Apple Watches and Beats headphones are examples of recent products by tech companies that aim to blend functionality with form and fashion, in some cases to compete with traditional luxury brands. That strategy has helped increase the perceived value of such devices, allowing the companies to charge a premium.
"Minecraft: Story Mode" will debut on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and PCs and Macs by the end of the year, Adam Rosenberg writes. The game, developed by Telltale Games, will be "driven by the choices that players make" and will feature a celebrity cast led by Patton Oswalt. Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson and Corey Feldman will be among the other actors lending their voices to the game.
Consumers are buying more 43-inch TV displays than 42-inch displays, LG Display and AU Optronics reported, making the larger screen the new favorite in the 39- to 43-inch TV range. Samsung Display and Chinese vendor BOE are slated to ramp up 43-inch display production this year or early next year.
Purchase conversions from consumer clicks on mobile ads are much less likely than are conversions from clicks on desktop advertising, adMarketplace has found. So companies such as Google, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook are adding "buy" buttons to their ad offerings to try to simplify online shopping for smartphone users.
Ford Motor Co. is planning a summer debut for its new wireless-based Sync 3 in-car software with BlackBerry's QNX operating system, which replaces Microsoft's platform. Research showed most drivers found the original interface, MyFord Touch, too confusing.
Video ads on mobile are capturing consumers' attention, with 79% of them being viewed until the end, according to new research from Ooyala. Broadcasters are leading the way in mobile video content, with 53% of their views coming from mobile compared to 31% for publishers.
Pictures of two BlackBerry smartphone models apparently running Android instead of BlackBerry's BB10 operating system have been leaked online. One of the new handsets reportedly will use BlackBerry's slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 5.4-inch quad-HD display and a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, James Geddes writes.
The Federal Communications Commission's adoption of Internet neutrality rules is far from the end of the story. Lawyers representing enemies of neutrality are cooking up legal challenges and calling for congressional clarification.
Mobile applications can now be tested under different workload scenarios using Google's Cloud Platform and related products. The option eliminates the need for major investment in hardware and infrastructure for testing while expanding scalability, Google's Sandeep Parikh said.
A new restaurant table-booking application addresses the all-too-common problem of finding a last-minute meal in New York City. The Table8 app works in cooperation with 23 restaurants in the city that have agreed to keep a few tables open exclusively for users of the app.