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  • PRODUCT REVIEW: The Lucid Neck-band is unusual in that it offers the ability to adjust and customize everything a user hears in and outside the headset.

  • New mobile management features will make it easier for enterprises to distribute internally-developed Android apps to users on the Google Play Store

  • After months of development, mobile device users can work with the Power BI Desktop authoring software that can craft reports that look at home on smartphone displays.

     

  • The lower end of the PC market--mainly Asus, which dropped a startling 48.3 percent in shipments--is where the sales slippage has hit the hardest.

  • Google's patent application dated Dec. 22, 2016 is for technology that would help ensure autonomous vehicles use safe and accessible locations for passenger pickup and drop off.

  • The pace of innovation in the smartphone market has slowed. Processors are getting gradually better each year. But handset designs are no longer groundbreaking and software updates deliver only incremental improvements. But Asus believes it can buck that trend. At the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, the company unveiled the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom. The handset, which is expected to be available in February, comes with several impressive features including a dual-lens rear camera, a high-capacity battery that should deliver outstanding battery life and reasonably powerful components inside. The Zenfone 3 Zoom runs on Android and comes with a surprisingly hefty amount of storage. Add that to a nice design and attractive display, and the Zenfone 3 Zoom might be a success in the midrange smartphone market. This eWEEK slide show will discuss the Zenfone 3 Zoom’s features and why it might be one of the more appealing Asus smartphones the company has released in some time.

  • The evening before the massive CES 2017 trade show opened, members of the media were invited to get a first look at some of the latest products and services on display by technology companies. A lot of the products being shown were aimed squarely at the consumer market. But as CES reaches its 50th anniversary, the show has evolved and now also includes technology for business users. Of course, CES also has its share of crossover technology that can serve both consumers and enterprises. Some of the items we found include drones, connected car products, WiFi networking hardware and security devices. In addition, there were some unique products, such as the Changhong H2, which is a spectrograph mounted in a cell phone that allows the device to sense substances at a molecular level—sort of like a Star Trek tricorder's scanning and analysis capabilities. This device was impossible for me to photograph in any meaningful way. Still, there was plenty we could photograph and this slide show includes some of the more interesting devices on display at the Pepcom event.

  • Owners of Sony Bravia, Sharp Aquos and other Android powered TVs will soon be able to interact with devices via voice commands using Google Assistant.

  • The new package will enable AT&T's customers to deploy new and highly secure IoT applications in the U.S. and globally.

  • Google is working on integrating its Android connectivity applications with Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect hands-free in-vehicle entertainment system.

  • The two companies plan to jointly develop a highly scalable architecture to provide real-time updates of high-definition maps for fully automated driving.

  • New rumors suggest Microsoft is preparing to release an upgrade to the Surface Pro 4 that will contain and upgrade to the tablet's screen resolution when it arrives early this year.

  • "Consumer" is the "C" in the title of the show, but so many personal devices are used in business environments that the nickname "CES" is outdated.

  • A new Microsoft patent suggests that HoloLens may soon help users suffering from bouts of absent-mindedness when they lose their wallets or phones.

  • Now that the holiday season is ending, Amazon.com has released a report on what tech products sold best on the mega-retailer’s online store. Not surprisingly, Amazon says a number of its own products, including the Echo, Echo Dot, and others, performed well. But this year’s bestsellers also included several smart home devices, a few wearables and some basic mobile accessories and data storage devices. In a statement two days after Christmas, Amazon used some unique facts and figures to illustrate sales volume for some products. For example the company said that its customers bought enough 4K TVs to reach Mount Everest’s peak—nine times. The e-commerce giant says it shipped more than one billion items worldwide through its Prime and Fulfillment by Amazon programs this holiday season and needed the help of more than 200,000 full-time and seasonal employees to get purchased products to customers. By nearly every measure, the 2016 holiday shopping period was a big success for Amazon. This slide show will cover that the tech products that Amazon says sold best during the holiday gift-giving season.

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