Hulu’s Live TV Service Now Works in Mac and PC Browsers

Hulu’s Live TV service can now be streamed to a Mac or PC using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and more, Hulu said in an announcement this morning.

With browser support, Mac and PC users can now stream Hulu content directly to their computers in addition to set-top boxes and mobile devices.

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 says development on its web experience is in the early stages, so it’s something of a bare bones integration at the current time. Hulu says the Hulu experience on the web will “evolve significantly” over the next few months, gaining features like point, click, and keyboard interactions and responsive pages to fit all screen sizes.

Hulu’s full live and on-demand catalog can be watched via a browser with the company’s first iteration. Customers can browse and watch live TV, see what’s on networks, and search for content.

Hulu Live TV subscribers who want to watch the service using a browser can find more information about how it works on the Hulu website.

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Samsung Confirms Work on Speaker to Compete With Apple HomePod and Amazon Echo

Samsung is indeed working on a smart speaker that will be introduced in the near future, Samsung mobile president DJ Koh told CNBC this morning.

“Maybe soon we will announce it. I am already working on it,” he said in an interview following the Galaxy Note 8 launch.

Koh went on to say he wants to “provide a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices.” “I want to be moving quite heavily on it,” he added.

Apple’s HomePod

Koh declined to provide additional details about the company’s upcoming smart speaker, but a previous report suggests it will be built around Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant. The speaker has been in development for more than a year, but has been hampered by problems with Bixby.

Samsung initially had to delay Bixby’s introduction in the English language version of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to performance issues, with the functionality being added to the devices just a month ago in in July.

There’s no specific launch date for the Samsung speaker, but with Apple planning to debut its own HomePod in December, Samsung’s competing device is unlikely to be too far behind. In July, Samsung’s speaker was said to still be in early development, with several features and specifications yet to be hammered out.

Apple’s HomePod focuses heavily on speaker quality as a way to distinguish itself from competitors like the Amazon Echo. It features a 7 tweeter array, an Apple-designed 4-inch upward-facing woofer, and an A8 chip that powers robust spatial awareness functionality.

It also includes touch controls for navigation, six microphones, built-in Apple Music support, and Siri integration.

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Windows Maps for Insiders updated with tappable transit stops

Windows Maps has also seen an update for Insiders, taking it to version 5.1708. The update brings one new feature – the ability to tap on transit stops on the map to see arrival times. The app currently supports: Get driving, walking and public transport directions. See multiple searches together on one map, including addresses, […]

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Hellboy is coming to Injustice 2

I can’t even contain my excitement right now. Remember a few months ago when I questioned if you should get the Injustice 2 Season Pass? Well, it’s worth it now. Hellboy, the iconic character, is coming to the game. While there are going to be others in there too like super-villain Black Manta and Mortal […]

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Apple TV is losing badly to Roku and Amazon in the living room, survey finds

Apple TV is continuing to lose ground to Roku and Amazon in the living room, a survey by Parks Associates has found. The consumer research company sampled 10,000 US homes and based its results on those which had at least one streaming player, according to AppleInsider. Roku jumped year-over-year from 32 percent to 37 percent, which is a foothold that none of its competitors can quite match. But Amazon is also gaining momentum and moved up from 16 percent to 24 percent.

Apple, by contrast, fell YOY from 19 percent to 15 percent marketshare. Consumers seem to be favoring the aggressively priced streaming sticks and boxes from Roku and Amazon over the comparatively expensive Apple TV, which sells for either $150 or $200 depending on…

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Apple TV is losing badly to Roku and Amazon in the living room, survey finds

Apple TV is continuing to lose ground to Roku and Amazon in the living room, a survey by Parks Associates has found. The consumer research company sampled 10,000 US homes and based its results on those which had at least one streaming player, according to AppleInsider. Roku jumped year-over-year from 32 percent to 37 percent, which is a foothold that none of its competitors can quite match. But Amazon is also gaining momentum and moved up from 16 percent to 24 percent.

Apple, by contrast, fell YOY from 19 percent to 15 percent marketshare. Consumers seem to be favoring the aggressively priced streaming sticks and boxes from Roku and Amazon over the comparatively expensive Apple TV, which sells for either $150 or $200 depending on…

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Sony Xperia XZ1 shown off in official renders for our clearest look yet at the phone [Gallery]

IFA will officially be starting on September 1, and throughout the event, we’re anticipating a lot of new device announcements/launches. One company’s presence that we’re looking forward to seeing is Sony, and a new batch of renders for the Xperia XZ1 has us salivating over the device more than ever.

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iOS 11 Safari will turn Google AMP links back into regular ones when sharing

Apple is adding a subtle new feature to Safari in iOS 11 that will automatically strip out Google AMP URLs when a webpage is shared or copy and pasted, as spotted by MacStories editor Federico Viticci.

Google’s AMP is a standard for stripped-down, faster webpages that Google favors in search results. People have many feelings about it. You’ll note The Verge and Vox Media serve a lot of our pages in AMP.

While some AMP links do offer a place to pull the original URL for sharing, if you try and share the direct URL, you’ll end up…

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Apple’s latest machine learning articles detail Siri’s new synthetic voices

Apple on Wednesday published three new articles detailing the deep learning techniques used for the creation of Siri’s new synthetic voices, as well as covering other machine learning topics it’ll be sharing later this week at the Interspeech 2017 conference in Stockholm, Sweden…. Read the rest of this post here


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