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YouTube’s Old Desktop Interface Will Be Disabled in March

Yesterday, a new Google support page appeared detailing how the older version of the YouTube desktop interface is being discontinued. We don’t have a specific date, but the old interface is set to disappear in March, meaning if you are still using next month you’ll load up YouTube one day to find a very different experience. – Matthew Humphries, PCMag » https://ift.tt/2tyen7D

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Netflix Adds Upcoming Titles Section to Its TV App (EXCLUSIVE)

Upcoming titles are being teased with a trailer, and Netflix users can request to be reminded when a title they are interested in becomes available on the service. The new section, which can be accessed from the app’s sidebar, started rolling out to Netflix members on smart TVs, streaming devices and game consoles globally Monday afternoon. – Janko Roettgers, Variety » https://trib.al/i9zLxOC

Plex Introduces New Desktop App, Ends Home Theater PC Support

For the uninitiated, HTPCs are dedicated PCs connected to TVs or projectors to access streaming services and downloadable media. This used to be the primary way for early adopters to bring digital media to their TV screens, and apps like Plex owe much of their early popularity to this use case. In fact, Plex, XMBC / Kodi and Boxee all gained significant traction after Microsoft stopped investing resources into its own HTPC solution, dubbed Windows Media Center. – Janko Roettgers, Variety » https://trib.al/3X83tjM

Hulu Launches Live TV Guide for its Streaming Service

Hulu first introduced a Live TV guide option on the web as a test project last fall, and promised an interface redesign with the Live TV guide back at CES in January. As of this morning, Hulu’s new guide and dedicated live destination is rolling out to the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the Xbox One, the Amazon Fire TV, and the Nintendo Switch. – Juli Clover, MacRumors https://ift.tt/2wwsScQ

Spotify is preparing this redesign for free users

While there are several notable changes in this version of Spotify free for mobile, perhaps the biggest is the new option to play certain playlists on demand, as seen with the “Gold Edition” playlist above. If a playlist can only be played in shuffle mode, that is now designated with a blue shuffle icon. Previously on the free tier, all playlists could only be played in shuffle mode. – Dani Deahl, The Verge https://ift.tt/2HcEVNq

Roku gives ugly app makers an ultimatum

Starting immediately, no new features will be added to the legacy SDK visual screens arena. Creators will be asked to move to the new RSG or Direct Publisher for Roku by July 1st, 2017. On January 1st, 2018, all channel updates will be required to use RSG or Direct Publisher. As of January 1st, 2019, all legacy visual screen components will be removed entirely from Roku OS. – Chris Burns, SlashGear http://ift.tt/2jBjPAc

Why The Car Industry Needs To Rethink The Dashboard User Interface Design

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[T]echnology adoption in cars today is hitting an inflection point, and the UI model we have grown accustomed to cannot handle it. Connectivity, smartphone integration, autonomous driving and augmented reality displays — the list of technologies for cars is long and growing. The combined effect of long automotive design cycles that cannot keep pace with digital technology and the legacy of direct control make for clumsy dashboard design. […] We seem to be on the cusp of change, especially with Apple’s anticipated entry into the car market. The trend of direct control and complexity cannot continue; the industry needs a new vision for the dashboard. – Cobie Everdell, TechCrunch

Netflix Upgrades Its TV Apps To Save You A Few Clicks

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TV app experience isn’t really getting a significant overall, but rather just a small tweak. Now, when you select a title you want to watch, it will immediately resume or start playing while displaying the key info you need to help you confirm your choice – meaning the title, description, the episode number, your viewing progress, and more. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch
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