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10/23/2017

Nintendo's Switch has sold 2 million units in the US since March and is outselling Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, per data from NPD. With "Super Mario Odyssey," "The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim" and "Doom" coming to the console this fall, it's expected it will continue its streak into the holidays.

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10/23/2017

By 2021, digital brands that optimize their commerce sites for visual and voice searches will realize 30% greater revenue, Gartner research found. Gartner predicts gains in these categories will start on mobile devices before consumers migrate to voice-activated home assistants for much of their shopping.

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10/23/2017

Apple is offering a head start on iPhone X preorders for subscribers to the company's iPhone Upgrade Program. That could prove crucial, because the phone is expected to be in short supply initially and well into the first quarter.

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10/23/2017

Harman Kardon is attempting to expand Cortana's reach beyond the desktop with the development of smart speaker Invoke. The Invoke sells for $200, and its third-party skills are limited.

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10/23/2017

There is both potential and risk in the internet of things market, specifically when these devices are powered by artificial intelligence. There have already been failings in connected cars, medical devices and Bluetooth-based tech, which is why better device data protection and security need to be the focus, Alec Sears writes.

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10/23/2017

India-based BPL has announced the development of an Alexa-based smart speaker that is in the prototype stage. The device, dubbed "BPL Voice One," will be sold through Amazon's India store and will offer a wide range of Alexa cloud services, including music, alarms and information.

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10/23/2017

The top game on Android, "Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes," loses about 95% of its users after 30 days, per industry data. Android apps have significantly lower retention rates than iOS apps, as users keep only half as many Android apps as iOS users do, an Apptopia report states.

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10/23/2017

Mac Conuladh is overseeing the development of Atari console Ataribox, with the intention of crowdfunding the box on Indiegogo. Conuladh says crowdfunding is ideal because of the Atari community, noting, "Atari still has this incredible community. No matter who you talk to, they have an Atari story."

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10/23/2017

Garmin has released a smartwatch that works with both Android and iOS systems and features a built-in heart rate tracker and GPS. The Vivosport has a color touch-screen display and is available for $199.99.

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Garmin, heart rate, iOS, Android, GPS
10/23/2017

Having established itself as a viable challenger to Apple and Samsung at home in China, smartphone firm Vivo is looking to break into other markets. First on the list are Russia, Taiwan and Singapore, where Vivo will sell its flagship V7+ handset.

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