Apple sold 3.6 million Apple Watches last quarter, IDC reports, ranking the company second in the market behind Fitbit, which shipped 4.4 million devices. "Consumers expect their wearables to do more than simply count steps, just as they expect to do more than just make phone calls with their handsets," Argus Insights CEO John Feland said.
Intel announced an investment of more than $60 million in Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec. "At Intel, we believe in a smart and connected world. And one of the best ways to bring that smart and connected world to everyone and everywhere has been drones," Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said.
The Consumer Electronics Association has released a "voluntary compatibility guideline" outlining minimum standards for high dynamic range compatible displays. The group aims to "provide greater consistency and clarity while ensuring compatibility and interoperability across the full content development to display ecosystem," said Brian Markwalter of CEA.
Internet-connected TVs were in 46 million homes across the U.S. -- about half of all homes with an Internet connection -- at the end of the second quarter, NPD Group reports. NPD Executive Director John Buffone attributed the 4 million year-over-year device boost to more sales of smart TVs and a "surge" of streaming services and content.
A number of mobile applications that take advantage of ad-blocking capabilities in Apple's iOS 9 and Safari mobile browser are in the testing stage. And the growth of ad blocking, especially on mobile devices, is expected to prove costly to the industry as users realize they can avoid ad intrusions and speed up the function of their devices.
Best Buy posted a 3.8% increase in same-store sales for its second quarter, with a 17% rise in online sales. The electronics retailer's successful in-store showcases of top brands, such as Apple and Microsoft, will expand even more by the holiday season, Ashley Rodriguez writes.
Hillary Clinton isn't the only public figure accused of using private e-mail for government business. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy was found to use commercial e-mail for official purposes, a State Department report said.
LG will release two more 4K OLED TVs this September, but instead of having curved displays, the new screens will be flat. The 55- and 65-inch displays will be HDR-enabled and retail for $5,499 and $6,999, respectively.
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