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Apple event live streaming on Windows 10, too

Apple event live streaming on Windows 10, too

Just so long as you've got a Windows 10 PC with Edge, Apple will allow their event to be streamed to you. Apple announced this morning that their next big event will be taking place on September 9th at 10AM Pacific Time, and that they'd be streaming said event. Generally this sort of Apple-only stream requires that you own an Apple device to watch. With this event, Apple drops said requirement in favor of Edge technology on PC's running Windows 10. Could this be a sign of collaborative efforts in the near future?

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Amazon Prime’s streaming video service to launch in Japan

Amazon Prime’s streaming video service to launch in Japan

With Netflix having already announced that they're launching in Japan on September 2nd, Amazon has decided it's not going to wait for its rival to gain a lead in the local market for streaming video services. The US internet shopping giant has announced it will be debuting its Prime Video service in Japan sometime this fall. Like Netflix's service in the country, it's still not clear what kind of programs will be available for streaming, however Amazon has promised the lineup will include popular US movies and TV shows, their award-winning originals, plus native Japanese content.

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Nvidia’s GeForce Experience app brings gameplay sharing to PC

Nvidia’s GeForce Experience app brings gameplay sharing to PC

When the PlayStation 4 debuted, one of the coolest features about the new hardware was the "Share" feature, which let players stream their gameplay live to another PS4 owner, and even let them take over the controls. Well, Nvidia is bringing that same functionality to PC games with an update to its GeForce Experience app. The software is being updated next month with beta access to the new GameStream Co-op feature, along with a few other tools for recording and broadcasting gameplay footage.

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Comcast’s live-streaming app now available for Xfinity customers

Comcast’s live-streaming app now available for Xfinity customers

Back in May, Comcast began a limited test of a mobile app that let users stream video from their smartphone to not only other phone users, but to TVs at home and the homes other subscribers. Called Xfinity Share, the app proved to be fairly popular, and now Comcast has made it available to all Xfinity customers. The app is free on both iOS and Android, and the only requirement for recipients of the stream is that they have an X1 DVR-ready set-top box.

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DirecTV 4K Genie Mini spreads UHD around the home

DirecTV 4K Genie Mini spreads UHD around the home

DirecTV has launched a new Ultra HD set-top box, the 4K Genie Mini, extending UHD content to more TVs around the home. Available as an add-on for those with DirecTV's existing Genie HD DVR, the new box is around the size of a paperback book and offers remote access to all the usual on-demand and DVR content stored on the main box.

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Comcast pulling its Xbox 360 streaming app

Comcast pulling its Xbox 360 streaming app

Comcast has revealed it's pulling its Xfinity streaming app for the Xbox 360 console on September 1st. The ISP hasn't made it clear exactly why they're killing the app, other than stating on Twitter that they're reshuffling to make "improvements to our online experience," but it's pretty obvious it was a flop in the face of the Netflix behemoth. First launched in 2012, the Xbox 360 Xfinity app was quickly criticized, especially by Netflix, for its abuse of network neutrality, as video streamed from the app didn't count towards users' data caps.

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Apple Music Festival announced for London starting September 19

Apple Music Festival announced for London starting September 19

Apple has just announced that it's rebranding its annual September iTunes Festival as the Apple Music Festival. The event will be held in London from September 19th to September 28th, making the festival significantly shorter than the typical 30 days of concerts its been in the past. However, new this year is the fact that the event will be streamed on Apple Music, in addition to coverage on Beats 1 Radio and performing artists' pages on Apple Music Connect.

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The Twitch community is trying to play Dark Souls collectively

The Twitch community is trying to play Dark Souls collectively

Twitch, the live game broadcasting service, has had two successful attempts in the past where all viewers were in control, at the same time, of the game being played. First was one of the original Pokemon games, then came an older Metal Gear title. Thousands of people, all inputting commands into the chat window. It was madness, but in both cases, they were successful in beating the games. Now the Twitch community is doing it again, but this time with Dark Souls, the first entry in what is easily one of the most difficult series in recent history.

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Apple’s $40 TV service said delayed by networks

Apple’s $40 TV service said delayed by networks

Apple's well-rumored TV service has been taken off the schedule for the September 9 iPhone 6s event, insiders claim, a victim of bogged-down negotiations. Talks with content owners - which back in July were said to be "close" to an agreement - are said to have reached an impasse, sources close to the discussions told Bloomberg Business, over a fundamental disagreement about how the packages should be priced. Apple, it's said, believes it should be paying less for a more streamlined set of channels, while networks want more from the unproven entrant into the TV market.

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PlayStation Vue streaming TV comes to Dallas, Miami

PlayStation Vue streaming TV comes to Dallas, Miami

Sony has announced that its PlayStation-based streaming television service, Vue, has just become available in the cities of Dallas, TX and Miami, FL. Users with a PS4 or PS3 can take advantage of the service, choosing from three multichannel packages: Access, Core, or Elite. Subscription prices start at $49.99 per month, and the service's main strength is its mix of both local and cable channels. Those living in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami-Fort Lauderdale areas can sign up starting today.

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HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

Good news today for Google Chromecast owners that have been craving their favorite HBO shows: the HBO Now service has added support for streaming to the TV dongle. The new feature comes via app updates for both iOS and Android versions of HBO Now, which are already available on their respective app marketplaces. HBO Now was first launched on iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, and quickly gained popularity, followed by its arrival on Android only a few weeks ago.

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Facebook Live clones Periscope for celebrities

Facebook Live clones Periscope for celebrities

Facebook has launched its own take on Periscope, Facebook Live, promising to beam the celebrity perspective straight into your newsfeed. The service, limited to public figures with verified pages, turns the Facebook Mentions app into a livecaster: the real-time broadcast keeps track of comments and view counts, while the clips themselves are saved for post-stream viewing later on.

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