15/2018

While fall is generally when new smartphones hit the market, some consumers reported that they aren't anticipating any new releases, per a PCMag survey. However, about 42% of consumers reported being excited to see Apple's latest offerings, while 24% were focused on the Galaxy Note9 from Samsung.

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Samsung, Apple