Netflix price hikes and Alexa’s news voice

Netflix will be $1-2 more expensive a month in the USA for 58 Million subscribers. But for the 79 million global customers it’s still a wait and see. Investors are happy though – on the news their shares jumped 6%.

Google Apps – which powers email, calendars and documents for 4 million businesses will see a 20% jump in monthly and yearly fees. Google says they now offer much more polished services, more AI, more tools for business like Video Conferencing and Team chat but if you’re a small business, you’ll feel this.

Alexa has spent her Christmas break working on her news voice. Now when she reads you the headlines she sounds less monotone and a lot more like a real person you’d hear on TV or the Radio.

Paul Stenhouse is the Technology Contributor on Newstalk ZB’s ‘Saturday Morning with Jack Tame’.

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