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Sony RX10 II boasts support for long 4K video recording

Sony RX10 II boasts support for long 4K video recording

Sony has introduced a pair of new cameras, the RX100 IV and the RX10 II camera. The RX10 II is a high-zoom shooter with the same 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor as the other aforementioned model, though it has a larger, more robust body than the RX100 IV's compact design. Sony says this model includes both a DRAM memory chip and fast signal processing, the combination of which results in 5x faster image data readout and other pro-level features.

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Netflix has four new kids shows inbound

Netflix has four new kids shows inbound

On Wednesday, Netflix announced four new animated series for kids, one of which will be arriving this coming September and the rest later on in 2016. There is Puffin Rock, which is an animated series for preschoolers that will be launching later this year. Joining it in 2016 will be a Netflix Original Series dubbedTarzan and Jane, Luna Petunia, another preschooler series that is inspired by Cirque du Soleils, and, finally, Kulipari: An Army of Frogs.

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Sling TV intros “Sling Latino” service with 22 channels

Sling TV intros “Sling Latino” service with 22 channels

Sling TV, the live television service offered by Dish Network, has slowly expanded its content offerings for Spanish-speaking subscribers, but today it has blown the doors open, launching a new “Sling Latino” service that brings with it nearly two dozen live channels for $12/month, and a lesser package with 16 channels for $7/month. This includes some of the top Spanish-speaking channels from well known networks, and includes on demand content. For those in certain countries there are some extra perks.

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Facebook introduces new “Lite” app for Android

Facebook introduces new “Lite” app for Android

Facebook has announced its new "Facebook Lite" offering, something that sounds oddly familiar. Regardless, the new rendition of the social network's app is specifically for Android users who need to (or want to ) keep data usage to a minimum, allowing them to use the service without it breaking the bank/data cap/whatever limitation might exist. Ultimately the app is for those who are in areas where their network access is slow and has trouble facilitating use of the social network’s regular app.

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SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud is home to a massive library of audio content, some of it from casual users, others from independent artists, podcasters, and more. There has been pressure on the service for a long while now to get squared away with official licensing deals and, under them, to pay out royalties where royalties are due. Today the service announced a big step toward that, with it having struck a large deal that covers about 20,000 indie record labels with the organization Merlin.

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Showtime and Apple partner to launch standalone streaming service

Showtime and Apple partner to launch standalone streaming service

Showtime has confirmed recent rumors, officially announcing that it will be launching a standalone Internet streaming service next month. The service will follow in line with HBO's recent embracing of the Internet (as well as Dish and many networks with its Sling TV), and it will be called simply "Showtime". Apple will be the first partner for the service, CBS Corporation announced this evening. The standalone Internet-based Showtime service will go live some time in early July. More after the jump.

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Nintendo unveils games coming to 3DS and more

Nintendo unveils games coming to 3DS and more

Nintendo decided to drop a “Nintendo Direct Micro” video today, and it mostly revolved around the surprise announcement of some new 3DS games slated for North America. The video was hosted by a micro version of Nintendo’s Director of Product Marketing Bill Trinen, who introduced a handful of games like Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash! which is currently in development. The games will be dropping at different times in the coming months, with the first arriving in less than two weeks.

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Facebook hires startup Tugboat Yards

Facebook hires startup Tugboat Yards

Facebook has acqui-hired, so to speak, the startup Tugboat Yards, it has been announced. The announcement was made by Tugboat Yards itself, which says that it is feeling both excited and melancholy about the new business deal. Under this deal, Tugboat Yards will be completely shutting down on June 30, with the team then heading on over to Facebook to join the social network’s product team. Says the new Facebook team members, they’ll be working on media products including video and news.

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AT&T tipped to be easing away from 2-year contracts

AT&T tipped to be easing away from 2-year contracts

With some carriers nowadays, you can elect to pay for a device in small monthly increments rather than shackling yourself into a long contract. Though the ultimate cost tends to be higher in the long run, many have embraced the option, and now word has it that AT&T will be nudging its subscribers toward that option by default. Starting June 1, says sources, the wireless carrier will be offering its AT&T Next in the place of 2-year contracts, the latter of which will be fizzling away.

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Seinfeld will start streaming on Hulu starting June 24

Seinfeld will start streaming on Hulu starting June 24

Late last month it was revealed that Hulu will be the exclusive streaming home of Seinfeld, and though we found out at the time that it would arrive in June, a specific date was not provided. Today that changed: Hulu says that you will be able to stream episodes of Seinfeld on the service starting June 26, leaving a little over one month of waiting. Rumor has it Hulu paid more than $500,000 USD per episode for the streaming deal.

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JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL, the audio company that recently had 16 speakers and two subwoofers squeezed into a Smart car, has taken the wraps off two new speakers: the JBL Clip+ and the JBL Charge 2+. Both are wireless speakers offering connectivity over Bluetooth, with the Clip+ featuring a hooked top and the Charge 2+ a long cylindrical design. Each speaker brings with it its own features, though the Charge 2+ is no doubt the higher end of the two. Both are up for order now, though the Clip+ won't be shipping again until September.

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Silver Mario amiibo arrives May 29

Silver Mario amiibo arrives May 29

As we reported back in February, Nintendo will be releasing Silver and Gold edition Mario amiibo figurines. No details about them were released at the time, but we’ve heard more about them since then, and now the most important detail has arrived: when you can get your hands on them…or, at least, on the Mario Silver Edition Amiibo (given that a gold edition hit Walmart back in March). The figurine will be available at retailers across the nation starting on May 29 at $12.99 USD.

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