YouTube is working on a subscription streaming service called Unplugged, sources say. Unplugged, which has been in the works since 2012, would provide customers with cable channels that can be viewed online. While YouTube has reportedly been in talks with media companies such as NBCUniversal and Viacom, no deals have been made.
US consumers spent roughly $4.6 billion on home entertainment in the first quarter of 2016, about the same as they spent in the year-ago quarter, Digital Entertainment Group has found. In the same period, 4K UHD TV sales rose 210% and video-on-demand platforms increased 7%, and home entertainment spending topped box office video releases by 10 percentage points, data indicate.
France's Sigfox plans to roll out its radio-frequency-powered wireless communications networks for Internet of Things devices in 100 US cities by year's end. The company aims to carve out a slice of what IDC estimates will be a $1.9 trillion IoT market in North America by 2020.
The creators of Apple's artificial intelligence assistant, Siri, are expected to make a major announcement next week that could further integrate AI into everyday life with an open system not reliant on an app store or device.
Internet of Things company Tickto is teaming up with Bangalore, India-based tech firm Happiest Minds Technologies on a retail solution that uses Bluetooth beacons to help managers better engage consumers.
Turtle Beach has tapped one of the world's top e-sports teams, OpTic Gaming, to wear its new Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset during competitions.
The headset and the Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller each retail for $200, with a noise-canceling microphone that can be added for $40.
Sony has introduced a lineup of wireless, multiroom home-audio products, including a new soundbar, audio/video receivers, Blu-ray players and speakers. Also included in the product line launch are a high-res USB turntable and tabletop stereo system.
Recent titles in popular franchises dominate the list of the 20 top-selling video games last year, as compiled by the NPD Group. Topping the list are "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," "Madden NFL 16" and "Fallout 4."
Fitbit nearly doubled its fitness tracker sales between 2014 and 2015, shipping 21.3 million devices in 2015. Fitbit faces steep competition from Apple, and Chief Business Officer Woody Scal said his company is poised to slowly add more features to Fitbit over time, including the ability to discover and prevent health problems.
Google has purchased Synergyse, maker of a Google Apps training platform that has so far trained more than 4 million people across 3,000 organizations. The training service yields "on average 35 percent higher adoption across Apps products," Google said.
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