Lead Editor: Susan Rush

About This Industry

SmartBrief keeps your finger on the pulse of everything technology -- consumer electronics, mobile, IT, software services, security and semiconductors, as well as education and digital entertainment. We also cover the worlds of cable, telecommunications, broadcasting and satellite communications.

How CBS' streaming offering will benefit affiliates


  • TVNewsCheck (free registration)

CBS' standalone All Access offering creates "a whole new revenue stream for itself as well as its affiliates who choose to stream their signals locally on the platform," writes Harry A. Jessell. The a… Read More

Forecast: OTT rise to lead to gradual decline of pay-TV revenues


  • Advanced Television (free registration)

Pay-television revenues are forecast to drop 2.8% a year through 2018 as more consumers transition to video-on-demand services. A report from IDATE predicts that pay television will remain the leading… Read More

Taiwan patent for making polycrystalline silicon wafers goes to SAS


  • DigiTimes

Taiwan's Intellectual Property Office has awarded a patent for growing polycrystalline silicon ingots to Sino-American Silicon Products. Such ingots are sliced into wafers for making solar cells. Some… Read More

Apple Pay, MasterCard tech heat up mobile-wallet arena


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • VentureBeat

Consumers can now shop at about 220,000 stores or via a mobile application by waving an iPhone and submitting a thumbprint using Apple Pay. And MasterCard has released its own payment system in partne… Read More