‘The Handmaid’s Tale wins Hulu its first Emmy Awards, including Best Drama

 Hulu’s science fiction series The Handmaid’s Tale won big tonight at the Primetime Emmy Awards, where it took home the awards for drama series, actress in a drama series (Elisabeth Moss), writing in a drama series (Bruce Miller), directing in a drama series (Reed Morano) and supporting actress in a drama series (Ann Dowd). The show tells the story of Offred (played by Moss), a… Read More

Kobo takes on Audible with its own audiobook subscription service

 Kobo’s never had an issue taking on the bigwigs. It’s outlasted bigger names like Sony and Barnes & Noble in the devoted e-reader space, and now it’s ready to take a swipe at Audible’s marketshare dominance. The Rakuten-owned company has just announced the launch of its own audiobook service. The store is live now, with titles available for a la carte purchasing. Read More

Please let The Friendship Code and its tech-savvy girls be the new Babysitters Club

 Okay, full disclosure, I never read any Babysitters Club book. But you know what I’m talking about, right? We all had some endless series we read where a few kids just like us navigated the vicissitudes of life, teaching us lessons along the way. I’m hoping that The Friendship Code, which aims to do that — but with tech and coding woven in — will become that series for… Read More

Disruptor Beam’s ‘Walking Dead: March to War’ puts you in the middle of a zombified Washington, D.C.

Walking Dead March to War Disruptor Beam has already created games based on Star Trek and Game of Thrones. Next up is The Walking Dead, with the launch of The Walking Dead: March to War. To create the game, which was first announced last year, the company partnered with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. That means the game is technically an adaptation of the comics, but the… Read More

Watch Apple’s Carpool Karaoke teasers ahead of series premiere

 Carpool Karaoke is growing up and becoming so much more than just segments on James Corden’s Late Late Show. Apple has commissioned 16 standalone episodes, and the show is about to premiere on August 8. The company shared three different teasers this week to promote the show. On The Late Late Show, Carpool Karaoke segments usually feature James Corden along with a music artist. The… Read More

Watch Apple’s Carpool Karaoke teasers ahead of series premiere

 Carpool Karaoke is growing up and becoming so much more than just segments on James Corden’s Late Late Show. Apple has commissioned 16 standalone episodes, and the show is about to premiere on August 8. The company shared three different teasers this week to promote the show. On The Late Late Show, Carpool Karaoke segments usually feature James Corden along with a music artist. The… Read More

HBO got hacked and some Game of Thrones materials are bubbling up online

 In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, HBO confirms that it was the target of a hack though the company doesn’t appear to be quite sure what the damage is yet. So far, episodes of HBO series Room 104 and Ballers have trickled out online. Though new episodes of its bloody centerpiece Game of Thrones have yet to surface, the leak reportedly contains writing suspected to be either a… Read More

Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

 Facebook is on the cusp of a big push to lure independent content creators to share their art through the News Feed. But it needs to prove it can help creators monetize their content without allowing piracy to run rampant. That’s why it’s acquired content rights management startup Source3, including its team and technology. The startup explains that “At Source3, we set out… Read More

Time Warner will spend $100M on Snapchat original shows and ads

 Time Warner and Snap Inc. have announced a new deal that will bring increased ad spending and the development of new made-for-Snapchat shows. People familiar with the deal tell TechCrunch that the deal is valued at about $100M spent over the next two years. The newly created shows will span a variety of genres, including scripted drama, daily news shows, documentaries and comedy. The shows will… Read More

Apple Music quietly added a $99 annual subscription plan

 If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, chances are that you’re paying $9.99 every month, $14.99 for a family plan, or $4.99 per month if you’re a student. But Apple quietly added another option. You can now pay $99 for a 12-month subscription. This setting is quite buried as Apple doesn’t want you to know that you can pay less than what you’re actually paying. We… Read More