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LeEco-Vizio Merger No More!

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Internet and CE company LeEco announces its acquisition of TV maker Vizio is no more due to "regulatory headwinds," with rumours suggesting issues with Chinese regulatory authorities.

LeEcoHowever, the two companies say they have achieved a new agreement-- one described by LeEco as a "win for both companies," since it involves LeEco bringing Vizio products to China via its content and distribution channels, while Vizio connected appliances get the Le app.

Announced back in August 2016, the $2 billion acquisition of Vizio would have created a combined entity worth $4 billion. Such ambitions were not to be though, since 2016 saw LeEco facing a series of financial woes. Recent examples include failure to pay US employees and lawsuits from multiple vendors accusing the Chinese company of not paying for goods and/or services. This despite an investment worth $2.2 billion from multiple Chinese backers.

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Google Invests in LG Display?

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The Electronic Times reports Google has invested 1 trillion won (or $880.29 million) in LG Display-- an investiment said to ensure Google gets enough OLED displays for the next Pixel Phone.

Google Reportedly, display supply was the reason Google faced shipping difficulties with the current Pixel phone. However, the ET adds the investment is not a display purchase order but part of a "strategic relationship" ensuring LG Display has enough capital to produce "flexible OLED panels" at scale.

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Yamaha Adds MusicCast to Legacy Systems

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Yamaha presents a means to connect existing audio systems to a MusicCast multirooom streaming network-- the WXAD-10 MusicCast adapter, also known within Yamaha as the ADD.

Yamaha WXAD-10 adapterThe WXAD-10 is a small device powered by a single USB cable. It connects to audio equipment via phono stero or 3.5mm line out, and is compatible with high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz FLAC, WAV and AIFF, and 24-bit/92kHz ALAC audio files.

In addition to Bluetooth connectivity and Airplay compatibility it also handles the streaming of Spotify, Tidal and Deezer from the MusicCast mobile device app. For the curious, inside the device is a Burr-Brown DAC and a custom-made network module.

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Asus Intros VG245Q Gaming Monitor

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Asus VG2450Asus announces a monitor aimed specifically at console gaming-- the VG245Q, a 24-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display featuring a TN panel with support for refresh rates of 40 to 75Hz.

The monitor offers 250 nits brightness, 170/160-degree viewing angles, 100000000:1 smart contrast ration, 16.7 million display colours, 1ms response time (grey-to-grey) and TUV Rheinland-certified flicker-free and low blue light technology. It also supports AMD Free-Sync technology, allowing one to sync the monitor with graphics cards to reduce image tearing and lag.

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Gartner: Spending on Devices Up, Shipments Flat

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According to Gartner higher PC, ultramobile and mobile phone ASPs will lead to 2017 end-user spending worth nearly $600 billion, a 2% increase, even if unit shipments are to remain essentially flat.

Gartner forecasts ASPs for computing devices and mobile phones will increase by 2% in 2017. The reasons boil down to two-- increasing component prices (mainly for PCs but also phones) and customer interest in value and higher quality phones overriding the want for a bargain.

Gartner device pricing

"Across the world, the device market is becoming less price-sensitive," the analyst remarks. "Consumers and businesses are seeking better products that suit their lifestyles, rather than just opting for the cheapest products."

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