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12/13/2018

Facebook is giving all developers, including those that have no relationship with businesses or brands, access to the platform's app review system. The move comes in response to complaints that some developers were being unnecessarily excluded.

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12/13/2018

Retailers including Under Armour, Gap and Target are rolling out in-store charging stations for customer phones; for example, Target has added free chargers to almost 200 of its locations over the past two years. The stations are being deployed as part of a partnership with ChargeItSpot.

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12/13/2018

Multiple third-party retailers are selling Apple's HomePod for lower than its retail price of $349, and the company faces stiff competition, as sales for smart speakers are highest among lower-cost models. Speakers under $100 make up about 76% of unit sales and 44% of revenue sales, per data from NPD.

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12/13/2018

Brisbane, Australia's #include has developed a new tool called Viewr; it allows users to share their virtual reality experience with spectators. The tool comes as a Unity software development kit and allows developers to embed the ability directly in VR games.

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12/13/2018

MediaTek's Helio P90 processor will help lower-cost devices offer artificial intelligence features, which could position the company as a strong contender in supplying the next generation of smartphones. MediaTek is best known in emerging markets, where much of the smartphone market's growth is expected to occur.

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12/13/2018

The Interactive Advertising Bureau says the number of mobile devices with its Open Measurement software development kit enabled is now 2 billion, and 17 companies employ it globally. The SDK, released slightly more than one year ago, collects data on ad views, video starts and stops, traffic validity and other factors.

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Marketing Land
12/13/2018

Will a mobile app be a good business investment? The Forbes Technology Council lays out 11 key questions to ask before taking the plunge, beginning with whether an app is likely to offer advantages over an existing website.

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12/13/2018

Encryption on the Philips HealthSuite Health Android app may not be enough to thwart hackers, the Department of Homeland Security and the company are warning users. The app's simple encryption may allow hackers to access data used in the platform, which tracks user health factors and allows online collaboration with providers.

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mHealth Intelligence
12/12/2018

Skullcandy has launched its Push wireless earbuds, which work with voice assistants to perform tasks. The earbuds offer six hours of listening time, cost $130 and are available only in the color Psychotropical Teal.

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12/12/2018

Google is jumping on the wearable fitness bandwagon with two new features for Google Fit. The Android mobile app can now show progress meters on a phone's home screen, and a breathing exercise app is available on the Wear OS.

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