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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Report: the cost to acquire a customer for subscription-based apps is $86.99, down 46.4% YoY, with engagement for subscription-based apps up 32% YoY   —  Mobile users are embracing the subscription model, with considerable momentum gained from last year, according to the Mobile App Engagement Index produced …
Nov 1, 2018, 7:50 AMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon launches the Music Skill API for Alexa, allowing developers to stream songs from online services to Alexa devices and Amazon Echo speakers in the US   —  Spicing up voice apps on Amazon's Alexa assistant with jammin' tunes just got a whole lot easier.
Oct 31, 2018, 7:05 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Amazon says Alexa can now give information about federal and gubernatorial elections and that it is working with AP and Ballotpedia for poll times and results   —  Amazon today announced a series of updates to Alexa's knowledge base so the intelligent assistant can deliver helpful information ahead of …
Oct 31, 2018, 5:50 PMIn context
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Starship Technologies launches a commercial package delivery service using its autonomous robots in Milton Keynes, UK for £7.99/month   —  Starship Technologies, a robotics startup created by two of Skype's founders, is launching what it's claiming to be a world's first today: a commercial …
Oct 31, 2018, 10:40 AMIn context
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Deliv, a same-day delivery platform for major brands, raises $40M Series C from Google, UPS, and others   —  Deliv, a same-day delivery platform that partners with major brands, has raised $40 million in a series C round of funding from Google, Clayton Venture Partners, UPS, General Catalyst Partners …
Oct 30, 2018, 5:45 PMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon debuts Alexa Presentation Language in public beta, a suite of dev tools for making “visually rich” skills for devices like Echo Show, Fire TV, Echo Spot   —  Amazon introduced the Alexa Presentation Language (APL), a suite of tools designed to make it easier for developers to create …
Oct 30, 2018, 3:40 PMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Apple announces A12X Bionic 7-nanometer chip, an update to the A12, that has a seven-core GPU and eight-core CPU, processing up to 5T operations per second   —  It's been just a few short weeks since Apple unveiled the A12 Bionic, but at an event in New York City, the Cupertino upstaged it with a more powerful model: the A12X Bionic.
Oct 30, 2018, 11:15 AMIn context
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple unveils new $130 Pencil, which can attach magnetically to iPad Pro, uses inductive charging, and can detect double tap gestures on the side of the Pencil   —  Apple Pencil 2.  Apple originally introduced the Apple Pencil in September 2015 as an accessory for the first-generation iPad Pro — the company's first iPad stylus.
Oct 30, 2018, 11:10 AMIn context
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Apple says there are now 100M active Mac users, with 51% of buyers buying for the first time   —  Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during the company's “More in the Making” event in New York City that the company has 100 million active Mac users.  He added that 51 percent of Mac buyers are …
Oct 30, 2018, 10:12 AMIn context
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Interview with Brock Pierce, founder of Block.one and chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, on helping Puerto Rico, cryptocurrency games, and fighting controversy   —  Brock Pierce is a blockchain billionaire, one of the people who got into cryptocurrency when Bitcoin was in its infancy.
Oct 30, 2018, 6:30 AMIn context

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