NEWSLETTER: YOUTUBE RED MERGES WITH GOOGLE PLAY & EBAY IMAGE SHOPPING

NEWSLETTER: YOUTUBE RED MERGES WITH GOOGLE PLAY & EBAY IMAGE SHOPPING

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it.”  ~ Eliezer Yudkowsky (Co-Founder, Machine Intelligence Research Institute)

GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC AND YOUTUBE RED WILL HAVE A SINGLE SUBSCRIPTION

THE STORY

Youtube Red might be merged with Google Play Music to create a brand new media streaming app.

WHAT IS YOUTUBE RED?

No, we’re definitely not talking about RedTube or similar websites, but Youtube’s very own paid version that provides ad-free content, offline play and playing music on locked devices. It also features Netflix-like original shows and movies that are only accessible to subscribed users. Although this service was initially launched as a music streaming app, but focus soon shifted to video content. However, according to the latest news it will now be able to stream music from Google Play Music.

WHO CONFIRMED THIS MERGER?

This news was actually first announced by head of YouTube Music, Mr. Lyor Cohen who said “The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering”. Moreover, Google also combined music teams from Google Play and YouTube earlier this year, signaling the inevitability of this news. Nevertheless, we still do not have any confirmation about whether both apps will be merged into one. Currently, officials have only stressed on creating a single subscription service for both apps.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

Also, a lot of users have complained of YouTube Red’s overly complicated interface and it only seems logical on Google’s part to combine both apps into one. It wouldn’t be really fruitful for Google to have two different apps for streaming music. Therefore, most tech experts are suggesting a more homogenous merger that provides a single app for both music and video streaming.


EBAY INTRODUCING IMAGE SEARCH

THE STORY

Ebay allows users to search for products using images from your camera for quicker shopping.

WHAT IS IMAGE SEARCH?

There are times when it gets extremely hard to find the right item on shopping websites. Currently, most online shopping websites utilize keyword search that can get complicated sometimes. It might be a jacket you just saw in a photograph, or an item you already have and want to buy again.

Thankfully, such complicated search queries can now be solved through image search that will certainly revolutionize e-commerce. Speaking of which, e-commerce veterans Ebay have launched this feature that uses machine learning to provide results.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

With this feature users can either click a picture of an item with their webcam or upload an image from their computers to conduct a search. This is controlled by AI that uses deep learning and image recognition to reference images with available items, before making suggestions to users.

This would not only make searching specific items much easier and faster but would also provide a major boost to the online shopping business. Additionally, users can also directly search by pasting image links from social media or Google images.

WHEN CAN I USE IMAGE SEARCH ON EBAY?

This service however, isn’t expected before later this year and will be launched for all platforms including Desktop, Mac, iOS and Android. So it certainly seems that we will see some tremendous changes in e-commerce by the end of 2017, and we’re totally not complaining.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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