This week, Cortana is dead, Netflix is bringing games to the TV, ChatGPT is crawling the web, and Disney is raising prices... again.
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Cortana was once one of Microsoft's biggest focuses. Starting as the spotlight feature of Windows Phone, she grew to live within and control everything in the Microsoft ecosystem. But now, Microsoft has changed course, renaming some of the former Cortana services and destroying the rest. And, like the company too often does, leaving the consumers to clean up the mess.
Netflix has been trying to differentiate itself from the competition. Since Netflix created its streaming business, the industry has become incredibly crowded. Everyone needs a hook, and Netflix has gone all in on gaming as that differentiator. But, the mobile game business has not been the company's only intention, and the next phase of Netflix Games hit the App Store this week with a mobile game controller.
Over the past few months, AI, or the falsely named artificial intelligence, has been the topic du jour in the tech world and across all of the media. There have been positive advancements, like the ability to use language processing to summarize an audio file or to create more accurate subtitles for content. But, the majority of the "advancements" have fallen on the dark side of tech. Now, OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT has a web crawler to help it index more of the internet, and publishers are panicked.
When the streaming services first launched, everything was too good to be true. The price per month versus what you got was absolutely in the consumer's favor. Companies were spending more than they were making in an attempt to attract new users. But now, with intense competition, streaming companies are changing the equation to try to be profitable and that means consistent price increases. Disney's streaming services are just the beginning.