Twitch reaches exclusive Disney deal, swipes at YouTube with prerecorded video tools - 01月19日(金)02:00 

Twitch has rolled out a plethora of features in the last few months, such as software extensions and a native raid function, and today, it’s launching its new Video Producer suite. This new tool designs Twitch broadcasts around prerecorded videos, enabling streamers to essentially hold viewing parties for their followers. The Video Producer suite will be available for all creators on Twitch, and it features two key tools: Premieres and Reruns. Premieres enables broadcasters to create a landing page for prerecorded videos as well as a countdown timer so viewers know when the show is going...more

Comcast previews tech for on-demand viewing of Winter Olympics - 01月18日(木)03:30 

Comcast Cable is gearing up to push viewers to its wide variety of on-demand and live programming for the upcoming Winter Olympics. It’s going to be a combination of traditional and digital TV. Comcast has been working on the features since the last Olympics games, and about 18 months ago it started building tech for 4K HDR for PyeongChang in South Korea. The 2018 Winter Games start on February 9 and run through February 25, and they will be broadcast by Comcast’s sister company NBC Sports. Above: You can use Comcast voice controls to ask questions about athletes, such as what song...more

Soon you can listen to the radio directly from your Samsung phone - 01月12日(金)07:21 

Months after the FCC badgered Apple to do it, Samsung is finally unlocking the FM radio chip in its next smartphone models.  The company announced Tuesday that its upcoming devices will contain unlocked FM radio chips. Samsung phone users will be able to access local FM radio through apps like NextRadio, which connects smartphones to nearby radio stations.  SEE ALSO: Samsung's big PC innovation is ... a stylus?! Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. Connecting to radio directly through the FM chip will use less data and less p...more

iHome unveils bedside alarm clock powered by Google Assistant - 01月08日(月)22:04 

Beginning way back in 2005, SDI Technologies off-shoot iHome built its home audio reputation off the back of the iH5 iPod docking station that doubled as a clock radio. More than ten years later, iHome now offers a range of speakers and headphone systems for myriad use cases, and among those are a fledgling line of voice activated radio alarm clocks. Indeed, following on from the Alexa-powered iAVS16 alarm clock launch from September, iHome is now debuting a Google Assistant-powered counterpart. Costing $140, $10 less than the iAVS16, the iHome iGV1 sports many of the same features as the Alex...more

Twitch brings in a team of executives to oversee deployment of new features - 01月18日(木)05:00 

Twitch is getting a new chief operating officer and some new vice presidents to help it continue to develop and launch community products on a steady schedule. The company, which now calls itself a “social video service,” wants to keep its lead in broadcasting live video to the internet, and its new leadership is coming in to provide more tools to keep content creators and their audiences engaged. Above: Twitch COO Sara ClemensImage Credit: Twitch The new executives include three hires. Sara Clemens is the biggest of those as she will overtake the role of chief operating officer af...more

Pandora's Box is Open: View from the UK - 01月18日(木)00:08 

Just about three years ago, I wrote The Future of Legal Tech: It’s Not as Scary as Lawyers Think and I believe that the technology adoption rate within legal has experienced a slight uptick. Companies are bundling offerings and several large acquisitions have taken place.

Crash detection platform Bugsnag raised $9 million last year from GV and other investors - 01月10日(水)19:00 

Bugsnag, an automated error monitoring platform for software developers, has revealed it raised a $9 million series B round last year, with GV (formerly Google Ventures) joining existing investors including Benchmark Capital and Matrix Partners. The series B round, which closed in February 2017, was in addition to the $8.6 million it raised across two previous rounds — a $1.4 million seed round in 2013, followed by a $7.2 million round two years later. Founded out of San Francisco in 2012, Bugsnag’s platform enables developer teams to automatically detect bugs in code, while allowi...more

HP Pavilion Wave is the first PC with Alexa built-in - 01月08日(月)17:01 

Amazon’s Alexa will soon be available in the HP Pavilion Wave to do things like play music, control smart home devices, access more than 25,000 Alexa skills, and complete a number of other tasks. Since the PC runs on Windows 10, the Pavilion Wave will be able to speak with both Microsoft’s Cortana and Alexa. Just like Alexa in a smart speaker, a colorful LED on the front of the Pavilion Wave lights up to let you know when Alexa is listening (and recording) for a command. Unlike Alexa on many other devices, Alexa in a personal computer will be able to bring up visuals to complete re...more