Amazon Fire TV’s voice search expands to cover Hulu Plus and Showtime, but not Netflix

Fire TV came out of the gate with an impressive initial effort, but among its rough edges is that the voice search Amazon was so proud of is actually quite limited. At launch it could only provide results from Amazon’s own movie and TV selections or…

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Amazon to expand Fire TV’s voice search with support for Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime

Amazon announced today that the voice search functionality in its  Fire TV media streaming box would soon be expanded to include information from Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime. Currently, Fire TV’s voice search only supports Amazon’s own content and music videos from Vevo. The company did not say exactly when the new sources would be added to the service, aside from indicating that it would arrive this summer. The Fire TV’s voice search functionality is very impressive — we found it to be faster and more accurate than any other voice recognition service we’ve used

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Dropbox bolsters Carousel, eyes collaborative docs with startup purchases

Dropbox just debuted its Carousel photo management app last week, and it’s already making strides to boost the software’s storage chops. Today, the cloud-minded outfit acquired Loom: a photo storage service that became a popular alternative to…

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Inside Tencent: the Chinese tech giant that’s trying to go global

The Chinese web giant Tencent is one of the biggest companies in tech thanks to its popular messaging and gaming services, and yet you’d hardly know it outside of China. But that may not be for long: Tencent recently began expanding into new countries, and it’s even made some investments in American companies to start making a dent in the US. In  an in-depth profile of Tencent and its billionaire CEO ,  Fast Company explains how it’s attempting to go global and how cultural differences — such as a distaste for copying — as well as ties to China’s government could stand in its way. “Will Tencent join the likes of Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter?” one startup founder backed by Tencent reportedly tells Fast Co . “They already are in…

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‘Frontline: United States of Secrets’ promises ‘definitive history’ of domestic surveillance

Over the past two weeks, the Pulitzer and Polk awards have recognized the work of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and other journalists responsible for bringing Edward Snowden’s leaked documents to print. But one of the most high-profile TV reports on US surveillance was an  uncritically supportive look from CBS and 60 Minutes. Today, PBS announced plans for a two-part Frontline special called United States of Secrets , which promises the “definitive history” of domestic surveillance since the September 11th attacks. The first part of the series, airing May 13th, is reported by Michael Kirk, who was recently awarded a Polk award for NFL concussion exposé League of Denial . It will examine the roots of the surveillance program in..

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Aereo and broadcasters spar ahead of do-or-die Supreme Court trial

Aereo is trying to win over public support ahead of its big battle with broadcasters in the Supreme Court  next week . The service, which allows customers to stream broadcast TV on demand, has  launched a website called Protect My Antenna to explain how Aereo works and what challenges it’s facing in the court. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia also sat down for  a lengthy interview with Katie Couric , which also includes with a lengthy explainer on how Aereo works and why it believes those methods to be legal.

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Scurvy contributed to failure of town founded by Columbus

The first European settlement in the Americas was founded in what is now the Dominican Republic. That is, to say, it was founded on a warm, fruit-growing island.

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Nissan offers free electricity to entice EV customers

Though “fueling” an EV costs a pittance next to a gas-guzzler, hunting for that next compatible charging network can bring on cold sweats. Nissan Leaf buyers in 25 markets will soon be able to relax, though. A new “EZ-Charge” card will grant two…

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New Disruptors 71: Bike Activist and Publisher Elly Blue

http://feeds.boingboing.net/~r/boingboing/iBag/~5/SQRVdinVOZo/145054539-newdisruptors-71-wheels-on-fire-with-elly-blue.mp3 Elly Blue is a bike activist, writer, and publisher, and has run more Kickstarter campaigns than nearly any other person or group.

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Eyefi’s new service sends your camera’s photos to the cloud as soon as you shoot

There are plenty of cameras that send their photos to your phone, but you frequently have to transfer those pictures yourself — and it’s another hassle to get the pics to other devices. Eyefi thinks it can solve these headaches by launching its own…

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Amazon’s making a custom Kindle store for Samsung Galaxy devices

Samsung seems to be on a roll with bagging media partnerships for its Galaxy line of phones and tablets. First music streaming service Deezer, and now it’s getting a custom-built Kindle book store in a deal with Amazon. Announced this morning, the…

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How the ’90s idolized unheroic dads

The sixties had hippies. The nineties had fathers: Homer Simpson, Dick Solomon, Major John MacGillis and more.  Over at The Paris Review , Willie Osterweil writes about how unheroic dads, often defined by their initial ineptitude, took center stage in both television and film during this time period. It was emblematic of a demographic’s need to reconcile with its increasing  age, he says. “If only they could convince their kids they were cool, maybe they could convince themselves.” Continue reading…

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You can now watch A&E and History live on iOS and the web

A&E Networks is regularly finding ways to make its programming more widely available, particularly by having on-demand options through TV providers and its own apps. To help boost these efforts, the company’s now bringing live streaming into the…

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Spotify moves away from delivering music through peer-to-peer networks

Spotify has always streamed at least some of its music over peer-to-peer listener networks, helping it deliver music quickly while saving some cash on bandwidth and servers. However, the service is now ready to leave that tradition behind. It tells…

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Miyazaki beer label

I could (and probably will) write an essay about all the ways in which the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is amazing and totally different from the usual museum (shortlist: limited capacity managed through waiting lists instead of price-hikes; exhibits that are intended to be handled, even the fragile ones; no cult of personality for founders; emphasis on both wonder and production; modest and beautifully stocked shop; overall non-commercial emphasis; quirkiness that is commensurate with the actual films), but for now, I’ll leave you with this: the beautiful Miyazaki-esque beer-labels from the hot-dog and ice-cream stand.

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Google earnings focus on the search and ads that actually pay the bills

With all the modular phone concepts, balloon internet projects, robots and drones it can be easy to forget Google’s main business angle: search and advertising. Google reported its first quarter earnings today and didn’t have much to say about our…

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Apple reportedly integrating Shazam song detection into iOS

Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on a music identification feature for iOS that will allow iPhone and iPad users to use their device’s microphone to work out what song is playing. Sources familiar with the feature say that the company is partnering with Shazam Entertainment, which has its own song detection app, to build the software into iOS itself. Shazam, which asks users to hold their device near a sound source while it  matches the music against an extensive database , currently has more than 90 million monthly users across a range of devices and operating systems. But the app, which comes free with ad support, or for $5.99 without, necessitates a download from the relevant app store.

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MIT designs a floating, tsunami-proof nuclear plant

What’s the safest place to put a nuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. A new power plant design concept from MIT envisions a facility built on floating platforms, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. This, the concept’s creators…

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RiYL podcast 048: 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental

http://feeds.boingboing.net/~r/boingboing/iBag/~5/nhjWvNuA-Hw/RIYL-Reichental.mp3 Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing’s weekly podcast of Brian Heater’s cafe conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types.

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Imogen Heap’s high-tech gloves could make the rest of your band obsolete

If you thought Michael Jackson was the only musician to believe in the magical power of a glove, think again. Imogen Heap has “joined forces with the nerd underworld” to create a new high-tech glove called Mi.Mu that allows you to control sound with…

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The BBC wants you to binge-watch its new BBC Three series on iPlayer

The BBC isn’t due to transition BBC Three to an online-only channel until late next year, but that isn’t stopping it from testing the waters first. The Beeb confirmed today that for the first time, it will make a complete series available on BBC…

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Sweden wants to promote democracy and creativity through video games

In an attempt to promote either democracy, creativity, personal expression, or some slightly convoluted combination of all three, Sweden has been operating  a program called Democrativity that’s meant to curate ideas for “the most unlikely [video] game ever.” Democrativity has been crowdsourcing ideas for unlikely characters, environments, and goals, and allowing people to vote on what they like the most. It’s since  posted a brief breaking down the top ideas: people were largely in favor of collaborative, nonviolent games that don’t involve beating an opponent; they also preferred inanimate and abstract objects to be characters and to play in an abstract environment. Continue reading…

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Mark Zuckerberg talks Facebook’s ‘failures’ and why he’s not impressed with Secret

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently sat down for  an interview with The New York Times and touched on a number of topics, covering everything from the company’s perceived lack of innovation to his thoughts on new apps like Secret. When questioned on some of Facebook’s “failures” in recent years, Zuckerberg admitted some of the company’s ideas — Facebook Home chief among them — have failed to pick up any real momentum, but he said there are valid reasons for that. “The reception was much slower than we expected,” he said of Home, the company’s Android lockscreen replacement. “When you install it, it’s really active, and if it does anything that you don’t like, then you’ll uninstall it.” Essentially, Zuckerberg believes that… Continue reading…

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Microsoft’s new keyboard is meant to be used with Smart TVs

This fall marks 20 years that Microsoft has been making keyboards (make that “computer hardware,” as it was quaintly called back in 1994). Ironically, though, as the company approaches this milestone, it’s now making accessories not just for PCs,…

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Amazon now automatically adds documents you send to Kindle to your Amazon Cloud Drive

The convenient “send to Kindle” feature lets users send documents, text from websites, and Kindle-compatible ebooks to their ereaders with a click from a web browser, desktop, email, or tablet. Now, Amazon is  automatically adding those personal documents to a new folder on your Amazon Cloud Drive for easy retrieval. “You can use Manage Your Kindle to see a list of your documents, re-deliver them to Kindle devices and free reading apps, delete them, or turn off auto-saving of documents to the cloud,” Amazon says in an email sent to customers. Continue reading…

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