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5/17/2018

The Xbox Adaptive Controller was designed with gamers with disabilities in mind; it allows easier gameplay with light-touch enabled buttons and ports for accessibility tools. The controller will go on sale this year for $100.

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Engadget, Ars Technica
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Microsoft
5/17/2018

Bots could drive adoption of smart homes devices by managing devices for consumers, writes Andrew Arnold. Arnold believes that bots could help streamline device management, writing, "With homebots, some aspects of managing [smart] systems are automated and with the use of bots, potential disasters can be mitigated."

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Forbes
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Andrew Arnold
5/17/2018

The opportunities that 5G will create have built optimism for the major communications companies, with AT&T CEO John Donovan reporting that he's unconcerned about Sprint and T-Mobile merging due to that 5G potential. He also notes that AT&T will not contest the merger, saying, "Each of us has embarked on a path that's different enough that there's nothing [a rival can do] that's going to hit our sweet spot."

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VentureBeat
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John Donovan, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
5/17/2018

YouTube is offering more personalization and other features in a relaunch of its music service. The monthly price will be $10, but an additional $2 will bring access to ad-free YouTube Premium video, a revamp of YouTube Red.

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Recode
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YouTube
5/17/2018

German company Ceconomy is seeking out opportunities to consolidate consumer electronics brands in Europe to compete with large online rivals. Ceconomy has been expanding its services offerings, and consolidating with other companies would help further expand the company's portfolio.

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Reuters
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Ceconomy
5/17/2018

The now massively and globally popular "Fortnite" from Epic Games got off to a lackluster start last summer. The key to explosive success, however, came in September with the addition of a free battle royale mode pitting 100 players against each other on an island, thus deeply investing each participant, writes Julie Muncy.

5/17/2018

LinkedIn has upgraded its Sales Navigator tool and says it now complies with the EU's new consumer data privacy rules. To meet the EU standards, users will be able to export or delete their own data.

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MarTech Advisor
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EU, LinkedIn
5/17/2018

More than 1 in 4 apps are deleted from smartphones within 30 days of installation, according to AppsFlyer. Various reasons are cited, including lower capacity on phones in developing countries, and developers should pay close attention to uninstall rates and the possible factors at play.

5/16/2018

WhatsApp users can now specify the purposes, topics and guidelines for their group chats. The app's revamp also includes a Catch Up feature that provides a recap of messages for individual users returning to a chat.

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VentureBeat, Reuters
5/16/2018

Consumers are wary of making purchases with smart speakers, as about 70% haven't used their devices for this purpose, based on a comScore report. The primary reason reported is that consumers are concerned about sharing payment information, followed by fears about data security.

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Business Insider
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comScore