President Barack Obama will not pursue legislation that would ban mobile and other digital devices from encrypting data, a move that cheered privacy advocates. Law enforcement authorities had sought measures they said would fight terrorism and cyberattacks. "This is a big win for tech companies," said Chris Wysopal of security firm Veracode.
A robot-shaped Android smartphone that can move its arms and legs, recognize faces and voices, and project photos and videos on any surface is coming to Japan next year. Made by Sharp, the RoBoHoN is a "phone in human shape, a phone that you feel like talking to, a phone that also wants to know you," the company claims.
Microsoft plans to release its voice-activated assistant, Cortana, for Xbox One this year and is giving a few members of its preview program access even earlier than the planned beta release.
Indian electronics retailer Croma will host the country's first six Apple stores as part of a partnership agreement. The in-store shops will have Apple's signature store design elements, and sales employees will be trained by the US company.
Apple has sold more than 25 million Apple TVs, and the device's next iteration also functions as a gaming platform, given that the company is opening the App Store to game developers. Games will be controllable from iPads, iPhones and third-party devices, could attract all ages and skill levels and offer a glimpse at the future of gaming, Travis Hoium writes.
Sunshine has developed an iOS application that relies on crowdsourced weather reporting from the latest Apple mobile devices to provide hyperlocal forecasts, which the company is terming "Nowcasts." The app relies on accessing location information from users to create algorithms that deliver 18-hour forecasts.
Sling TV's updated user interface, with a redesigned channel guide and quick access to live and on-demand content, is now available on Android TV devices and Amazon's line of Fire streaming devices.
Hulu is "ready to go" with its virtual reality application, which is slated to work with Samsung's Gear VR headset, Hulu's Tim Connolly said. The headset will launch in November. Hulu, Netflix and YouTube are all gearing up to make content available in VR.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has helped electric smart bike maker Yunmake raise its first round of funding through Jun's investment firm. Jun is aiming to expand Xiaomi's reach beyond smartphones into a larger Internet of Things category, Stratechery analyst Ben Thompson has written.
Ad agencies face a crucial test in mobile, stretching their creative abilities to adapt quickly to a medium that now constitutes "the new front doors for most brands and retailers," writes Leo Giel. Metrics are the key to this, Giel says, and agencies should "take charge of being the resident expert on behalf of their clients in order to help them leverage the data."
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