Wednesday • January 10, 2024
Subscribers to ChatGPT Plus Will Be Able to Browse Tailored Chatbots That Perform Different Tasks
OpenAI said on Wednesday that it was opening an app store for people to share customized versions of its popular chatbot, ChatGPT, as the artificial intelligence company works to expand the reach of its flagship technology and turn it into a moneymaker.
The new store is called the GPT Store. People who spend $20 a month for a subscription to OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus service can browse the store for custom chatbots that provide a wide array of services, including those that recommend books, teach mathematics and search through scientific papers.
Tuesday • January 9, 2024
At CES Amazon Revealed Three Developers delivering New Generative AI-Powered Alexa Experiences
Among the slew of CES announcements this week, it should be no surprise to anyone that generative AI is a major theme from tech companies this year, including Volkswagen, Nvidia and — of course — Amazon.
In September 2023, Amazon announced to developers that it would be launching new tools to build LLM-powered experiences. Today, the company revealed three developers delivering new generative AI-powered Alexa experiences, including AI chatbot platform Character.AI, AI music company Splash and Voice AI game developer Volley. All three experiences are available in the Amazon Alexa Skill Store.
Character.AI’s new experience enables Alexa users to have real-time conversations with different personas, such as a fictional character called Librarian Linda, a personal trainer or even pretend-versions of historical figures like Socrates.
Friday • October 6, 2023
Microsof Rebuilt the Web Microsoft Store With a New AI
“Microsoft has launched a new web version of its app store for Windows.
It’s designed as a replacement for the existing way to find Windows apps on the web, with links from the site opening in the Microsoft Store client on Windows 10 or Windows 11.
The software giant has ditched its old React codebase from its previous web version of the Microsoft Store and replaced it with a modern web version that uses Shoelace, Lit, Vite, and a C# ASPNET backend.
“The old site was a React codebase built on an obsoleted UI framework,” explains Microsoft engineer Judah Gabriel in a post on X. “We created a fresh user experience with a thoughtfully designed interface, easier ways to discover new apps, modern web tech stack. I hope folks will find it useful.””
Tuesday • October 3, 2023
Samsung Has Somewhat Quietly Been Working on its Own Cloud Gaming Service For a While Now
“Apparently, the goal is to eliminate download times for games. Users would be able to stream mobile games immediately without downloading the title from the Play Store or Galaxy Store, which Samsung hopes will make ads for games more effective. The company is apparently also planning to cut service fees for this cloud gaming option to be below the 30% seen through the Play Store and Apple App Store in order to attract developers.”
Saturday • September 23, 2023
The Walmart-Backed Fintech Races to Win Android Developers in Google’s Largest Market
“The Bengaluru-headquartered startup, which has amassed more than 450 million registered users on its eponymous payments app, said developers can start registering and uploading their apps on the “made-in-India” app store starting today. The app store, for which PhonePe has also partnered with phonemakers for distribution, has scores of locally relevant features, including support for third-party payment providers, 12 Indian languages and a login system that revolves around phone numbers.”