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3/21/2019

Apple has finally rolled out its latest iteration of AirPods, which sport an array of improvements. The Siri voice assistant is now available, talk time is longer and users can charge the earphones wirelessly.

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3/21/2019

Epic Games reports that "Fortnite" is at nearly 250 million users, up from 200 million only four months ago. This is particularly promising as the company has been able to maintain steady growth despite the release of rival game "Apex Legends."

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3/21/2019

Burger King is offering free Whoppers to its mobile app users in Brazil who take advantage of a new augmented reality feature promoting the company's preorder service, BK Express. Users can photograph ads for competing fast-food brands then launch the app to watch the ad burn on their screens, to be replaced by the Whopper offer.

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3/21/2019

AV-TEST, an independent security research institute, has evaluated anti-virus security apps for Android according to the degree of protection they offer, their usability and their features. Eleven received at least 5.5 points out of 6, with AhnLab V3 Mobile Security's version 3.1 topping the list.

3/21/2019

Amazon is introducing its first sub-$100 Kindle reader that incorporates a light and other premium features. The company is also giving current Kindle users the option of sending in their old devices for gift cards and 25% off the new $90 Kindles.

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3/21/2019

Fibaro has integrated Samsung's SmartThings Hub into many of the products in its line of smart home sensors. The devices now compatible with the hub include Fibaro's Motion Sensor, Dimmer 2, Flood Sensor and Wall Plug.

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3/21/2019

Razer and Tencent are collaborating on mobile gaming, with plans to optimize certain popular games, such as "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" and "Fortnite," for Razer smartphones. The companies may also look at options for monetizing mobile gaming features by adding a rewards or loyalty program.

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3/21/2019

Combined hardware and software revenue in the gaming industry could exceed $200 billion by 2023. Mobile is expected to be a major growth market, as mobile app store revenues exceeded $100 billion in 2018.

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3/21/2019

Messaging apps permeate an increasingly mobile world, but many marketers continue to shy away. That shouldn't be the case, writes Kieley Taylor, because messaging presents a rich opportunity for five primary reasons including its unique capacity for creating relationships.

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3/21/2019

Abstract says it has raised $30 million in a Series C round for its new platform managing software design project workflow and versioning. The product is intended to fill a largely vacant market niche for tools that manage the flow of work through successive versions and collaborations.

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