Volkswagen announced that most vehicles in its 2016 lineup will offer connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, as well as crash avoidance and other driver assistance systems. Until now, such tech features had been available only in its premium Touareg SUV.
Changan, a state-owned Chinese car manufacturer, is putting vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to the test in hopes of reducing traffic accidents and congestion. Changan representatives say they hope to launch V2V technology for cars in some form by 2018.
Mobcrush, a startup aiming to rule over mobile game livestreaming, has added leaders Koh Kim and Greg Essig to its staff. Kim was instrumental in bringing Google Play to Korea, and Essig did a stint leading the Apple App Store's game section, Alex Wawro writes.
Samsung and MasterCard are gearing up to launch "Samsung Pay" in Europe. The service is expected to expand to the U.S. in the near future. The mobile payment solution works with retailers' existing magnetic strip technologies.
HTC now owns a 15% stake in virtual reality platform WEVR, following a $10 million investment the company hopes will pay off as developers use the platform to make content for HTC's upcoming VR headset, "Vive."
The first official sequel in six years to the original "Angry Birds" is available for iOS and Android. "Angry Birds 2" isn't the first follow-up, with a string of variations being offered over the years. However, the new version includes upgraded graphics and multistage levels as well as in-application purchases that allow a variety of upgrades.
Sony generated $780 million in operating profit during its first quarter this year, passing analyst expectations and securing a 39% year-over-year improvement. Sales were driven largely by Sony's camera sensor and PlayStation 4 units, signaling that the company's restructuring under CEO Kazuo Hirai is working.
Samsung Electronics hinted that it will cut prices on its Galaxy S6 phones following a quarter of disappointing sales of the flagship handsets and a fifth straight quarter of profit declines. The curved-screen S6 Edge proved popular, but Samsung failed to produce enough units to meet demand. The South Korean company will release more low-end models and move up shipments of its next Galaxy phone. Mobile revenues fell by 37% from the same period a year ago.
Representatives from four trade groups are requesting that Congress ease up on security and privacy regulations for the Internet of Things. "It's up to manufacturers and service providers to make good decisions about privacy and security, or they will fail in the marketplace. Industry-driven solutions are best to promote innovation while protecting consumers," said Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association.