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May 20

Spotify rolling out new search filters for iOS and Android

Spotify for iOS and Android is getting a little update to make search easier with new filters. The change is coming to both free and Premium subscribers.

May 18

Spotify getting accessiblity improvements on iOS/Android including auto podcast transcription

Spotify has announced three new accessibility updates heading to iOS and Android over the coming weeks. The most interesting may be a new auto transcription feature for podcasts so users can read their shows.

April 29

Spotify launches redesigned ‘Your Library’ with new grid view, dynamic filters, more for iOS/Android

Spotify has announced an update today for both iOS and Android that brings a redesigned “Your Library” tab. Changes include a new grid view, dynamic filters, improved sorting, and more to better access all of your music and podcasts in one place.

April 16

First smart home products using new Apple, Amazon, and Google ‘CHIP’ tech could ship this year

Back in 2019, Apple joined Amazon, Google, the Zigbee Alliance, and over 170 other companies to work on a new smart home standard called CHIP. After some delays, new smart home devices will be able to get certification for CHIP late this year which means we could see the first products arrive on the market in Q4.

March 22

Spotify updating iOS/Android app home screens with recently played, discover, and podcasts

Last year Spotify brought a redesigned UI to its iOS and Android app home screens. Building on that design, today Spotify announced new features including a section highlighting, personalized recommendations, “Recently Played,” and new and unfinished podcasts.

February 25

Spotify launches Genre and Mood filters to more easily sort through your ‘Liked Songs’

Spotify has started the rollout of two new filters to make it easier to find and listen to your favorite songs. Available for both free and Premium subscribers, the Genre and Mood filters will offer up to 15 personalized options to sort your “Liked Songs” to get the vibe you’re looking for.

December 16, 2020

Discord launches iOS and Android screen sharing for streaming and viewing parties

Discord is the latest video chat app to add iOS and Android screen sharing support. The feature is rolling out to users starting today and has been optimized for game streaming and remote YouTube/TikTok/etc. viewing parties.

November 16, 2020

Hulu gifting Live TV subscribers with an 18% price increase in December

Not long after Netflix did another round of price increases, Hulu has shared that its Live TV customers will receive their own price increase just ahead of Christmas on December 18.

October 28, 2020

Redesigned PlayStation iOS and Android app lands with voice chat, PS5 features, more

Sony is out with an all-new PlayStation app for both iOS and Android today aiming to “amplify your connections with friends and the games you love to play even when you’re away from your console.” The new app includes a total redesign, voice chat, PS Store integration, and exclusive PS5 features.

October 27, 2020

Waymo to bring its autonomous driving technology to Daimler’s semi trucks

Waymo and Daimler have announced a new partnership to bring the former’s autonomous driving technology to the latter’s semi trucks.

August 17, 2020

Verizon expands Disney+ partnership with Hulu and ESPN Plus FREE for Unlimited subs

Nearly a year ago when Disney+ first hit the airwaves, the demand for easy access to iconic films was already high. Fast forward in the midst of a global pandemic and streaming numbers have flown off the charts as much of the globe has been locked inside. Verizon’s promotion that included a free year of Disney+ for certain customers was set to end in a few weeks. But today, Verizon announced that it would be offering up a new bundle that includes Disney+ along with Hulu and ESPN Plus at no extra charge. Full details can be found below.

August 7, 2020

Trump signs executive order to ban transactions with Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent

Following this week’s announcement that TikTok and other Chinese apps like WeChat would be banned from the United States, Donald Trump today signed an executive order to officially ban transactions with Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent.

July 31, 2020

Report: Trump will order ByteDance to sell US TikTok business, Microsoft rumored to be in the mix

News has been building about the US looking into banning TikTok and today that’s come to a head. Reported by Bloomberg, President Trump is ready to force Chinese parent company ByteDance to sell off its US TikTok operations.

July 28, 2020

CES 2021 shifts to fully virtual experience after originally planning for in-person event

CES has announced today that it will be going all-digital for its 2021 show. While the idea of an in-person CES for January baffled many amid the pandemic, the organization was previously shooting to hold the event like normal.

July 1, 2020

UK regulators could break up Apple and Google’s billion-dollar search engine deal

Regulators around the world are increasing antitrust investigations into Apple. The latest sees the UK government looking into Apple’s deal with Google that makes it the default search engine on its devices in the Safari browser.

How to cancel your YouTube TV subscription

Does the latest YouTube TV price hike have you considering ditching the service? Follow along for how to cancel your YouTube TV subscription as well as pause it if you’d like to think things over.

June 15, 2020

[Update: T-Mobile rolls out fix, not DDoS attack] All four major carriers reportedly experiencing network disruptions

What looks like a major outage has hit T-Mobile while Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint this afternoon are also seeing issues. Hundreds of thousands of T-Mobile customers are saying they can’t make calls and texts with some having no Internet connection too. The problems for all four carriers appear to be nationwide.

May 25, 2020

Wing’s drone delivery services are booming worldwide

Wing, owned by Google parent company Alphabet, is doing a brisk drone delivery business around the world. The company operates in Australia, Finland, and Virginia in the US, and has seen its deliveries double month after month globally.

May 22, 2020

Google will stop building custom AI for Big Oil and Gas

Google announced they would no longer build custom artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithms for Big Oil and Gas after Greenpeace released a report this week exposing Silicon Valley’s enablement of the fossil-fuel industry.

April 30, 2020

Americans split on use of contact tracing apps powered by Apple/Google API

Americans are divided on whether they would be willing to use coronavirus contact tracing apps powered by the joint Apple/Google API. A Washington Post/University of Maryland poll found an exact 50/50 split between those who would use it and those who wouldn’t.

That’s already less than ideal, but there were three further worrying aspects …

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