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1. BMW, Audi add integrated tablets to luxury vehicles

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Engineers at Audi and BMW are working on customized tablets to help the automakers better compete with iPads and Android tablets that passengers may opt to use in their vehicles. The customized tablets will run Google Android and connect to the car's Wi-Fi and electronics and will be designed to safely withstand crashes, as well as extreme temperatures. Automotive News (free content) (07/26)


2. Citi: Self-installed, monitored systems to overtake home security market

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Self-installed, self-monitored home security systems will grow from claiming 2.3% of the market to 34% of the market by 2020 as tech companies such as Google and Apple release smart security devices, Citi data indicate. Companies such as ADT that professionally install and monitor homes will slip from controlling 93% of the market to less than a third of the market over the next 20 years. Business Insider (07/27)


3. Vizio to go public, pins future revenues on data

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Vizio is gearing up to go public, aiming to raise $172.5 million from its initial public offering. In its filing, the company revealed a new business plan that pins future revenues largely on selling viewer data to advertisers. The TV and soundbar vendor racked up $3.1 billion in revenue and $45 million in net income last year. American City Business Journals (07/27) HD Guru (07/27)


4. Sony raises Q1 profits to $780M, passing expectations

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Sony generated $780 million in operating profit during its first quarter this year, passing analyst expectations and securing a 39% year-over-year improvement. Sales were driven largely by Sony's camera sensor and PlayStation 4 units, signaling that the company's restructuring under CEO Kazuo Hirai is working. MarketWatch (07/30) Reuters (07/30) TechCrunch (07/30)


5. Microsoft debuts Windows 10, aims for 1B devices

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is available as a free download to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users in more than 190 countries starting today. "Our vision is to make Windows 10 the biggest cloud-source platform in the world and we aim to distribute the new OS to 1 billion devices worldwide," said Microsoft Korea's Casey Song. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (07/29) The Korea Times (Seoul) (07/29)


6. How flat TVs are winning out over curved displays

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Television-makers have marketed curved TVs as a solution for better viewing angles and immersive viewing in the home, but high prices kept consumers from latching on to the trend, which has caused manufacturers to shift gears toward ultra-thin flat screens, Karine Heyden writes. B2C Marketing Insider (07/29)


7. Motorola unveils large-screen Moto X, new Moto G

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Motorola will release a pair of new Moto X and Moto G phones in the U.S. and a third handset that it will limit to overseas sales, the Lenovo unit said Tuesday. The new $399 Moto X Style -- which will be marketed as the Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S. -- will run on any network and feature a 5.7-inch display. A revamped Moto G, Motorola's most popular phone, will cost $180. CNET (07/28) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


8. Intel, Micron proclaim "revolutionary" memory chips

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Memory chips that run 1,000 faster than existing NAND flash memory will help power smartphones, tablets and other electronics, say Intel and Micron, who are calling their "3D Xpoint" the biggest breakthrough in memory technology in more than 25 years. They said the chips will also have more endurance than current models and will store more data. Bloomberg (07/28) Forbes (07/28) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


9. Amazon gives startups a "Launchpad" to sell products

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

The Amazon Launchpad platform, launched Tuesday, gives startups already backed by venture capitalists or crowdfunding campaigns a place where they can reach customers and market and distribute their products to them. The company opened its Launchpad marketplace with 200 products, including those aimed at the Internet of Things. CNN (07/28)


10. 360fly to retail 360-degree camera exclusively through Best Buy

CEA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Best Buy will stock 360fly's 360-degree camera in 900 stores across the country starting in September after signing an exclusive distribution deal. "Having mass retail visibility at launch is extremely important to us, as we believe our camera goes beyond the extreme sports market and can be used in everyday lifestyle applications," 360fly's Michael Lanzon said. American City Business Journals (07/29)




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