Consumer Electronics
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2/17/2017

"Pokemon Go" is adding 80 new Pokemon, including Totodile, Cyndaquil and Chikorita. The launch has proved so successful that servers are having a hard time keeping up with player demand.

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The Verge, TechCrunch
2/17/2017

Microsoft will collaborate with India's Tata Motors for the development of connected-car technology. The companies will unveil the collaboration results in March at a car show in Geneva.

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Reuters
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Microsoft, Tata Motors
2/17/2017

Startup Caavo has unveiled a product that allows users to integrate and control up to eight connected devices. The product uses a unified interface to control and link viewers to content from devices including Fire TV, Roku, gaming consoles and set-top boxes.

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Multichannel News
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Fire TV
2/17/2017

Visa and IBM Watson have announced a partnership for greater connectivity in internet of things devices. IBM's Watson IoT platform will be used to expand digital payment options for a wide range of connected devices.

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VentureBeat, ReadWrite
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IBM Watson, IoT, Visa
2/17/2017

Engagement ratios and other measures of high-value conversions are a better measure of app success than the number of downloads, according to a report by Light Reaction. "It is better to focus on quality new users, a high level of engagement with existing users and re-engaging with inactive users whom you already invested in to get them to download the app," said Auke Boersma, Light Reactions' APAC managing director.

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Campaign Asia
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APAC
2/17/2017

The cost of hiring the many new tech employees needed to meet the rapidly growing demands of tech advancement is becoming prohibitive, writes Zuznow CEO Chen Levkovich. That imperative is now intruding into IT itself, and artificial intelligence will increasingly provide solutions, displacing human developers.

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VentureBeat
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artificial intelligence
2/17/2017

Many smartphones have receivers capable of picking up FM radio signals, although they go largely unused because they aren't activated. Now the Federal Communications Commission is looking to change that by urging companies to switch the receivers on.

2/16/2017

Snap has set the value of its initial public offering at between $16.20 billion and $18.52 billion, which is less than the $20 billion to $25 billion initially estimated by industry experts. The social media firm is facing stiff competition from Facebook and Google.

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Reuters
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Facebook, social media, Google
2/16/2017

Huawei engineers are reportedly working to develop proprietary voice assistant technology. The effort will initially target the Chinese market, sources say, but the ultimate goal will be to compete with Apple's Siri and Google Assistant.

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Bloomberg
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Huawei, Apple, Google
2/16/2017

Edge-to-edge displays, pressure-sensitive buttons and faster processors are a few of the hardware-based changes coming to smartphones this year. Higher RAM capabilities and 5G connections also are expected.