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Spotify could launch its first car speaker soon

Road trips are about to rock

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Recently, Spotify hogged the limelight with a flurry of rumors about their future. These include plans for a smart speaker and an exclusive voice assistant. Finally, Spotify might have accidentally confirmed one rumor with a prematurely released offer.

Various users are reporting that they received in-app offers for a car speaker or controller. The offer describes a circular screen that you can clip on a car’s dashboard. It also includes a shuffle and a previous button. A speech bubble on the promo hints at voice controls.

According to the pictured offer, the device will ship with a US$ 12.99 per month subscription.

Others are also claiming that the device will include in-device 4G connectivity and Amazon Alexa support. However, only the screenshot offers the most “proof” as to the offer’s validity.

As with most prematurely released news, Spotify is denying all association with the offer. However, with multiple reports on the issue, it seems that Spotify let the cat out of the bag way too early on this one. At the very least, Spotify promised that it will forward every user’s interest in the speaker to the involved department.

If proven true, the in-car device confirms both previously reported rumors — Spotify’s own device and its own voice control features. The device also targets one of Spotify’s most heavily used markets: car audio.

Regardless, Spotify might reveal news on the device soon. The company scheduled an event on April 24 where it will make a news announcement.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

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Barack and Michelle Obama join forces with Netflix

Are you ready to watch with the Obamas?

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Netflix announced that former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama signed a partnership with the streaming service under an entity named Higher Ground Productions over a press release and a twitter post.

In case you’re wondering why the former White House residents are teaming up with Netflix, the Obamas stated they want to share the experiences of the fascinating people they meet.

The two always believed in the power of storytelling. “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” said President Barack Obama.

Michelle added, “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who’s proud to have the Obamas on board.

SEE ALSO: Netflix adds HDR support for new Sony and Huawei phones

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Android P: YouTubers React

Android Pineapple or Android Popcorn?

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It’s that time of the year again when we make guesses on what the next version of Android will be called. We saw some clues at the Shoreline Amphitheater and this is what your favorite YouTubers think.

Is it going to be Android Pineapple? Android Popcorn? Android Popsicle? Android Pie? Your guess is as good as ours. Sound off in the comments section what you think it will be called!

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Instagram will tell you how much time you spend on the app soon

Good thing or bad thing?

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Just how much time do you spend stalking on Instagram? You may not know the answer now, but Instagram knows. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to check.

According to TechCrunch, code hidden on the Instagram app showed a “time spent” feature under “Usage Insights.”

It’s still unclear how the function would work. When it was discovered, it was also unclear whether Instagram was testing out the option for eventual rollout, until Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom had this to say:

As of now, there’s still no news on when “time spent” would roll out, but the move is unsurprising. Tech companies are now moving towards features that allow users to monitor usage time and statistics. Earlier this month, Google announced similar functions on digital well-being for Android P that includes a dashboard that will give you information on your phone usage.

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