Amazon Echo’s multi-room music streaming feature now supports Spotify and SiriusXM

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 Just in time for all of those ridiculous holiday playlists, Amazon’s added two key players to the Echo’s multi-room streaming feature. Spotify and SiriusXM now join the ranks of TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Pandora and, naturally, Amazon’s own Music Unlimited service. The feature, which hit the smart speakers over the summer, makes it possible to stream songs to multiple Echos on… Read More

FreightHub, a European ‘digital freight forwarder’, scores $20M Series A

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 FreightHub, a Berlin and Hamburg-based startup that claims to be Europe’s first fully digital freight forwarder, has raised a $20 million Series A round, just 1.5 years since launch. The round is led by VC firm Northzone, with participation from existing investors. The latter includes Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital (GFC), Cherry Ventures, Cavalry Ventures, and La Famiglia. Read More

How hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online

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 If you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you’re probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there’s Hatreon, a hate speech crowdfunding site that, despite having been booted from the web by a couple hosts, is back online and eager to let you back your favorite xenophobe. Read More

Target adds an e-gifting option to its website

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Target today unveiled a new e-gifting feature designed for those who think gift cards are too impersonal, but who are just too busy (or too lazy) to actually shop for and mail gifts themselves. The retailer is announcing the launch of a feature called “GiftNow” which lets you browse its site, then pick out an item to be sent via email to your gift recipient. The recipient can choose… Read More

Hulu adds your watchlist and picture-in-picture mode to its web app

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 Hulu today is rolling out a handful of new features to the beta version of its Live TV service on the web, including a picture-in-picture mode, improved search, and, most notably the addition of the user-controlled watchlist, dubbed “My Stuff.” The updates arrive at a time when Hulu is still dealing with a surge of complaints about its new interface. To say that not everyone has… Read More

HotelTonight is revamping their rewards program with infinite levels

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 Last year HotelTonight launched HT Perks, their own twist on a hotel loyalty program. The program is level-based, meaning user “level up” as they meet certain tiers of lifetime spend in the app. It was generally well received but maybe a little under ambitious – it maxed out at level 4 – which granted a user as much as 20% off in extra savings after spending a… Read More

Facebook opens AR platform and “world effects” to all developers

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 Facebook is trying to close the augmented reality gap with Snapchat with the help of an army of third-party developers. Today, eight months after debuting its Augmented Reality Camera Effects platform and AR Studio tool at F8, Facebook is allowing all developers to start building AR experiences for its Facebook Camera. That includes “World Effects” — Facebook’s copy… Read More

Twitch launches an Alexa skill that plays your channels on Echo Show, offers live audio streams

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 Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming service, is now available on Alexa. The company says it has launched a new skill for Alexa device owners that will allow Twitch users to track their favorite video creators and be notified when they start streaming, as well as discover new games and channels, among other things. The skill seems best designed for the Echo Show, the Alexa-powered… Read More

Adobe Lightroom’s auto setting is now powered by AI

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 Adobe launched an update to its suite of Lightroom photo management apps today that, among other things, brings a new machine learning-powered auto setting to the service. The new auto setting uses Adobe’s Sensei AI platform to analyze your photo and compare it to the thousands of professionally edited images in its catalog (including, I assume, those in Adobe Stock). Then it uses… Read More

Instagram becomes an interest network with hashtag following

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 Instagram has always been a social network where you follow friends and creators, but today it’s evolving with a new way to follow hashtags so you see top posts and Stories about a topic on your home page. Rather than having to dig this content out of search or the Explore tab, can see the best #Slime videos or #FloralNails tutorials no matter who posts them. Today’s change… Read More

‘The Last Jedi’ is the most moving Star Wars movie — and the funniest

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rey last jedi One of the most common ways to praise a new Star Wars movie is to claim that it’s the best one since The Empire Strikes Back. But sometimes the clichés are accurate. And I have to say it: The Last Jedi is the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back. The comparison seems particularly apt, since Last Jedi occupies a similar spot in the new Star Wars trilogy. It doesn’t… Read More

Clap on! Clap off! It’s Clapboss!

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 Sure Alexa can sing you a song but can you clap back at her? A new product by the makers of the Freewrite lets you do just that. Called Clapboss, this smiling dongle lets you clap up to four times to activate various things around your house. Clap twice to turn off your lights! Three times to turn off the TV! Four times to be reminded that you are now a slave to emotionless technologies!… Read More

Algoriddim releases djay Pro 2 with AI-powered features

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 DJ software maker Algoriddim is releasing djay Pro 2 for macOS today. It’s a major update to the company’s flagship app. It still features what made djay popular in the first place, such as Spotify integration and a native look-and-feel. But it also adds many small and big improvements that turn it into a powerful DJ app for your next house party. djay has been around for more than… Read More

YouTube TV hits 34 new markets

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 The unbundling of the cable media empire is well underway, as players like Netflix grow others like Hulu and YouTube offer live TV service. YouTube TV, in particular, is executing an aggressive rollout, just yesterday making the service available to another 34 markets. That brings us to a total of 83 U.S. markets in which YouTube TV is currently available. ? Cable-free live TV is now in… Read More

Tinder is testing a feed of real-time updates from your matches, including posts from Instagram and Spotify

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 Tinder announced today it’s beginning a test of a new feature called “Feed” designed to help users learn more about their matches. The Feed, which will appear as a tab on the Messages screen, will include real-time updates from those you’ve already matched with, including things like recently added Tinder photos, plus Instagram posts and your Top Artists and Anthems… Read More

Apple’s iMac Pro arrives December 14, starting at $4,999

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 It seems like forever ago that Apple first teased the iMac Pro, the souped up, professional grade version of its all-in-one. Announced back at WWDC, the company promised the computer would arrive sometime in December, and in spite a few months of silence on that front, it looks like the company is about to deliver.  The dark gray desktop will be available in a matter of days, on December… Read More

Alohomora! Harry Potter game hits your phone next year with Jam City

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 Niantic’s much-anticipated Harry Potter follow up to Pokemon Go is coming next year, but Harry Potter fans who want their first taste of Hogwarts on mobile don’t have to wait, because Harry Potter is coming to the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City. Through a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Jam City has gotten a license to develop a new… Read More

Apple’s App Store now lets you pre-order iOS apps and games before they launch

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 Apple has quietly allowed developers to make their apps available for pre-order.
It’s a basic feature — as Android fanatics will point out — but nevertheless one that has been missing from the App Store.
Upcoming apps will now be allowed to list in the App Store as far out as 90 days ahead of their launch and as close two days before.
Once the app is released, it will be… Read More

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