Uber has reached a deal with Microsoft to purchase mapping assets including cameras, a Colorado data center, intellectual property and around 100 Bing employees. "[W]e will no longer collect mapping imagery ourselves, and instead will continue to partner with premium content and imagery providers for underlying data while concentrating our resources on the core user experience," Microsoft said.
A hexagonal battery developed through LG's Free Form Battery program could boost battery life in future smartwatches by up to four hours, the company claims. "We are going to take the top position in the small-battery field in 2018," said Kwon Young Soo, president of LG Chem's battery business department.
Marantz is gearing up for the summer release of its first audio/video receivers with HDMI 2.0a ports and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. Two of the receivers will support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround decoding.
Comcast has added "Baseball Extras" to the Xfinity Sports application on its X1 platform, offering a range of data-driven interactive tools for fans to access before, during and after live games. Comcast is also working to offer X1 customers a $10 monthly subscription gaming service in partnership with Electronic Arts.
AOL has announced a 10-year deal with Microsoft that gives the company, now a part of Verizon, control of sales and management for mobile, display and video ads on Microsoft assets in the U.S. and eight other countries. Also, Microsoft's Bing search engine will now power searches on AOL websites.
Amazon is offering an Alexa Skills Kit and $100 million in funding for developers to innovate using the company's voice-recognition service. The funding focus will be on products designed around the home using the personal assistant.
Consumers are making decisions on HDTVs based on price and in-store displays, a J.D. Power customer satisfaction report states. The report showed that customers who purchased HDTVs with 50-inch screens or larger are more satisfied than those who opted for smaller screens.
The multiplayer online battle arena game "Vainglory," introduced last year for iOS devices, is now available for Android. The application is free to play, though it offers in-app purchases, and should work best on the latest flagship phones.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has settled with developers of the mobile application Prized, imposing a penalty of $50,000. The app awarded users points for games played, but it contained malware that mined virtual currencies by using phones to solve complex mathematical problems.
Windows 10 Mobile may have eliminated the cellular cap for downloading applications, according to Ubergizmo. A test run appears to confirm that conclusion, although it's unclear whether the absence is an oversight by Microsoft, Tyler Lee writes.