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5/26/2017

Hilco Streambank is seeking to auction off Hhgregg's intellectual assets, including company websites and trademarks and the company's customer database. The chain is expected to close its remaining 144 stores after Memorial Day weekend, and the intellectual property sale is pending court approval.

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TWICE
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HHGregg
5/26/2017

Around 96% of households own a television, making it the top technology device in the US, per Consumer Technology Association research. Three of every five technology products have screens -- including TVs, laptops and smartphones -- and these numbers are only expected to grow, as 20% of consumers will buy a TV or laptop this year, while 33% plan to buy at least one smartphone, says CTA's Steve Koenig.

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Multichannel News
5/26/2017

T-Mobile has created a new app called Digits; it allows users to connect their phone numbers to other internet devices, such as laptops, tablets and work phones. The new option will be rolled out for free to all T-Mobile numbers on Wednesday.

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Bloomberg
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T-Mobile
5/26/2017

Belkin, the designer of the WeMo line of smart plugs and light switches, will implement HomeKit support so users can control their devices via Siri.

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Engadget
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Belkin, Siri
5/26/2017

University of Michigan researchers have found that the streamlined process of "accelerated evaluation" of driverless vehicles could save time and costs and speed up testing time for the technology. Mcity researchers split real-life driving scenarios into parts that can be tested over and over again, allowing for 1,000 miles of testing to equal 300,000 to 100 million miles of actual driving.

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University of Michigan
5/26/2017

HTC has developed a virtual-reality headset specifically for use with the HTC U11 smartphone. Pricing has not yet been revealed for the headset, which supports USB-C connectivity.

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Ubergizmo
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HTC, Virtual reality
5/26/2017

Microsoft's Beam live-streaming platform is now dubbed Mixer as the product pursues success on a global scale. The renaming also comes with a few new features, including "co-streaming," which allows as many as four people to broadcast streams simultaneously via split screens.

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Android Authority
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Microsoft
5/26/2017

Developers have a new way to speed the creation of their event-driven apps with the beta introduction of Twilio Functions. The new platform handles all the routine tasks associated with managing servers and other infrastructure.

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TechCrunch
5/26/2017

A Texas law overriding local ride-hailing regulations will allow Uber and Lyft to return to service in Austin beginning Monday. The new law establishes statewide rules for such services, canceling out Austin's rules, which the two services had deemed too restrictive.

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The Texas Tribune
5/25/2017

Verizon Communications will release the SmartHub, an integrated smart home interface and Wi-Fi hot spot, today for $200. The SmartHub includes its own LTE line, allowing connectivity to a range of devices, including laptops and phones, and offers an HD Voice call feature.

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Android Police