Consumer Electronics
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7/2/2015

OnePlus will release the OnePlus 2 smartphone with a fingerprint reader and support for USB 3.0. The company is expected to unveil additional specs on July 27.

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Tech Times
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OnePlus, USB 3.0
7/2/2015

FitLight Trainer, a wireless sensor device with sets of flashing LED lights that delivers data back to a tablet, is designed to help athletes improve coordination, speed, reaction time and agility. The lights respond to physical contact, and the reported data generates recommendations on how users can improve skills.

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SportTechie.com
7/2/2015

Sony has added three Bluetooth speakers to its SRS-X line that are bigger and pack more features than the SRS-X speakers released last month. The SRS-X77, X88 and X99 are priced at $300, $400 and $700, respectively, and they all feature Sony's ClearAudio+ technology.

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Digital Trends
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Sony
7/2/2015

Apple's next iPhone, expected to debut this fall, will be powered by a Qualcomm Long-Term Evolution chip that will have double the download speed of the iPhone 6, sources say. The new phone could reach speeds of 300 megabits per second and boast a better battery life, a 9to5Mac report states.

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CNET, Forbes, 9to5Mac
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iPhone, Qualcomm, Apple
7/2/2015

Smoother video streaming from YouTube is coming to the latest iOS and Android devices. The high-frame-rate option plays videos at 60 frames per second for "silky smooth playback," YouTube says, a particular advantage in gaming.

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NewsFactor Network
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YouTube, iOS, Android
7/2/2015

Push notifications can greatly improve application retention rates 90 days after the date of installation, a Kahuna study states. Retention was up at the 30- and 60-day intervals as well, while opt-in rates for notifications averaged 78% on Android devices and 46% on iOS.

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Marketing Land
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iOS, Android
7/2/2015

PayPal may expand its reach into remittances after its $890 million acquisition of Xoom, a company that specializes in money transfers and bill payments via mobile devices. Xoom has 1.3 million users and will continue to operate as a separate service under PayPal.

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Xoom, PayPal, mobile devices
7/2/2015

Hyundai has added Apple Watch connectivity to its Blue Link system, allowing users to lock or unlock their car, flash lights, locate or start their vehicle remotely by speaking to their Apple Watch. The application is compatible with all of Hyundai's Blue Link-equipped vehicles.

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The Verge
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Hyundai, Apple
7/2/2015

A law that took effect this week in California mandates an opt-out kill switch on smartphones that allows users to render their phones useless if lost or stolen. A similar option, already available on Apple smartphones, may have contributed to a recent sharp decline in thefts. With the California law in place, the kill switch is likely to become a nationwide feature, Ellen Huet writes.

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Forbes
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kill switch, California, Ellen Huet, Apple
7/1/2015

Best Buy is deepening its relationship with Samsung, announcing plans to add "Samsung Open House" mini-shops, which will be dedicated to the brand's home appliances, to 200 store locations by the end of 2015. The consumer electronics retailer sees appliances as a growing sector for its business.

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