Author: Sarah Perez

Facebook will live stream over a dozen college football games this year

TECHCRUNCH Facebook wants you to watch more video on its site – including those you can’t see elsewhere. To that end, the social network earlier this month launched a dedicated section for original video, called Watch. Now that’s being expanded with the addition of live-streamed college football games, broadcast in partnership with sports network Stadium. The deal will bring 15 live college football games to Facebook, including nine Conference USA games and six Mountain West games. These games will be exclusively broadcast on Facebook, the company says, and will be available on the Stadium: Live College Football Show Page to users worldwide, as well as...

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Amazon’s TenMarks releases a new curriculum for educators that teaches kids writing using digital assistants, text messaging and more

TECHCRUNCH Amazon is expanding its efforts in the education technology space today with the launch of a new curriculum from TenMarks, the company it acquired several years ago which previously only focused on math lessons and related activities. Now, the business is offering an online curriculum for teachers designed to help students learn how to be better writers. The program includes a writing coach that leverages natural language processing, a variety of resources for teachers, and something called “bursts,” which are short writing prompts kids will be familiar with because of their use of mobile apps. These bursts, which...

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Walmart and Google partner on voice-based shopping

TECHCRUNCH Walmart and Google are today announcing a new partnership that will enable voice shopping through Google Assistant, Google’s virtual assistant that lives on devices like its smart speaker, Google Home. Specifically, consumers will now be able to take advantage of Walmart’s “Easy Reorder” feature through an integration with Google’s shopping service, Google Express. This will allow consumers to shop from hundreds of thousands of Walmart products just by speaking, the companies explain. Related to this, Google Express is also today ditching its membership fees, and now promises free delivery across its retailers in one to three days, as...

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Walmart expands its grocery delivery business, powered by Uber

TECHCRUNCH Walmart is expanding a test of its grocery delivery service, powered by Uber, the company announced this week. The retailer is now offering grocery delivery in two new markets – Dallas and Orlando – which join Tampa and Phoenix as locations where consumers can shop online for grocery items, then opt to have them come to their home for an additional $9.95 fee. Grocery delivery has been something Walmart has experimented with for years, starting with tests in Denver and San Jose of grocery delivery using its own service and trucks. The tests involving Uber are newer, however....

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Over a third of millennials say they’ll pay for Disney’s streaming service, survey finds

TECHCRUNCH Beyond the fact that it’s Disney, a brand with innumerable assets to be leveraged and a studio production arm ready to pump out exclusive content, Disney’s forthcoming streaming service may be able to carve out a niche for itself because choosing a subscription service is not a zero-sum game. A number of recent studies have already indicated that today’s consumers are willing to pay for multiple services in this market. But that’s especially true for millennials, according to new research out today from Morning Consult. According to the latest survey the firm conducted, 36 percent of U.S. users...

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Walmart’s streaming service Vudu hits Apple TV

TECHCRUNCH As reported earlier this month, Walmart’s streaming service Vudu has now arrived on Apple TV… with a few limitations. The new app allows you to watch the movies and shows saved to your Vudu library, including those you’ve added by way of UltraViolet, the digital video “cloud locker” technology that lets you watch digital versions of your DVDs and Blu-rays. However, like its iOS counterpart, the Apple TV version of Vudu doesn’t allow you to rent or buy videos through the app directly. Instead, if you want to make a purchase, you have to do so through the...

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CNN follows NBC with launch of its own daily news show for Snapchat

TECHCRUNCH CNN is launching its own daily news program on Snapchat, starting tonight at 6 PM ET. This is the second news show to arrive on the social platform, following NBC News’ early success with its twice-daily show “Stay Tuned,” which saw over 29 million unique viewers in its first month. CNN’s program, dubbed “The Update,” will differ in that it only runs once per day. However, breaking news will also be delivered through “The Update,” as it occurs. Another difference between CNN’s show and NBC’s, is that NBC News’ program is hosted by two dedicated anchors, Gadi Schwartz and...

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Facebook’s Safety Check feature gets its own dedicated button, can be accessed anytime

TECHCRUNCH Facebook is giving its “Safety Check” feature a permanent home in its app and on the desktop, the company announced today. The feature, which lets you check to see whether friends and family are safe following a crisis, will now have its own dedicated button in the app’s navigation menu and will be available via the Facebook website on the desktop. The change comes following new terrorist attacks, one in Barcelona, where a vehicle was driven into a crowd; as well as the attack in Charlottesville, here in the U.S. According to Facebook, the dedicated button is gradually...

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