Spotify tests new voice-controlled advertisements that launch podcasts or playlists

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Spotify is jumping into the voice technology game. The streaming platform is testing voice-controlled advertisements for some users in the U.S., it revealed on a call with investors this week, according to TechCrunch. Currently, the promotions are only for services inside its own app, but that could change over time. Spotify is jumping into the voice technology game. The firm is testing voice-controlled advertisements for some users in the U.S., it revealed on a call with investors this week Here's how the technology works: When non-Premium users are listening to a song, they'll hear an advertisement for a playlist.


Spotify is testing a voice-controlled device called "Car Thing"

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Spotify announced Friday that the music streaming service is test driving some hardware. The company is trying to learn more about what you do and listen to in your car by publicly testing out a voice-controlled music and podcast device dubbed "Car Thing." The device reportedly plugs into your vehicle's 12-volt outlet, which is also known as a cigarette lighter, for power and the automotive gadget connects to your car and phone via Bluetooth. Don't make plans to go out and buy the device anytime soon, though. Spotify says it's only testing the devices, making them available to a few premium users.


Adobe Demos Voice-Controlled Photo Editing

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Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. I, for one, can't wait for the day when I'll be able to glare at the blurry mess on my screen and simply bark "enhance!" to see it transform magically into a pixel-perfect rendition of the fine print on a distant secret dossier. Well at least the first part of this tired movie cliché may be on the way to becoming reality, thanks to a team of researchers at Adobe.


Alexa offers voice-controlled takeout from Amazon Restaurants

Engadget

Now the device works as a waiter of sorts, letting you place a takeout order from any of Amazon's affiliated Restaurants. There are some limitations: You need to be an Amazon Prime member and you can't order anything new -- it'll only let you reorder something you've already had. In effect, you tell the bot what you want by saying "Alexa, order sushi from Amazon Restaurants." It'll pull up your history and suggest restaurants or cuisine types, then list off meals that you've ordered before. After you pick one, it'll place the order and have it sent to your default address.


More than 1 in 10 consumers want voice commands for their toilet

ZDNet

Amazon's recent launch of Echo Show and Fire TV Cube, is in clear response to our demand for voice enabled devices. The voice revolution currently shows no signs of slowing down. SaaS had a major impact on the way companies consume cloud services. This ebook looks at how the as a service trend is spreading and transforming IT jobs. According to Chicago, Il-based PR agency Walker Sands' recently released "Future of Retail 2018" report, 64 percent of those who own a voice-controlled device use it at least once a week and nearly one in five (18 percent) use their voice-controlled device at least three times a day.