Netflix has begun testing a new feature called “Collections” that aims to make it easier to discover movies and TV shows. Notably, while regular Netflix recommendations are made using an algorithm that factors in viewing history, Collections are being hand-picked by humans. Specifically, Collections will group content based on a variety of factors, including themes, genre, tone, storylines and character traits. As spotted by Twitter user ItsJeffHiggins, some of the Collections include ‘Let’s Keep It Light,’ ‘Dark & Devious TV Shows,’ ‘Prizewinning Movie Picks’ and ‘Women Who Rule the Screen.’ It’s unclear exactly how many types of Collections Netflix is experimenting with or in which countries it’s running the tests. For what it’s worth, neither I nor two of my coworkers have the feature on our iOS Netflix apps. “We’re always looking for new ways to connect our fans with titles we think … [Read more...] about Netflix testing human-curated ‘Collections’ of content on iOS
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We've spent weeks with iOS 13 and iPadOS in the developer beta stage of testing and now as public betas. So we have a clear picture of how the new OS updates will work, and what kinds of questions you might have that we can answer. With the release of iOS 13, Apple will make your iPhone faster, smarter and more secure. New features include the gesture-based QuickPath keyboard, a tool to block unknown callers, new photo editing tools and a dedicated dark mode. There are also new Maps tools that finally start to close the gap with Android, security features like Sign In with Apple and the ability to customize Memoji avatars. New tools will make your iPad ($249 at Amazon) more productive as well. With iOS 13, Apple takes on Google's Android Q once again in a never-ending battle for the most powerful, private and easy-to-use OS. Sounds dramatic, but with Android on about 90% of the world's phones, … [Read more...] about We tried iOS 13 and iPad OS. Here’s every important feature
The iPad’s operating system has a new name — iPadOS — and today, Apple is letting anybody install a beta version of it. When it is officially released this fall, I think it’s going to be a huge upgrade for most people, significantly changing their opinion of what it’s capable of. I’m excited by all of the changes Apple has made in the OS to go along with the new name. The ability to get more apps on-screen in multiple “windows” has been significantly improved, Safari is a much more capable file browser, the file browser is significantly upgraded, and working with text is easier than ever. Right now, though, I’d hold off on installing the public beta — unless you have a spare iPad or don’t mind serious bugs. That’s our default advice for any beta software, of course, but in particular, it’s worth waiting for the next version at least on this one. I’ve been using the second developer beta for about a … [Read more...] about iPadOS public beta preview: worthy of the new name
Forget Game of Thrones. The greatest story ever told was one of two highly heralded platforms: iOS and Android. They’re in constant competition, and there’s never a shortage of shade, whether it’s Apple dropping a truth bomb about Android’s flip-a-switch privacy during its WWDC ’19 keynote, or Google showing off the prowess of its integrated AI smarts at its developer event. Whatever smartphone you’re using, you’re bound to find similarities in features. That’s because like in fashion, there are trends, and Apple and Google are setting the bar. Both companies have major software updates coming soon—iOS 13 and Android Q, respectively—both of which will usher in a variety of new abilities you’ll quickly find you can’t live without. (As long as you update your software, of course.) Dark mode Developers of both platforms cheered in unison when Apple and Google respectively announced that there would be a dark interface … [Read more...] about How Does iOS 13 Stack Up to Android Q?
New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest NBC Connecticut is proud to once again be the official television sponsor of the New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting and the winter festivities on the historic New Haven Green. As part of the NBC Connecticut Tree Lighting special broadcast on Nov. 30 live from the New Haven Green, we are looking for a childrens' school or youth chorus to perform at least two songs on the show. To enter the contest: The chorus must sing one of the following three songs in an audition video: Jingle Bells, O' Christmas Tree, or Joy to the World. Any other songs will cause the video to not be considered. All people under the age of 18 appearing in the submission video, must have a waiver signed by a legal parent or guardian for the chorus to be considered. Students without a waiver should not appear in the video. Download the required waiver here. Click the contest link here to submit a video by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. A panel of judges … [Read more...] about 2018 New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest