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  • September 19, 2017

    Apple iOS 11 release

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  • Facebook has now rolled out its “Watch” video feature, which can also be accessed through Facebook’s new Show Pages option. This feature is coming to the US after its three-week beta run. It is primarily designed as a guide to episoded shows hosted on the social platform. It will let users discover videos from outside their feed, and they can manage Watch lists based on artists, brands and publishers. The feature is capable of stocking several shows, including reality and sports content of varying length. The strategy is to bring more people in to spend even more time on the social network. The videos include those released by traditional media companies and individual digital creators, and the platform also encourages individuals to submit shows. The Watch tab is on the main desktop navigation menu, and is under the News Feed and Messenger buttons. On mobile it is much simpler – it is at the bottom of the navigation bar, and the user can launch it with a single click. It is also available on several connected TV platforms – Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV. 1reddrop Original content seems to be the business to get in between Apple, Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube everyone offering it now. You can never say there nothing to watch anymore.
  • September 18, 2017

    Bing adds Fact Check label

    Bing is adding a new UX element to the search results, called the “Fact Check” label, to help users find fact checking information on news, and with major stories and webpages within the Bing search results. The label may be used on both news articles and web pages that Bing has determined contain fact check information to allow users to have additional information to judge for themselves what information on the internet is trustworthy. The label may be used on a broad category of queries including news, health, science and politics. Bing may apply this label to any page that has schema.org ClaimReview markup included on the page. Bing Bing is doing everything they can to compete with Google. I can see Google starting this feature soon it’s a good idea.
  • Hulu made Emmys history last night by becoming the first streaming service to win an Emmy for Best Drama (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), but it was Netflix that actually took home more awards at last night’s event. That’s not surprising, given how nominations Netflix earned this year – with 91 Emmy nods, it had come close to doubling its Emmy presence from 2016, where it was up for 54 potential wins. Only HBO had scored more Emmy nominations this time around – a notable feat, too, considering that its flagship show “Game of Thrones” didn’t compete this year, due to it missing the eligibility period. Netflix’s lineup of Emmy contenders has a lot to do with how much it has invested in content for its service – $6 billion in 2017, with plans to increase that to $7 billion next year. That strategy has paid off not only in terms of subscribers, but also industry recognition, like the Emmy awards. TechCrunch Great to see Netflix and Hulu online services being held in the same regard as big networks I am waiting for YouTube next.
  • It’s about as good a timing as any for Lyft to capitalize on the tidal wave of negative publicity that Uber is facing right now, and it looks like it might end up with a significant investment from Alphabet in the middle of that train wreck, according to a report by Axios. That’s not to say that this is directly related to Uber, which has a new CEO and is trying to move on from the disaster of the past few months. Still, Alphabet appears to be discussing a $1 billion investment in Lyft in an effort led by CEO Larry Page, according to the report. Lyft last raised $600 million at a $7.5 billion valuation in April. This would be an interesting move for Google, which invested in Uber early in its life through its investment arm GV. We’d heard some murmurs of something brewing between Alphabet and Lyft for a few weeks, but it was unclear what the outcome would be. Bloomberg also reported the news this afternoon. In the end, it appears that Lyft may get a big infusion of cash to fuel its efforts to pick away at Uber — especially as it appears primed to begin its move internationally, according to a report from The Information. Techcrunch I would like to see this happen as Uber is dominating the market and I would like to see some competition in the space.
  • The iPhone X is going to get some competition from Google this fall. The search giant on Thursday announced it will host a hardware event on Oct. 4, where it’s expected to reveal its next-generation smartphone, the Pixel 2. The tech titan posted a cryptic video on its YouTube site that featured a Google search box with multiple queries being typed in. “What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?” one asked. Another wanted to know “Why doesn’t my phone understand me?” The video suggests, among other things, that the Mountain View, Calif.-based company’s new smartphone may be equipped with an improved version of its voice-activated Google Assistant. The Oct. 4 date falls on the one-year anniversary of the launch of Google’s first Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which were tagged by reviewers as one of the best smartphones on the market that use Google’s Android mobile operating system. NYPost It’s a pretty safe bet this is the time of year Apple and Google roll stuff out for the holiday season.
  • Each generation of iPhone brings with it a custom system-on-chip (SoC) with an impressive amount of power, and Apple is keeping that tradition with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10). Each of those handsets sports a custom A11 Bionic processor with six cores of computing muscle—four high performance cores and two power efficiency cores. If early leaked benchmarks are any indication, the A11 Bionic is going to set some records. The A11 Bionic is reportedly built on a 10-nanometer FinFET process. We suspect the two power efficiency cores will perform the bulk medial chores to maintain battery life, which Apple says will be 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7. But for heavy lifting, the chip is capable of not only firing up its four high performance cores, it can tap all six cores simultaneously. Combined with a burly GPU, the A11 Bionic looks like a fierce chip. HotHardware Looking back I bet Intel upset they turn the deal down to make phone processors for Apple.
  • Google is taking on the irritating trend of auto-playing Web videos with its Chrome browser. Starting in Chrome 64, which is currently earmarked for a January 2018 release, auto-play will only be allowed when the video in question is muted or when a “user has indicated an interest in the media.” The latter applies if the site has been added to the home screen on mobile or if the user has frequently played media on the site on desktop. Google also says auto-play will be allowed if the user has “tapped or clicked somewhere on the site during the browsing session.” arstechnica I am glad I don’t like the fact that Facebook Autoplays its a security issue I feel.
  • The Apple TV 4K doesn’t arrive until next week, but Apple is already delivering 4K and HDR content to its customers via the iTunes Store. As you may recall, I described Apple’s Apple TV 4K announcements this week to be the only unadulterated win from its iPhone X press event. That is, this device will provide 4K and HDR content to a living room device that is (for Apple) reasonably priced. And better still, Apple’s 4K content will not cost extra. “In the only real surprise at the event, and what I will argue was, in fact, the best news of the day, Apple will not charge extra for purchased 4K/UHD/HDR content,” I wrote. “That is, movies and TV shows in these formats will cost the same as Full HD/1080p videos did before (typically $15 or $20 for a new movie). And better still, if you purchased movies or TV shows from Apple in Full HD before, they will automatically be upgraded to 4K/UHD/HDR as those versions become available. Other service providers charge a lot of money for this kind of thing. For example, Google sells the movie King Kong: Skull Island for $19.99 in Full HD, but the 4K/UHD/HDR version is $29.99. For people who care about home entertainment, Apple’s pricing here is—yes, really—a game changer.” Thurrott Apple is really on the ball with their services that’s why they are on their way to being the first trillion dollar company.
  • Just a few days after Apple killed off its annual London music festival, in steps Spotify with its first live music event for the UK. Who We Be, as it’s called, will take place on November 30th at London’s Alexandra Palace. The lineup consists of Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Giggs, J Hus, and Stefflon Don in a celebration of rap and grime. The festival shares its name with the Who We Be playlist curated by Spotify and followed by 140,000 fans. Playlist subscribers will have the first opportunity to buy presale tickets starting tomorrow, before general ticket sales begin on Monday, September 11th from the event’s website. The Verge I am sad to see Apple cancel their music festival. I am happy to see Spotify doing one reminds of Napster fest in early 2000s