Consumer Electronics
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7/25/2017

Mobile gaming revenue reached $12.2 billion in the second quarter, increasing by 32% from the same period last year, a report from Sensor Tower states. Games on iOS and Google Play saw growth and accounted for the majority of earnings in the app stores.

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Sensor Tower, iOS, Google
7/25/2017

The HoloLens 2 will receive more processing power by using artificial intelligence and better data. Microsoft is focusing on developing the device for augmented reality, rather than virtual reality.

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Computerworld
7/25/2017

A new app called Silent Echo allows users to access many of Alexa's features by sending messages via Slack. The app was developed by Bespoken and is quickly gaining popularity, Carl Velasco writes.

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Tech Times
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Alexa
7/25/2017

LG has announced the release of its 77-inch OLED W7 Wallpaper TVs at a price of about $40,000. The sets will be on sale in a few Harvey Norman stores throughout the US.

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LG, wallpaper TV, Harvey Norman
7/25/2017

About 80% of US consumers want advanced payment options such as voice control, fingerprint scanning and more, per a survey by Viewpost. Traditional methods of payment are expected to phase out entirely, as about 83% believe the paper check will no longer exist in 20 years, the survey said.

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TWICE
7/25/2017

Mobile messaging apps present tough marketing challenges that a growing number of businesses are willing to take up. EMarketer takes a look at four leading apps in the field to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each.

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eMarketer
7/25/2017

Facebook, Twitter and Google are being taken to task by European Union regulators who say the tech companies' plans to conform to EU law are insufficient. The companies may be fined if further responses are also deemed inadequate.

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Reuters
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EU, Facebook, Twitter, Google
7/24/2017

Apple's exclusive YouTube spot for the iPhone 7 stars Dwayne Johnson enlisting the help of Siri to get through a hectic day. "The Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" sees Johnson managing to squeeze a few extra activities into his already ridiculously busy schedule, such as flying a passenger jet to Rome and touching up the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

7/24/2017

A distribution partnership between Sears and Amazon could help the former gain ground for its troubled Kenmore brand while giving Amazon a stronger position for future sales. This partnership could also eventually lead to automated replenishing delivery between the two using Amazon's Alexa platform.

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Bloomberg
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Amazon, Kenmore, Sears
7/24/2017

Finnish mobile gaming company Supercell is hoping for another mobile hit with its newest game, Brawl Stars. The newest release is a multiplayer top-down shooter and is the company's first release since 2016.

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