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NVIDIA Project SHIELD demos Borderlands 2 in live PC gaming stream

NVIDIA Project SHIELD demos Borderlands 2 in live PC gaming stream

This week the folks at NVIDIA have unleashed a new demo video depicting their Project SHIELD mobile gaming device playing none other than Borderlands 2. The reason this is a monstrous feat, for those of you that don't know, is the fact that this game is a high-powered PC game that otherwise only exists on the most fabulous of gaming PC builds. This game is shown here streaming on a home-based wireless network from a Falcon Tiki PC working with a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card - it's a top-level PC gaming experience streamed to a mobile device in the palms of your hands!

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Splashtop aims for Project SHEILD functionality with streaming PC gaming

Splashtop aims for Project SHEILD functionality with streaming PC gaming

This week the folks at Splashtop have announced the Configurable Shortcuts and Gamepad app for both iPads and high-powered Android tablets, this bringing a whole new chapter to PC gaming streaming in the mobile universe. Splashtop has been working as a remote desktop app for several years now, allowing both iOS and Android mobile devices view and work with desktop machines running Windows and Apple's Mac OS X. Gamepad functionality takes on what the recently announced NVIDIA Project SHIELD hardware aims to do with virtualized streaming PC game playing on a mobile device and, instead of working with one piece of hardware, spreads it to a collection of tablets.

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Metallica hits Spotify, Lars Ulrich speaks

Metallica hits Spotify, Lars Ulrich speaks

After many, many years of Metallica appearing on the opposite side of the music industry from the music pirates that exist across the earth, they've joined Spotify for music streaming their entire catalog. It's time for every single Metallica album from Kill ‘Em All to Master of Puppets to be up and ready to listen to on Spotify for the whole world - even the pirates - to listen to. This was all announced this week at the Spotify conference that also saw a larger launch of the web broswer based Spotify environment.

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Netflix now available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland

Netflix now available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland

Back in August, Netflix mentioned that it would be launching its streaming movie service in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland "later this year." As it turns out, later this year was yesterday, and Netflix is now available within all four of those countries. According to Netflix, 10 million broadband households within Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden can now subscribe to Netflix.

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Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming media services in the United States, with the company recently expanding into the UK to try and woo the local population with easy movie and TV streaming. Now the company is setting its sights on the rest of Europe, today announcing that it will soon be available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Netflix says the full service should launch in those countries towards the end of 2012.

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OUYA promises XBMC support

OUYA promises XBMC support

OUYA, the Android-based gaming console, has secured yet another high-profile app. The team behind the console has courted the XBMC development team, promising that early prototypes will be delivered that should enable XBMC to run on the platform smoothly and without any issues. According to the OUYA Kickstarter page, the team behind OUYA fully support XBMC, with “nearly a third” of the XBMC development team having backed the “open” console.

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Vizio Co-Star Google TV box up for pre-order

Vizio Co-Star Google TV box up for pre-order

Vizio made a strong case for the reintroduction of Google TV when it announced the Co-Star box last month, offering full Google TV functionality plus OnLive capabilities for a penny under $100. The company has begun to take pre-orders for the Co-Star on its website, and is still offering free shipping for anyone willing to give the box a chance. You’ll get access to the full Chrome web browser, Google TV apps, and streaming games with the optional OnLive controller and subscription.

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Google Nexus Q brings media streaming to the home for $299

Google Nexus Q brings media streaming to the home for $299

Didn’t think Google was just going to announce a tablet at I/O, did you? The company will also be showing off a mysterious Nexus Q device. Google say it’s a social streamer that’ll hook up to your speakers and television and pipe content from the cloud, sporting a very cool design to boot. Droid-Life first discovered the reference to the Nexus Q on the Play Store, and now all the details along with an introduction video has emerged.

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Netflix to stream Lilyhammer in the UK

Netflix to stream Lilyhammer in the UK

Netflix isn’t just interested in the movie and TV streaming business: its ultimate goal is to bring original content to the internet too, almost like an additional channel. The company graced the United States with the Lilyhammer series a couple of months ago, and will be bringing the show to the UK and Ireland following a deal with the German distributor.

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Gaikai begins streaming MMORPGs from the cloud

Gaikai begins streaming MMORPGs from the cloud

This week the folks at Gaikai.com, a site known for their streaming of full-fledged game demos normally only available in video form, have announced their intent to bring massively multiplayer online role-playing games to the streaming world. Using their own technology allowing direct streaming from the cloud - no downloads, no physical disks required, Gaikai has already begun showing off Lord of the Rings Online and will soon be releasing Dungeons & Dragons Online as well. All of this comes with a simple Java allowance and simple one-step sign-in process for gamers - welcome to next level online technology!

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