Boingo Wireless Chief Technology Officer Derek Peterson noted a concentration on connectivity of smart devices at CES 2018. In this blog post, he summarizes the state of smart networks, smart assistants and smart cities, underscoring the importance of 5G networks.
According to a survey from Morgan Stanley, 40% of Facebook users say they tap the Facebook Watch platform at least once a week. Launched just a few months ago, Facebook Watch features programmatic shows like Mike Rowe's "Returning the Favor" as well as livestreaming sporting events.
Twitter is notifying users who may have interacted with Russian-generated content during the 2016 elections, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., is one recipient. Twitter has suspended more than 3,800 accounts it suspects of having Russian connections.
Voice automation and smart home devices were popular at CES 2018, and they are likely to gain attention this year. The US smart home market is expected to earn $4.5 billion in 2018, a 34% increase over last year, CTA reports.
Releases of Android-based streaming boxes have significantly slowed compared with smart TVs, with the last streaming box for the US being released by Xiaomi in October 2016. This can be attributed to manufacturers releasing more smart TVs and cable providers offering Android connectivity through set-top boxes.
Farming simulator game "Stardew Valley" has sold 3.5 million copies and reports having 700,000 active monthly users. The game is similar to Natsume's "Harvest Moon," as both games involve the player inheriting and working a farm and building relationships with the local townspeople.
"Masters of the Sun," a virtual reality comic book created by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and backed by Oculus, debuted Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Work has already begun on a sequel, along with a new product called "Wizards and Robots."
Some major publishers stand to lose ground as Google begins to rank pages according to mobile speed, according to a test by Digiday. Several supposedly tech-forward publishers didn't match their reputations, and CNN and The Wall Street Journal fared poorly in the Digiday experiment.
The new Lightning Network leverages an additional bit of code and is designed to greatly speed blockchain transactions and make bitcoin use more practical. Joseph Poon and Thaddeus Dryja worked on the project for three years, and it is now accepting its first payments.
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