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Samsung announced that it is planning to ship its 4K Blu-ray player earlier than expected despite the fact that there is little 4K content available at this time. Although 4K Blu-ray discs for The Martian and Kingsman: The Secret Service are expected to be released on March 1, these titles join a very small 4K library. Samsung is expected to ship in March. Despite consumer shifts to streaming content, Blu-ray players continue to be owned and used by 44% of U.S. broadband...
 
by Barbara Kraus | Feb. 8, 2016
Tags: 4K, broadband, connected CE


Today, we learned that Uber has changed its icons on smart devices and that these city-specific icons will take on a life of their own – changing as one moves from city to city. While this development will further the cult following of this ride sharing Internet unicorn, it is most...

At some point or other, digital immigrants over the age of 50 have stared boldly at a new technology or device and wondered where it was 30 years ago. As in, running out of gas with no filling station in sight and only a payphone off in the distance. Or, stuck in traffic, late for your...
 
by Allen Weiner | Feb. 2, 2016
Tags: none

It took Amazon 50 Super Bowls before the company decided to plunk down around $5 million for 30 seconds of TV time. In all fairness, though, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was only three when SB1 aired and his company’s name was generally associated with that big river that flows through Brazil,...

According to a Reuters report published this week, Spain-based media giant Telefonica SA is considering the possible purchase of AT&T's Latin American assets. The assets include cable and satellite TV operations in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, as well as several other...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jan. 20, 2016
Tags: latin america, operator, pay TV

Today Amazon Dash services go live for a number of household brands including GE (washing machines), Brother (printers), and GMate (smart glucose monitors), according to Techcrunch . These devices will now, with your initial permission at set up, automatically order supplies when needed and...
 
by Stuart Sikes | Jan. 19, 2016
Tags: Amazon, Internet of Things, smart home

The curtain has closed on another CES and in many ways it was the best ever. In addition to CTA’s organization successfully moving some 170,000 people around Las Vegas, the outlook for technology has never been better. For those of us who can recount attending somewhere around 15 or more of...
 

Fitbit launched its “Apple Watch killer”—the Blaze Smart Watch—on the first day of the CES week. On the same day, the leader in the fitness wearable market was hit by a class-action lawsuit from consumers who accuse Fitbit of false/misleading marketing about its Surge and Charge...
 
by Harry Wang | Jan. 7, 2016
Tags: Apple, smart watch, wearable


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