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Providers Form Streaming Video Alliance

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A group of 17 streaming video providers, content companies and vendors form the Streaming Video Alliance, an organisation set to create architecture, standards and best practices for high-scale online video services.

SVVAMembers includes Alcatel-Lucent, Charter Communications, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Epix, Fox Networks Group, Korea Telecom, Level 3 Communications, Liberty Global, Limelight Networks, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Qwilt, Telecom Italia, Telstra, Ustream, Wowza Media Systems and Yahoo-- but the two biggest names in online video, Netflix and YouTube, are notably absent. This should not come as a surprise, as such giants would probably not want to change their technology to something created by an external consortium.

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Better Mobile Photography Via Sony Sensor

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Exmor RSSony announces the Exmor RS IMX230-- the first CMOS sensor from the company featuring "onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing" for "excellent" autofocus tracking of fast-moving objects.

It packs 21MP in a 1/2.4-inch form factor, and also has integrated HDR for high resolution stills, 4K video and a means to save shots that are either overly backlit or in shadow.

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Sennheiser Opens Pop Up Stores

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In an effort to increase brand awareness Sennheiser opens a pair of temporary concept stores in the US, both featuring an "audiovisual cocoon" design and an interactive window installation by Nanika's Andreas Muller.

Sennheiser popupThe stores are located in the New York Lower East Side and the San Francisco Mission District, and will provide customers with a "temporary escape" from holiday shopping hustle with "excellent sound," a selection of magazines and playlists, and even refreshments.

"The primary mission of these pop up stores is to offer urban consumers a deeper appreciation of premium sound, while encouraging them to foster a closer relationship with Sennheiser," the company claims. "During November and December, in each of these US urban capitals, consumers will have the opportunity to interact directly with our brand, giving us the opportunity to better understand customers' needs while perhaps influencing their decision-making criteria."

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How Much Does Phones 4U Owe?

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Phones 4U owes a number of creditors £168 million in various debts, The Telegraph reports-- debts the retailer will only pay very little of (if at all) following its controversial collapse last September.

Phones 4UFor the curious, the above mentioned includes £78m in taxes (as divided between £69.2m in VAT and £8.8m in corporation tax), £4.8m in customer refunds, £42m to suppliers, £25.9 to employees and £17.2m in unpaid bills.

And here's the fun (or not, if you're a Phones 4U creditor) part-- according to administrators PwC only 0.4%, or £6720000, of the debt will be repaid. The retailer is currently raising funds through the sale of shops, and made £15m from the sale of 198 outlets to EE and Vodafone, but 365 shops remain closed.

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Futuresource: Wearables Market "One to Watch"

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According to Futuresource global Q3 2014 wearable device shipments grow by 40% Y-o-Y to 12.7 million units, up from 9m in Q3 2013, before "all the action" takes place come the holiday season.

Smartwatch"The wearables market is definitely one to watch, with our forecasts predicting sales of 52m units across all wearable categories this year, up 32% from 2013," the analyst says. "Q4 2014 is where we're going to see all the action, with annual sales heavily weighted towards the pre-Christmas period. We're expecting 39% of this year's activity to drop into Q4, as wearable tech provides an appealing gifting option for consumers."

Futuresource adds the device category will grow even further next year, predicting the 2015 shipments will reach 74m units with 44% growth. The Apple Watch, with its premium brand position and aesthetic, should leave a particular impact on 2015 smartwatch shipments.

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