Wireless charging may be next for top-tier iPhones | Google soon will offer package tracking | Commentary: Digital nudging could come to self-driving cars
December 6, 2019
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Wireless charging may be next for top-tier iPhones
Wireless charging may be next for top-tier iPhones
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Apple reportedly is getting closer to removing the lightning port from high-end iPhones in favor of wireless charging. Doing so would boost demand, as well as prices, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says.
CNBC (12/5) 
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User Safety, the New Product Differentiator
Peace of mind is becoming a key product differentiator. To provide users with safety and security, IoT and app companies can now integrate emergency response in their workflows and send data directly to 9-1-1. To learn more, download A Tech Company's Guide to Enhancing User Safety.
Smart Home
Google soon will offer package tracking
Google soon will offer package tracking
Google will add a package tracking feature to its search service, letting consumers see where their orders are and get delivery details. Delivery companies of all sizes will be included, though a widespread launch date has not been announced.
VentureBeat (12/5) 
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Vehicle Tech
Commentary: Digital nudging could come to self-driving cars
Digital nudging, in which consumers are subtly steered toward specific choices of products or services, could end up being programmed into self-driving car platforms to encourage users to choose certain destinations, writes Lance Eliot. He explores how -- and why -- this practice could emerge, as well as its benefits and drawbacks.
Forbes (12/5) 
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Tech News
"Microproductivity" coming to Microsoft apps
Microsoft is bringing its Fluent framework to its flagship mobile apps on iOS and Android. The move is part of the company's exploration of "microproductivity," which involves breaking tasks down into small parts to enhance productivity on the go.
ZDNet (12/5),  The Inquirer (U.K.) (12/6) 
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Google Maps will help pedestrians find better-lit streets
Google is working to help pedestrians opt for safer routes by adding a feature to Google Maps that highlights better-lit streets. Users can sign up for the beta test on the Play Store and APK Mirror.
Android Police (12/6) 
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Imgur Melee makes gaming more social
Imgur Melee is enhancing its social features by allowing gamers to share images and clips imported from various platforms, including Xbox, YouTube and Twitch. The gaming app will also allow players to search and view highlights from their favorite games, in addition to commenting on, liking and sharing posts.
Digital Trends (12/5) 
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Retail Trends
Target takes Manhattan with a smaller footprint
Target takes Manhattan with a smaller footprint
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Target will open a 33,000-square-foot store in Times Square in 2022. Small-format stores have helped the retailer grow in urban areas, and the Times Square location will be its 10th small-format store in or around Manhattan.
CNBC (12/5) 
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Association News
2020 CES Innovation Awards
The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. See some of our Best of Innovation winners highlighted under "Profiles" on our Discover page.
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Explore the Latest Developments in 5G at CES 2020
Nearly a decade in the making, 5G has become a reality in select global urban markets, enhancing everything from workforces and city infrastructures to emergency preparedness. At CES 2020, hear what's next from industry experts including Alicia Abella, vice president, AT&T; Nandhu Nandhakumar, senior vice president, LG; and Derek Peterson, chief technology officer, Boingo. Register for CES Conferences.
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Quibi CEO Meg Whitman
I3 speaks to Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi, a new Hollywood-based short-form streaming startup.
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