Consumers will be able to tap into internet speeds as much as 1,000% faster once the new Wi-Fi 6 standard becomes widely supported by home networks and consumer devices. The Wi-Fi Alliance said Monday that it would begin offering certifications for the standard, which will also lead to better downloads in crowded venues such as stadiums.
The Free Trial Surfing app, available in the US and the UK, gives users a tool to automatically cancel free trial subscriptions. The app, which is currently only available on Apple devices, was developed by a British man who created the Do Not Pay algorithm to fight UK parking fines.
Plaid, a startup that developed technology that connects mobile apps to bank accounts, raised $250 million in a funding round that included strategic investments from Visa and Mastercard. The company said the new capital will accelerate its expansion.
IKEA has released a simple black button-esque remote for its SYMFONISK speaker collection that can control play, skip and volume. The remote will also be able to control Sonos speakers if users have the IKEA Home Smart app and a specific gateway.
HTC smartphone customers will soon be able to access a built-in Bitcoin Cash wallet without having to download a separate app. The phone software would need to be updated, however.
The Apple Arcade subscription mobile gaming service might struggle to compete against Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, writes Felicia Miranda, who got an early look at the $4.99-a-month Apple offering ahead of its launch this Thursday. She describes several of the offerings and notes that they include a range of genres, as well as an augmented reality game.
Tech companies such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft seek to capture their share of the holiday market by rolling out new products in the fall, and this year's market headwinds aren't deterring them, writes Ina Fried. Flat sales in the smartphone market, a lack of momentum in the virtual reality space and growing consumer concerns about privacy all present challenges, she notes.
Mobile carriers are moving toward 5G technology, and increased consumer adoption will offer marketers greater opportunities to connect and engage with individuals, writes Anand Jain. He predicts that the speed and bandwidth of 5G will enable marketers to create better mobile experiences, "near-instantaneous content delivery," more virtual and augmented reality initiatives, and tailored and advanced conversational assistants.
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