What are the biggest insights and observations in AR and adjacent sectors this week? Welcome to Reality Bytes, featuring lightning-round commentary from AR Insider partner M7 Innovations. Founder Matt Maher lends his insights from the trenches of AR experience creation.

We continue the narrative this week with Maher’s look at Amazon’s Wondery purchase, Warner Bros’ new film release strategy and Alexa learning to text. See the quick summary below, followed by embedded video. And stay tuned each week for more tech musings from Maher.

🎧 Amazon plans to acquire Wondery, the popular independent podcast maker, in hopes it will be the steroid shot Audible (owned by Amazon) needs to take on Spotify.

🎬 Warner Bros. will release all of its 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max, a massive loss for movie theaters, but a win for viewers and the future of streaming.

🗣 Alexa loves to hear your voice, but now you can text her. We discuss access, data and the multimodal approach Amazon is taking for its assistant.

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