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5/23/2018

Alexa can now schedule meetings based on participant availability though the Alexa Smart Scheduling Assistant. The option allows users to change scheduled events via voice commands.

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5/23/2018

Sony may choose to focus on online services, including the PlayStation Plus program, over the next three years, while the console itself will receive little attention. PlayStation CEO John Kodera shared company plans with investors, noting that the company intends to "crouch down" until March 2021, at which point new options may be rolled out.

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Sony, PlayStation
5/23/2018

LG has unveiled a translucent, flexible 77-inch OLED display at a Los Angeles conference. The rollable display is capable of UHD resolution while offering 40% transparency and can be rolled up for storage without compromising function.

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5/23/2018

Electronic Arts has purchased GameFly's cloud-streaming technology in a move aimed at enabling EA to connect with consumers who prefer cloud-based gaming. EA Chief Technology Officer Ken Moss called cloud gaming an "exciting frontier that will help us to give even more players the ability to experience games on any device from anywhere."

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5/23/2018

Faster loading and better battery endurance are reportedly in store for the next generation of iPhones with the use of 7-nanometer chips. Bloomberg reports Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has already begun making the chips, an improvement on the previous 10-nanometer design.

5/23/2018

President Donald Trump is looking to give China's ZTE a second chance in the US mobile phone market with a proposal that would include a management shake-up for the company. Some members of Congress accuse the president of giving in to Chinese government pressure, posing a risk to national security they say they will try to block.

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President Donald Trump, ZTE, Congress
5/22/2018

Amazon is rolling out an app store aimed at professional sellers. The Marketplace Appstore will offer third-party apps in the North American market and include tools for an array of tasks serving these sellers.

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5/22/2018

Apple is teasing updates to its Siri personal assistant that may include more advanced AI, mesh networking and a new voice, based on statements released by the company. The updates will be explained at a conference in San Jose in June.

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Siri, Apple
5/22/2018

Technology has played a key role in expansion at Starbucks and tech innovation remains on the front burner as the coffee chain works to increase traffic and sales. "They have a test, learn, and adjust mentality; they embrace change, and they don't worry about being perfect," said Tom Kneubuehl, an executive at UK-based cloud technology firm Preoday.

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5/22/2018

Emerging technologies such as facial recognition and robotics can help streamline operations and enhance the guest experience, panelists said during a session at The National Restaurant Association Show. Global trends expert Daniel Burrus moderated the panel discussion that included the chief executives of Bear Robotics and Cali Group, who showcased new technologies being tested in restaurants.