Apple TV gets an awesome free news streaming app

Apple’s plans for a live TV streaming service may be on hold, but one company is offering a pretty sweet alternative for watching the news on your Apple TV. Watchup launched its set-top box app this week, offering a customizable mix of news for free.

Watchup pulls its videos from 160 different media firms. That includes big brands like PBS, CNN, CBS and Fox News, along with local news stations across the country. It also offers videos from popular online publishers.

The app’s best feature may be the option to customize what you see. You can pick what kind of news you want to see based on topics, and fine tune the selection by “liking or disliking” specific videos. It almost sounds like Pandora for the news.

“Personalization is the future of TV news, and Watchup for Apple TV fulfills that promise with custom made newscasts, a seamless user experience and an unparalleled breadth of content,” said founder and CEO Adriano Farano.

You can grab Watchup for Apple TV now from the App Store. It also available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV and the Xbox 360, with plans to add Chromecast support next.


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Skype’s amazing live translations now even easier to use

Back in 2014, Microsoft blew our minds with Skype Translator, making it possible to carry out full conversations across different languages without any barrier. Now the service will come baked right into Skype for Windows, making it even easier to use.

It’s easy to use: just open the Skype app on Windows and click on the globe button in the top right corner. It should be available for everyone, just make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of Skype for Windows first.

The service currently offers seven different languages for audio translation, including Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (plus 50 for written text). Microsoft says it plans to add even more languages moving forward. It also wants to bring live translations to other apps on competing platforms.

The new feature is already a huge success. Skype usage has apparently increased by 400 percent since live translations launched, with French-to-English cited as the most popular setting. If you haven’t tried it yet, and you have a Windows computer, you can check out Skype Translator now.


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