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Survey shows growth in podcasts and voice assistants, little change in streaming

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A new annual survey taken before the current COVID-19 crisis led to restrictions of movement in much of the U.S. suggests good news for Amazon, Facebook’s dominance unthreatened and continued growth in podcasting.

Edison Research and Triton Digital released their annual Infinite Dial survey last week, compiling data on consumers’ use of smart speakers, podcasts, music streaming and social media from 1,500 people (aged 12 and older) to compare year-over-year changes. Here are a few interesting findings:

Voice assistants and smart speakers

Sixty-two percent said they use a voice-based virtual assistant, most commonly via a phone or a computer. There has been a lot written about interactive voice as the next major medium for human-computer interaction after mobile phones, so it’s noteworthy to see that use of the technology is still associated with personal computing devices rather than hands-free smart speakers placed in the surrounding environment.

Smart speaker ownership did increase to 27% of respondents, up from 24% in 2019, even though respondents owned an average 2.2 speakers. In fact, the cohort that owned three or more speakers increased from one-quarter to one-third of owners in just a year, with Amazon Alexa continuing to dominate market share.

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Hal Willner, who produced sketch music for SNL, ‘passes away from coronavirus-related complications’

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Hal Willner, who produced sketch music for Saturday Night Live, has reportedly died from coronavirus-related complications. 

The record producer passed away age 64, according to Variety.  

Willner appeared to suggest he was suffering from the virus when tweeting about being ‘in bed on upper west side’, along with a map of COVID-19 cases across America, on March 28.

Hal Willner, who produced sketch music for Saturday Night Live, has reportedly died from coronavirus-related complications

Hal Willner, who produced sketch music for Saturday Night Live, has reportedly died from coronavirus-related complications

Hal Willner, who produced sketch music for Saturday Night Live, has reportedly died from coronavirus-related complications

‘I always wanted to have a number one – but not this . Pure Arch Oboler with Serling added . In bed on upper west side . H,’ he tweeted. 

Willner had been working on music skits for Saturday Night Live since 1980.

Outside of the show, he produced music for several other big stars.   

Among the artists he has worked with include Marianne Faithfull, who has also contracted coronavirus. 

Among the artists he has worked with include Marianne Faithfull, who has also contracted coronavirus

Among the artists he has worked with include Marianne Faithfull, who has also contracted coronavirus

Among the artists he has worked with include Marianne Faithfull, who has also contracted coronavirus

Willner appeared to suggest he had been contracted the virus when tweeting about being 'in bed on upper west side' on March 28

Willner appeared to suggest he had been contracted the virus when tweeting about being 'in bed on upper west side' on March 28

Willner appeared to suggest he had been contracted the virus when tweeting about being ‘in bed on upper west side’ on March 28

 

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Inside Alesha Dixon’s lavish Hertfordshire home

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She shocked fans on Sunday when she shared an image of her large garden, which they mistook for being a park. 

And Alesha Dixon has shared a number of snaps from her stunning Hertforshire mansion as she spends time indoors with her family during lockdown amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 41, gorgeous property boasts chic furniture, plenty of space for her two daughters Azura Sienna, six, and six-month-old Anaya to roam, and a spacious gym that is jam-packed with everything Alesha needs to keep fit.

Wow! Alesha Dixon's Hertfordshire lavish mansion boasts a state-of-the-art personal gym, modern furnishings and THAT huge garden for her daughters to play in

Wow! Alesha Dixon's Hertfordshire lavish mansion boasts a state-of-the-art personal gym, modern furnishings and THAT huge garden for her daughters to play in

Wow! Alesha Dixon’s Hertfordshire lavish mansion boasts a state-of-the-art personal gym, modern furnishings and THAT huge garden for her daughters to play in

Alesha’s state-of-the-art gym was equipped with a plethora of weights of varying heaviness placed on a rack in front of a red bench, while she also had an exercise ball ready to be used.

But that wasn’t all, as the TV personality also had an exercise bike and a treadmill that folded away to make room for Alesha to have space for her exercise mat while working out.

The spacious room had high ceilings and wooden panel flooring for a modern feel, while one wall was lined with mirrors and there was also a mounted television for her to watch while breaking a sweat.

Often spending time in the gym, the star has shared a number of videos in the past with her daughters in the room, including one where she lifted her youngest Anaya while doing crunches and another where she did squats while holding up Azura.

Spacious: Alesha shocked fans on Sunday when she shared an image of her large garden, which they mistook for being a park

Spacious: Alesha shocked fans on Sunday when she shared an image of her large garden, which they mistook for being a park

Spacious: Alesha shocked fans on Sunday when she shared an image of her large garden, which they mistook for being a park

Prepared: Alesha's state-of-the-art gym was equipped with a plethora of weights of varying heaviness placed on a rack in front of a red bench

Prepared: Alesha's state-of-the-art gym was equipped with a plethora of weights of varying heaviness placed on a rack in front of a red bench

Ready: Alesha also had an exercise ball ready to be used

Ready: Alesha also had an exercise ball ready to be used

Prepared: Alesha’s state-of-the-art gym was equipped with a plethora of weights of varying heaviness placed on a rack in front of a red bench, while she also had an exercise ball ready to be used

Variety: As well as the weights, the TV personality also had an exercise bike and a treadmill that folded away to make room for Alesha to have space for her exercise mat

Variety: As well as the weights, the TV personality also had an exercise bike and a treadmill that folded away to make room for Alesha to have space for her exercise mat

Variety: As well as the weights, the TV personality also had an exercise bike and a treadmill that folded away to make room for Alesha to have space for her exercise mat

Sweet: Often spending time in the gym, the star has shared a number of videos in the past with her daughters in the room, including one where she lifted her youngest Anaya while doing crunches

Sweet: Often spending time in the gym, the star has shared a number of videos in the past with her daughters in the room, including one where she lifted her youngest Anaya while doing crunches

Multi-tasking: There was also a mounted television for her to watch while breaking a sweat

Multi-tasking: There was also a mounted television for her to watch while breaking a sweat

Sweet: Often spending time in the gym, the star has shared a number of videos in the past with her daughters in the room, including one where she lifted her youngest Anaya while doing crunches

Well-furnished: The spacious room had high ceilings and wooden panel flooring for a modern feel, while one wall was lined with mirrors

Well-furnished: The spacious room had high ceilings and wooden panel flooring for a modern feel, while one wall was lined with mirrors

Well-furnished: The spacious room had high ceilings and wooden panel flooring for a modern feel, while one wall was lined with mirrors

On Sunday, Alesha shared a gorgeous snap from a distance that showed off her fresh trimmed grass with a picnic rug set up in the middle. 

The star opted to keep her decorations simplistic for the outdoor space, as she had a large white bird feeder propped up in the middle of the lawn for any nearby birds. 

Large, luscious trees were lined around the garden, while well-trimmed hedges were also visible, acting as natural barriers between her home and the others around it. 

Mimalist: Meanwhile, in her garden Alesha opted to keep her decorations simplistic for the outdoor space, as she had a large white bird feeder propped up in the middle

Mimalist: Meanwhile, in her garden Alesha opted to keep her decorations simplistic for the outdoor space, as she had a large white bird feeder propped up in the middle

Blocked off: Large, luscious trees were lined around the garden, while well-trimmed hedges were also visible, acting as natural barriers between her home and the others around it

Blocked off: Large, luscious trees were lined around the garden, while well-trimmed hedges were also visible, acting as natural barriers between her home and the others around it

Mimalist: Meanwhile, in her garden Alesha opted to keep her decorations simplistic for the outdoor space, as she had a large white bird feeder propped up in the middle

Perfect family space: During their time outside, the beauty relaxed alongside her husband Azuka Ononye and daughters Azura and Anaya while they enjoyed the glorious weather

Perfect family space: During their time outside, the beauty relaxed alongside her husband Azuka Ononye and daughters Azura and Anaya while they enjoyed the glorious weather

Perfect family space: During their time outside, the beauty relaxed alongside her husband Azuka Ononye and daughters Azura and Anaya while they enjoyed the glorious weather

Sun-soaked: On Sunday, Alesha showed off her garden that had fresh trimmed grass with a picnic rug set up in the middle

Sun-soaked: On Sunday, Alesha showed off her garden that had fresh trimmed grass with a picnic rug set up in the middle

Perfect spot: Alesha and her family were able to enjoy the good weather while sage at home

Perfect spot: Alesha and her family were able to enjoy the good weather while sage at home

Sun-soaked: On Sunday, Alesha showed off her garden that had fresh trimmed grass with a picnic rug set up in the middle 

She accompanied the snap with the simple caption: ‘Heaven’ along with a sunshine emoji.  

The beauty was chilling alongside her husband Azuka Ononye and daughters Azura and Anaya while they enjoyed the glorious weather. 

She shared some stories as well as the snap, showing her eldest daughter explaining how they had filled their day.

Azura sweetly let fans know that the family have enjoyed their time in isolation by ‘baking’ and ‘running’ as well as ‘sunbathing’.  

Glam: Meanwhile, Alesha's living room was furnished with white chairs that were partially backless for a modern touch, and they were positioned around a chic circular table that was adorned with white roses

Glam: Meanwhile, Alesha's living room was furnished with white chairs that were partially backless for a modern touch, and they were positioned around a chic circular table that was adorned with white roses

Spending quality time together: Alesha has shared a number of snaps of Azura doting on her little sister

Spending quality time together: Alesha has shared a number of snaps of Azura doting on her little sister

Glam: Meanwhile, Alesha’s living room was furnished with white chairs that were partially backless for a modern touch, and they were positioned around a chic circular table that was adorned with white roses

Adorable: The room was fitted with a plush white rug that was perfect for Alesha's little ones to use as a play area, as Anaya walked around with her little baby stroller

Adorable: The room was fitted with a plush white rug that was perfect for Alesha's little ones to use as a play area, as Anaya walked around with her little baby stroller

Adorable: The room was fitted with a plush white rug that was perfect for Alesha’s little ones to use as a play area, as Anaya walked around with her little baby stroller

Plush: The living room sofa was decorated with grey and dusty pink pillows for a chic flair

Plush: The living room sofa was decorated with grey and dusty pink pillows for a chic flair

Comfy: Alesha's youngest child also appeared in snaps which showed off the star's stylish furniture, including a double bed that had a pleated grey backboard and plush bedding

Comfy: Alesha's youngest child also appeared in snaps which showed off the star's stylish furniture, including a double bed that had a pleated grey backboard and plush bedding

Comfy: Alesha’s youngest child also appeared in snaps which showed off the star’s stylish furniture, including a double bed that had a pleated grey backboard and plush bedding

Meanwhile, Alesha’s living room was furnished with white chairs that were partially backless for a modern touch, and they were positioned around a chic circular table that was adorned with white roses. 

The room was fitted with a plush white rug that was perfect for Alesha’s little ones to use as a play area, as Anaya walked around with her little baby stroller.

Alesha’s youngest child also appeared in snaps which showed off the star’s stylish furniture,  including a double bed that had a pleated grey backboard and plush bedding.

It was clear that no expense was spared, as Alesha’s  home was also adorned with lavish mirrors and decorations.

Stunning home: It was clear that no expense was spared when decorating the house, as Alesha's home was also adorned with lavish mirrors and furniture

Stunning home: It was clear that no expense was spared when decorating the house, as Alesha's home was also adorned with lavish mirrors and furniture

Stunning home: It was clear that no expense was spared when decorating the house, as Alesha’s home was also adorned with lavish mirrors and furniture








Great lighting: In one room, Alesha has a stylish vanity mirror that had intricate lighting across the front of it

Great lighting: In one room, Alesha has a stylish vanity mirror that had intricate lighting across the front of it

Great lighting: In one room, Alesha has a stylish vanity mirror that had intricate lighting across the front of it

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Wendy Williams SLASHES price of New Jersey mansion to $1.575million (which would be over $500K LOSS)

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The housing market is definitely no Hot Topic.

Wendy Williams has slashed the price of the New Jersey mansion she shared with ex-husband Kevin Hunter to $1.575million after the former couple had purchased it together for $2.1million in 2008 according to Realtor.com.

This is the second drop in price for the estate as the exclusive home in a Bel Air gated community was originally put for sale last August for $1.895million before the price was reduced to $1.699million in January.

On the market: Wendy Williams has slashed the price of the New Jersey mansion she shared with ex-husband Kevin Hunter to $1.575million after the former couple had purchased it together for $2.1million in 2008 according to Realtor.com

On the market: Wendy Williams has slashed the price of the New Jersey mansion she shared with ex-husband Kevin Hunter to $1.575million after the former couple had purchased it together for $2.1million in 2008 according to Realtor.com

On the market: Wendy Williams has slashed the price of the New Jersey mansion she shared with ex-husband Kevin Hunter to $1.575million after the former couple had purchased it together for $2.1million in 2008 according to Realtor.com

Moving on: The 55-year-old chat show host seen in New York back in February

Moving on: The 55-year-old chat show host seen in New York back in February

Moving on: The 55-year-old chat show host seen in New York back in February

Back in late January, she finalized her divorce with her 48-year-old former executive producer. 

The sprawling 5,700-square-foot comes with five bedrooms and four and a half baths, including a master suite with spacious walk-in closets, a marble bath, jacuzzi and steam shower.

The house features a home office, a family room with a wood-burning fireplace and a state-of-the-art kitchen with granite fixtures, custom cabinets, high-end appliances a walk-in pantry and a massive island.

There’s also a two-story rotunda and an oversized fully finished basement.

A steal: The estranged exes are ready to take a hit on the home, for which they paid $2.1 million and are letting go for $1.895 million

A steal: The estranged exes are ready to take a hit on the home, for which they paid $2.1 million and are letting go for $1.895 million

A steal: The estranged exes are ready to take a hit on the home, for which they paid $2.1 million and are letting go for $1.895 million

Spacious castle: The sprawling 5,700-square-foot comes with five bedrooms and four and a half baths

Spacious castle: The sprawling 5,700-square-foot comes with five bedrooms and four and a half baths

Spacious castle: The sprawling 5,700-square-foot comes with five bedrooms and four and a half baths

Dream bathroom: The master suite features spacious walk-in closets, a marble bath, jacuzzi and steam shower

Dream bathroom: The master suite features spacious walk-in closets, a marble bath, jacuzzi and steam shower

Dream bathroom: The master suite features spacious walk-in closets, a marble bath, jacuzzi and steam shower

Wow factor: No doubt it is a relaxing place to end the day

Wow factor: No doubt it is a relaxing place to end the day

Wow factor: No doubt it is a relaxing place to end the day

Kitchen goals: The state-of-the-art kitchen comes with granite fixtures, custom cabinets, high-end appliances a walk-in pantry and a massive island

Kitchen goals: The state-of-the-art kitchen comes with granite fixtures, custom cabinets, high-end appliances a walk-in pantry and a massive island

Kitchen goals: The state-of-the-art kitchen comes with granite fixtures, custom cabinets, high-end appliances a walk-in pantry and a massive island

Cozy hearth: The house also features a home office and a family room with a wood-burning fireplace

Cozy hearth: The house also features a home office and a family room with a wood-burning fireplace

Cozy hearth: The house also features a home office and a family room with a wood-burning fireplace

Luxurious palace: There's also a two-story rotunda and an oversized fully finished basement

Luxurious palace: There's also a two-story rotunda and an oversized fully finished basement

Luxurious palace: There’s also a two-story rotunda and an oversized fully finished basement

Split: She shared with ex-husband Kevin Hunter as their divorce was finalized in January, as they are seen together in July 2018

Split: She shared with ex-husband Kevin Hunter as their divorce was finalized in January, as they are seen together in July 2018

Split: She shared with ex-husband Kevin Hunter as their divorce was finalized in January, as they are seen together in July 2018








The exterior is quite luxurious as well, with a backyard patio, a basketball court and a koi pond.

A source told Page Six last year: ‘They are willing to take a loss on the house, just like with their marriage.

‘Wendy was so quick to move out of the house after filing for divorce, she wanted to not be in the house to be reminded of all the memories, both good and bad.’

Williams moved out of the mansion earlier this year and into an apartment in New York City, where her talk show is taped.

Beautiful backyard: The exterior is quite luxurious as well, with a backyard patio, a basketball court and a koi pond

Beautiful backyard: The exterior is quite luxurious as well, with a backyard patio, a basketball court and a koi pond

Beautiful backyard: The exterior is quite luxurious as well, with a backyard patio, a basketball court and a koi pond

Going green: There is plenty of foliage on the property

Going green: There is plenty of foliage on the property

Going green: There is plenty of foliage on the property

Taking a loss: A source close to the family said last year: 'They are willing to take a loss on the house, just like with their marriage'

Taking a loss: A source close to the family said last year: 'They are willing to take a loss on the house, just like with their marriage'

Taking a loss: A source close to the family said last year: ‘They are willing to take a loss on the house, just like with their marriage’

Not a housewife: Following her move to New York, Williams recently denied rumors that she'll be joining the iconic Real Housewives franchise on Bravo

Not a housewife: Following her move to New York, Williams recently denied rumors that she'll be joining the iconic Real Housewives franchise on Bravo

Not a housewife: Following her move to New York, Williams recently denied rumors that she’ll be joining the iconic Real Housewives franchise on Bravo

Saying goodbye: They added: 'Wendy was so quick to move out of the house after filing for divorce, she wanted to not be in the house to be reminded of all the memories, both good and bad'

Saying goodbye: They added: 'Wendy was so quick to move out of the house after filing for divorce, she wanted to not be in the house to be reminded of all the memories, both good and bad'

Saying goodbye: They added: ‘Wendy was so quick to move out of the house after filing for divorce, she wanted to not be in the house to be reminded of all the memories, both good and bad’

Moving on: Williams moved out of the mansion earlier this year and into an apartment in New York City, where her talk show is taped

Moving on: Williams moved out of the mansion earlier this year and into an apartment in New York City, where her talk show is taped

Moving on: Williams moved out of the mansion earlier this year and into an apartment in New York City, where her talk show is taped

Other woman: Williams and Hunter have been going through a messy divorce ever since it was revealed he was having an affair, which may have resulted in a child

Other woman: Williams and Hunter have been going through a messy divorce ever since it was revealed he was having an affair, which may have resulted in a child

Other woman: Williams and Hunter have been going through a messy divorce ever since it was revealed he was having an affair, which may have resulted in a child

Legal troubles: Their son Kevin Jr. appeared in court last year after a public altercation between him and his father turned physical

Legal troubles: Their son Kevin Jr. appeared in court last year after a public altercation between him and his father turned physical

Legal troubles: Their son Kevin Jr. appeared in court last year after a public altercation between him and his father turned physical

Sprawling: There is plenty of space for a family

Sprawling: There is plenty of space for a family

Sprawling: There is plenty of space for a family








It’s also where she’s rumored to be joining the iconic Real Housewives franchise on Bravo, although she recently denied those rumors.

Williams and Hunter have been going through a messy divorce after DailyMail.com revealed he fathered a child with his long-time mistress, Sharina Hudson. 

Williams and Hunter’s son Kevin Jr. appeared in court last year after a public altercation between him and his father turned physical.

In a turn for the better, the 18-year-old’s charges were dismissed as he is in the midst of his sophomore year of college.

Good news: In a turn for the better, the 18-year-old's charges were dismissed as he prepares for his sophomore year of college in the fall

Good news: In a turn for the better, the 18-year-old's charges were dismissed as he prepares for his sophomore year of college in the fall

Good news: In a turn for the better, the 18-year-old’s charges were dismissed as he prepares for his sophomore year of college in the fall

Back to business: With Hunter ousted from his role as executive producer, The Wendy Williams Show has carried on amid rumors the talk show will end

Back to business: With Hunter ousted from his role as executive producer, The Wendy Williams Show has carried on amid rumors the talk show will end

Back to business: With Hunter ousted from his role as executive producer, The Wendy Williams Show has carried on amid rumors the talk show will end

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