Google is expected to announce an Amazon Echo competitor soon, codenamed “Chirp.” Also today, people are talking about the first trailer for the “Assassin’s Creed” movie, out at the end of the year. Here’s our daily look at what’s going on in the world of technology in just 60 seconds.
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Fixing Apple Music
One of the biggest challenges facing Apple as it heads towards next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is what to do with its year-old music streaming service. Apple Music is already expected to ditch Connect as a primary feature. Other changes could also be coming to the Spotify challenger.
In a must-read, Macworld suggests six ways Apple could improve Apple Music, ranging from fixing the iCloud Music sync process to rethinking the matching of songs.
Amazon Echo gets a rival, “Chirp”
Earlier this week Amazon announced a video streaming service to compete with Google’s YouTube. On Thursday, Google returned the favor.
The unannounced hardware device will integrate Google’s search and voice assistant technology. In other words, it’s an Amazon Echo competitor.
As first reported by ReCode, “Google’s device will resemble its OnHub wireless router, according to several sources. We don’t know if it has a name yet, but internally the project goes by ‘Chirp.'”
It’s sunset time for Sunrise app
Microsoft is killing the popular Sunrise calendar app, according to the Sunrise Blog. The move comes just over a year after the Windows maker bought Sunrise for $100 million.
The Sunrise app will leave the App Store “next few days.” Support will end on Aug. 31. Many of Sunrise’s features will jump to the Microsoft Outlook app.
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It’s not just Thursday. Today, May 12 is also Fatigue Syndrome Day, International Nurses Day, and Limerick Day.
Creepy Friday ahead. Tomorrow is Friday the 13th. The only Friday the 13th of 2016. Ugh.
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On Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, the world got its first look at the “Assassin’s Creed” movie, based on Ubisoft’s hit game franchise. The film hits theaters on Dec. 21 starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
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