Alexa users in India can now access over 12,000 skills

Amazon today announced that it has added over 1000 new skills to Alexa since the launch of the service in India. According to the company, Alexa users in India can now access over 12,000 skills. The 1,000 new skills that have been added since the India launch are spread across 20 categories, the e-commerce giant said.

Launched in India on October 31 last year, Indian users had access to over 11,000 skills, with developers like TED, ESPNCricinfo, Saavn, Zomato etc. In the 60 days since bringing Alexa to the country, Amazon has added around 1,000 new skills. The company further claims that being backed by the AWS cloud and its own understanding of natural language, makes it easier to add new skills to the service.

Alexa, now with more desi content

Amazon has also focused on bringing new content to Alexa that is more relevant to the Indian user base. Apart from the services mentioned above, Amazon has also added popular services like Ola, Byju’s, Times of India, Goibibo, Hanuman Chalisa and more. The new skills also include read more

Hori Onyx PS4 controller finally cuts the cord on third-party gamepads

Hori’s Onyx PS4 controller is the first wireless third-party controller for the console, which means that other manufacturers will finally be able to match the functionality of Sony’s own-branded gamepads. 

Competition is never a bad thing, and third-party controllers are no exception. They keep console manufacturers like Sony on their toes, and gamers ultimately get to benefit. 

We’ve been impressed with alternatives to the DualShock 4 in the past such as Razer’s Raiju but up until now they’ve all been wired, making them suitable for only a small subset of the console’s complete audience. 

True competition

The arrival of the Onyx changes this, and means you’ll finally be able to get an alternative controller without having to put up with reduced functionality. 

Design wise, the controller is much more similar to the Xbox One’s controller design than the DualShock 4. The analogue stick and D-pad are swapped, and the D-pad is of Nintendo’s classic read more

Times Bridge brings MUBI film streaming service to India

MUBI, a one of its kind film streaming service has set foot in India with Times Bridge as its strategic partner. The global investment arm of The Times Group will help MUBI expand its reach in India and cater to the ever-growing movie market. Times Bridge currently hosts a portfolio of global brands like Business Insider, PCMag, TechRadar, AdAge, Uber, Vice, Houzz, Airbnb, Coursera and Thrive.

MUBI, in the last 10 years has created a community of film enthusiasts which is rapidly developing into a robust social media platform for independent cinema where users watch, share and discuss films.

MUBI’s foray into India comes at a time when the country is consuming more and more OTT content and is well on its way to become one of the fastest growing internet movie markets. The streaming service will be on the lookout for potential collaboration with film festivals, producers and talents who are passionate about telling new stories to a global viewership.

Unlike other streaming services, read more

DJI could announce the rumored Mavic Air drone next week, teaser trailer suggests

Image credit: DJI

DJI has already made a name for itself building small, powerful drones such as the DJI Mavic Pro, and clues from a new teaser video suggest we’ll see a smaller device that’s rumored to be called the “Mavic Air” next week.

The trailer, titled “Adventure Unfolds,” strongly recalls the “Powers of 10” video you probably saw in your middle school science classes, as it zooms from sweeping, spacebound views of Earth to extreme closeups of neurons.

In a Carl Sagan-like voice, the narrator hints at what the device may be like, saying, “from seemingly insignificant size comes formidable strength and power.”

After all the microcosm and macrocosm shots, the trailer then shifts to closeups of what may be the drone itself, but the perspective is so close that you might as well be trying to identify a portrait of someone from a single freckle.

The actual reveal event will take place on January 23, and the site read more

The Australian Government is totally fine with the state of the NBN

It’s no secret that many people aren’t happy with the NBN right now, with reports that only one quarter of FTTN users can reach 100Mbps, resulting in some telcos offering reduced rates for their highest speed tiers.

The Australian Government however, doesn’t seem to think there’s anything wrong, having mostly dismissed a report from the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network released in September last year in its official response to the matter.

“The Government is disappointed that after considering 191 submissions; holding 15 public hearings; receiving testimony from 179 witnesses; and undertaking three site visits, the Committee’s majority report and recommendations indicates a failure to understand the fundamentals of the NBN.”

The comprehensive Joint Standing Committee report detailed a number of problems currently facing the NBN, and also offered some suggestions that could potentially help alleviate some of these issues.

Many read more

Apple promises next iOS update will address iPhone battery woes

After it was confirmed that Apple had been secretly slowing down the performance on its iPhones with aging batteries, its user base was not happy. The resulting series of class-action lawsuits has provoked CEO Tim Cook to address the concern in a recent interview with ABC News.

Cook’s promise is that the next iOS 11 update – expected to arrive next month – will give users the ability to disable this throttling feature at will, thus keeping their iPhones performing optimally but risking unexpected shutdowns (or other issues) caused due to the depreciated batteries.

Beyond this, to increase transparency, the battery’s health will become visible to iPhone users – a move that Cook claims is unprecedented – and if the option to throttle the performance is enabled, there will be a clear indication of when this occurs.

“We did say what it was”, said Tim Cook, recounting the decision made over a year ago to introduce the throttling feature, “but I don’t think a lot of people read more

The best TV shows on Foxtel Now: the top television series to stream right now

The best TV shows to stream on Foxtel Now

The best TV shows to stream on Foxtel Now

The Deuce

The Deuce

Set in the formerly gritty New York City of the 1970s, this new series from David Simon (The Wire, Generation Kill) follows a number of characters operating around Times Square during its sleazy heyday. This includes a pair of twin brothers (James Franco in both roles), a college dropout (Margarita Levieva), several hookers (including Maggie Gyllenhaal) and their pimps (including Gbenga Akinnagbe and Black Thought from The Roots) and a cop who’s tired of corruption in the force (Lawrence Gilliard Jr). An eye-opening look at the sexual revolution and the dawn of New York’s porn industry, The Deuce is similar in tone and style to Simon’s other HBO masterpiece, The Wire. 

Available in the Drama and Pop packs

Wentworth

Wentworth

This Australian drama has picked up a decent local following and has even aired in New Zealand and the UK. Inspired by the Australian 80s soap opera series Prisoner, Wentworth is set in a contemporary re-imagination of the same fictional women’s detention centre. Following a mother who has been separated from her daughter after being convicted of the attempted murder of her husband, the series tracks her introduction to life within the Australian correctional system.

Available in the Drama and Pop packs