Ira Snyder, a director of augmented and virtual reality for Facebook, is leading on it.
Also: on that creepy human listening revelation.
I wrote a piece back in October about Pocket’s revamped text to speech feature inside its read it later app. In it, I posited that I didn’t yet think that the robots were coming for all the audio jobs, but that AI and automated reads would become more common in the coming months and years…
Last week, Amazon rolled out a series of Alexa updates that lets users access US election information through the smart speaker platform. Bill Barton, the VP of Information on the Alexa team, noted in a corporate blog post that the move was a response to consumer behavior. “Customers asked Alexa millions of questions during the […]
Variety: “Almost half of all consumers will own a smart speaker after the upcoming holiday season, according to a new study by Adobe.” Note that the write-up was published in early September. CNBC: “Streaming platforms are feeding the growing boom in smart speakers such as Echo, Home and HomePod, study reveals.” Slate: “Streaming music is […]
Notes on Pocket’s New Text-to-Speech Feature.
Over at Digiday, Lucia Moses has a piece that, among other things, sheds some light on how a few publishers have been building teams around figuring out the voice-first platform: NPR has six people who are dedicated to voice assistants and is in the process of creating an editorial position that will be dedicated to […]
A good look by Digiday’s Lucia Moses.
The smart speaker user base appears to have rapidly evolved beyond its “first adopter” set.
“Alexa, take my money.”
ATLANTA MONSTER NUMBERS. Despite how you may feel about the true-crime podcast collaboration between HowStuffWorks and Tenderfoot — and from what I’ve been seeing, there are abundant feelings flying in all directions — the podcast is putting up considerable numbers for a limited-run series, according to data given to Fast Company. At this point in […]