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1/17/2017

The Hypersuit, a virtual reality suit designed to fully integrate the user into the VR experience, was rolled out as a prototype by a Paris-based startup company of the same name. The suit works through a network of sensors that detect a user's movements, and the company hopes to begin shipping it in June.

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1/17/2017

Lenovo is facing challenges in revitalizing the Motorola brand, which Lenovo purchased in October 2014 for $2.91 billion. Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing notes that the company may have misjudged the challenges of reintroducing this brand, saying, "We underestimated the differences of the culture and the business model."

1/17/2017

Intel is banking on the growth of the internet of things and has rolled out a new dedicated platform called the Responsive Retail Platform. The service is part of Intel's attempt to bridge the gap between IoT and physical retail stores.

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ZDNet, Network World
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Intel, IoT, retail stores
1/17/2017

Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store both reported impressive growth in the fourth quarter, with a 60% gain for Apple and an 82% gain for Google, though App Store revenue of $5.4 billion easily topped the Play Store's. Among the big drivers were such leading apps as Netflix, Spotify and Line.

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1/17/2017

Virginia's legislature is considering a bill that would greatly curb the ability of the state's cities to introduce their own broadband internet services. Cities would be able to do so only if private providers fail to reach a standard that even outdated DSL connections can meet.

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Ars Technica
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DSL, Internet services
1/16/2017

Apple has significantly upped the size of apps that developers can bring to the Apple TV App Store, allowing up to 4GB. The move is said to be good for game developers.

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Engadget
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1/16/2017

Apple's cumulative revenues from iOS are on track to top $1 trillion this year, says Asymco analyst Horace Dediu. Given the loyalty and frequency of use in the well-developed ecosystem of iOS users and businesses, Apple appears to have a lot of staying power for a secure future over the next decade, Dediu says.

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ZDNet
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1/16/2017

Finland's Rovio Entertainment, the maker of "Angry Birds," is opening a London studio with the goal of developing more multiplayer games. Rovio plans to bring together a team of about 20 to work on "massively multiplayer online" titles with a new batch of characters.

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TheFiscalTimes.com
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Rovio Entertainment, Rovio
1/16/2017

Intel's Rob Topol believes 5G is the technology that will catapult the smart things market. Intel has been ramping up its 5G business with a focus beyond the handset, with Topol noting, "We frequently say that 5G is the post-smartphone era."

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VentureBeat
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Intel
1/16/2017

Microsoft is trialing its Game Mode on Windows 10. The goal is to improve the quality of gaming, Microsoft said.

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The Verge
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Microsoft, Windows 10