Day: August 17, 2018

  • T-Mobile announced two significant music partnerships at its latest Uncarrier event Tuesday: The company is offering its customers a free year of ad-free personalized streaming from Pandora as well as discounted tickets and other special perks from Live Nation. Customers who register through the T-Mobile Tuesdays app on August 28 will get a full year of Pandora Plus, which regularly costs $4.99 per month. This gets them Pandora’s personalized radio experience without any ads. Pandora Plus also includes unlimited skips and replays as well as offline listening — features not available to customers listening to Pandora’s free, ad-supported tier. Variety This announcement really helped Pandora’s stock prices the other day.
  • When Johnson Controls announced GLAS back at CES, the flagship feature of the $319 translucent smart thermostat was its integration with Microsoft’s Cortana smart assistant. Now Cortana has company: ahead of its upcoming August 24th release date, the company has announced that GLAS will support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, too — but there’s a catch. ONLY CORTANA ON THE DEVICE ITSELF GLAS itself does feature a built-in microphone and speaker, which will let users talk to and interact with Cortana straight from the device. But only Cortana is getting those privileges — users will still be able to use Alexa and Assistant through skills to control the temperature in their homes through GLAS, but you’ll need to use another device like an Echo or Google Home to do it. The Verge I really like Cortana but I just don’t see it taking off for Microsoft. They are capturing a very small market share compared to Google, Siri or Alexa.