Consumer Electronics
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1/20/2017

Nintendo will be bringing its tactical role-playing mobile game "Fire Emblem Heroes" to Android first, reversing the iOS-first order of introduction for "Super Mario Run," which will make its Android debut in March.

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Business Insider, Reuters
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Android, Nintendo, Super Mario
1/20/2017

Amazon and Apple have put to rest an Audible exclusivity agreement; the European Commission believes that action will help improve competition in the audiobook market. Audible audiobooks will now be made available on third-party platforms, not just iTunes.

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Amazon, Apple, European Commission
1/20/2017

HDMI 2.1 is designed to offer an 11% bump in efficiency and boost the quality of the home theater experience. This version will also be able to support 4K and allow for High Dynamic Range.

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HD Guru
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high dynamic range
1/20/2017

The Federal Communications Commission has certified a new smartphone bearing model number SM-J727, which is believed to be the Galaxy J7 model from Samsung. The J7 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch display and a Snapdragon 625 processor.

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Android Authority
1/20/2017

The gaming industry saw consumer spending hit $30.4 billion in 2016, NPD Group reports. Software sales inched up 6%, while hardware sales ticked down 24%.

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Engadget
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software sales, NPD Group
1/20/2017

YouTube's app for Android does the job, but there are alternatives that offer different advantages. Hadlee Simons reviews six: Tubemate, Floating Tube, FireTube, Tubecast, NewPipe and ProTube.

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Memeburn
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Android, YouTube
1/20/2017

Streaming is now responsible for the great bulk of Netflix revenues as the service boasts 93.8 million subscribers on streaming's 10th anniversary. Meanwhile, Netflix also reported fourth-quarter results that slightly exceeded analysts' expectations.

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VentureBeat
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Netflix
1/20/2017

Microsoft's latest Creators Update offers support for e-books. It's one of many new additions, although the expected "My People" feature is not included.

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ZDNet
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Microsoft
1/20/2017

"Click injection," a form of app fraud that allows publishers to inject fake "clicks" as a mobile user installs an app, is on the rise in the new year, according to Adjust, a mobile analytics firm. Adjust likens the tactic to click spamming, having the effect of robbing legitimate publishers of organic conversions.

1/19/2017

Netflix's subscriber base reached 93.8 million by the end of 2016, with fourth-quarter profits hitting $67 million, a 56% increase from Q4 2015. The addition of offline viewing and Comcast X1 set-top box integration helped numbers, as did the company's focus on content, particularly its 600 hours of original content, says Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

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Netflix, set-top box, Ted Sarandos