Ford topped US automakers with more than 1,400 domestic patents this year, edging out Toyota for the top spot. Work on self-driving vehicle technologies fueled a 25% increase over record 2015 Ford patent levels.
An upfront payment of $9.99 to access the full "Super Mario Run" mobile application when it debuts next week holds substantial revenue potential for the mobile game's early days. Sensor Tower is predicting as much as $71 million in revenue over the game's first month with 56% more downloads than for the summer sensation "Pokémon Go."
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to have a wraparound display that uses specialty light-emitting diode technology, per company insiders. Samsung has targeted a March release but the launch may be pushed back to April due to more stringent testing procedures.
Amazon will partner with Conexant Systems and Intel to expand the usage of its virtual assistant Alexa. As a result of these deals, the Alexa assistant will be available in Intel's Smart Home Hub and Conexant's development kit will include Alexa connectivity.
More original series are on the way for Snapchat from Turner Broadcasting System as the two companies extend their reach into mobile advertising that targets millennials. Snapchat will also continue to produce Live Stories from user-submitted photos and videos based on Turner sports shows.
The process of updating apps on mobile devices has grown into a time-consuming affair, but Google has previously offered some relief with file compression and now is offering more. The new technique of File-by-File patching reduces Android app update by 65% on average.
Connected toys are the latest locus of concern for privacy and security advocates. In particular, two items from Genesis Toys incorporating voice recognition technology are cited for collecting data that can be used for future marketing.
Everysight is putting the finishing touches on its new augmented reality Raptor glasses designed for cycling. Cyclists will be able to view data, including speed, heart rate and navigation, on the transparent lens display, as well as record their rides for later review.
The kind of marketing strategy you pursue on social media can make all the difference. Jordan Kasteler looks at eight companies -- including Pampers, Cisco and Staples -- that stand out on social media and how they achieved their results.
T-Mobile launched an option allowing customers to use multiple phone numbers on one phone. The DIGITS program works across a variety of devices, including smartphones and wearables.
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