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The Verge

How to watch videos with friends online


Even a favorite stay-at-home activity like watching TV can get lonely sometimes, especially if you’re used to hanging out with your friends and watching together. Although you can stream and text, FaceTime, or share your screen on Zoom, sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking for a way to make your social-distancing series binge more, well, social, there are browser extensions that let you host watch parties digitally.

Here are several apps you can use to host movie nights with friends online, along with step-by-step instructions on how to start watching. Read More

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Engadget

Amazon will let you co-watch Prime videos with friends in the US


Amazon’s new Prime Video feature could help you stay connected with friends even while social distancing. If you’re in the US, you can now host and attend a Prime Video Watch Party, a new option for desktop that lets you co-watch with friends and fellow Prime members. As the host, you’ll be in charge of controls, providing all attendees with a cinema-like synchronized viewing experience. And yes, you can choose what to watch from Prime Video’s TV and movie lineup, which currently includes Captain America: The First Avenger and Amazon Originals like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Boys. Read More

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The Next Web

Amazon Prime Video rolls out Watch Party feature for movies with friends


Just a month after Hulu began testing an official ‘watch party’ feature, Amazon has decided to join the bandwagon.

The company today began rolling out a beta of the feature (US-only, for now) that allows up to 100 viewers to participate in synchronized playback of a TV show or movie. Playback is controlled by the host, and there’s a chat window that participants can communicate with. And because it’s 2020 and all, you can communicate in stickers too.

To start a watch party, simply head on over to the content you’d like to watch; you’ll see the watch party button right on the show or movie’s title. Read More

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The Next Web

Tencent-backed messenger Hike now lets you watch videos with friends in a virtual world


The coronavirus pandemic has led to many companies such as Houseparty and Squad creating social experiences. India’s Tencent-backed messenger Hike is joining the trend with its launch of Hikeland — a place to watch videos with friends.

The idea is appealing on paper for India’s mobile-first audience: you can hang out in your own ‘Home’ to watch videos with friends and chat simultaneously, or go to ‘Big Screen’ to watch videos with other users and make new friends. The company is starting with a limited rollout of the feature today through a new tab in the app. Read More

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ZDNet

RPA and test automation are more friends than foes


COVID-19 taught us an important lesson. As Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, put it at Microsoft Build 2020 to hundreds of developers, “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months!” Automation supported by intelligent automation platforms — robotic process automation (RPA) plus AI — has already played a role and will continue to do so. In short, if RPA was not on the roadmap before COVID-19, it is now. The focus will be on cost reduction, conducting remote business, and using intelligent automation to improve resiliency, such as by diversifying your supply chain. The surge in automation investment and recessionary pressures may cause risks to skyrocket for businesses: Read More

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VentureBeat

Xseed will bring Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town to PC, publish Potionomics


Xseed Games made a couple of announcements today during the PC Gaming Show. One of them is adding a platform to one of its important series, and another is for a new publishing agreement with an indie developer from Seattle. Both moves reinforce Xseed’s focus on bringing niche games from Japan to the U.S. but also finding indies in the West to publish worldwide.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town hits the Nintendo Switch on July 14, but Xseed said this blend of Japanese role-playing games and farming sim is also coming to PC for the first time in the franchise’s history (in the past, it went by the “Harvest Moon” moniker in the West). It’s a Steam exclusive, and it’ll have graphical options for 4K visuals. Read More