Amazon will release a (RED)-branded Echo to raise money for the global fight against AIDS. The limited-edition version is expected to be available Dec. 6, and the company will donate $10 of the purchase price, $99.99, to the Global Fund for every device bought.
The release of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 led to Apple gaining 72% of smartphone profits in the third quarter, per data from Canaccord Genuity. The company also noted that Apple is doing well globally and should see 635 million installed devices by 2017's end.
Drivers will be able to get live updates on a rider's location with a new feature on Uber's app. Another update is a gift option with which riders can order an Uber for a guest even if the guest has no smartphone.
AT&T is proposing to acquire Time Warner for $84.5 billion, raising complicated questions that involve US antitrust law. Kevin Granville and Tiffany Hsu look back at AT&T's antitrust battle history and show that the rapidly changing US media environment is only further complicating the current issue.
Cavium, a security chipmaker in San Jose, Calif., will be purchased by Marvell Technology Group for $6 billion. It's expected that the deal will close in 2018 and that Marvell will pay $40, along with 2.1757 Marvell common shares, for each share of Cavium stock.
Mesh networking can centralize internet of things devices in smart homes and make them easier to manage, per Qualcomm's Connectivity Business unit lead, Rahul Patel. Carrier-class mesh networking could resolve connection issues, and Patel urges internet service providers to consider mesh networking, saying, "If you don't move fast, you lose out on the home becoming a cloud providers' and have no control over what happens in the home."
News aggregator Flipboard expects to turn a profit next year, helped in part by its efforts to combat fake news with artificial intelligence and human intervention. For advertisers, Flipboard is employing cloud applications and ad tech analytics to beat back fraud and ensure ad content is seen by real people.
Developers can now try out their over-the-top television apps using Taplytics. The software works with Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV and allows A/B testing on both the boxes and the apps.
Republic Wireless is working on a smart speaker that will offer a calls-first approach. The Anywhere HQ connected speaker will connect via an LTE network and will offer a built-in virtual assistant.
A Parks Associates report predicts that 55 million smart home devices will be purchased by US households in 2020. The report also notes that 42% of home security systems now include smart home components, while connected appliances and thermostats also remain popular options.
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