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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Alexa developers get eight free voices to use in skills, courtesy of text-to-speech service Amazon Polly, launching today in English in the US   —  Now Alexa's voice apps don't have to sound like Alexa.  Amazon today is offering a way for developers to give their voice apps a unique character …
May 16, 2018, 12:10 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
AT&T's DirecTV Now launches its cloud DVR, alongside a new tier with 100 hours of recording and 90 days of storage for $10/month more, adds more content, more   —  AT&T's over-the-top streaming service for cord cutters, DirecTV Now, is finally beginning to roll out its cloud DVR feature - a year and a half after its launch.
May 15, 2018, 4:30 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tweetbot 3 for Mac arrives with a new look, a few new features like a combined Notifications view, and a tentative reprieve from Twitter's API deprecations   —  One of the more popular desktop clients for Twitter, Tweetbot, is today launching a completely rewritten version of its software, Tweetbot 3 for Mac.
May 15, 2018, 12:50 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Apple's App Store redesign improved browse-driven app downloads to 15%+ of all downloads, up from ~10%; search still primary app discovery method   —  When Apple introduced its completely redesigned App Store last fall, one of its goals was to improve app discovery by placing …
May 14, 2018, 7:05 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TiVo adds Alexa voice control to its DVRs, says assistant will be able to perform tasks like changing channels, launching apps, more; roll out expected June 1   —  TiVo's DVRs are getting Alexa support.  The company is announcing its lineup of DVRs, including Series 4 (Premiere), 5 (Roamio) …
May 14, 2018, 12:25 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google launches Tour Creator, a free tool that lets anyone make their own VR tours using Google's Street View imagery and their own 360-degree photos   —  Google today launched a new tool for teachers and their students called Tour Creator, which allows anyone to create their own VR tour using imagery …
May 9, 2018, 1:20 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Google Photos partner program that includes HP and TimeHop as well as an API to let developers build new functionality into their own apps   —  Along with the A.I.-powered changes coming to the Google Photos app, Google today also announced a new way for developers to work with Google Photos' service.
May 8, 2018, 2:55 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Photos adds more AI-suggested actions, including colorization tweaks, automatically converting images to PDF, and more; roll out starts this week   —  Google Photos already makes it easy for users to correct their photos with built-in editing tools and clever, A.I.-powered features …
May 8, 2018, 1:42 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
After announcing the partnership last August, Microsoft demos Alexa-Cortana integration, launches sign-up site for updates but doesn't share a launch timeline   —  Microsoft still isn't giving a timeline as to when its virtual assistant, Cortana, will support integration with Amazon Alexa …
May 7, 2018, 2:25 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu says it has surpassed 20M subscribers in the US, introduces offline mode, and inks animation deal with DreamWorks   —  Hulu now has over 20 million U.S. subscribers - that's up from the 17 million-plus it claimed in January.  The news of its subscriber growth is being delivered alongside …
May 2, 2018, 10:40 AMIn context

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