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  • Microsoft today issued a big set of firmware updates for Surface Pro 3, all of which are related to supporting the new Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover. The catch? It appears that these updates will only appear on those devices still running Windows 10 version 1607, or the Anniversary Update. Here’s what’s new. Thurrott Microsoft must make good money selling type covers if they are spending time and man power to put out firmware updates to support them on Surface Pro 3.
  • Roku leads streaming media player brand share among U.S. broadband households with 37% of installed base New consumer research from Parks Associates reveals Roku is increasing its lead in the streaming media player landscape. As of Q1 2017, 37% of streaming media players owned by U.S. broadband households are Roku devices, up from one-third in Q1 2016. The firm’s latest industry report Reinventing CE: Transforming Devices to Service Platforms shows this increase in share of installed base puts Roku further ahead of its main competitors Amazon, Google, and Apple. parks associates The Roku such a great device I am glad to see it’s getting a big market share.
  • Fall is a great time for TV lovers. Between college football, NFL, and the return of your favorite TV shows — there’s no shortage of top-notch programming to enjoy. As we built the new Hulu experience, we wanted to make sure you could watch when you want and where you want – on the platforms that matter to you. To date, we’ve offered Hulu with Live TV on multiple living room and mobile devices, but we know many of you have asked to access our service on your laptops and computers as well. So rather than wait until we’ve finalized our new Web experience, we’re opening up a basic version to Hulu’s live TV plan subscribers so they can stream live TV via their browsers. That means, you can catch the big game, this morning’s news or the premiere of “This is Us” wherever you are. Hulu Hulu is making a lot of strides with live TV. Services like Hulu and YouTube TV are the future of live TV.
  • Thousands of owners of high-end Samsung TVs have complained after a software update left their recently acquired £1,400 sets with blank, unusable screens. The Guardian has been contacted by a number of owners complaining that the TVs they bought – in some cases just two weeks ago – have been rendered useless by an upgrade sent out by Samsung a week ago. Others have been posting furious messages on the company’s community boards complaining that their new TVs are no longer working. The Guardian I think it’s just bad idea to push out TV updates around football season.
  • If you’re one to get support for your Microsoft devices on Twitter, you’re going to want to be aware that the @SurfaceSupport Twitter account is going away. Microsoft made the announcement today, and the account will be closing on August 28. Moving forward, you should be using the @MicrosoftHelps (Microsoft Support) account for assistance with all of your Microsoft devices and services. Neowin Did Microsoft have enough of the nasty tweets? Are they using LinkedIn?
  • Effective August 22, 2017, Code42 will no longer offer new – or renew – CrashPlan for Home subscriptions, and we will begin to sunset the product over several months. CrashPlan for Home will no longer be available for use starting October 23, 2018. At Code42, protecting your data is important to us. As we shift our business strategy to focus exclusively on enterprise and small business segments, you have two great options to continue getting the best backup solution. Please read on to determine how this change will impact your CrashPlan for Home subscription and what steps you should take to ensure a smooth transition to a new backup solution. CrashPlan I am sad to see them close up their consumer product line but it makes sense for them to focus on business. Most users I deal with use Carbonite.
  • August 23, 2017

    Introducing Chrome Enterprise

    Since we launched Chrome OS in 2009, our goal has been to build the simplest, fastest, and most secure operating system possible. And we’ve been inspired by all the ways we’ve seen businesses embrace Chrome, from Chromebooks in the office, to shared Chrome devices in the field, to signage and kiosks for customer engagement in retail. But with so many different business needs—not to mention so many different devices—companies have also told us they want a single, cost-effective solution that gives them the flexibility and control to keep their employees connected. That’s why today we’re announcing Chrome Enterprise. Chrome Enterprise offers a host of features, including access to enterprise app storefronts, deep security controls, 24/7 support, as well as integration with cloud and on-premise management tools, VMware Workspace ONE and MicrosoftⓇ Active DirectoryⓇ. We invite you to join our Chrome Enterprise webinar on August 23 to learn more and take part in our live Q&A. Google Google keeps moving their enterprise sweet a head I still don’t find it a competitor for Microsoft Office 365 but it’s getting there.
  • August 23, 2017

    Must be the Music on Google Home

    Finding and listening to your favorite music is one of the most popular things to do with the Assistant on Google Home. It’s always been a great speaker—and now it plays more tunes with new services from Deezer and Spotify, along with cool new ways to play and find your favorite music. First on the mic is Spotify Free— rolling out this week in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France and Germany you can add a Spotify Free account to your Google Home. It’s easy to sign up and you can do it right in the Google Home app. With a simple “Ok Google, play Today’s Top Hits” you’re off to explore fresh jams and deep cuts. Google I find the Google Home an interesting device I can’t wait to see what else this device does as Google moves their AI forward.
  • In recent years streaming piracy has become a popular pastime for millions of people. A lot of this takes place through ‘rogue’ websites or dedicated pirate devices, which are often scolded by the movie industry. The problem is not limited to unauthorized platforms alone though, as the “trusted” Windows App Store is full of widely used pirate apps as well. TorrentFreak Apple is really tight with this kind of thing because they make a lot of money on selling services. Android and Microsoft not so much so I don’t think they take it as seriously.