News Scan: Coca-Cola test interactive vending machine; Samsung, Apple factory employees exposed to carcinogens; more

>> Coca-Cola tests interactive vending machine with mobile links

Coca-Cola is testing an interactive vending machine that includes augmented reality, facial recognition, social media and mobile connectivity, reports Ad News. Coca-Cola worked with Australian digital agency TKM9 to develop a box that attaches to the top of vending machines and ATMs. The box uses Microsoft Kinect technology to incorporate gesture and facial recognition and augmented reality capabilities. The vending machines "feature a transparent digital screen on the front, an interactive screen on the side and a camera with facial recognition technology to capture consumers' age, gender and mood," the report explains. Read more

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>> 2.6B Wi-Fi chipsets to ship this year, says ABI

Around 2.6 billion Wi-Fi chipsets are forecast by ABI Research to ship this year, with that number totaling 18 billion units from 2015 to 2019. "There will be a roughly even split in 2019 for Wi-Fi chipsets of different integration levels. Standalone, or discrete, Wi-Fi chipsets--increasingly targeting the Internet of Things--will be the largest group, followed by integrated platforms with Wi-Fi targeting mobile devices, followed by Wi-Fi combo chipsets," says ABI research director Philip Solis. Read more

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>> Samsung, Apple factory employees exposed to carcinogens

Employees at Samsung and Apple smartphone factories are being diagnosed with aggressive forms of leukemia as a result of exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, according to a report by WirelessWeek. For example, benzene, which is banned in most Western countries, is allowed for use in Chinese smartphone factories. Benzene is a category 1 carcinogen, the report notes, citing a documentary entitled Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics. Read more

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>> Facebook is top smartphone app, says comScore

Facebook ranked as the top smartphone app, reaching 75 percent of the app audience, according to the latest stats from comScore. At the same time, Google has five of the top seven smartphone apps: Google Play with 51.8 percent of the app audience, Google Search with 49 percent, YouTube with 48.8 percent, Google Maps with 42.5 percent and Gmail also with 42.5 percent. Rounding out the top seven is Pandora Radio with 45.2 percent of smartphone app audience. Read more

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>> Mobile ad targeting firm UberMedia raises $8M in new funding

UberMedia, a mobile ad targeting firm, has raised $8 million in new funding, TechCrunch reports. Last year, the firm launched its UberAds platform, which uses social media and location data to target mobile ads. The UberAds reaches 400 million mobile devices and 4 billion impressions each month, according to the report. Read more

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