Apple to invest $1B in content, Essential phone to ship within a weekThe biggest news in the world of tech include Apple's $1 billion dollar commitment to original content, Essential finally shipping preordered phones and Google's Home smartspeaker now allowing for phone calls.
This is CNET and here are the stories that matter right now. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is reportedly spending $1 billion on original entertainment content over the next year. The move is definitely a page from Netflix' playbook, which plans to spend $7 billion on content in 2018. The Journal estimates that Apple's $1 billion investment should be enough to fund roughly 10 shows. [MUSIC] After Essential had missed the company's target shipping date for its first entry in the smartphone market, now come word that pre-orders for the black version of the phone will begin shipping within seven days. We'll soon be able to see how the $700 device performs in what's already a crowded Android space. And finally, Google's home smart speaker can now place calls through the device using the built in assistant. The new feature is rolling out in the US and Canada and the outgoing recipient must be in your Google contacts list. For now the person receiving the call will not see caller ID info, but Google says it should be able to fix that by the end of the year [MUSIC] You can stay up to date with the latest by downloading the CNET Tech Today app in the Apple or Google Play Store.