Roku will gain Google Assistant capabilities through a software update coming soon. The update will allow Roku users to control devices via voice commands with the Google Assistant app or Google Home.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has begun using software and mobile technology from Zenput to remotely monitor all of its US restaurants. The technology, already in use by chains including KFC and Domino's Pizza, will help the company ensure compliance with food-safety procedures from hand-washing to temperature control.
Google is marking 20 years of search with several upgrades. The company is placing new emphasis on journeys, rather than answers, as well as on more visual methods of finding content and discovery guided by artificial intelligence that requires no queries.
T-Mobile is adding features and renaming its prepaid plan in a bid to polish its image. Among the Metro by T-Mobile upgrades are the inclusion of Google One cloud storage and Amazon Prime, as well as the availability of more upscale phones.
Snapchat has teamed up with Amazon to enable some users to use the platform's camera feature to scan a bar code or physical item, which then displays information about the same product or similar ones available on Amazon. The visual search tool is being trialed with a small group of American users before wider rollout is considered.
Amazon's upcoming Echo Show will allow users to stream Hulu shows directly on the device, making it the first screen-based Alexa device that can support livestreaming. Company executives at an event highlighted the Echo Show's kitchen abilities; the device can offer cooking instructions from apps such as Allrecipes, Kitchen Stories and Epicurious.
Pandora Media is getting a lift in its competition against Spotify and Apple Music with Sirius XM Holdings' plan to purchase the music streaming service. The $3.5 billion all-stock deal will also help Sirius extend its business from in-car programming to mobile.
The 3rd Generation Partnership Project has updated its 5G network specifications with eight change requests at the software layer. The new specifications will not require any new chip sets, said Qualcomm's Lorenzo Casaccia, who added that Qualcomm does not expect any critical corrections will be included in the next 3GPP specifications.
Amazon's new line of smart devices, which includes microwaves, video receivers, speakers and automotive gadgets, is driving an increase in demand for chips, with chipmaker MediaTek likely to land the contract. MediaTek has already reported breaking a shipment record in the third quarter due to increased need for chips in smart voice-enabled devices.
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