Samsung, the only TV-maker that doesn't support Dolby Vision, has released a competing high dynamic range format, HDR10+, which is currently only compatible with Samsung's 2017 HDR TVs. Amazon has signed on to make HDR10+ available on Prime Video before the end of 2017.
Smartphone case manufacturer LifeProof is releasing three Aquaphonics Bluetooth speakers aimed at an active audience. The speakers, which are waterproof and drop-proof, can be paired with eight Bluetooth devices.
European mobile networks Orange and Deutsche Telekom are developing a digital voice assistant named Djingo to possibly challenge industry leaders Amazon and Google. The assistant has been demonstrated in the form of a doughnut-shaped device and will eventually be offered on various devices through apps made by Orange.
The top five grossing mobile games in 2016 pulled in just 28% of total market revenue, down from 40% a year before as smaller game creators gained considerable ground, according to data from SEGA Networks and Sensor Tower. The data also show that the top three game categories of "strategy," "casino" and "puzzle" accounted for 70% of the market last year.
Apple has announced a new goal of ending its dependency on mined materials and eventually making all of its products with material that is either entirely renewable or recycled. The company wrote this in its annual Environmental Responsibility Report, stating, "We believe our goal should be a closed-loop supply chain, where products are built using only renewable resources or recycled material."
Consumers venturing for the first time into the market for wearables will be the chief drivers behind predicted growth in the field from $4.8 billion in annual US sales today to $9.1 billion by 2022. That's according to Forrester, which notes that half of internet users over 18 who haven't purchased such devices said they plan to do so sometime in the next five years.
Hulu is aiming to release its live-streaming service in May, sources say. The company is running beta testing to identify issues and receive feedback before launching a more streamlined service that mixes live and on-demand programming.
Facebook has announced plans to create a brain interface that could eventually enable users to do things such as type using thought and hear through skin. The company has 60 researchers working on the project, which involves using optical imaging to gather and share data.
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