Google followed through on promises to combine Android Pay and Google Wallet by releasing Google Pay in the Google Play store yesterday. Peer-to-peer payments are not available on this platform yet, but the company expects to offer this feature in the next few months.
Wipro has released an integrated home-automation system dubbed Wipro Z Nxt. The system allows users to control lights, geysers and air conditioners without the need to replace existing switches or wiring in the home.
A patch released for the Nintendo Switch has improved "Doom" gameplay by providing better audio along with motion controls. The patch also improved resolution in certain areas of the game while repairing some bugs and offering CPU optimization.
Pandora has announced that advertisers can now buy its audio ads programmatically via The Trade Desk, AdsWizz and MediaMath. Pandora CEO Roger Lynch talks about attracting users with an on-demand service for its ad-supported streaming and how the strength of its user data means advertisers are able "to create thousands of versions of an audio ad easily and efficiently" for the most effective personalized experience.
Samsung will reduce its production of OLED displays amid low demand for Apple's iPhone X. The company initially planned to produce 45 million to 50 million screens in the first quarter of 2018 but has cut that number to 20 million or fewer.
SuperAwesome reached profitability in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is expected to grow by 100% this year, per company data. The kid-centric technology producer believes much of its growth is driven by the fact that children continue to abandon watching TV in favor of online entertainment.
The use of smart technology in the home will only continue to grow, and smart homes of the future will include tech in almost every room. Smart speakers will be a focal point, while roll-up screens, projectors, smart appliances, smart shower systems and sleep trackers may all be features found in smart homes.
Israeli startup Otonomo provides data collection services for vehicles and reports that more than 2 million vehicles already use its platform. Otonomo intends to announce a commercial pilot program with an auto manufacturer in Japan within the next 3 months.
SK Telecom plans to offer 5G demonstrations along with an updated social virtual reality program called Oksusu Social VR at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Spain. The company also intends to show off the results of its recent autonomous 5G car tests.
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