Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ unveils Google smart-speaker adventure

Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ unveils Google smart-speaker adventure

Netflix is promoting its “Lost in Space” reboot with a new interactive audio adventure on Google’s smart speakers: The “Lost in Space” audio game encourages participants to help key characters of the show after their spaceship crash-lands on an unknown planet. The audio adventure, which lasts between 5 and 6 minutes, features a branched narrative […]

Google AI can pick out voices in a crowd

Google AI can pick out voices in a crowd

Humans are usually good at isolating a single voice in a crowd, but computers? Not so much — just ask anyone trying to talk to a smart speaker at a house party. Google may have a surprisingly straightforward solution, however. Its researchers have developed a deep learning system that can pick out specific voices by […]

Pandora to acquire digital audio ad tech firm AdsWizz for $145m

Pandora to acquire digital audio ad tech firm AdsWizz for $145m

Pandora is set to acquire digital audio ad technology company AdsWizz for $145m in an effort to bolster its advertising revenues. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. Pandora agreed to pay $145m in a combination of cash and stock, […]

Two-thirds of advertisers plan ads for voice-activated devices this year, according to MTM

Two-thirds of advertisers plan ads for voice-activated devices this year, according to MTM

Armed with the ability to target ads to voice-activated devices, more than two-thirds (68%) of advertisers plan to create ads specifically for these gadgets in the coming year. A survey of 232 UK media agency and brand-side executives by MTM has found that 79% of advertisers and agencies believe reaching audiences through voice-activated devices in […]

Nike teams up with Headspace for ‘mindful’ guided runs

Nike teams up with Headspace for ‘mindful’ guided runs

Nike has joined forces with meditation app Headspace to provide you with a different kind of audio-guided runs: one that works your body and calms your mind. You can now find the first three Headspace audio-guided “mindful” runs on Nike’s Run Club (NRC) app. Like the other guides on NRC, they feature coaches and athletes […]

Paste Music and Daytrotter made a free app for live music lovers

Paste Music and Daytrotter made a free app for live music lovers

You have a few options when it comes to streaming music and whether you’re subscribed to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or something else, there’s a lot of music right at your fingertips. But live recordings offer their own sort of listening pleasure, and while you may find some on those streaming services, Paste Music thinks […]

Deezer and Singtel ink deal to provide data-free music streaming in Singapore

Deezer and Singtel ink deal to provide data-free music streaming in Singapore

Music streaming platform Deezer has expanded its service in Singapore through a partnership with Singtel Music, the Singaporean telecom company’s music offering, to provide subscribers with unlimited music without data charges. Singtel post-paid customers will gain data-free access to Deezer’s 53m songs and over 40,000 pieces of audio content, along with its ‘Flow’ feature. “Singtel […]

Pandora takes aim at Spotify and iHeartRadio with programmatic audio ads

Pandora takes aim at Spotify and iHeartRadio with programmatic audio ads

Pandora said that it will now offer its audio inventory programmatically through popular demand-side platforms such as MediaMath, The Trade Desk and AdsWizz. Pandora is the last of the three major digital music streaming platforms to offer audio ads through automation, but the company says it brings a significantly larger audience to the table. The […]