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10/18/2017

WhatsApp unveiled a location-sharing feature in its mobile app, with the option for users to set a time limit on location sharing. The Live Location sharing feature will be available on iOS and Android within the "coming weeks," according to WhatsApp's announcement.

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WhatsApp, iOS, Android
10/18/2017

BlogLovin' created an Instagram poll to ask influencers on the platform if they've tried the new feature, and 66% responded that they had and 87% said they'd use polling in the future. HYPR's Gil Eyal says brands have been slow to try the tool but that it "offers brands and influencers a new form of social engagement" by making consumers feel as though they have a more active role in shaping brand decision-making.

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10/18/2017

Universal Electronics is setting up a service where customers can call to get support on smart home devices. The company made the move as it reports that its acquisition of Ecolink Intelligent Technology devices has led to a 30% increase in calls to its technical support center.

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Universal Electronics
10/18/2017

A new vulnerability called the Key Reinstallation Attack, also known as KRACK, targets devices that use WPA2 encryption, an encryption used by most Wi-Fi devices. Smart home gadgets could be particularly vulnerable due to less frequent updates, Alfred Ng writes.

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Wi-Fi
10/18/2017

The newly released mobile Samsung Connect Tag enables consumers to attach it to a person, animal or object and track it using narrowband internet of things to connect devices. With an embedded SIM, the tag works inside or outside with GPS, WPS and Cell ID and can be integrated with other Samsung products for remote control.

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Samsung, remote control, GPS
10/18/2017

5G networks, which can send data up to 10 times faster than 4G, are expected to arrive in 2019. Qualcomm says its Snapdragon X50 5G NR Modem chip, designed to help smartphones make 5G connections, will be available in 2019 as well.

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10/18/2017

Homescapes, a match-three game released by Playrix, gained 7 million downloads across iOS and Android platforms during its first week of release, company creative director Igor Elovikov said.

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iOS, Android
10/18/2017

OLED panels for smartphones are in high demand, and 1.37 billion units are expected to be shipped in 2019, per Display Supply Chain Consultants. This surge in demand will cause OLED screen demand to surpass demand for LCD screens in a maximum of three years.

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DigiTimes
10/18/2017

Cookies are largely a thing of the past with Apple's latest iOS update, presenting a challenge for the 91% of marketers that rely on them, writes Signal chief Mike Sands. That challenge can be met, he writes, and even produce better results if marketers are prepared to explore more durable alternatives based on such things as email addresses and loyalty IDs.

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10/18/2017

Mobile gaming has a market penetration of 55%, leaving plenty of opportunities for developers. The trick is getting noticed in an ocean of offerings, and for that Tapinator CEO Ilya Nikolayev recommends three strategies, beginning with an initial focus on building a sound install base.

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Entrepreneur