YouTube is producing shows with budgets comparable to those of basic-cable channels and soliciting advertisers for spots and product integration. One early example is a series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Ellen DeGeneres' daily talk show, with L.L. Bean and STX Entertainment as US sponsors.
Microsoft has picked a site on London's pricey Regent Street to launch its first brick-and-mortar store in Europe, located near Apple's redesigned flagship store in the city.
As measured by usage, Google Play is now the leading app platform globally, according to James Sanders, Asia Pacific director of Google Play. Sanders said plans are in the works to build on Play's popularity with greater support for virtual and augmented reality as well as improved distribution and analyzing capabilities.
A new Facebook chatbot from the Kodak Moments app helps users find the memorable photos from the haystack of thousands that most people save on Facebook and on their phones. The Kodak Moments app also allows users to easily order prints if they like.
Walmart will partner with August, a smart lock creator, to offer consumers the option of using their smart security systems to allow deliveries to be left in their homes. The company will test the service in select Silicon Valley households using delivery company Deliv.
PC gaming is buzzing again thanks in part to PlayerUnknown's popular game "Battlegrounds," which has seen more than 10 million downloads since March. Sports gaming also is driving interest, with Nvidia gaming executive Kazunori Takahashi reporting, "The abundance of titles and the popularity of e-sports is bringing a lot of excitement to PC gaming."
Google is seeking more corporate business for its Android smartphones with the option for businesses to configure the devices before they're handed out to employees. "Zero-touch" enrollment allows companies to secure their policies in place from the start and eliminates the need for employees to manually configure their new phones.
Apple's iTunes Store boasts a growing list of 4K movies, but they can't be downloaded to devices. The movies require internet connections for streaming and are intended for the rollout of Apple TV 4K.
The React Native tool for iOS and Android app development
Facebook has changed course and has consented to provide Congress copies of thousands of political ads purchased through Russian accounts last year. Lawmakers are exploring the possible role of Russian sources in the 2016 presidential campaign.
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