Smart devices ranging from maintenance sensors to household items will be able to connect with Amazon Web Services' newly launched cloud-based service for the Internet of Things. AWS IoT makes Amazon a competitor in the Internet of Things field, which IDC projects will grow to a $1.7 trillion market in five years.
Sony cut $50 off the price of its PlayStation 4, landing the console at the same price at which rival Microsoft sells its Xbox One. The PS4 is now retailing in the US at $349.99, with game bundling options expected to be revealed before the holidays.
Apple's mobile payments technology is coming to Starbucks this year, with a full introduction across all the coffee purveyor's stores by the end of 2016. Also, Apple said KFC and Chili's restaurants will begin accepting Apple Pay next year.
Plans to create a new set of guidelines to bolster US government computer security are developing more slowly than expected, per senior officials and a recently released assessment from the Government Accountability Office. Among other things, the report found access vulnerabilities in 22 of 24 federal agencies studied; meanwhile, there has been little movement on the cybersecurity "strategy and implementation plan" announced in July.
Auto manufacturers and tech firms are racing to debut their driverless vehicles, but with different ideas of what they'll look like and how they'll function, writes Dawn Chmielewski. Nissan autonomous vehicle research head Maarten Sierhuis said at a Code/Mobile discussion that autonomous cars will allow drivers to take the wheel under certain circumstances. Qualcomm's Chris Borroni-Bird, discussed the obstacles carmakers will face with autonomous technology.
A Creative Cloud subscription is no longer needed for Adobe's Lightroom Mobile application for iOS devices, and a similar offer for Android users is coming soon. The audience-broadening move comes as "we're seeing a lot of people come in first on Lightroom Mobile. So now we're allowing people to use it locally on their local assets, their local photos and videos on their phone and tablet for as long as they like," said Adobe's Tom Hogarty.
Samsung is responding to a breach of its recently acquired payment system, LoopPay, by working to minimize the implications of the hack on critical components of its popular Samsung Pay mobile wallet service. The company says the breach -- which occurred in March -- was an "isolated incident" that left personal payment data unscathed.
Facebook reportedly is testing a feature called Reactions that would extend the functionality of the network's "like" button with emoticons. Users would be able to respond to content with icons expressing emotions such as sadness, anger and happiness.
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