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8/18/2017

Amazon has partnered with Arizona State University to allow engineering students access to the Echo Dot, with the university also providing courses on how to build voice-user interfaces for Alexa. The program is a voluntary one that will be available in the school's high-tech dormitory.

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ZDNet
8/18/2017

Individuals who want to photograph the solar eclipse on Monday shouldn't use smartphones without a solar filter due to the risk of damage, as well as overexposure. Per NASA recommendations, "the best thing to do is to cover the camera lens with a solar filter during the moments before (and after) totality when the sunlight is still blinding."

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Today
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NASA
8/18/2017

Some surprising details emerge from mobile app marketing company Liftoff's new report on subscription apps. Among other things, the report finds that a medium price range of $7 to $20 has the highest install-to-subscription rate, topping even the lower price bracket of 99 cents to $7.

8/18/2017

It is being speculated that the wireless charging on the Apple iPhone 8 works similarly to how Wi-Fi is delivered to devices by using 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands to power the device. Also, the company is expected to use a glass body instead of aluminum to maintain the phone's charge.

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Wi-Fi, Apple
8/18/2017

Sony is showing off two new in-vehicle audio options; they offer a sleeker user interface and better smartphone connectivity. The XAV-AX200 receiver boasts Android Auto system and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with Sirius XM connectivity, a DVD player and three-camera input.

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TWICE
8/18/2017

ZTE saw a 36% increase in smartphone shipments in the second quarter and now controls 11.5% of the US smartphone market, Counterpoint Technology reports. The company's aggressive chip marketing and low-cost devices have helped it become the fourth-largest smartphone provider in the US.

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ZTE
8/18/2017

The Nintendo Switch was more readily available last month, and increased supply allowed it to outsell the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, The NPD Group reports. Despite that, consistent supply has allowed PlayStation to outsell all other hardware platforms year-to-date.

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VentureBeat
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NPD Group, Nintendo
8/18/2017

Comcast says its Xfinity Mobile offering is now available across all company markets and channels. The announcement comes just in time for the highly anticipated launch of new Apple and Samsung smartphones.

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Wireless Week
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Samsung, Apple, Xfinity Mobile, Comcast
8/18/2017

With 43% of access to government websites originating from mobile devices, it may be time for federal web developers to prioritize mobile, writes Eric White.

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Federal News Radio
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mobile devices, Web developers
8/18/2017

Apple is providing a quick way to call emergency services in iOS 11, with five quick taps of the power button serving to bring up the option to automatically place a 911 call. The option also disables the Touch ID until a passcode is entered.

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The Verge
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Apple, emergency services