Intel reportedly shutters wearables segment | Apple applies for patent on smart dock | Optional Echo feature could be sharing information
July 21, 2017
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Intel reportedly shutters wearables segment
Intel reportedly shutters wearables segment
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Intel has reportedly ended efforts in its Basis smartwatch business segment, dissolving it as of two weeks ago. The company's New Technologies Group, which was previously developing wearables, will now focus on augmented reality, a source said.
CNBC (7/19) 
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Smart Home
Apple applies for patent on smart dock
A recent patent application submitted by Apple appears to indicate that the company is working on developing a Siri docking station for in-home use. While Apple has not confirmed this, its patent application describes the device as a "[s]mart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device."
CNET (7/19) 
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Optional Echo feature could be sharing information
Optional Echo features called "Alexa calling and messaging" and "Drop in" could be giving away user information, writes Kashmir Hill. However, the company added an optional blocking feature last month that helped to resolve this issue, Hill writes.
Gizmodo (7/19) 
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Vehicle Tech
Nvidia takes the lead in self-driving car chips
Nvidia is battling Google, Tesla and Uber in the autonomous vehicles market and has deals with Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Motor and Volvo Cars. "Nvidia is obviously going to be one of the strongest players in this area," Gartner's Mike Ramsey said.
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (7/10) 
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Autonomous vehicles could offer accessibility to the blind
Groups that advocate for the US' 1.3 million legally blind people and others with disabilities are urging lawmakers to ensure that autonomous vehicles offer accessibility and that laws don't prevent the blind from eventually using them. Licensing for autonomous-vehicle operators in some states requires a vision test, which could also be the case in many other states.
Bloomberg (7/19),  ConsumerAffairs (7/19) 
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Tech News
Researchers: IoT security flaw may leave devices vulnerable
Security cameras using the open source code gSOAP are vulnerable to remote hacking that allows the hacker to send commands to the devices, per research from Senrio. The flaw was detected across cameras from 35 companies, including 249 models from Axis.
CNET (7/19) 
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Retail Trends
Best Buy bets on comedy to win over back-to-college crowd
Best Buy bets on comedy to win over back-to-college crowd
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Best Buy is bringing back actor Adam Devine in spots aimed at wooing students heading off to college with humorous takes on topics like asking mom and dad for money. Back-to-college shopping is on track to grow 10% to $54.1 billion this year, according to an NRF survey, and electronics will be the biggest category with $12.8 billion in spending.
MediaPost Communications (7/20) 
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Association News
Register today for CES Unveiled Paris and Amsterdam
Registration is now open for the fifth edition of CES Unveiled Paris and the premiere of CES Unveiled Amsterdam. Unveiled events bring innovative technology companies, top media, global buyers and key tech influencers together to showcase new products and trends. CES Unveiled Paris, Oct. 24, will be held at the Palais Brongniart, the former headquarters of the French Stock Market, followed by CES Unveiled Amsterdam on Oct. 26 at the historic Beurs van Berlage. For more information, visit
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CTA Foundation award winner helps legally blind man run marathons
Winners of the CTA Foundation Eureka Park Accessibility Contest, Aira, are continuing to help those with low vision and blindness. Aira pairs a user with a sighted virtual guide through the use of smart glasses. Erich Manser, an accessibility tester at IBM and avid runner, was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease which led to the loss of his vision. Thanks to Aira, Erich was able to run the 2017 Boston Marathon and is currently training for an Iron Man. The CTA Foundation is proud to support organizations working to help individuals of all ages and abilities live fuller lives through the use of innovative technologies. Read more about this story on the CTA Blog.
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