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August 18, 2017

Google Home now works with Spotify free accounts

 For all of the talk of how voice assistants could be the future of IoT or computing in general, the only consistently engaging use of home assistants like Echo or Google Home seems to be audio playback. Today, Google is making it a bit easier for the cheapos to get in on the action, as […]

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August 18, 2017

Apple and Hollywood said to continue talks around early digital movie rentals

 Movie studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures continue to hold talks with Apple and Comcast about plans to introduce premium digital rentals for new movies only a few weeks after their theatrical debut, Bloomberg reports. The talks continue even though powerful players in the mix aren’t on board – theater chain operators, who still […]

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August 18, 2017

Netflix’s new trailer for ‘The Punisher’ depicts a concrete killer

 With the release of ‘The Defenders’ today, Netflix has also released a new trailer for ‘The Punisher,’ the spin-off focused on Daredevil villain/ally Frank Castle, portrayed by The Walking Dead’s Joe Bernthal. The trailer is only available via the streaming service right now, but it’s also showing up all over YouTube via third-parties. The Punisher […]

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August 18, 2017

Twitch acquired video indexing platform ClipMine to power new discovery features

 In an announcement about a set of new discovery tools, Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch also unveiled that it recently acquired Palo Alto-based video indexing platform ClipMine. The startup’s technology is now being put to use to translate visual information in videos – like objects, text, logos and scenes – into metadata that can […]

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August 18, 2017

TechCrunch’s Original Content takes on ‘The Defenders’

 What the heck is this?? Two episodes of Original Content in one week??? Well, we’re still figuring out the scheduling. More importantly, we wanted to get you our review of Netflix and Marvel’s new series The Defenders — their street-level version of The Avengers, bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and (sigh) Iron Fist to battle Sigourney… Read […]

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