With the return of Nokia-branded handsets last year from HMD Global, interest in classic devices has been renewed. Nokia makes the devices more appealing by offering some of today's technology, such as Google Assistant capabilities.
Best Buy and Amazon will deepen their partnership with the launch of a line of smart televisions that incorporates Alexa voice assistant features and Amazon's Fire TV. Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer for the new TVs at its stores in the US and Canada and online.
In the past year, 63% of thermostats purchased were smart, per data from Parks Associates. About 13% of US broadband households have a smart thermostat in their home, the data also indicate.
Ossia, a company that develops technology for wireless charging at a distance, has partnered with Molex, an electronics provider, to speed up creation of its products. Ossia is specifically working on "trickle-charging" capability, which allows devices to charge from a distance and even through obstacles such as walls.
Thirteen major bitcoin exchanges are the focus of inquiries by New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman amid concerns over consumer protections. Questionnaires sent to each of the exchanges seek information on exchange ownership and control as well as operations.
Google is preparing to release a series of do-it-yourself smart home gadget kits, enabling purchasers to build smart speakers and cameras using Raspberry Pi microprocessors. The kits will be available in Target this month, and Google hopes they will encourage development of smarter speakers and cameras.
Anker has unveiled EverCam, a wireless, smart security camera that promises a year of battery life. The camera was launched on Kickstarter under Anker's Eufy brand and offers water-resistant HD recording and easy, magnet-based mounting.
To create a more immersive virtual reality environment, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has developed a new system that creates the sensation of being touched through transcranial magnetic stimulation. While the experiment was limited, researcher Michela Bassolino believes its future applications could go further than video games, including helping people reduce sensory deficits after strokes.
Two mobile advanced persistent threats, or mAPTs, have been removed from the Google Play store. The hackers' tactic introduced the malicious functionality at a stage after the initial version was installed.
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