The release of the Windows 10 Creators Update is underway, but it could be a while before all users receive it. Microsoft has been beta testing the operating system for months. Included with the Creators Update are a 3D version of Paint and improved sound.
Support for group payments has been added to Facebook Messenger, expanding upon the messaging app's person-to-person payments. When you're in a group chat, you can either send money to everyone or pick individual members to pay. Payments were added to Messenger in 2015.
Later this month Amazon and NASA will stream live from space in 4K for the first time. They've scheduled a live broadcast for April 26 at 10:30 a.m. PT. The stream is part of the annual NAB broadcaster convention. The stream will be available for viewing later.
A new survey from Pew Research has found the majority of Americans support letting cities build their own broadband networks, something regular ISPs strongly oppose. Based on results from 4,000 people, Pew says 70% of Americans are in favor of letting cities build networks.
Sling TV's Cloud DVR feature has expanded to more devices. The feature, which gives subscribers up to 50 GB of storage for holding on to content, is now reaching Android and Roku devices. Cloud DVR was initially limited to working on Amazon Fire devices.
Comcast might be working on a television streaming service that'll be built around content from NBCUniversal channels. Bloomberg reports the service could appear in 12 to 18 months once regulations stemming from Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal go away.
Netflix remains the most popular streaming service in the US, according to a report from comScore. 53% of WiFi-enabled households currently use at least one streaming service and Netflix is present in 75% of those households. YouTube is in second place.
Companies that are interested in using Twitter's Periscope livestreaming platform can utilize a new feature to customize their hearts. The branded images will appear on the side of a stream alongside normal multi-colored hearts. Hearts appear when someone taps "like."
Researchers at Google and the University of California (San Diego) say thousands of illegitimate business listings are added to Google each month. Those listings don't just create confusion, they could lead consumers towards fraudulent business activity.
In a major blow to the two largest on-demand music streaming services, Jay Z has removed all of his albums from Spotify and Apple Music. The only content featuring the musician that's still available are Jay Z's collaborations with other artists. Google's service isn't affected.
Google's in-search fact checking capabilities have expanded to cover all searches around the world. The features have been available in the US and UK since October 2016 and now they're going through a wider roll out. Sites like Snopes and Politifact are helped by the feature.
Facebook's livestreaming push has worked out well. The social network says 1 in 5 videos on the site are streams and the amount of time spent watching Live content had quadrupled in a year. Those stats were shared by Fidji Simo, Facebook's head of video.
To prevent advertisements from showing up on problematic and barely viewed videos, YouTube is removing ads from all channels with under 10,000 views. That view requirement applies to an entire channel, so it's not very difficult to reach and won't really reduce revenue.
Google Play Music Unlimited is now available in India and it's priced at just Rs. 89 ($1.4). It has the same functionality as All Access ($10) in the US. You can stream music on demand as well as listen to radio stations. The new plan slightly undercuts Apple Music.
Germany's cabinet has come out in support of a proposed piece of legislation that'll institute fines against social networks for not adequately responding to hate speech. The law would enable Germany to fine networks up to €50 million if they fail to comply.
A subsea cable that'll connect Singapore to Australia is getting an investment from Google. The "Indigo" cable is 5,600 miles long and goes between Singapore and Australia (Perth and Sydney), with another connection in Jakarta, Indonesia. It supports 18 terabits per second.
Netflix's thumbs up/down ratings system is now rolling out to users. It's replacing the star-based rating system for movies and TV shows that's been in place for years. Netflix believes this new option will increase the likelihood of people giving their opinion on content.
Facebook has announced new tools that'll hopefully reduce the spread of revenge porn on the network. These tools are meant to make Facebook a safer part of the internet, according to Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety. Facebook will use photo-matching technology.
Showtime content is now available through Sling TV for $10 per month. The Dish-run TV streaming service is offering Showtime, Showtime 2, and a variety of other channels: Showcase, Extreme, Beyond, Next, West, and Women. Sling is the first to offer all four premium channels.
YouTube's live TV streaming option is now rolling out in five US cities for $35 per month. The service, YouTube TV, was announced in February. It didn't have a release date at that time, though YouTube said it would be available "soon." Now it's reaching some markets.