TVs still top technology in the US | Belkin incorporates Siri into WeMo line | Researchers: "Accelerated evaluation" could speed up driverless car tests
May 26, 2017
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TVs still top technology in the US
TVs still top technology in the US
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.
Multichannel News (5/25) 
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Belkin incorporates Siri into WeMo line
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.
Engadget (5/25) 
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Vehicle Tech
Researchers: "Accelerated evaluation" could speed up driverless car tests
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.
Automotive News (free content) (5/24) 
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Tech News
Sources: Facebook signs deals for upcoming video service
Sources: Facebook signs deals for upcoming video service
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Facebook has signed deals with creators including ATTN, BuzzFeed, Vox Media and Group Nine Media to create original content for its upcoming video service, sources say. The social media network will reportedly focus on 20- to 30-minute scripted shows, as well as shorter-form episodes that last up to 10 minutes.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)/Reuters (5/24) 
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T-Mobile rolls out number-sharing Digits app
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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.
Bloomberg (5/25) 
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HTC announces Link VR headset for U11 smartphone
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.
Ubergizmo (5/25) 
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Retail Trends
Hilco Streambank to auction off Hhgregg brand assets
Hilco Streambank to auction off Hhgregg brand assets
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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.
TWICE (5/24) 
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Association News
Can virtual reality save the elephants?
Virtual reality is certainly adding another dimension to the entertainment experience. Headsets create a level of intimacy between the viewer and actor in the frame, making viewers feel like they are in the middle of the action. But did you know that VR can be an important activism tactic? Explore how VR is being used to help stop illegal elephant poaching in Congo's Garamba National Park on the CTA Blog.
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CTA supports Manufacturing Day, and you should, too
For decades manufacturing has stood as a pillar of the American economy and symbol of the robust ingenuity of the United States. Join the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, a member of the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA), on Oct. 6 in celebrating Manufacturing Day, a celebration of the talented work force, amazing products and exciting opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Learn more about Manufacturing Day at and find out why there has never been a more exciting time to be a manufacturer in America.
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