The share of music sales attributed to streaming has nearly doubled this year through June compared with a year ago, thanks in part to the ubiquity of smartphones, Nielsen figures and music executives indicate as they point to a sea change in consumer buying patterns.
Chat apps have replaced text messaging as the global social interchange of choice, led by WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and startups trying to get a toehold in the industry had better focus on a niche approach, executives and analysts say. To stand out and survive, app companies are concentrating on such specific areas as gaming and security.
The quality of microphones in mobile devices has crimped the ability of personal digital assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa to catch on with more users, analysts say, a development that has led to a rush among some firms to try to improve the technology.
Incentive auction bidding surpassed $18.5 billion Thursday, and the Federal Communications Commission doubled the required increase in round-to-round bids from 5% to 10% as the process completed its 18th round, with 62 parties vying for licenses in 416 blocks known as partial economic areas.
When it comes to buying cars, millennials put connectivity at the top of their priority list, while baby boomers tended to prefer safety features, per a Nielsen survey, which also found that consumers prefer built-in telematic systems over add-ons.
Owners of Google's Nexus phones will be able to experiment with the company's Project Fi technology, which is designed to save subscribers' data by connecting their devices to Wi-Fi hot spots. Nexus owners can try out the Wi-Fi Assistant without having to leave their wireless providers.
Apple is in the early stages of developing apps for video sharing and editing, as well as potentially adding these features to the iOS platform, per a report that states that the company wants to exploit the growing use of social media. The idea is for Apple to weave social networking apps more tightly into its mobile devices as a response to the popularity of such services as Facebook and Snapchat.
The gold, silver and copper salvaged from discarded smartphones could be used to create medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "We need a system that makes it easy for consumers to turn in used consumer electronics," ReNet President Takeshi Kuroda said.
Public comments are due this week on a petition before the Federal Communications Commission calling on regulators to create a framework for ensuring the cybersecurity of connected automobiles. The FCC began taking comments in June at the behest of lawmakers and advocacy groups that say the auto sector needs cybersecurity and privacy standards.
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