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Hulu is quietly dropping support for some Android TV devices

Hulu is quietly dropping support for some Android TV devices

For reasons that aren't clear at this time, Hulu has been quietly dropping support for some Android TV devices over recent months. The most recent support change impacts the Channel Master Stream+ DVR and the AirTV OTA DVR from Sling TV; the company confirmed that it has dropped support for these devices, but hasn't offered an explanation for the change at this time.

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Sling TV’s new Micro Guide makes it easier to casually browse shows

Sling TV’s new Micro Guide makes it easier to casually browse shows

Over-the-top television service Sling TV has been updated with a new guide style called 'Micro Guide' that makes it easier for users to keep watching their current show while also browsing through what's available on other channels. In addition, the service has added a new search feature that makes it easier to find shows across a variety of categories, as well as popular content.

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Google gives Docs, Sheets, and Slides a design refresh on Android

Google gives Docs, Sheets, and Slides a design refresh on Android

Google has introduced a new design for its Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets apps on Android, giving them a look that's more consistent with the rest of the company's G Suite apps. The actual functionality of these apps remains unchanged, according to the company -- this is a purely visual upgrade, one that is first arriving for Slides and Docs.

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It’s 2019 and Twitch finally has an official Apple TV app

It’s 2019 and Twitch finally has an official Apple TV app

Being one of the biggest live streaming services around, Twitch is obviously something that's available on a wide array of devices. Whether you want to watch on a desktop computer, game console or smartphone, there's probably an official Twitch app you can download to do just that. Up until today, that somehow wasn't true for Apple TV, but Twitch has fixed that oversight by rolling out an official app for Apple's media player.

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Hulu finally adds downloads for offline viewing, but only for some users

Hulu finally adds downloads for offline viewing, but only for some users

Hulu has finally introduced the ability to download content for offline access, but it is restricted to the company's iOS app at this time. As with Netflix before it, this new feature makes it possible for Hulu subscribers to download movies and episodes of their favorite shows, enabling them to watch the content while on a plane, waiting in a lobby, or other places where WiFi may not be available.

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Instagram’s Following tab is going away and you’re probably okay with that

Instagram’s Following tab is going away and you’re probably okay with that

The Instagram mobile app is going through some changes, as soon the "Following" tab from the Heart menu will disappear. Instagram confirmed the news today, saying that it's removing the following tab for a number of reasons. Chief among them is that is seems most users didn't know it even existed.

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Signal app update fixes eavesdropping bug

Signal app update fixes eavesdropping bug

Today there's a rather important update to the app Signal if you're particularly set of protecting your privacy. Since one of Signal's main draw points is the privacy of its communications app, it's rough to see any sort of breakdown of that functionality. However, chances are extremely small that any user was the victim of this bug, and the bug is already fixed - so long as you've got the latest version of the app.

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Spotify finally gets Siri support in iOS 13: Here’s how it works

Spotify finally gets Siri support in iOS 13: Here’s how it works

It's been a long time coming, but as of today the iOS faithful can tap into Siri while using Spotify. This missing functionality has been a point of contention between Spotify and Apple, but now it seems the two companies can finally bury the hatchet on that front, though we imagine some conflict with still remain between the two. Previously, only Apple Music was able to boast Siri integration, though that changed when Apple opened up SiriKit in iOS 13.

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Osmo brings AI to learning with Frozen 2 Super Studio, Little Genius Kit

Osmo brings AI to learning with Frozen 2 Super Studio, Little Genius Kit

Most of the technologies, be it hardware or software, that gets mainstream media attention are often targeted at adults, sometimes teens, that are, admittedly, the biggest market for such products. But just as technology should be accessible to everyone, including those with physical handicaps, it should also be usable for people of all ages, especially the children that will become the adults of the future. There is no shortage of educational apps for smartphones and tablets but their actual beneficial effects are still hotly debated. That's why Osmo is taking a different approach that brings AI, augmented reality, mobile and physical activity to promise a more holistic approach to learning for kids.

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Hulu is rolling out an updated UI that improves accessibility

Hulu is rolling out an updated UI that improves accessibility

Hulu has updated its user interface with adjusted elements that make it easier to read menus, increasing accessibility for users who may have struggled with the app's previous design. This is the latest update from Hulu targeting the platform's accessibility, something the company made the focus of its hackathon for employees earlier this year.

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Instagram Threads Auto Status: The fine print

Instagram Threads Auto Status: The fine print

There's a new Snapchat sort of app available starting this week made by the Facebook-owned developers of Instagram. It's the latest attempt by Facebook - via Instagram - to capture the Snapchat-using youth. The kids don't want to share things publicly, so they share to friends on Snapchat. Threads just seems to want to have them share to friends on Instagram instead.

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Google Lens now gives you style tips as Google Shopping gets a fancy redesign

Google Lens now gives you style tips as Google Shopping gets a fancy redesign

Today, Google Shopping is getting an overhaul while Google Lens is receiving some new functionality. This redesign of Google Shopping is a pretty big one, as it aims to put information and product listings from "thousands of stores" in one place. The idea is to allow consumers to quickly compare item prices across stores - both online and brick and mortar retail locations - so they can find what they want without overpaying.

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