Amazon's Alexa Fund is one of several prominent investors providing $5 million in fresh funding for ParkWhiz, a startup that helps customers find parking spots in garages and lots. Amazon's interest in the company reflects a growing emphasis on voice-based technology.
Deloitte's latest Global Mobile Consumer Survey reveals consumers are increasingly favoring voice assistance. The study found nearly half of respondents use their phones' voice assistants every week, and more than 6 in 10 used them at least once during 2018.
Google is previewing a fix in response to publisher complaints that clicking AMP results in Google Search doesn't display their domains. The fix allows developers to make publisher domains visible using Chrome version 71 or newer.
Millennials are once again leading the generations in digital adoption as the holidays approach, with 55% planning to use mobile devices for shopping and 17% probably using voice assistants. That information comes from a survey by Citi Retail Services, which also found that 13% of consumers across generations plan to do some of their holiday shopping through voice assistants.
Amazon has established a team of 10,000 employees to further its development efforts for both the Echo smart speaker and the Alexa assistant. The news comes on the heels of a recent announcement that the company will expand its overall workforce by 50,000 at two new hubs in New York City and Arlington, Va.
Users of Google's enhanced network for its Project Fi initiative will be able to automatically access a virtual private network during every connection. This provides an additional layer of security by protecting the user's Wi-Fi or mobile data, while keeping browsing data separate from the user's Google account.
Apple is charting future growth that looks beyond the point of iPhone market saturation, introducing more paid services and increasing the price of its devices. Its component suppliers, however, are basically stuck with no obvious way forward as phone sales stagnate.
A new entry is coming in the "Fast & Furious" game series. The "Takedown" title from Australian game maker SMG Studio, working with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, is available for preregistration ahead of an imminent launch for both Android and iOS.
Federal authorities have issued subpoenas as they look into Snap's 2017 initial public offering, the company said. The inquiries come after a shareholder lawsuit alleging Snap provided misleading information about the competitive effect of Instagram on Snap's growth outlook.
Sony may be developing a PlayStation controller with a touch screen, based on a patent application filed in 2017. The present controller has a touch-enabled center button for menu navigation, and the screen might replace that button and offer a better interface for console information.