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8/10/2018

Epic Games is rolling out "Fortnite" battle royale for Android on certain Samsung devices, a launch timed to coincide with the introduction of Samsung's Galaxy Note 9. A wider Android beta for the game will be coming soon, although it will be available only through Epic's website and not in Google Play.

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Samsung, Google
8/10/2018

Samsung announced a Bixby-enabled smart speaker at an event Thursday. The Galaxy Home is controlled by eight microphones, along with a built-in subwoofer for managing far-field communication and a cloth covering and a tripod for easy placement.

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8/10/2018

The iDevices Thermostat is now compatible with Google Assistant, widening its reach from its existing compatibility with Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. Through the iDevices Connected App, user can access Google Assistant to manage temperature settings remotely.

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Digital Trends
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Google, Alexa, Amazon, Apple
8/10/2018

Intel has unveiled a 32-terabyte solid-state drive with a unique ruler shape, allowing it to take up one-twentieth of the space of a standard hard disc while consuming one-tenth of the power. Intel notes that if 32 of the DC P4500 SSDs are lined up in a server slot, a petabyte of data can be stored.

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Engadget
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Intel
8/10/2018

Pay-TV is losing subscribers quickly, with an estimated six people per minute canceling services, data indicate. The rising popularity of streaming services and the concept of TV Everywhere are major contributing factors to the loss.

8/10/2018

Health care is the second-largest US industry but the biggest target for hackers, with the industry spending only half as much as others on cybersecurity. This calls for immediate action, writes Bob Ackerman, beginning with speeding up software patching and doing a more thorough job of it.

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Bob Ackerman
8/10/2018

Pocket -- originally dubbed Read it Later -- gives readers a handy way to discover and save thoughtful content for later access. As such, it offers a sort of refuge from the often scatterbrained digital world, and, with its audience of 30 million, a promising alternative to Facebook with its recent downgrade of publisher content.

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Facebook
8/10/2018

Celebrities and others who often crop up in Google searches can answer queries about themselves in videos and share them on Google using a new app. The Cameos app builds on the Posts on Google platform, which allows some people and organizations to post directly to search result pages.

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Google
8/10/2018

Tiles of video clips replace text on the NBC News mobile app in a bid to engage more users and double monthly video starts. Parent NBCUniversal hopes the redesign will also build its base of loyal users who access the app at least 12 times a month.

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Digiday
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NBC
8/10/2018

Amazon is looking to establish a presence in vehicles with an Auto software development kit for incorporating Alexa into infotainment systems. The SDK includes capabilities such as speech recognition, streaming media and the ability to control smart home devices.

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Alexa, Amazon