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Samsung Puts 8-Point Battery Check Front and Center After Note7 Problems

Samsung's promised report on the Galaxy Note7 fiasco in a Monday news conference in Seoul includes an "enhanced 8-point battery safety check" it says will address safety "from the component level to the assembly and shipment of devices." The … Subscribe to Read >>

Voice-First Device Market to Reach Nearly 25 Million in 2017, Says Report

Some 24.5 million voice-first devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home will ship this year, predicted voice analytics company VoiceLabs in a Monday report. That’s up from 6.5 million last year and 1.7 million in Echo’s … Subscribe to Read >>

Google Tops Tech Companies in Q4 Lobbying, Spending $3.58 Million

Google again topped major technology companies in lobbying outlays for Q4, spending $3.58 million -- an 8.8 percent hike from the same period in 2015 -- on a wide range of matters including cybersecurity, data breach, encryption, government access … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Holiday TV Sales Stalled After Double-Digit Growth for Much of 2016, Says NPD

LAS VEGAS -- It’s too soon to draw conclusions why industry TV sales stalled during the peak holiday selling season after maintaining near-double-digit unit growth for much of 2016, Stephen Baker, NPD vice-president-industry analysis, told a CES Research Summit workshop Thursday. Walmart’s November decision to promote a Philips 55-inch 4K smart TV at $298 (see 1611100046) had a “disruptive” impact at retail, and that might well have been a contributing factor to why industry TV sales plummeted for the five-week holiday selling period ended Dec. 24, Baker said. … Read More >>

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