Disney has launched its own on-demand streaming service in the UK. It features Disney and Pixar movies, TV shows, audio and e-books, and a 5,000-song library. Dubbed "DisneyLife," the service is not available yet in the US due to Disney agreements with other streaming services, such as Netflix, but it will be expanding to other European markets soon.
A task force composed partly of private-sector officials from companies such as Google and Amazon has offered the Federal Aviation Administration its official report on how to regulate drones. Among the recommendations are the mandatory registration of drones weighing more than .55 pounds and a safety education course for owners of drones in this category.
The toys-to-life category has become a $4 billion industry and the sector has wide appeal, says Laurie Schact, publisher of Toy Insider Mom. NPD Group estimates that the average family spent $131 on toys-to-life games over the last 6 months. Playmation toys from companies such as Disney and Hasbro let kids become characters and complete real-life missions aided by applications.
Samsung launched its $99 consumer-focused virtual reality headset, "Gear VR," on Nov. 20, and the device sold out in a matter of hours, Jennifer Faull writes.
Alphabet has published the second edition of its guide for Android application developers. The latest version explores new tools and offers pointers on how to improve app quality, as well as how to grow and engage audiences, Google's Dom Elliott said.
Adoption of virtual reality is just getting started, but potential applications of the technology could change how people experience concerts, art, sports, movies and even journalism, Lorne Manly writes. Though the technology is still in the very early stages, said Ted Schilowitz, the in-house futurist at 20th Century Fox, "every few months, we're reaching closer to the target."
Sioeye will enter the action camera market in early 2016 with the Iris4G, an Android action camera that can stream live footage over Long-Term Evolution networks. The device can record in 1080p during a livestream or in up to 4K quality to a microSD card. The company is working with AT&T and T-Mobile to ramp up service in remote locations.
Thanksgiving trails only Black Friday and Cyber Monday on the list of busiest online shopping days of the year, data from SimilarWeb indicate. Last year, people used their wireless devices and desktops to visit online stores 243 million times on Thanksgiving, while they visited such sites 274 million and 261 million times on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, respectively.
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