Tag: Officially

05
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

NBCUniversal officially taps Warner ex Rovner to lead entertainment programming (NASDAQ:CMCSA)

NBCUniversal (CMCSA +1.1%) has confirmed that Susan Rovner is joining in a new role where she oversees entertainment programming at NBC, a suite of cable networks and streaming service Peacock.

She’ll be chairman of entertainment content, NBCUniversal TV and Streaming.

That move was signaled and comes just after she exited her role as president of Warner Bros. TV (T -0.4%). Rovner spent more than 20 years at Warner Bros., developing hit programs including The O.C., Gossip Girl, Fringe and Supernatural.

She’s being charged with leading centralized content groups covering scripted, unscripted, alternative and late-night programming – a part of NBCU’s realignment into a horizontally structured company rather than vertical, with more staff aligned by genre rather than network.

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02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Google’s Daydream VR is Officially Dead

Illustration for article titled Googles Daydream VR Is Officially, Really, Finally Dead

Photo: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo

If you happen to be one of the few people who still use Google’s Daydream VR platform, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s officially dead. (If you didn’t know Daydream was a thing, that’s totally OK. I forgot it was, too.) Spotted by Android Authority, Google recently issued a service update for Daydream letting any lingering users know the software is no longer supported.

“You may still be able to access the service, but it won’t receive any more software or security updates,” said the support page. “The Daydream VR app is no longer supported by Google and may not work properly on some devices running Android 11 or later.”

Some recent reviews on the platform’s Google Play store page show users users having difficulty launching Chrome in Daydream, as well as one confirming that it does not work with the latest Android 11 update. The writing was on the wall long before today, though.

Last October, VentureBeat reported that Google would discontinue support for Daydream starting with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. It also stopped selling the VR headsets the same day, too. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL shipped without Daydream VR support in May 2019, and Google also removed its Play Movies & TV app Daydream in June 2019. Hulu dropped its support for the platform in September 2019.

“Over time we noticed some clear limitations constraining smartphone VR from being a viable long-term solution,” a Google spokesperson said to VentureBeat. “There also hasn’t been the broad consumer or developer adoption we had hoped, and we’ve seen decreasing usage over time of the Daydream View headset.”

VR that relied on your smartphone always felt sort of gimmicky and dumb from the

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Android 11 officially drops support for Google’s Daydream VR

Google officially dropped Daydream virtual reality support from Android 11 — a final step in its retirement of the system. As Android Police notes, Google posted an announcement saying its latest version of Android doesn’t support the VR platform’s app. “Daydream VR app is no longer supported by Google and may not work properly on some devices running Android 11 or later,” it reads.

In fact, the Daydream software is no longer supported at all, according to Google. It won’t receive updates, although users can potentially still access third-party VR apps through the Play Store. Google had already sidelined Daydream VR. It discontinued the Daydream View headset and dropped support on new Pixel phones in 2019. But it continued to support the Daydream app for existing users. Now, even that is apparently ending.

Daydream was one of two significant phone-based VR platforms, alongside the now-defunct Samsung Gear VR. It had symbolic value — at its announcement, Google emphasized the idea that VR was becoming part of the Android platform. But it struggled to establish a user base or find support on many Android phones. For the past few years, it’s been simply a little-known feature within Google’s big sandbox.

Meanwhile, Google has shifted its focus from VR to augmented reality. It’s continued to support the simpler Cardboard VR system as an open-source project, including releasing a plug-in for Unity game development in May. But a Daydream replacement likely isn’t coming anytime soon. Google’s retreat has helped cement the power of Facebook — whose Oculus platform now dominates consumer VR.

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01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Apple Officially Obsoletes Last iPod Nano Model

As expected, Apple has added the seventh-generation iPod nano to its list of Vintage and Obsolete products, officially designating the last iPod in the iconic nano lineup as “vintage.”


The vintage products list features devices that have not been updated for more than five years and less than seven years. After products pass the seven year mark, they are considered obsolete.

Apple debuted a refreshed version of the seventh-generation iPod nano in mid-2015, and that was the final iPod nano that came out. Now that the device is five years old, it is being added to the vintage list.

Apple launched the first iPod nano in September 2005, and over the course of the nano’s lifetime, it got several redesigns. The first iPod nano model was similar in design to a standard iPod but with a slimmer, easier to pocket shape.

Fast forward seven years to October 2020 and the seventh-generation iPod nano, which ended up being the final model that was introduced. It had an iPod touch-style multi-touch display and a Home button, but the nano and touch product lines were ultimately so similar that Apple did away with the iPod nano.


Apple refreshed the seventh-generation iPod nano in 2015 to add new colors, but the design remained the same. The iPod nano was discontinued along with the iPod shuffle in mid-2017, leaving the iPod touch as the only iPod Apple sells.

Devices on Apple’s vintage list are able to receive hardware service from Apple and Apple service providers, but it is subject to the availability of repair components and where required by law. Obsolete products have no hardware service available with no exceptions.

In addition to the seventh-generation iPod nano, the 5th-generation ‌‌iPod touch‌‌, which was originally released on October 11, 2012, has also been added to the