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1. Facebook enhances Messenger, makes bid for smart home

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Facebook will allow developers to make their applications work within its Messenger service, which will effectively convert Messenger into a full-fledged platform with a trove of apps already integrated. Facebook also made a bid for the smart-home market, unveiling a service through its Parse development platform aimed at helping developers build apps for appliances and other devices. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/25) International Business Times (03/25) Reuters (03/25)

2. Bose debuts new sound system in 2016 Cadillac CT6

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Bose will offer the first of its "Advanced Technology Series" sound systems in the 2016 Cadillac CT6, which is set to hit the show floor this year. The new system is intended to bring a "balanced, 360-degree sound field" to every passenger in the vehicle, and it includes two "ultranearfield" speakers sunk into each of the front-seat headrests. TWICE (03/26)

3. Amazon adds features in Fire TV update

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Amazon will be rolling out new features for its Fire TV as part of a software update that will allow users to add USB storage and pair audio with Bluetooth headphones. The update will also enable Fire TV and Fire Stick owners to authenticate accounts online and use the devices via Wi-Fi in places such as dorm rooms and hotels. Multichannel News (03/24) TechCrunch (03/24)

4. 30-day smartwatch charge touted by Vector

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Vector's planned smartwatch will comes in two designs and is said to boast a battery that will last up to 30 days. The Vector Luna smartwatch is priced at $349, while the Meridian can be purchased for $199. Sources say the watch will work with Apple-, Android- and Windows-based mobile devices. Engadget (03/20)

5. HP drops Beats Audio for Bang & Olufsen

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Hewlett-Packard will equip its desktops, laptops and tablets with Bang & Olufsen audio technology, dropping its previous partner, Beats, which Apple purchased for $3 billion in 2014. HP will offer Bang & Olufsen's personal audio systems, called B&O Play, on its devices. eWeek (03/24) (03/24)

6. Google is still working to make Glass viable

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

Google has halted sales of the initial version of its Glass wearable, but Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says the company will continue to develop the "big and very fundamental" platform, whose strategy is now being overseen by the head of Google's Nest connected home division. "These things take time," Schmidt said. Computerworld UK (03/24) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/23)

7. How patent licensing could delay 4K

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

HEVC Advance announced a new plan to license patents related to video compression technology used by 4K Ultra HD video. The news could drive up prices and delay 4K video on its way to the consumer market, says Jan Ozer, Streaming Learning Center consultant and video technology author. CNET (03/26)

8. Stereo Exchange expands shelf space for headphones

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Stereo Exchange is pushing headphone sales in its New York City brick-and-mortar retail store by holding in-store events and giving customers the chance to demo new products. Store proprietor Dave Wasserman said he has expanded physical shelf space for headphones to appeal to customers who are not in the market for large speakers. Dealerscope (03/22)

9. Definitive Technology brings color option to Wi-Fi speakers

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

Definitive Technology has made its W7 home speaker system available in white or black, making the Wi-Fi-connected audio system easier to integrate into any room, Robert Archer writes. The system costs $399. (03/23)

10. Streaming TV becomes the biggest battleground

CEA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in recent weeks have been recast as industry leaders defending their turf from competitors such as Apple, Sony and HBO. Investments in original content and technology are expected to be paramount for all these companies as consumers shift from traditional cable-TV packages. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/24)

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