Web

Instant Video Finder: Amazon hoping new feature will help users find interesting content more easily

amazon launches instant video finderAmazon is hoping to help users of its Instant Video service search through its catalog more productively with the launch of its new Instant Video Finder.amazon launches instant video finder list

The finder introduces a bunch of new search categories in an attempt to help you find something appealing among its catalog of over 140,000 movies and TV shows.

The e-commerce giant announced the launch of the finder on its official Twitter feed, encouraging users of its service to “find the perfect show that fits your mood.”

According to Amazon, the categories now have a more personalized touch, based on a user’s viewing history for genre, theme, plot and mood.

The Video Finder’s homepage shows 50 categories, including Feel Good, Tough Guy, Tech Noir, Psychological Thriller and Sea Adventure. You can also filter results to see only Prime Instant Videos, those Rated G or PG, TV shows and movies.

Hit on a category and it’ll bring up a list of 12 sub-categories. So on the Feel Good page, for example, you’ll find suggestions for Popular Feel Good content alongside Feel Good & Comedy, Feel Good & Kids/Family, Feel Good & Animation and Feel Good & Romantic, among others.

The sub-categories bring up between around 8 and 80 choices, which means that much of the content will still have to be hunted down using  the search box at the top of the Instant Video page. Still, if the new feature’s algorithm proves effective in learning what you like, the relatively small number of suggestions shouldn’t matter, and anyway will likely grow over time. 

Amazon’s new Video Finder feature is currently in beta. You can check it out here.

Computing

Microsoft extension adds Google Chrome support for Windows Timeline

The Windows Timeline feature is now much more versatile thanks to the added support for Google's Chrome browser. All you need to do to increase its functionality is to download the official Chrome extension.
Home Theater

Bask in the glory of your home theater with these 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies

What good is a 4K TV if you don't have the means of pushing it to its limits? Here are our favorite 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, all of which are nothing short of stunning. It'll make you wonder why you haven't always watched movies this way.
Smart Home

OK Google, what else can you do? The best tips and tricks for Google Home

The Home functions in a similar fashion to its main competitor, the Amazon Echo, but has the added benefit of select Google services. Here are few tips to help you make the most of the newfangled device.
Movies & TV

An Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series might be headed to Disney Plus

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Movies & TV

Here’s how to watch the 2019 Oscars livestream online

The 91st Academy Awards will air live on ABC, but there are also a number of ways to watch Hollywood's biggest night online using your mobile device, desktop, or set-top streamer. Here's how to catch the Oscars livestream.
Computing

YouTube changes its strikes system, offers softer first-offense penalty

YouTube announced changes to its strikes system for its content creators. The changes include a softer first-offense penalty for creators who violate YouTube's guidelines and more consistent penalties for further violations.
Computing

An experimental feature could help reduce memory usage in Google Chrome

Google Chrome might be the most popular web browser, but it also is a resource hog. Google is currently working on an experimental feature for Chrome which sets out to reduce its overall memory usage. 
Computing

Need a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator? Here are our favorites

Photoshop and other commercial tools can be expensive, but drawing software doesn't need to be. The best free drawing software is just as powerful as some of the more expensive offerings.
Computing

Edit, sign, append, and save with six of the best PDF editors

Though there are plenty of PDF editors to be had online, finding a solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here are the best PDF editors for your editing needs, no matter your budget or OS.
Web

Rid yourself of website notification requests in just a few easy steps

Wish you knew how to block browser and website notifications? You can do it on a case by case basis, but that can become dull after the 10th site has asked for your approval. Here's how to block them outright.
Computing

Don't take your provider's word for it. Here's how to test your internet speed

If you're worried that you aren't getting the most from your internet package, speed tests are a great way to find out what your real connection is capable of. Here are the best internet speed tests available today.
Photography

The best place to print photos online in 2019

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online or in store? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.
Gaming

These are the coolest games you can play on your Google Chrome browser right now

Not only is Google Chrome a fantastic web browser, it's also a versatile gaming platform that you can access from just about anywhere. Here are a few of our favorite titles for the platform.