Consumer Electronics
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7/25/2016

Nintendo is claiming that "Pokemon Go" will add little to its earnings, despite the company owning a 32% stake in creator Pokemon Co. and part of partner Niantic. Shares plummeted 18% following Nintendo's statement, but Macquarie Securities Group senior analyst David Gibson says the market "has overreacted."

7/25/2016

Nvidia's latest Titan X graphics processing unit, built around the Pascal architecture and boasting 12 billion transistors, will go on sale next week as part of a $1,200 add-in card for PCs. The chip will be used in gaming and artificial-intelligence applications.

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7/25/2016

SoftBank is gearing up to take its "human-like" robot, dubbed Pepper, to Taiwan this year, marking one of the first markets outside of Japan that will get the robot. SoftBank hopes by mid-2017 to rent out about 60 internet-connected Peppers per month to companies for functions such as customer service.

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Reuters
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7/25/2016

Apple is preparing to open its first retail location in Taiwan, the company confirmed. Apple recently raised $1.38 billion in a bond offering in Taiwan.

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Fortune
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7/25/2016

Sony Pictures recently debuted its Z9D XBR 4K Ultra HD TV lineup, and Technology Senior Vice President Bill Baggelaar said his company is helping to bring different types of HDR to life. "At the end of the day, this is a storytelling device and [content creators] need to be able to choose the different aspects that actually give them the ability to tell the story the way they want to tell the story," Baggelaar said.

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HD Guru
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7/22/2016

Corning says its Gorilla Glass 5 will protect more smartphone displays from breaking, with tests showing that the product survives 80% of falls from about 5 feet up. Broken screens are a top complaint from smartphone users, with 85% saying their phone has fallen at least once in the past year and 55% saying they have dropped their phone three or more times, per Corning data.

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7/22/2016

Computer scientists at the University of California at San Diego have developed a process for rendering pictures of shiny surfaces on the computer up to 100 times faster. Surfaces such as water and metal often take a long time to render due to small scratches and a reflective nature that scrambles light and produces an undesirable image.

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TechCrunch
7/22/2016

Japan-based Funai Electric, the last standing VCR manufacturer, will halt production by the end of July after 33 years in the business. Last year, Funai sold 750,000 VCRs.

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Mashable, Bloomberg, Variety
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7/22/2016

Short-throw projectors can deliver big screens from a few feet or even inches away from the wall. Home theater projectors such as Sony's Life Space UX Portable, the BenQ i500 LED and LG's PF1000U Ultra Short Throw LED provide convenience and quality video without requiring the user to find space to install a big screen.

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BenQ, LG, Sony
7/22/2016

Free speech is unduly limited by rules established in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues in a lawsuit. The law could prohibit such activities as unlocking a phone to access another carrier or even repairing a car if the work involves the car's computer software.

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The Verge