The Consumer Technology Association called out the "Top 5 Technology Trends to Watch for 2017" at its annual Innovate and Celebrate event in San Jose, Calif. CTA says the trends to keep an eye on next year include the advancement of digital assistants, augmented reality, driverless vehicles, and medical and sports technology.
Consumers may enjoy the convenience and mobility of smartphones, tablets and laptops, but desktop computers still deliver the best customer satisfaction, an American Customer Satisfaction Index report has found. Desktops scored 81 on the satisfaction scale, while tablets rose to 78 and laptops to 77, the survey showed.
Amazon is gaining more ground in online retail, with 55% of shoppers reporting that they check Amazon prices first when hunting for a product, up from 44% last year, data from a BloomReach survey indicate. Search engines such as Google and Yahoo slid from 34% of shoppers turning to these sites at the beginning of their shopping searches to 28%, the survey shows.
Samsung Electronics earnings could rebound in the fourth quarter following the recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note7 devices, some analysts say. Operating profits are on pace to slide 5.3% from expectations before the third-quarter recall, but they could be boosted by strong semiconductor sales next quarter.
Google is reportedly preparing to unveil a pair of smartphones, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, next week at a hardware launch event. The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are expected to have 5- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively, and feature 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a fingerprint reader.
Mobile accounted for 84% of Facebook's revenue in Q2, and the company continues to innovate on how to make the platform more useful for brands and consumers. Facebook's Andrew Bosworth says that the company is focusing on moving "beyond this idea of TV as a medium but more in what was the value TV created that marketers want to recreate on the mobile phone."
Microsoft unveiled a cloud-based tool that uses artificial intelligence to find bugs in its software. The company said the AI-loaded "Project Springfield" detects bugs by asking "what if questions" and touted the technology as one of the "most sophisticated tools" Microsoft has in fighting off bugs.
Zenly has completed a $22.5 million round of funding led by Benchmark, following a Series A round last year that landed the company $11.2 million. The French company has created a location mapping app that allows users to share where they are with their friends.
Sales of 4K Ultra HD TVs will increase 105% this year over last, with 40% of all TV sales falling in the 4K category, data from CTA indicate. The group's research shows that 29% of people aim to buy a TV in the next year, with display size and picture quality coming in as the top two priorities for shoppers.
The World Wide Web Consortium has called in Google, Facebook, Apple and others to create a one-click payment option that can be applied worldwide. The new system was launched in some versions of the Google Chrome browser and will allow users to auto fill their payment information with one click through any browser.
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