Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon have all submitted proposals to gain the rights to stream the NFL's Thursday night games, sources say. The NFL could make a decision on streaming rights as early as next month.
Video game retailer GameStop has announced that it will close at least 150 stores this year and focus more on non-game product categories as physical game sales continue to shift to digital downloads. GameStop's sales of collectibles grew 59.5% last year, and the retailer intends to open 35 new collectibles stores in 2017.
Self-driving vehicles could help elderly individuals stay more independent by offering transportation to those who are no longer able to drive. "The aging of the population converging with autonomous vehicles might close the coming mobility gap for an aging society," MIT AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin says.
Vudu's Disc-to-Digital service, which allows users to convert physical DVDs into digital storage by using the bar code numbers as verification, is adding a mobile app option. The mobile feature will enable users to covert select DVDs and watch them instantly on VUDU-compatible devices for a fee.
Looking to fill the content gap for virtual reality, startup Viro is giving developers familiar ways to make it easier to incorporate VR in their apps. Viro hopes to distinguish itself from similar cross-platform engines with solutions that work well with tools developers are already using.
Toyota is building on the company's evolving relationship with Microsoft with a nonexclusive licensing deal that allows the automaker to use the software giant's patented connected-car technology. "Through this patent partnership between Toyota and Microsoft, we will be able to innovate faster to deliver new, contextual and immersive experiences to our customers," said Tokuhisa Nomura of Toyota.
Last year, only about half of Android devices manufactured by third parties received security updates, but Google has been working with companies to cut update wait times. Google has also implemented automatic scans in its Play Store to detect apps that pose a threat.
Starpower has designed a 15,000-square-foot showroom to best display its high-end appliances and A/V options. Company Chairman Daniel Pidgeon said, "This store focuses on the intimate relationship between products and an upscale lifestyle, and that must be done in an environment that allows the client to fully understand what they are buying."
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