The next development in ride hailing services could be subscriptions, as Lyft recently emailed a number of riders invites to its "All Access" program. While the specific plans offered to each person varied, the idea is that by paying a weekly or mont… Engadget RSS Feed
Google sometimes stealthily deploys new features here and there in Assistant without telling us, but today’s update is a big one with some fanfare. There are changes on the way to media playback, Assistant-enabled devices, and subscriptions. Some of these features are rolling out now, and others will be live in the near future. It’s a colossal Assistant update overall.
Assistant has long supported subscribing to certain tidbits of information, in fact, it was one of the original demo features in the Allo version of Assistant.
If you are going to be in the market for a new car by the time May rolls around, and you have been looking at the brands under the Fiat Chrysler banner or Volkswagen, then a new bundle deal might be worth your while.
When Volvo introduced the smallest member of its SUV line, the XC40, it wasn't the car that got all the attention. It was how the Swedish automaker planned on leasing it. With Care by Volvo, would-be XC40 drivers wouldn't invest $ 35,200 to own the al… Engadget RSS Feed
It’s been just over two weeks since YouTube updated its Apple TV app with a major redesign, essentially bringing the app in line with YouTube on other products like Android TV, smart TVs, PS4, and Xbox One. While the original YouTube Apple TV app was never widely favored, the new update was met with even more blowback from some users, who referenced laggy controls, poorer playback UI, illogical changes to the subscription tab’s channel list, and more.
This week, YouTube pushed out version 1.01.04 of the app for Apple TV 4th and 5th generation devices, and it addresses a few of these user concerns. The major update is a “modified” subscriptions tab that nixes the long horizontal list of subscribed YouTube channels — which made it take much longer to get to channels at the bottom of the alphabetized list — and reverts back to a grid layout akin to the original app. YouTube said this was done for “easier channel selection.”
Although it’s not mentioned in the update notes, one user on Reddit said that there have also been a few tweaks to video scrubbing, so users can “go through the video with the touchpad again instead of slowly rewinding/fast forwarding.” When doing this, thumbnail previews of the video pop up to give you an idea of where to land as you jump through the video, but YouTube still doesn’t use Apple’s systemwide playback UI and there isn’t any support for quick 10-second jumps forward and backward.
Otherwise, YouTube said that the update fixed an issue with the search keyboard when people were using “non-Siri TV remotes,” and it includes the usual bug fixes and stability improvements.
At the core of Facebook’s “well-being” problem is that its business is directly coupled with total time spent on its apps. The more hours you pass on the social network, the more ads you see and click, the more money it earns. That puts its plan to make using Facebook healthier at odds with its finances, restricting how far it’s willing to go to protect us from the harms… Read More Mobile – TechCrunch
Apple is expanding discounted student memberships for Apple Music to 82 additional markets, making half price subscriptions available in nearly all regions where the Apple Music streaming service is available.
According to iMore‘s Rene Ritchie, student discounts are available in 79 new regions as of today, with an additional three to be added on February 26. New countries where Apple Music discounts are available for students include Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan.
First introduced in 2016, Apple Music memberships for students cut the normal price of Apple Music in half. In the United States, this means the regular $9.99 Apple Music subscription is priced at $4.99 for students.
To qualify for discounted pricing, students must be enrolled in an eligible college or university. Student eligibility is determined and verified through UNiDAYs, a student validation service.
UNiDAYS confirms that Apple Music subscribers are enrolled in a degree-granting program before allowing customers to get the discounted subscription price.
Customers who subscribe to Apple Music with a student subscription will need to confirm their status on a regular basis through UNiDAYS. Subscribers who are no longer students or who have had student pricing for a total of 48 months will be switched over to a full price individual Apple Music subscription.
Some 46 percent of online shoppers in the U.S. pay a monthly subscription for online streaming media, like Spotify or Hulu, according to a new survey by consulting firm McKinsey.
Fifteen percent had subscribed to at least one e-commerce delivery service like Dollar Shave Club, Blue Apron or Stitch Fix in the past year. Most e-commerce box subscribers have streaming-media subscriptions as well.
The survey tried to take a deeper look at online subscription demographics and behaviors. Some of the findings from the report:
Women are more likely to subscribe to e-commerce than men, but men are more likely to have three or more such subscriptions.
E-commerce subscribers tend to be young, wealthy city dwellers.
The median e-commerce box subscriber has two such subscriptions while 35 percent have three or more.
Word of mouth recommendations are a key reason consumers sign up for subscription services.
Meal-kit delivery services have higher cancellation rates in the first six months than other e-commerce subscriptions.
McKinsey conducted its online survey from November 8 to 12, 2017, receiving responses from over 5,000 participants in the U.S. Of those, 80 percent were online shoppers, defined as people who had spent at least $ 25 online in the past month.