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The updated fourth-generation Apple TV appears to have given the streaming box a big boost in sales, but this wasn't enough to move it up the streaming device sales rankings, according to new data from Parks Associates. Still leading the market is Roku, with its streaming sticks and boxes claiming a 30 percent share of the US market. Amazon's Fire TV and Google's Chromecast hold a 22 percent share each, while the Apple TV retained its fourth-place ranking overall -- even though sales were up 50 percent year-over-year, thanks to the launch of the upgraded model in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Alexa, Amazon's voice-based digital assistant, is making its way to smartphones as part of another voice app. Roger, a push-to-talk communications app that sent audio recordings between users, has been retooled as a "voice platform" that can send recordings to a variety of online services, with the app also allowing users to communicate with Alexa, even if they do not own an Amazon Echo or any other device that connects to the assistant.
Amazon's collection of network-connected speakers with built-in virtual assistants may be getting some competition from Google, if a report about a potential product is found to be correct. The search giant is said to be working on hardware like the Amazon Echo, Tap, and Echo Dot devices that can allow for searches to be performed without needing to access a smartphone, with the project claimed to have the internal codename of "Chirp."
Amazon today announced an enhancement to Amazon Video. The company has supplemented its Prime-only streaming service with the introduction of Amazon Video Direct (AVD), a new self-service program for creators and storytellers to make their video content available to Amazon customers.
The other day, we gave you a few suggestions for things to get your Mother for her day this weekend. It's now a few days closer to the day, have you made up your mind? Do you really want to be out-classed by your siblings? In this collection, we've picked a few more things that Amazon or similar services will have no problem getting to Mom before Sunday. That said, you'd better get going.
Not everyone can afford an expensive, immersive VR headset like the HTC Vive, but most of us have smartphones at this point, and there are more and more smartphone-compatible headsets being added to the market every day. If you've been curious about experimenting with VR, you can get a taste of what it's like by trying out the iPhone and Android compatible Pasonomi VR Headset, designed to work with the influx of VR apps available on the App Store.
Amazon has been blamed for allowing children to rack up large credit card bills for their parents, by allowing them to make in-app purchases in content sourced from its app store. The ruling by a federal judge, in a suit brought against the retailer by the Federal Trade Commission, finds Amazon liable for the unauthorized in-app charges, and could potentially be forced to refund customers affected by their children's excessive spending habits.
Amazon is attempting to appeal to customers not yet taking up its Prime membership, by offering some alternative payment options. Rather than charging the current $99 Prime subscription, the retailer is giving customers in the United States the option of paying for Prime on a monthly basis, as well as the ability to subscribe to its popular Prime Instant Video service without any of the other Prime benefits, at a slightly lower monthly cost.
Amazon has launched its latest Kindle ebook reader, following after the device's unexpected leak last week. The Kindle Oasis is fundamentally similar to other e-readers in the Kindle range, but Amazon has taken a slightly different approach with this version, using an all new design that makes it not only the smallest and lightest model in the range, but also one that is much easier to grip in the hand compared to previous iterations.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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