Janko Roettgers

Recent and archived articles by Janko Roettgers

16 Apr 2019 | 11:30 AM

How Vevo is boosting views by optimising video thumbnails

Apparently, people really do judge a book by its cover. Or at least they do it with music videos, according to new data that Vevo exclusively shared with Variety this month.

Overall, Vevo now sees 75% of its traffic coming from algorithmic curation, which includes personalized home pages, watch next suggestions and algorithmically curated playlists. — Vevo
12 Apr 2019 | 1:09 PM

Apple is bringing podcasts to the Web

Apple has been testing a new web interface for its podcast directory, according to a report by 9to5Mac.

News of the web refresh for Apple’s podcast directory comes as the company is apparently looking to launch a dedicated podcast app for its Mac computers, alongside of standalone apps for music, TV shows and movies as well as a revamped books app. — Reuters
9 Apr 2019 | 10:00 AM

One in five consumers uses voice to interact with their TVs: survey

More than 20% of all consumers interact with their TVs or streaming devices via voice commands, according to a new survey from IHS Markit.

A growing number of consumers prefer to use their voice instead of a remote to interact with their TVs or streaming devices, a survey says. — AFP Relaxnews
5 Apr 2019 | 2:30 PM

With syndicated stories and an ad network, Snapchat cautiously opens up

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wants to have it both ways: Keep Snapchat insulated from the darker sides of the Internet, and also open it up to some of the rest of the Web.

5 Apr 2019 | 9:00 AM

Google Assistant gets John Legend voice, with a little help from AI

Ever wanted to casually chat with John Legend? Now you can, in the comfort of your own home no less, thanks to a new Google Assistant mode that makes use of Legend’s voice to respond to everyday queries about the weather, random factoids and more.

Google also worked with Legend to add some extra easter eggs, which include lines about his wife Chrissy Teigen, spontaneous Happy Birthday serenades and more. — AP
21 Mar 2019 | 9:04 PM

Netflix will test character-driven video previews for its kids content

Netflix is getting ready to try a new thing to help younger viewers discover new shows: The video service will start testing character-driven video previews of some of its shows later this year, executives revealed during a press event in Los Angeles on March 19.

The streaming giant has long paid special attention to younger viewers, rolling out a dedicated user interface for children all the way back in 2011. — TNS
14 Mar 2019 | 7:30 AM

Microsoft has been quietly working on the future of consumer AR

When it comes to flashy augmented reality (AR) glasses for consumers, all eyes are on two companies these days: Magic Leap, which released its Magic Leap One developer headset last summer, and Apple, which is reportedly getting ready to unveil an AR device next year.

6 Mar 2019 | 9:00 AM

Facebook working on Oculus Go, Quest enterprise editions

Facebook is looking to launch enterprise edition versions of its Oculus Go and Oculus Quest virtual reality (VR) headsets this year, according to a job listing published late last week.

Facebook's listing spells out broader plans to bring augmented and virtual reality technology to the enterprise, starting with dedicated enterprise versions of the two headsets. — Sipa USA/TNS
26 Feb 2019 | 1:06 PM

Google’s Pixel Lite just passed through the FCC

Google is getting ready to release its upcoming budget phone any day now, judging from a series of new filings that surfaced Feb 25 morning: The company filed a number of applications with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a new smartphone that very likely the much-rumoured Pixel Lite.

14 Feb 2019 | 2:00 PM

Amazon now allows anyone to build and publish Alexa skills

Amazon just made it a lot easier to publish content on one of its Echo speakers, or any other device running the company’s Alexa assistant for that matter.