Spotify: Your new place for video?The streaming-music app is set to evolve beyond audio this week. Also, Snapchat may be getting new video calling features, and Cortana nags about email promises.
Spotify is expanding beyond music streaming. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNet Update. [MUSIC] Spotify, a music streaming app, is evolving into a video streaming app this week, and we are not just talking about music videos. Back in May, Spotify revealed that it's partnering with major video outlets like ESPN, Comedy Central, TBS, ABC, NBC, BBC, to name a few. And it's also going to be featuring popular podcasts. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Spotify said the new content is coming this week on Android and next week for iPhone. Adding video and podcast encourages people to spend more time on the app. And that means Spotify could make more money on advertisements. Spotify has been busy making a number of changes lately. Just the other week, it integrated with the Starbucks app so you can save the song that's playing in the store to your Spotify playlist. Spotify isn't the only app broadening its reach. The social messaging app, Snapchat, seem to be working on new types of audio and video calling features. Snapprefs developers posted these screenshots of new features, which seem to be hidden inside the current app. It could be similar to Google Hangouts or Facebook Messenger, where you can make an audio or video call, and also send stickers in a text chat. Of course, Snapchat isn't commenting about this. So we shall have to wait and see if any of this becomes a real feature. And that's not the only change coming to your apps. Microsoft is rolling out new features to the personal assistant, Cortana, on Windows 10. She's scanning your email to remind you to keep your promises. Currently Cortana scans your email for any messages that have phrases regarding package delivery or upcoming flights to give you reminders. Wiggle them out is the saying. But Cortana will also look for phrasing if you promise to do something. For example, if you tell your friends you're going to buy tickets to an event, You'll get a pop-up reminding you that you said you're gonna buy those tickets. Cortana has also paid attention to when you have a meeting that's earlier or later than your usual work times. So you'll get alerted to take action, since it's out of the ordinary. That's it for this tech news update, but you can catch up on the latest tech news at cnet.com and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]