Logitech is buying Streamlabs for $89 million
The hardware maker gets game live streaming softwareStreamlabs OBS already helps streamers set up their streams, track donation alerts, set up stream overlays, follow their chats, and more. Logitech makes popular gaming and streaming peripherals like keyboards, mice, and webcams, and owns Blue Microphones, a frequent mic choice for streamers, so owning Streamlabs should, in theory, should make for better integration with all of its hardware already used by streamers.
Twitch Studio — the broadcasting software the live-streaming siteback in August to a select group of users — is now open to the public. (Though it is, for the moment, PC-only.) Developed as an easier way to stream and aimed at users who are just starting out on Twitch, the software is both functional and aesthetically appealing. It’s for people who have a vague desire to broadcast themselves to the internet but aren’t quite sure how to get started.
Live-streaming is technically quite difficult: it’s live video production, which requires an understanding of the occasionally arcane ecosystem of software and plugins that make it possible. Like every other technologically difficult thing, it also requires a willingness to read a ton of forum comments in search of answers to troubleshoot whatever weird issue you’re having.
Twitch Studio is designed to get rid of all that. It’s made to automatically detect things like your camera, microphone, and monitor resolution, and it comes with a host of templates and alerts that’ll help you seem professional, even if you’re not quite sure yet what you’re doing. That’s great because faking it till you make it is a timeworn strategy for a reason: it works. If you’re a Windows user, you can download the beta.
Gmail's Smart Compose is coming to Google Docs .
The automatic predictive text suggestions which Gmail offers users while they compose emails is launching for Google Docs. In 2018, Google launched Smart Compose in Gmail for G Suite users; now, the feature is coming to Google Docs. Smart Compose is a tool that helps users compose emails by intelligently autocompleting the message based on an individual's writing habits. For example, "it can fill in common phrases and relevant addresses, like that of your home and office." Over time, the feature makes suggestions more and more tailored to each person.