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  • September 6, 2017

    Roku launches its own channel

    Roku, a company capitalizing on the cord cutting trend to the tune of a $100 million IPO, is today launching its own channel for users of Roku streaming players, sticks and TVs, which will connect customers to hundreds of movies and some TV shows they can stream for free. The channel itself will include content Roku has licensed directly from studios, as well as movies aggregated from other channel publishers on its platform. Like its rivals – Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV – Roku offers an easy way to access all the top streaming services, as well as many of the niche players. However, unlike the other competitors, Roku hasn’t really used its platform as a way to push its own video marketplace or streaming service the way Apple does with iTunes, Google with Google Play Movies & TV, and Amazon does with Amazon Video and Prime Video. TechCrunch I have used Roku for a long time I have one on every TV we own. Great to see them moving a head they have great product both hardware and software are great.
  • YouTube today is rolling out several features to make itself more appealing to live streamers, including video game streamers, as the battle with rivals like Amazon’s Twitch and Microsoft’s Mixer continues. Most notably, YouTube will now allow iPhone users to stream directly from their phone’s screen – a feature that was previously available to those on Android. In addition, YouTube is introducing the ability to live stream in real-time with little latency and is adding new tools for easier chat moderation, it says. TechCrunch YouTube has been rolling out a lot of new features over the last few weeks I will be keeping a closer watch on YouTube now I just started watching Good Mythical Morning.
  • Earlier this week, we discovered that customers can now pre-order the Surface Laptop with a Core i7 in Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold. The new variants are coming at the end of October, but as it turns out, Microsoft isn’t done adding new configurations for the Windows 10 S device. The company will be releasing a new variant with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD on October 3, and you can pre-order it right now. Unfortunately, it won’t be offered in fancy colors, and it will only come in Platinum. The good news though, is that it’s coming to multiple regions, priced at $2,699 in the United States and £2,699 in the UK. neowin That’s one thing Microsoft does better than Apple larger solid state drives.
  • September 1, 2017

    Mixer Create On iOS and Android

    Hey Mixer fans! We’d like to officially introduce you to the Mixer Create app—now out of beta and available for iOS and Android. We’ve heard your feedback that you want to stay connected with your community on-the-go, and Mixer Create makes that easier than ever with mobile gameplay streaming, vlogging, chat companion, participation in co-streams and the ability to manage your Mixer settings – all right from your mobile device. Mixer This is everything YouTube gaming should be Microsoft did a great job on this app.
  • SanDisk is offering a new 400GB microSD card, a breakthrough that would make it the largest microSD currently on the market. SanDisk, which is owned by Western Digital, hasn’t revealed details beyond stating that the capacity breakthrough was the result of WD “leveraging its proprietary memory technology and design and production processes that allow for more bits per die.” Western Digital set the previous record two years ago, when it launched a 200GB microSD card. Extreme Tech I want one of these for my digital camera.
  • Microsoft announced this morning that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be made available worldwide on October 17, in step with a new lineup of Windows Mixed Reality headsets that require this release. “We are coming up on our fourth major update to Windows 10, and our mission with these updates is to create a platform that inspires your creativity,” Microsoft corporate vice president Terry Myerson says. “The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update, we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative.” The Fall Creators Update will upgrade Windows 10 to version 1709 and it brings a number of new features and improvements, especially to key experiences like gaming, security, and photos. But no new technology weighs as heavily on this update as Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft’s attempt to take virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) mainstream. Thurrott I am glad to see Microsoft rolling this out a lot Windows fans have been waiting a while.
  • August 31, 2017

    YouTube Gets a New Look and Logo

    For the last 12 years, YouTube’s logo has been a pair of anachronisms wrapped inside each other. “We have the word tube in a tube,” says Christopher Bettig, the head of YouTube’s art department. “This is weird. No one know what this is.” Tube is slang for a television set, which used to be powered by vacuum tubes. But neither tubes nor TVs are central to the world’s biggest video service, which now reaches over 1.5 billion people each month, streaming to almost any screen with an internet connection. And so today the brand is getting its biggest aesthetic makeover ever. The YouTube logo is being refreshed, shifting the emphasis away from the word “Tube” and onto the familiar play button which has already become an iconic shorthand for the company. The service is also getting a new typeface, color scheme, and a bunch of major changes to the look, feel, and functionality of its desktop and mobile app. The Verge YouTube has been on roll with YouTube, YouTube Music and YouTube TV it only makes sense they would roll out a new design.  
  • Basically the Crown lets you control a variety of settings or interface elements depending on the app: Zoom in Photoshop, exposure compensation in Lightroom, column in Excel, and so on. We’ve seen things like this here and there, and Logitech’s is a respectable specimen: understated in design and compatible with major apps out of the box. Now, to be honest, comparisons to Microsoft’s Surface Dial aren’t really warranted. That one is context-sensitive based on where you place it as well as what app you’re in. It’s meant to turn the Surface Studio into a sort of cyborg creation engine as you wield the pen in one hand and dial in the other. TechCrunch I am not sure if I would ever use this but it might be one of those additions for the nitch market.
  • From the start, we’ve believed that your Google Assistant should be available wherever you need help, and that’s why it’s already on Google Home, eligible Android phones, iPhones, Google Allo and Android Wear. This week, we’re continuing to make your Assistant available in even more places. We’re here at IFA in Germany—that’s Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin in case you were curious. It’s a consumer electronics and home appliance trade show and throughout the next few days, you’ll hear about a number of new products that either have the Assistant built in (you can talk to them) or that work with the Assistant (you can control them with the Google Assistant). Google Google is being very aggressive with the Google Home deployment.