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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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