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Amazon’s Alexa app for iOS finally gets voice control

Way back at the beginning of the year (seemingly 24 or 25 months, at this point), Amazon brought voice control to its Alexa app for Android. The move marked a big step toward the company’s push onto third party mobile devices. At the time, it added that it would bring similar functionality to the iPhone “soon” — a promise it’s delivering on today.

Users who’ve downloaded the smart assistant on iOS will be able to ask the app for assistance starting today. It’s not baked in natively, of course (turns our Apple’s got a smart assistant of its own it’s pretty fond of), so that interaction requires a tap of the button.

From there, however, you can ask Alexa questions, listen to music, access skills and control smart devices — you know, the standard Alexa fare. Queries like weather, sports, calendar and movies will also offer up a visual component in the app. The update will be rolled out to users in “the coming days” as a free download.

Amazon has, of course, been at something of a disadvantage in the smart assistant race. Among the big three, Alexa is the only one without a major mobile footprint. The company has been some small in-roads through partnerships with Android hardware developers like Motorola and Huawei, but Google and Apple have a clear vested interest in developing their own smart assistant ecosystem.

Unless or until the company takes another swing at the mobile market, getting its app onto as many iOS and Android handsets is the best way to expand that mobile footprint. With the addition of voice, Alexa on mobile suddenly becomes more than just an app for setting up Echo devices.


Source: TechCrunch

AOL’s instant messenger rises from the ashes, but your buddies didn’t survive

America Online’s instant messenger now rises from the ashes as AIM Phoenix. It’s not an official service but is instead run by Wildman Productions. AIM Phoenix uses discontinued software to send messages through a private server.

The post AOL’s instant messenger rises from the ashes, but your buddies didn’t survive appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Windows 10 Mail will let you handwrite your email with a stylus

There’s no more excuse to not send a handwritten thank-you note after your job interview. Microsoft is bringing inking support to let you pen your thank you note with a stylus thanks to a new update to the Windows 10 Mail app.

The post Windows 10 Mail will let you handwrite your email with a stylus appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Casio Chairman Kazuo Kashio dies at 89

Casio Chairman and CEO Kazuo Kashio passed on June 19, 2018 at the age of 89. The cause of death was pneumonia.

Kashio was the third eldest of the four brothers who founded Casio Computer in 1957. Their first product, the the all-electric 14-A calculator, led to the release of the Casio Mini calculator in 1972, a product that brought electronic calculators into the mainstream.

Casio’s biggest claim to fame was Kashio’s own idea. The CEO looked at quartz watches in the 1980s and saw that they were delicate and easy to break. With a little extra outer cladding and some internal shock resistance systems, however, he was able to create a watch that could truly stand up to heavy wear. The first G-Shock, released in 1983, paved the way for truly rugged watches and the company recently celebrated the 100 millionth G-Shock sold last August.

The company, Kashio Manufacturing, began in 1947 with a unique product: a cigarette clip that let users smoke the last bit of each butt. In the 1970s, the Kashio family saw the move to electronic counting machines and brought some of the first portable and pocket calculators to market alongside the ultra popular F-91W LCD watch and the Cassiopeia PDA. The company also created the first LCD digital camera, the QV-10 and the popular Casiotone keyboards.

He is survived by his son, Kazuhiro Kashio, who is the current Casio president.


Source: TechCrunch

Mac owners can now test MacOS Mojave with Apple’s new public beta

MacOS Mojave is now available as a public beta, which means you can try out Apple’s dark mode today on your Mac. However, be warned that this is a beta release, and if you decide to do it, make sure to maintain regular backups.

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Source: Digital trends

Audi delays, relocates E-Tron electric SUV reveal – Roadshow

The timing for this change is odd, but Audi’s reason makes sense.
Source: CNET

Female TEDx presenters get more polarized comments than men do – CNET

It sounds like a scenario straight out of a TED talk.
Source: CNET

These five trends are rocking the animation industry

I’ve been very lucky to have been in the animation industry since the mid-1980s, and I have lived through my share of big disruptions — most of them having to do with new technologies. What’s going on today is as significant as anything I’ve seen before, but it’s being driven by a whole new set of forces.

Here’s a quick survey of trends in the animation landscape that have me pretty optimistic about the future.

Technology is vanishing

By “vanishing,” I don’t mean going away; I mean disappearing from view. I’ve always said, “When technology can disappear, that’s when creativity can really begin.”

For the past 20 years, feature-film animation in particular has been an arms race of studios like Pixar and DreamWorks trying to out-engineer each other to deliver high-end character performances and visual effects that no one had ever seen. As a result, studios spent tens of millions of dollars becoming, essentially, IT companies with teams of creators producing stories to demonstrate their latest breakthroughs. Now, thanks to simpler, more intuitive tools, technology is becoming less intrusive in the creative process and animators can finally get back to doing what they love: telling stories.

New distribution platforms are driving demand

The explosion of new outlets on cable, over-the-top and online, is creating unprecedented opportunities for animated content in a wide range of styles, genres and formats. Netflix has found an audience for all kinds of quirky original animated programs, and its competitors are following suit. Cable networks are pushing the envelope in all kinds of ways, as well.

These new channels are opening up the world to artists and studios. Now anyone can create a compelling story in their basement and the world will have a chance to see it. And if it finds its audience, it can be as big as any studio release. Never before has that been possible.

Digital imagery is invading the physical world

If you love animation and digital imagery, you’re no longer limited to watching it on a screen. It’s spilling out into the world around us on mobile devices, augmented and virtual reality headsets, immersive smart spaces, holograms, giant flat panels and who knows what’s next?

The thing is, most of those hardware innovations are still waiting for their “killer app” — that must-have content or experience that pulls audiences to the new ways of experiencing stories. I firmly believe that animation and visual storytelling is going to drive those killer apps, particularly in VR.

Globally distributed workflow is transforming teamwork

The idea of a global distributed workforce isn’t new to most businesses, but it’s somewhat new for animation production. Sure, offshore outsourcing has been happening for years, but animation, at its best, is massively collaborative. Teams have to collaborate and share their ideas to help a story reach its full potential. Until recently, the connective technology hasn’t been up to the task. Now, at last, the cloud makes a lot of those limitations obsolete. It doesn’t matter if your teammate is sitting at the next desk or in Seoul, Dublin or Mexico City. And that means…

New voices are joining the conversation

All these trends are lowering the barriers and cost to entry for upstarts around the world. That means we’ll be hearing from lots of people and perspectives that haven’t been part of the animation industry before. In a world where creativity is the coin of the realm, that means we’re all going to be a whole lot richer.


Source: TechCrunch

You can now lock up your Twitter login with a security key – CNET

Password not enough? You can use a security key for extra peace of mind.
Source: CNET

How to text from PC and Mac using Android Messages — available to all now – CNET

You can now stop being jealous of iPhone users.
Source: CNET

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