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8/20/2019

Disney, which will launch its Disney+ subscription service Nov. 12, has revealed which devices and platforms will be able to access it initially. The list includes Apple TV and mobile devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Chromecast, Roku and some gaming devices, but not Amazon's Fire TV.

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The Verge
8/20/2019

Google's artificial intelligence lab has produced a real-time hand-tracking algorithm that could lead to sign language recognition. "Whereas current state-of-the-art approaches rely primarily on powerful desktop environments for inference, our method achieves real-time performance on a mobile phone, and even scales to multiple hands," wrote Google researchers Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang in a blog post.

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TechCrunch
8/20/2019

Google has confirmed that its soon-to-be-released Pixel 4 phone will include a Soli radar chip for face unlock and motion sensors. The face unlock feature will be secure enough to confirm digital payments, and the motion sensors will allow users to perform tasks such as silencing a phone call by waving a hand in front of the phone.

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CNET
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Google
8/20/2019

The Apple Arcade subscription gaming service is scheduled for a fall launch at $4.99 per month, and customers will be able to share one subscription across a group of up to six users. Apple intends to give access to more than 100 games through the service.

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VentureBeat
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Apple
8/20/2019

Yubico has released the YubiKey 5Ci security key, which can plug into an iPhone Lightning port or USB-C port, and is compatible with password vaults LastPass and 1Password. The plug-in allows the user to log into apps securely instead of through text messages or paging.

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The Verge
8/20/2019

WW International's new kids' diet app, Kurbo, is targeting the 13.7 million US children who are overweight. WW, formerly Weight Watchers, is catching flak from nutritionists who don't think the app provides good information about food choices and believe that it stigmatizes children who are fat, however.

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CNBC
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WW International, Kurbo
8/20/2019

Disney plans to launch apps for its upcoming Disney+ streaming service that will work on Apple and Android devices, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku and Xbox One. The service, which can be subscribed to in apps, begins Nov. 12 and will cost $6.99 a month.

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9to5Mac
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Disney, Apple
8/20/2019

The Weavr Consortium has unveiled a prototype of an app to give the UK's esports fans real-time data analytics about players during live games. The government-funded consortium's platform is designed to create data-driven opportunities for teams and brands and give fans virtual immersive experiences.

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eSports
8/20/2019

South African developers have an opportunity to build apps for Huawei's new HarmonyOS, which is marketed as an Android alternative. The company is spending $1 billion to develop new apps, about 80% outside China, including apps specific to South African culture.

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Huawei
8/19/2019

After Wendy's discontinued its spicy chicken nuggets, Chance the Rapper tweeted about the menu change to his 8.3 million followers and sparked such a lively social conversation that the chain built a campaign around it. Wendy's focuses regularly on the power of social media, says CMO Carl Loredo, adding, "We are constantly looking for these types of organic opportunities. It doesn't hurt that Chance was part of the engagement, but this was off the charts for engagement and shows just how important it was for our fans."

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Forbes
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