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October 18, 2017
Rise of the Machines: Artificial intelligence (AI) is worming its way into any number of aspects of our digital lives. Now Counterpoint Technology Market Research reports that smartphones are no exception. The firm projects that one-third of smartphones shipped worldwide in 2020 will support machine learning and other AI capabilities thanks to new chipsets. Counterpoint also reported that AI-dependent apps will improve as the processing power of smartphone CPUs bulks up.

Teen Time: Teens are making a larger proportion of their purchases online compared with the general population, new data from Current reveals. The firm reports that US teens made nearly 18% of their purchases digitally, while the overall population made 8.6% of retail purchases online. Current also found that digital content like video games and streaming services made up 54% of teens' online spending.

Device Shipments Climb: According to new data from Gartner, worldwide shipments of devices—a category that combines PCs, tablets and smartphones—will grow by 2.0% year over year to hit 2.35 billion units in 2018. Gartner reported that, while much attention is paid to smartphones, a significant number of consumers worldwide still depend on PCs and tablets for some daily tasks.

Password Deficient: YouGov reports that more than one-quarter of US consumers use the same password for most or all of their logins, a practice that's sure to bring on the agita for security experts. In addition, YouGov found that more than one-third of those surveyed said they had already had at least one of their accounts hacked, while 22% were the victims of identity theft. And in another blow to best practices, more than one-third reported sharing a password with a significant other.

5G Gains Steam: Mobile operators are getting ready for 5G, the next generation of broadband cellular technology. A survey from Ericsson found that nearly 80% of telecom operators had carried out trials of 5G technology, and almost three in 10 expected to roll out the service in 2018. 5G technology is expected to provide significantly faster data speeds than the current 4G LTE standard.

China Goes Gaming: It's payday for gaming companies in China. Newzoo reports that firms like Tencent Holdings, owner of the popular Honor of Kings (aka King of Glory) mobile game, generated $7.4 billion in gaming revenues in the first half of the year, more than any other gaming company in the world. Another China-based company, NetEase, was seventh on the worldwide list in terms of revenues generated in H1, raking in $2.9 billion during the period.


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