Google’s New Initiative Will Use Tech to Write Local News Stories

In an effort to cover areas not presently serviced because of the financial woes of newsrooms, Google has committed over $800,000 to develop a software that automates news for The Press Association in the UK. Known as Radar—Reporters And Data And Robots—the service should be able to produce more than 30,000 local news stories per month, turning data into readable content. This division of Google’s …

Nook HD and HD+

Two updated tablets focused on content consumption

Announced today, Barnes & Noble has updated the popular Nook tablet with HD and HD+ versions. Unlike competitors like the Kindle Fire or iPad, the new generation of Nooks are offered strictly as content consumption devices; while users can peruse books, music, magazines and movies, you won’t find a camera on the Nook HD or HD+, and that’s all part of the plan. The Nook …

Ptch

A social app mashes content into dynamic slideshows


 A newcomer to the cutthroat world of social media backed by DreamWorks, Ptch sources content from popular services like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, giving users the chance to remix media to their heart’s delight. The idea is to create “snackable media” by mashing up text, video, images and audio into 60-second slideshows or videos. The personalized one-offs can then be broadcast across channels, …

Cool Hunting Video Presents: Aziz Ansari

Our chat with a comedy powerhouse about tacos, comedy and the future of media

It’s not everyday you get to sit down with a comedy powerhouse like Aziz Ansari. We lured Aziz to Dorado NYC with delicious Mexican fare and talked shop about the current state of the media business. Having released his latest special, Dangerously Delicious, independently and strictly available online in a digital format, Aziz had made some interesting points about the future of content. Check out …