Apple rolls out live news in TV app for iOS and Apple TV

From The Verge: Apple’s TV app now supports live news, a feature first shown off on stage at the September event that saw the announcement of the Apple TV 4K. US viewers should now see live news sources appear in the TV app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. 9to5Mac spotted the update.

Initial news sources include CNN, CBS, Fox News, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Cheddar, all appearing in the primary Watch Now section of the app on iOS and tvOS 11.2.5. The TV app also got support for live sports programming with an update back in December.

VLC 3.0 launches for all platforms, gets Chromecast support

From CNET: If there's one video player to rule them all, it's the VLC media player with its familiar traffic cone icon, and the media player is back with a massive update.

The new version of the media player, VLC 3.0, will be available on all platforms at the same time: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux and even Apple TV and Android TV.

Google to 'Supercharge' Nest by Absorbing It

From PC Mag: Nest Labs will no longer develop smart home products as a mere subsidiary of Alphabet. It's joining Google, which intends to integrate its technology into Nest products.

"The goal is to supercharge Nest's mission," Google said in a Wednesday blog post.

Both Alphabet subsidiaries have already been integrating their hardware and software products together. But moving forward, Google's AI and voice assistant technology will be "at the core" of new products developed under the Nest line.

Intel releases stable Spectre patches for Skylake PCs, recovering from a bad bout of bugs

From PC World: If you own a Skylake-based PC and receive a patch to address the Spectre vulnerabilities, install it—Intel has greenlit the code.

About two weeks after Intel recommended users halt or roll back Spectre and Meltdown patches because of system instability, the company disclosed that it has shipped new code to its PC partners that solves the problems of the earlier, buggy patch.

Twitter posts first-ever profit despite lingering bot issues

From CNET: There are millions of fake accounts tweeting, retweeting and liking many of the most high-profile accounts on Twitter. So what is the company going to do about it?

PS4 Pro update will make 4K games look better on 1080p TVs

From The Verge: Sony has revealed some features in an upcoming PlayStation 4 update that include tools for play time management, custom wallpapers, and library enhancements. The PlayStation system software 5.50 beta also includes a supersampling mode on the PS4 Pro that Sony says will enable players with HDTVs (1080p or less) to “enjoy an enhanced visual experience when playing some PS4 games.” The beta system software is rolling out to those who signed up and were selected for the program.

Apple teams up with Alipay to win over China

From CNET: Apple won a Chinese silver medal last year, with the iPhone 7 Plus being the second-highest selling phone in the populous nation in 2017. In 2018, though, the electronics giant is going for gold.

In something of an uncharacteristic move, Apple is partnering with Ant Financial, an affiliated company of e-commerce giant Alibaba, to allow for customers to buy products in-store and online using Alipay, a payment system that competes with Apple Pay. In exchange, the Alipay app will have a dedicated section for App Store purchases.

Lenovo Recalls Certain ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptops Over Fire Risk

From PC Mag: Lenovo is recalling over 80,000 ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops because they potentially pose a fire hazard.

The laptops actually contain an unfastened screw inside that can damage the lithium-ion battery, and trigger overheating or a fire, Lenovo said on Monday.

The problem applies to fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 laptops sold between Dec. 2016 and Nov. 2017, according to the US Product Safety Commission. About 78,000 of these models were sold to the US, while another 5,500 were sold to Canada.

Samsung TVs get native Tablo streaming DVR app

From CNET: Nuvyyo, the maker of the Tablo DVR, now has its native Tablo app on Samsung TVs, enabling users to view and record over-the-air shows.

The latest Tablo DVR is able to record up to four shows at once. The Samsung app -- for TVs with the Tizen operating system from 2015 onward -- joins other software like Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV and LG WebOS.

The Tablo DVR first appeared in 2014 and enables users to view recordings and live TV from within the home and anywhere in the world via the integrated apps or a web browser.

HTC demos what looks to be the U12 with gigabit LTE

From The Verge: HTC showcased a phone that’s rumored to be its next flagship, the U12, during a 5G event in Taiwan last week. While little is known about this mystery phone, the details seem to line up: HTC tends to release its flagships in the spring, so the timing is right, and it has a large, 18:9 screen with thin bezels, like the recent U11 Plus, suggesting it’s a higher-end device.

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