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9/26/2016

Sales of 4K Ultra HD TVs will increase 105% this year over last, with 40% of all TV sales falling in the 4K category, data from CTA indicate. The group's research shows that 29% of people aim to buy a TV in the next year, with display size and picture quality coming in as the top two priorities for shoppers.

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TWICE
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CTA
9/26/2016

Snapchat has designed a $130 pair of glasses capable of recording video that can be transferred to a phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections. But questions remain about potential privacy issues, whether consumers really need another camera and whether the new product can overcome the "Google Glass stigma," writes Josh Constine.

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TechCrunch, Bloomberg
9/26/2016

The World Wide Web Consortium has called in Google, Facebook, Apple and others to create a one-click payment option that can be applied worldwide. The new system was launched in some versions of the Google Chrome browser and will allow users to auto fill their payment information with one click through any browser.

9/26/2016

Google's virtual-reality development kit is coming out of beta for a full launch. Developers can use the kit to create VR experiences for Daydream-enabled phones and headsets, part of Daydream's mission of applying VR to users' favorite apps.

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Bit-Tech.net, TechCrunch
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Google
9/26/2016

More than half of IT professionals believe that files moved to the Recycle Bin are deleted forever, research by Blancco Technology Group has found. A further 51% believe that reformatting a hard drive removes all sensitive information -- highlighting a growing risk to the way data is stored.

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Infosecurity (U.K.)
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Blancco Technology Group
9/26/2016

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday is expected to vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler's set-top proposal, and Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has the crucial swing vote, which will determine if the proposal passes. While Rosenworcel has said she supports the objective, she has also voiced concerns over the FCC's proposed involvement in agreements and licensing.

9/26/2016

The number of cyberincidents reported on the federal level increased from 5,503 in 2006 to 77,183 in 2015, a 1,300% increase, data from the Government Accountability Office show. The GAO notes that feds are "inherently at risk," with "78,907 publicly known cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exposures" as of Sept. 15 of this year.

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Network World
9/26/2016

Cybersecurity experts working in the energy sector think they are better equipped to handle a crisis than they probably are, a Tripwire survey has found. The report states that the energy sector may be overconfident in its ability to stop an attack, with nearly three-quarters of workers saying they could detect a malware attack but only 59% knowing how long they would need to detect it.

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SCMagazine.com
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Tripwire
9/26/2016

Gaming and video are expected to dominate the virtual reality app market as shipments of VR-enabled mobile devices surge in the fourth quarter, according to DigiTimes Research. Among smartphones, those that can handle VR video are expected to see shipments of 70 million units for the full year, or 5% of all global smartphone shipments.

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DigiTimes
9/26/2016

Microsoft is readying its wireless, Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controller to work with Samsung Gear VR headsets. "Minecraft" will be the first game to function with the Xbox One controller, beginning in October.

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VentureBeat
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Samsung, VR, Microsoft