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October 23, 2020
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PS5 will have apps for streaming services
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Sony will embed access to Disney+, Crunchyroll and other streaming apps on its new PlayStation 5 console rather than requiring users to download them through its store. The console, which is to ship Nov. 12, will also be equipped with a remote control featuring dedicated access to some streaming services.
Full Story: Variety online (10/22) 
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How retailers should embrace the new normal
The pandemic has reshaped consumer behaviors and the customer experience, most likely permanently. As we look to 2021, retailers need to focus on planning for the future with strategies that meet both the immediate and long-term needs of their customers and maximize the potential of all their sales channels. Join SmartBrief and retail industry experts to explore how the retail landscape has changed this year and how retailers can succeed in 2021.
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Smart Home
Acer's coming additions to its PC lineup include the Porsche-branded carbon fiber Acer Book RS laptop and the Acer Swift 3x. The company is also continuing to enhance its Planet9 gaming offerings with the rollout of SigridWave, a language translation tool that works in real time, even when the talk includes gaming-specific lingo.
Full Story: CNET (10/21),  TechRadar (10/22) 
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Vehicle Tech
General Motors' Cruise division is seeking approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mass-produce the Origin, a four-passenger, driverless vehicle that has no pedals or steering wheel. Along with an announcement of planned pandemic-related safety protocols for ride-share passengers, the move is seen as a message that the company is intent on launching an autonomous ride-hailing service soon.
Full Story: Reuters (10/21),  The Verge (10/21) 
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Tech News
Ceiling-mounted sensors monitor office social distancing
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Israel-based PointGrab has developed a device resembling a smoke alarm that mounts on ceilings to monitor workplace social distancing and foot traffic. The system uses tracking sensors to display the data on a dashboard as dots, but it does not collect images or personal information.
Full Story: CNN (10/23) 
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Retail Trends
Apple to open more appointment-only Express stores
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Apple will grow its Express store format from about 20 to 50 locations in the US and Europe by the end of the month, in a push to promote the new iPhone 12 and safer shopping. Shoppers must schedule an appointment to pick up online purchases or consult with Apple's service technicians.
Full Story: Reuters (10/22) 
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Association News
Join the Consumer Technology Association and SelectUSA on Oct. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. ET for a discussion with government officials and industry experts highlighting programs designed to create partnerships and opportunity for foreign companies interested in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the US. Topics covered will include building business relationships abroad, R&D incentives, transatlantic investment trends and more. Register today.
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Presented by the Smart Home Division of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the Mark of Excellence Awards recognize the best in custom integration and installed technology. Winners receive media and industry exposure, as well as recognition from your peers. Today is the last day to lock in the early bird rate and save up to $100 on your submission. Pay now and come back at any time before the Nov. 13 deadline to finalize your entry. Go here to enter.
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Microscopic robots consisting of a simple circuit can be guided within a human body to interact with cells and could be adapted to become a medical tool. Learn more.
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