When we think of our sources for news and entertainment, we often look towards the traditional media outlets, the online news sites and the long established radio and television broadcasters that have dominated the airwaves for years. However, with the rise of streaming and the lack of diversity in news coverage, as well as limited playlists on radio by the traditional outlets, podcasts and streamed programming seems to be where the fresh perspectives are now coming from.
This week Amazon made lots of news with their announcement about the Echo Show, a video and touch screen enabled version of the popular Echo digital assistant that will arrive in late June. Then they dropped the bombshell. Echos new and old, along with their Alexa mobile apps, can make calls between one another, much like Skype offered in its earliest days.
In 2016 Amazon quietly acquired a small conferencing startup, Biba. This past week we saw the Seattle giant launch Chime, a new video and audio conferencing app based upon that purchase, and it has been one of the hottest movers on ProductHunt since its debut.