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Lighted Ways Technologies: September 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Google's biggest Android Wear partners don't have plans for new watches this year

Originally published at  The Verge By   |

Don't expect to see any new smartwatches from LG, Lenovo, or Huawei before 2017. The three biggest Android Wear manufacturers have confirmed to CNET that they won't release new hardware in 2016, leaving LG as the only one of the three that has released a smartwatch this year.

IFA is usually the time when these companies have announced new smartphones, but the event came and went without a third generation Moto 360 or a follow-up to the Huawei Watch. So why the reluctance to release new Android Wear hardware? A number of factors: the inability to include an LTE radio without serious trade-offs to battery life and bulk, the fact that Apple has so far been unable to turn the smartwatch industry into a cash machine like it did with smartphones and tablets, and the overall lack of interest from consumers who would rather spend their money on cheaper fitness bands, according to research firm CCS Insight.

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Amazon launches its AI-powered speaker Echo in Europe

Amazon
Amazon has announced that Alexa, the brain
 that powers Amazon Echo, is coming 
to the UK, along with two  Alexa-enabled 
devices: Echo and the all-new Echo Dot.
Originally published at  CNBC by  |   |

Amazon launched its voice-controlled speaker, Echo, in the U.K. and Germany on Tuesday as the e-commerce giant looks to place itself at the center of consumers' homes.

Echo is powered by Alexa, Amazon's digital personal assistant, which is like Apple's Siri or Google Now.

Echo is available in the U.K. for £149.99 ($198.01) and in Germany for 179.99 euros ($202.01). In Germany, Amazon is selling Echo by invite only. Amazon Prime members get £50 or 50 euros off.

Users can ask Echo questions, use it to control smart home devices like thermostats, or even use it to order something from Amazon. The device comes in black or white.

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Canon finally gets serious about mirrorless with the new M5

Originally published at by The Verge   |

Canon is finally ready to get serious about mirrorless cameras. Today the company announced the Canon EOS M5, a new SLR-style mirrorless camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder that will be shown off at Photokina next week. It’s the company’s fifth and most fully featured interchangeable lens mirrorless camera to date, and it will cost $979 (body only) when it goes on sale in November of 2016.

If you’re looking for something to compare it to, the M5’s specs line up pretty closely with Canon’s most recent midrange DSLR, the 80D. It has the same size 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, a similar 49 cross-type autofocus points, and an ISO range of 100-25,600. It also employs Canon’s "dual pixel" autofocus system, where each pixel is capable of simultaneously capturing light while focusing.

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Apple iPhone 7 is more than an 'incremental' upgrade

Originally published by Bob Pisani,CNBC |

 The perfect storm for Apple (AAPL): Strong pre-sales, problems for a competitor.

After being on a downward-sloping trend for more than a year, Apple has finally broken out. It traded up as much as 4 percent today and 9 percent this week.

At midday, Apple has already traded 60 million shares, more than twice its average in the past month for a full day.

If this keeps up, Apple will close at its highest level this year.

This rally is about more than just the problems its competitor Samsung is having with the Galaxy Note 7 phone.

Sure, Samsung's woes are helping Apple. Samsung is down nearly 6 percent this month, since it announced a recall of the Galaxy Note 7 phone. Could it get worse for Samsung? First, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned against using the phone on planes. This morning, New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) told commuters not to use the phone on the subway. Or even in the subway station.

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