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Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon seems to be bingeing new device announcements lately. First we got word of the all-new Fire HD 8, then it was the refresh of the Echo Dot, and then the company announced its Kindle for Kids e-reader. The new device train doesn't stop there, apparently, as the company has announced what it's calling the All-New Fire TV Stick.

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Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

This week the folks at Spotify have revealed a feature they call Daily Mix, showing users what they've heard and what they might want to hear next. This is a sort of playlist, as it were, allowing users to add or subtract from said list each day as each list evolves. This list is made with Spotify's smart algorithms which see what the user has been listening to, creating an old/new/really new set of songs for that user to listen to next.

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When is the first Presidential Debate? Live Streaming video detailed

When is the first Presidential Debate? Live Streaming video detailed

Since the year 2008, the last time the United States had a presidential race that the entire world was interested in, a lot has changed in how we're able to access video. The age of Live Video Streams has truly dawned, and we're in a place where it'd more surprising to NOT see the debates available for live streaming online than if they were. And they are. And we've got all the links and video boxes and streamers in the world below, ready for the clicking and the watching.

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Netflix plans to offer 50% original programming in next few years

Netflix plans to offer 50% original programming in next few years

If you're a fan of shows like House of Cards and Stranger Things, then you'll most likely be pleased with Netflix's vision for the future. Netflix CFO David Wells has revealed that the company plans to be offering a 50/50 mix of content within the next few years, with 50% of that content being original programming and the other 50% being licensed content from other networks.

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Ex-Top Gear hosts’ ‘The Grand Tour’ hits Amazon on November 18

Ex-Top Gear hosts’ ‘The Grand Tour’ hits Amazon on November 18

Fan of the BBC's previous version of Top Gear — that is, the one with well-known hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — have been missing their fix of cars, snark, and silly antics for well over a year now. The trio departed from the show in early 2015 following Clarkson's dismissal, but it didn't take long for them to re-group and come up with a new show. That show, titled The Grand Tour, was picked up by Amazon, and now finally has a premiere date.

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Apple shoots down rumor it’s buying Tidal

Apple shoots down rumor it’s buying Tidal

For months now we've been hearing rumors and industry talk about streaming music service Tidal looking for a buyer, with an acquisition by Apple being the most expected. However, in a rare case of addressing such rumors, Apple has come out and clearly stated that it has no plans to purchase Tidal or any other streaming service. That doesn't mean the two companies didn't have talks at some point, but it certainly looks like a deal won't be reached anytime in the near future.

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Amazon said to be negotiating streaming rights for live sports

Amazon said to be negotiating streaming rights for live sports

As Amazon has already become a major player in the streaming video market, it's now looking to move beyond just offering TV shows, movies, and original series. A new report from Bloomberg says the company want to challenge broadcast TV by offering coverage of live sporting events, including soccer, golf, tennis, and auto racing. The paper's anonymous sources say Amazon has begun talks into acquiring the licenses needed to stream such events.

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Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Spotify streaming goes live

Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Spotify streaming goes live

Frank Ocean's much-anticipated second album, Blonde, has quietly been added to Spotify, marking the end of Apple Music's exclusive streaming rights. The album was released back on August 20 for both streaming, but thanks to a deal with Apple and the record label it was only available through Apple's subscription-based music service.

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Podcasting app ZCast updated with record, edit, and share features

Podcasting app ZCast updated with record, edit, and share features

Users of the ZCast podcasting app will find an update awaiting them this afternoon with a variety of big-change updates. Amongst these are the ability to record casts, edit casts, and share casts directly to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Previously, users were only able to make live Podcasts happen in real time - now they're able to get access to their archive of casts, allowing them to build a library of recordings on the fly. Today's update also brings new features to listeners, making the entire app and ecosystem more robust and able to grow.

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Mythbusters’ build team gets Netflix original ‘The White Rabbit Project’

Mythbusters’ build team gets Netflix original ‘The White Rabbit Project’

Fans of the TV show Mythbusters who aren't looking forward to the upcoming reboot as a reality with new hosts will soon have another option: the original series' M7 Build Team — Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron — will be appearing in The White Rabbit Project, a new Netflix original show to debut on the service this December.

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Sony Ultra 4K streaming service comes to Intel 7th Gen Core PCs

Sony Ultra 4K streaming service comes to Intel 7th Gen Core PCs

While 4K televisions are finally starting to come down in price, the availability of 4K video content to watch on them is still slim. To help push the sales of its own 4K TVs, earlier this year Sony announced its own 4K streaming video service dubbed Ultra. Now the company wants to make the Ultra service available on PCs, and has teamed up with Intel to launch it in January. The only catch? Users must be running Intel's new 7th Gen Core processor.

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Next Roku models to be called ‘Express,’ ‘Premiere,’ and ‘Ultra’

Next Roku models to be called ‘Express,’ ‘Premiere,’ and ‘Ultra’

Streaming set-top box maker Roku is expected to release an updated lineup of devices this fall, and according to new information, the company will finally move away from including numbers in their naming scheme (i.e. Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3). Zatz Not Funny, a frequently reliable source when it comes to leaks, says that instead of seeing a Roku 5, there will be unique names for each model, including the "Roku Express" and "Roku Premiere."

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