Several holding companies are achieving prominence in digital media with the rapid growth of video streaming. The holding company structure offers a number of advantages, and Group Nine Media, for instance, cites scale and greater opportunities to close upfront deals with advertisers.
Google intends to release a smart speaker similar to the Echo Show, with an aggressive plan to ship an initial batch of 3 million, per industry rumors. The device will likely use some voice control features and will allow users to check calendars, view maps and watch YouTube videos, among other skills.
Tyler Bushnell, son of Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, has created a new company, Polycade, to produce retro arcade machines. He and business partner Jake Galler have developed a machine with a 28-inch LCD screen and two multidirectional joysticks; it allows users to play a variety of games.
Collectable "Cryptokitties" could drive the use of cryptocurrency and blockchain, as the digital cats are traded and bought via those means. The company received $12 million in investments during a Series A round in March and has been using the funds to expand into Asia.
Logitech has unveiled an ergonomic mouse dubbed the MX Vertical; the company reports that the device is designed to simulate a "natural handshake position." Through use of this mouse, the company reports a 10% reduction in muscle strain by reducing forearm tension.
Walmart is developing a virtual reality-based shopping experience, based on two patents filed by the company for the creation of virtual showrooms. The service would allow users to browse aisles with VR headsets and then have the items picked up and shipped to them from fully automated distribution centers.
Company secrets may be in jeopardy as law enforcement seeks, and may obtain, access to the data contained on users' smartphones, writes Mike Elgan. Phone makers are pursuing solutions that would protect such data, but their efforts may not be enough under evolving interpretations of privacy laws, he writes.
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