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11/17/2017

Apple released the iOS 11.1.2 update to address an iPhone X issue that made it temporarily unresponsive in cold weather. The update also fixed a distortion issue on Live photos and video.

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iOS, Apple, iPhone
11/17/2017

Smartphones account for most of the half-hour rise in total media usage each day over the past year. That's according to Nielsen, which notes a 43% gain in smartphone usage in the second quarter from a year earlier, putting the latest daily total at almost 2.5 hours.

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Smartphones, Nielsen
11/17/2017

WhatsApp's Delete for Everyone feature allows users with second thoughts to expunge messages they regret. Android Jefe has found, however, that Android users can still read the messages on the Notification Log on their phones.

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Android, log on
11/17/2017

Lyft will be onboarding 12 of Kamcord's 15 employees as part of its deal to acquire the livestreaming and social media company. Kamcord, which has struggled to compete with the dominant players in its field, will shut down as a separate service.

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Kamcord, social media, Lyft, shut down
11/17/2017

Google and Amazon have released patches for their smart speakers due to vulnerabilities created by BlueBorne, a grouping of eight Bluetooth flaws that make these speakers vulnerable to attack. The issue was discovered by security firm Armis and could have affected as many as 20 million smart speakers.

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Google, Amazon, Bluetooth
11/17/2017

Jaguar Land Rover, Britain's largest vehicle manufacturer, has launched a test of its autonomous vehicles on public roads in Coventry. The tests mark the first time Jaguar has used the technology on open roads.

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Jaguar Land Rover
11/17/2017

Honda and SoftBank will create a joint research program to determine how 5G can improve connected-car technology. The project involves the installation of experimental 5G base stations in northern Japan.

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Honda, Softbank
11/17/2017

Publishers finding success with header bidding helped boost bidding impression volume by 220% in the third quarter from the same period last year, according to PubMatic. Mobile was crucial, PubMatic says in its report, as the platform is "quickly becoming the first screen for many consumers globally."

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PubMatic
11/17/2017

Consumers are quickly adapting to the option of voice searches with the assistants they're bringing into their homes, and this has wide implications for marketers, Yext's Durane Forrester said in an interview. To take advantage, Forrester says, marketers need to continue providing rich content but should increasingly take the context of a consumer's query into account.

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Search Engine Land
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voice search, Yext
11/17/2017

Yahoo email users will be able to digitally clip coupons and track travel information across all their email services with two new features added in time for the holidays. Yahoo also says its email service will now automatically sort and highlight the most relevant deals in a user's inbox.

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VentureBeat