Energous, WiTricity and Ossia are among the companies looking to debut chargers that will beam power to multiple smartphones and other wireless devices from a distance of 3 feet or more. Jim McGregor of Tirias Research predicts that the "majority of devices" will have wireless charging capabilities in the next five years.
Twitter is letting marketers promote app-install ads natively in third-party apps through the Audience Platform.
A virtual reality app from Time allows iOS and Android users to explore content in greater depth. The Life VR app can be used directly on a smartphone or in conjunction with a cardboard headset or VR gear for a 360-degree experience.
StormAudio wants to bring 3D audio capabilities into home theaters in the US with the introduction of its power amplifiers and sound processors into the market. The systems can deliver sound in Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats.
Office Depot has revamped a Carson City, Nev., storefront to make it easier for shoppers to navigate the store and interact with products they may want to purchase. Dubbed the "Store of the Future," this location is the company's first newly designed store in Nevada.
Verizon Communications is said to be working toward buying video startup Vessel, the project of past Hulu CEO Jason Kilar that raised upward of $130 million and debuted in March 2015. Vessel has struggled to woo YouTube stars to convert to its platform, and sources say it has been working on a "Snapchat-like" product, veering from its original video plan.
Yahoo has launched its Yahoo View service on mobile through an iOS app and plans to expand with an Android app and availability through the mobile web. The app's features are more limited than the web, providing users with clips and trailers from Hulu but not full shows.
While the majority of time spent in apps is unrelated to shopping, commercial apps tend to produce higher conversion rates than digital alternatives, a global study by Criteo has found. It also found that consumers explore more products on mobile than they do via desktop.
Wave Computing is showing off a machine learning chip with "preliminary performance numbers [that] are 10x better than traditional GPUs in the same power as a high-end Nvidia GPU," Linley Group chip analyst Linley Gwennap said. The startup is entering a fast-paced market looking to rival such companies as Nvidia in artificial intelligence.
Aria Systems has launched a connected-cars platform that allows companies to monetize internet of things applications and manage fleets. The service can track driver habits, provide telematics capabilities and handle other connected-car functions.
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