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5/21/2018

American Express' Deborah Curtis talks about the company's focus on brand experiences and its collaborations with Justin Timberlake, the NBA and Coachella to engage with card members. Curtis also discusses the Amex Music app and how the brand uses "digital touchpoints to not only inform the experiences we create but also to connect these experiences for our customers to make them more personal, more meaningful, more joyful."

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BrandChannel
5/21/2018

Google Home has received an update that allows the devices to communicate via touch-tone signals for users in the US, the UK and Canada. The devices have been capable of making calls since last summer, allowing users to control the phone call option via voice.

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VentureBeat
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Google
5/21/2018

Samsung's Bixby voice assistant will be added to the company's line of robot cleaners and ovens, the company announced last week. Samsung plans to add Bixby to all devices by 2020.

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Digital Trends
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Samsung
5/21/2018

Valve on Sunday launched the SteamVR Input to optimize playtime on non-Valve devices, such as the Oculus Rift. The feature also allows creators to develop alternate control schemes outside of the developer's default.

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HTC
5/21/2018

Epic has announced that the company intends to release a mobile version of "Fortnite: Battle Royale" for Android this summer, though no date was given. The company may release the Android version simultaneously with the release for the game in the Chinese market, but that has not been confirmed.

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Forbes
5/21/2018

Sprint is offering owners of certain Snapdragon-powered PCs free 4G LTE for 2018. Users who purchase "Always Connected" devices -- the HP Envy x2, the Lenovo Miix 630 or the Asus NovaGo -- will be able to take advantage of the deal, which runs until Dec. 31.

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The Verge
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Sprint, Lenovo, Asus, HP
5/21/2018

Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked program is no longer accepting new members, but current members can continue receiving benefits until their memberships expire. The news is based on a memo from the company, which states, "For a variety of reasons, we have decided that our Gamers Club programs will not be accepting new members. This includes both the free Gamers Club membership and Gamers Club Unlocked (GCU)."

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Newsweek
5/21/2018

The creative, contextual and connected factors that drove the development of mobile apps now apply to the mobile world of augmented reality. Danny Moon reviews how each factor figures in the surprisingly rapid growth of AR on mobile and includes examples.

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VentureBeat
5/21/2018

Certain Kenwood radios for the car now allow users to connect wirelessly with their smartphones to access their Android features. The service currently works with a small number of phone models, but Kenwood expects those options to grow.

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Kenwood
5/21/2018

BuzzFeed is exploring new platforms for live video after views on Facebook's News channel began to fall off. Amazon-owned Twitch is among them, serving as a platform for BuzzFeed's coverage of the latest royal wedding.

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Digiday
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Buzzfeed, Facebook