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Mobile Minutes: Google answers Echo; Apple shortens app approvals; Walmart’s subscription shipping; MLB and VR

May 13, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 4.32.31 PMGoogle’s answer to Amazon’s Echo is code-named Chirp and is landing soon
A product team at Google is working on a hardware device that would integrate Google’s search and voice assistant technology, akin to the Amazon Echo, Recode has learned.
Read more on CNBC

Apple shortens app review times in push to boost service sales
Apple Inc. has cut the approval time for new submissions to its App Store from more than a week to less than two days, part of a broader push to increase revenue from services including mobile applications.
Read more on Bloomberg

Walmart changes 3-day shipping pilot to 2-day
Walmart’s pilot subscription shipping program will now guarantee delivery within two days instead of three, helping the retailer to go head-to-head with mammoth online competitor Amazon.
Read more on USA Today

Voices: Take me out to the VR may be MLB’s new theme
A disembodied voice welcomes two visitors to the San Francisco Giants’ executive offices.
Read more on USA Today






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