Comcast ditches the DVR for cloud recordingsCable providers promise new features for set-top boxes, Google gets behind the wheel at Waze, and Myspace launches an app with streaming music.
Cable providers are trying to be a little more cool. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. More people are ditching their television subscriptions and instead just using streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. But to combat that trend, cable providers are trying to improve your TV viewing experience by adding new features. Comcast just unveiled a new platform called X2. It saves recorder programs online in the cloud and the same shows can also be watched on mobile devices. Its new challenge guide will also make recommendations based on what you're watching and it ties in the social media. For example, while you're watching a live show, you can read what people are saying about the show on Twitter. There will also be the option for voice commands for those that like talking to their TV. Time Warner Cable is also updating its channel guide with personalized recommendations and customers with new Samsung Smart TV can use an app to access on demand content. Cox Communications also is ruling out a new programming guide later this summer that also improves recommendations and it lets viewers switch from watching on a mobile device to the TV. For those that want more camera in their phone, Samsung just announced a new phone called the S4 Galaxy Zoom. It's an Android smartphone with a 16-megapixel point-and-shoot that supports a 10x zoom lens. This is different from the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which was mostly a camera with an Android interface. This is being sold as a real smartphone. It's coming out first in the UK this summer but it won't hit the U.S. until the end of the year and no word on price yet. Don't be surprised if you start to see more features in Google Maps that lets you see where your friends are located because Google just bought the social mapping and navigating app Waze and it could mean Android users will have a more social experience when using maps. Right now, Waze gives real time driving alerts based on users that tell the network about traffic conditions. Like if there's an accident causing a jam ahead. The app also lets you share your location wit other friends so you can let them know how to meet up with you. And my Myspace is still kicking. The network debuted a new iPhone app to go along with its website, now at a beta, Myspace has a focus around music and so does the app with a feature called My Radio. Yup, you can create your own radio stations to stream on the go and the app lets you create and share animated gifts. Now, the excitement is just too hard to contain. And now, all classic Myspace accounts have been updated to the new website platform. That's your tech news update, you could find more details on these stories at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.