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Fire TV and Fire TV Stick updated with better voice search, personalized recommendations from HBO & Netflix @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Amazon announced an update to Fire TV and its smaller companion, the Fire TV Stick, which will bring expanded Alexa-powered voice search to both devices, as well as a way to receive personalized recommendations from top streaming sites, like Netflix and HBO. The company notes that its voice search feature will now work across over 75…

via Fire TV and Fire TV Stick updated with better voice search, personalized recommendations from HBO & Netflix — TechCrunch

Apple is going to remove abandoned apps from the App Store @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

It’s cleaning time in the App Store. Apple sent an email to its developer community indicating that there will be some upcoming changes in the App Store. If an app no longer works or is outdated, it’s going to get removed from the App Store. And it’s about time. In the early years of the…

via Apple is going to remove abandoned apps from the App Store — TechCrunch

Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Today, Facebook is releasing its Zstandard compression algorithm into the wild as open source. The lossless compression technology is aimed at replacing existing libraries like Zlib that are powered by the outdated Deflate compression algorithm. In addition to Zstandard, Facebook is also dropping its MyRocks storage engine as open source. MyRocks is currently being used by Facebook…

via Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine — TechCrunch

Snapchat makes it easer to create your own On-Demand Geofilters @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

On-Demand Geofilters from Snapchat let anyone build a custom filter for their event (or for whatever reason – I’m not judging your Snapchat filter needs), which was a petty good idea when the offering launched back in February. Today it becomes an even better idea, thanks to new templates that let users create their own…

via Snapchat makes it easer to create your own On-Demand Geofilters — TechCrunch

Google Cast now integrated directly into Chrome @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Google just took a big step in tying together your computing world, with full integration of its Google Cast capability directly into its Chrome browser. This is a step up from the Cast extension it has offered for the past two years, which allowed users to broadcast content from their Chrome browser to Cast-enabled devices…

via Google Cast now integrated directly into Chrome — TechCrunch

Sony’s new smartwatch features an e-ink display on the watch *and* the band @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Sony announced an update to the curious-looking FES Watch with a new design. The FES Watch U features an e-ink display and pairs with your phone. But the surprising part is that the band is also a flexible e-ink display, opening a brand new world of design possibilities — what an exciting time to be…

via Sony’s new smartwatch features an e-ink display on the watch *and* the band — TechCrunch

Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out” @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account. That is, transfers will no longer require you to cash out money from your Wallet balance first. This will speed…

via Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out” — TechCrunch

Twitter’s new button lets you accept private messages from your website @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Twitter today continues to push forward with its increased emphasis on its messaging feature, with the rollout of a new button for websites that allows visitors to privately message an individual or company directly. The feature, now one of several website buttons available, follows the company’s recent test of a change to brands’ customer support…

via Twitter’s new button lets you accept private messages from your website — TechCrunch

Twitter for iOS gets ‘night mode’ support @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Twitter is rolling out night mode to users of its official iOS app, the company announced today. Night mode turns Twitter’s dark-text-on-light-background interface upside down, giving a darker look that should be easier to read at night or in dimmer indoor environments. Rolling out today – we’re bringing night mode to iOS! https://t.co/XxNZHQdth9… Read More

via Twitter for iOS gets ‘night mode’ support — TechCrunch

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