Category Archives: Services

Amazon adds location-specific reminders and routines to Alexa

Alexa isn't just for at home anymore. Thanks to an update from Amazon, Alexa devices can perform time- and location-based routines and reminders, triggered at a given time or when you enter for leave a specific area. The update, which includes some f…

Sony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming service for Japan

It's notoriously difficult for streaming music services to get a foothold in Japan — this is a country where CDs still reign (72 percent of music revenue was for physical media in 2017). All the same, Sony and Rhapsody are giving it a shot. They'r…

Netflix superhero show ‘The Umbrella Academy’ debuts February 15th

Netflix has finally taken the wraps off its adaptation of the Dark Horse comic The Umbrella Academy. The streaming service has posted a teaser trailer that both confirms the series' February 15th premiere date and offers a glimpse into its take on G…

FCC believes mobile carriers may have lied about coverage

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that one or more major mobile service providers are being investigated for potentially lying about their coverage maps. While the agency undergoes the inquiry, it is suspending its Mobility…

Hulu is the first streaming service to take Venmo

Hulu is expanding its payment options to include Venmo. Starting today, subscribers will be able to use the popular peer-to-peer payment app to pay off the cost of their Hulu membership each month. It marks the first time a streaming video service ha…

Lyft may become a public company before Uber

Lyft is smaller than Uber, but it might just one-up its rival on the stock market and provide some fiercer competition. Wall Street Journal sources have learned that Lyft has filed documents with the SEC for its expected initial public stock offerin…

AT&T is the first major US carrier to support eSIM on iPhone

eSIMs are finally getting a foot in the door in the US. Alongside the news that Apple has officially released iOS 12.1.1 to the public, which includes eSIM support, AT&T has become the first major US carrier to support eSIM for iPhone.

Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ holiday special trailer brings cheer and demons

Forget a yule log, with its immense content push Netflix is now focusing on the holiday special genre too. While it's already premiered A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, it will take another crack at the niche with a holiday themed episode for i…

Hulu’s expanded Funimation deal gives it first dibs on anime shows

Hulu likes to see itself as a go-to source for anime in the US (with certain exceptions), and it just cemented a deal reflecting that. The streaming service has struck an expanded "multi-year" deal with Funimation that gives it more access to desira…

Lyft expands its scooter service to Austin

Lyft continues to expand its scooter service, announcing today that it's now available in Austin, Texas. This is the the fifth region where Lyft has deployed its scooters and its first launch in Texas. While the company struck out earlier this year w…