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Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Gigabit chip ready for live streaming VR

Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Gigabit chip ready for live streaming VR

The folks at Qualcomm have revealed that they want to jam so much internet speed through their chips, you won't know what to do with it all. The company's 6th-generation LTE modem chipset will support "download speeds up to 1Gbps" and will be what they describe as "the mobile industry's first announced LTE Advanced Pro modem that also has support for Licensed Assisted Access. While it reach Gigabit Class LTE speeds, this chip will use the same amount of spectrum as Category 9 LTE devices - no big deal!

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Apple’s Streaming TV talks with CBS have ceased, so says Les Moonves

Apple’s Streaming TV talks with CBS have ceased, so says Les Moonves

CBS CEO Les Moonves has changed a tune when it comes to Apple chats on streaming services. While last year the CBS head made clear the company was certainly in conversations regarding Apple's future smart TV releases, talks appear to have ended - for the time behind, anyway. Meanwhile CBS is certainly feeling the impact of streaming services and internet-based on-demand services of all sorts, suggesting that "something like 40% of the revenue CBS is getting didn't exist five years ago."

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BitTorrent comes to iOS, Apple TV in form of streaming news app

BitTorrent comes to iOS, Apple TV in form of streaming news app

If you've been eagerly awaiting BitTorrent to come to Apple TV or your favorite iOS device, your time has come. But if you're expecting it to allow you to watch your favorite pirated media on said devices, your wait continues. OTT News, an app developed in partnership with BitTorrent and using their peer-to-peer technology, is now available for iPhones and iPads, along with Apple's set-top box, and it offers live streaming news focused on the upcoming US election.

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Verizon defies net neutrality, makes own video service free of data caps

Verizon defies net neutrality, makes own video service free of data caps

Completely disregarding the rules of net neutrality put in place last year by the FCC, Verizon has just made a controversial change to its own Go90 mobile video service: any content watching on the app won't count towards customers' LTE data limits. Watching videos from any other source? That's going to eat into their monthly allotment. The move follows rival T-Mobile with its Binge On service, which also throttles video content.

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Amazon Echo adds Spotify as Alexa sets sights on Sonos

Amazon Echo adds Spotify as Alexa sets sights on Sonos

Amazon's Echo can now control Spotify, with the smart speaker turned into a voice-activated streaming music system. The update, which will be pushed out to Echo owners invisibly as an OTA update, works with Spotify Connect, to deliver what Amazon and the music service say will be a seamless transition between your headphones and your home speakers.

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YouTube working on 360-degree video livestreaming says rumor

YouTube working on 360-degree video livestreaming says rumor

With virtual reality becoming a hot topic with headsets that allow you to look all around inside a video or game coming to market in force, word is YouTube is working on something that fans of 360-degree videos will like. YouTube has had the ability to play 360-degree videos on the streaming platform for a while. The new addition is said to be the ability to livestream 360-degree video.

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Apple folds iTunes Radio into Apple Music, now requires subscription

Apple folds iTunes Radio into Apple Music, now requires subscription

As of today, Apple's iTunes Radio is no more, with the once free, ad-supported music channels being integrated into the subscription-based Apple Music service. The company originally announced the change earlier this month, and now the radio stations are officially off-air. iOS users that try to listen to a station within the Music app are now given a prompt inviting them join the Apple Music streaming service, with those on a Mac seeing the same message in iTunes.

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Long-time Netflix subscriber? There’s a price hike coming

Long-time Netflix subscriber? There’s a price hike coming

Netflix may be opening its streaming to more viewers, but it's also set to get more expensive, as grandfathered plans expire this year. The company reminded shareholders of the changes in its financial results today, figuring it's likely that many Netflix subscribers will be faced with the decision whether they want decent quality video or to avoid paying more every month.

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Why Netflix blocks content in your country

Why Netflix blocks content in your country

In mid-January of 2016, Netflix made clear their intent to enact Proxy Detection worldwide - AKA they'd be blocking your VPN. Some Netflix users, paying users the lot of them, use proxies or "unblockers" as they're sometimes called, to see content that'd otherwise only be available outside of their country. Why does Netflix block content in the first place? You pay for their service, why don't they let you see all of the content they have to offer? The answer, unfortunately, is precedent.

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Netflix says proxies won’t let you bypass country restrictions any longer

Netflix says proxies won’t let you bypass country restrictions any longer

It's never a great feeling when you attempt to load a video, only to find it's not available in your country. This happens somewhat frequently on sites like YouTube, which gives you a pointed message regarding the availability of the video. Netflix has similar restrictions, though instead of telling you why, it will just show the movie or show as unavailable. If you know the movie you want is available in another country, you can use a proxy to mask your location, and unlock the video. Unfortunately, this method won't work for long.

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