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ScarJo Appears For Huawei Selfie Party

Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson recently fulfilled her Huawei ambassador duties at a consumer event in Shenzhen, China.

ScarJo took the stage at the Huawei P9 Fans Club Party, held to highlight the Huawei H9 smartphone and its Leica dual-lens camera. A commemorative video produced for the actress by her fans around China was shown, and Johansson then posed for selfies with attendees.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf To Keynote CES 2017

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced that Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf will take the keynote stage on Jan. 6 at CES 2017.

Mollenkopf will discuss the revolutionary impact 5G will have in our day-to-day life, both from a technological and experiential perspective, as well as its broader impact on industries outside of mobile.

Since becoming CEO in March 2015, Mollenkopf has led the expansion of Qualcomm’s business into sectors such as the IoT, wearables, automotive and healthcare. He is a published (IEEE) author and holds seven patents in areas such as power estimation and measurement, multi-standard transmitters and wireless communication transceiver technology, said CTA.

SwitchEasy Debuts Hard Industrial Glass iPhone 7 Case

SwitchEasy is stressing the aesthetics of phone protection with a new see-through glass back protective case specifically designed for the new Jet Black iPhone 7.

SwitchEasy’s Glass is a lock-release screw-less case featuring 7H hardness glass that the company called “touchless protection.” Only 13 percent of the case comes in contact with the iPhone’s surface, according to the company, thanks to a 1mm gap between the case and the phone. The lock-release design allows the phone to be released from the case with the slide of a button.

The glass finish features 90 percent optical transparency and the rigid case structure is composed of aluminum and glass and features a patent-pending wireless signal pass-through design that is said to outperform metal cases for wireless data performance.

The case was launched on Indiegogo in three different colors that include Stealth Black, Gold and Rose Gold for $39.99. It will ship to backers at the end of November.

Streaming Video Alliance Gets To Work On VR

The Streaming Video Alliance, a cross-industry group formed in late 2014 that counts Comcast and Liberty Global among its members, said it has added a study group focused on virtual reality and 360-degree video.

SVA said VR and 360 video has “the potential to revolutionize the video experience,” but argued that widespread adoption will be challenged by a lack of industry standards. The working group will aim to identify opportunities for developing best practices around VR, and expects to issue a report on its findings in Q2 2017.

SVA announced the new working group amid the start of its quarterly member meeting, hosted by Level 3 Communications this week in Denver. SVA also said its Quality of Experience Working Group plans to finalize documents for distribution to the CTA, and its Open Caching Working Group will be in member voting.

The group also announced that Adobe has joined the SVA. Current members include Cisco Systems, Comcast, Ericsson, Fox Networks, Intel, Nokia, Yahoo and Verizon, among many others.

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Sphero Ready For Hour Of Code

Sphero, perhaps best known for its BB-8 smartphone-controlled droid, has updated its SPRK app in order for it to be ready for the nationwide Hour of Code movement.

This Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week (CSEW) in classrooms around the country. Sphero, whcih provides content for CSEW and Hour of Code each year, is bringing new functionality to its Lightning Lab 3.0 robot-control and coding app. Users will now be able to draw a path in the app for robots to follow, as well as write code from scratch using new text-based functionality.

And just in time for the upcoming “Star Wars” film: The SPRK Lightning Lab app is now able to program BB-8.

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