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4/26/2018

Nintendo has announced that CEO Tatsumi Kimishima will step down and be replaced by Shuntaro Furukawa. Nintendo's operating profits increased 505% in fiscal 2017, driven by the Switch console, and Kimishima said it was the right time to step down.

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Nintendo
4/26/2018

The "Harry Potter" franchise is now available to fans in an engaging mobile game for Android and iOS. "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery" invites users to create an in-game counterpart and delve into the reasons Hogwarts expelled their brother.

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Engadget
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Harry Potter
4/26/2018

Researchers at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University recently discovered a way to turn walls into touchpads using conductive paint and low-cost electronics. The product is called Wall++, and the altered walls can do things such as function as virtual buttons and identify which devices in a room are being used.

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Digital Trends
4/26/2018

Philips has released the Somneo Connected Lamp, which is designed to help users sleep better. Among the Somneo's features, it can inform users of bedroom air quality, it comes with a natural lighting mode, and it offers steps to improve sleep based on user data.

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Philips
4/26/2018

Snapchat has unveiled Snappables, interactive lenses that use augmented reality, which users can select to play games with friends and can control with motion, touch and facial expressions. Snappables will be released worldwide this week, with additional lenses to be unveiled over time.

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Adweek
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Snapchat, AR
4/26/2018

Castbox, a startup that has developed a cross-platform podcasting app, raised $13.5 million in its most recent funding round. The company's headquarters are in Beijing, with additional offices in Hong Kong and San Francisco.

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VentureBeat
4/26/2018

Industry analysts at investment firm Rosenblatt Securities believe that the upcoming 2018 iPhone X Plus may support a stylus device -- an "iPen." That would align with industry trends, as Samsung released a digital stylus in its Galaxy Note series.

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CNET
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Rosenblatt Securities, Samsung
4/26/2018

The recent popularity of free-to-play shooter game "Fortnite" caused headset sales to nearly double in March, NPD Group reports. By attracting so many new users to team shooting games, "Fortnite" is indirectly motivating players to buy headsets so they can socialize and strategize with fellow players.

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NPD, Mat Piscatella
4/26/2018

Snapchat is among the leaders adopting augmented reality, and that initiative now includes marketing. Among other options, advertisers can take advantage of the Shoppable AR platform, allowing them to use the AR technology to promote their products within the Snapchat app.

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VR World
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Snapchat
4/25/2018

Digital marketing firm Stone Temple put voice assistants to the test with nearly 5,000 queries and concluded Google Assistant is the smartest of the bunch. Microsoft's Cortana was a close second, followed by Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri.

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Forbes
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Google, Stone Temple, Alexa, Microsoft, Amazon