Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 4:31 PM EDT Apr 14, 2019 Spotify, Pandora and YouTube are currently the top games in town for listening to online music for free, via ads. Possibly add Amazon to the list. Billboard reports that Amazon looks to launch a similar service, which would be available only if you ask Alexa. The songs could be accessed via the Echo connected speakers, which are made by Amazon. Amazon currently offers some 2 million songs available free to Echo owners who also pay $119 yearly to subscribe to the company's Prime for expedited shipping and online music, movies and TV. A more full-featured music offering, Amazon Music Unlimited, is available for $9.99 monthly, or $7.99 monthly for Prime members. On Spotify, you can request specific songs to listen to, but first, you'll need to listen to an ad. Pandora operates differently, by offering radio stations based on artists you like. You can request specific songs, which may or not be … [Read more...] about Amazon may launch free music service to challenge Spotify and Pandora
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A security flaw on Apple iPhones allows a complete stranger to text people from your mobile - without even touching the device. Since the iPhone 6s was released in 2015, Apple iPhones have allowed users to text, play music, or turn on the flashlight without having to pick up the phone. Huge iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear someone even if they haven't picked up The simple trick to get you off your phone As long as the feature is on in the phone's settings, a user can say "Hey Siri" and the device's digital assistant will be primed to help out. But the helpful feature could be taken advantage of by random strangers, who can say "Hey Siri" and then send a text without having to unlock the phone. The person does, however, need to have a similar voice to the phone owner. Newshub tested the bug and found while one person could access Siri, it didn't always work the other way around. Apple has tried to make the voice recognition more secure with an iOS9 update, but Newshub used an iPhone … [Read more...] about How a stranger can use Siri to text people from your Apple iPhone
Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 1:47 PM EDT Apr 1, 2019 LOS ANGELES — "Alexa, what music should I listen to?" It's an interesting question that follows up with Amazon's Alexa asking follow-ups, one of the few times the personal assistant gets really conversational and makes suggestions. Alexa, via Amazon Music, gave me options: the late, legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt or singers Adele or James Taylor. I went for Django, and with that, my personal DJ robot had followed through successfully, finding three artists I love. Such it is with music commands for personal assistants. You can ask Alexa, Siri and the Google Assistant to be your personal DJ, and most times, it can turn out really well. The AI knows your listening history, even one that's as eclectic as mine, so if I listen to a lot of jazz and classical, with a mix of classic rock, it knows, and will respond accordingly. The key is knowing what to ask, and refining … [Read more...] about Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri: Which is best for finding music I want?
Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 10:08 AM EDT Mar 23, 2019 Apple's iPhones aren't selling like they used to. The gravy train is waning, and Apple knows it, so to make up for the lost income, Apple wants to get recurring payments from you monthly. And more than it picks up now from, iCloud, Apple Music and Apple Care. Yes, it's Showtime. Apple has once again summoned the media to its Cupertino, California headquarters. Monday's "Showtime" event is expected to be a star-studded sneak peak of a new $9.99 monthly entertainment subscription service, offering series and movies from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Brie Larson. Additionally, a new News subscription service, offering the best of publications like the Wall Street Journal and People, is expected as well, for $9.99 monthly. The question many of us have now--is there a bulk deal? How much does Apple think we're willing to pay for? The place to find the entertainment service is expected to … [Read more...] about News, music, entertainment, iCloud
Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 3:25 PM EDT Mar 18, 2019 MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Asking a personal assistant to read back your new e-mails shouldn't be that hard, right? After all, if Google could turn on and off my smart lights, tell me when my most recent bill is due and figure out the square root of 45, certainly it could read back my Gmail. Right? "Sorry, I'm not sure how to help," barks the Google Assistant from within the Google Home speaker. But ask the same question to Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa (with an added "skill"), and it's a success. Both can read back the latest Gmail, easily. Which just goes to show you, each voice computing platform is not the same. Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant have their strengths and weaknesses. Voice computing is one of the hottest growth areas, with Amazon and Google in a heated battle to win over control of your home and cars with personal assistants to handle basic computer commands. Amazon, … [Read more...] about Hey, Google, Siri or Alexa: Which voice assistant responds the best?