Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) got an early start in smart speakers with its Echo devices, but Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google is catching up quickly.
Vevo has announced that it is shutting down its mobile apps and its consumer website. The video hosting service says it plans to focus on providing users premium music videos through YouTube.
Most users already know Vevo because its logo is plastered on all music videos on YouTube. What majority of users don’t know is that it also has mobile apps for Android, iOS and Windows and it has its own website. Now the company is shutting all those down so it could solely host music videos on YouTube.
Essential Products Inc. has reportedly canceled plans of developing a second phone. The company that created last year’s Essential PH-1, or the Essential Phone, is also said to be considering selling itself off to another company.
More than a year and a half after the most recent U.S. presidential election, Facebook is finally giving users a way to find out exactly who furnished political ads on their news feeds. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant announced Thursday it would start rolling out the new feature in an attempt to increase transparency after the site’s role in the 2016 election was heavily scrutinized following Donald Trump’s victory.
A family in Portland, Oregon, claims that their Alexa, a voice-controlled smart speaker by Amazon, eavesdropped on their conversation and then shared it. They called the company to investigate the issue and vowed never to use the device again.
"My husband and I would joke and say I'd bet these devices are listening to what we're saying," Danielle, who did not give her last name, told KIRO-TV on Thursday.
YouTube’s sharing and messaging features appear to be rolling out to users on the web. The sharing and messaging features were originally mobile-only features available on the Android and iOS YouTube apps.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 back in February, it also introduced a new feature called AR Emoji that creates animated emojis. The tech giant then announced its partnership with Disney so the latter could bring its famous cartoon characters to the augmented reality-based feature of the new flagship phone.
Samsung is now believed to be ditching its Tizen operating system for Google’s Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) when it launches its new smartwatches.
Earlier this week, notable tech and electronics leaker Evan Blass tweeted about a curious sighting of Samsung employees wearing Gear smartwatches that are running Wear OS instead of the South Korean tech company’s very own mobile OS.
Sony may not be abandoning portable gaming after all. The new head of PlayStation, John Kodera, has hinted that the company is actually looking into the portable market and considering what its options are for the future.
If Apple’s iPhone X’s appearance is a bit pedestrian for your taste, then you may want to take a look at what a Parisian company has done to the latest flagship iOS smartphone. Hadoro specializes in upscale iPhone cases, custom iPhones and more, and this week it has introduced a new lineup comprising custom iPhone X models with extraordinary backs.