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The Netflix fix for bill-shock is better streaming control

The Netflix fix for bill-shock is better streaming control

Intentionally reducing the quality of the video you're watching may sound strange, but Netflix's new granular control over bandwidth could very well save you from cellphone bill-shock. The streaming video company has come through on its promise to give Netflix app users more flexibility in the bitrate at which they watch movies and TV shows, after being criticized by some for chewing through too much of their data allowance.

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Here’s how to #save your Periscope videos more than 24hrs

Here’s how to #save your Periscope videos more than 24hrs

Your Periscope witticisms, comedy gold, earnest real-talk, and harsh-but-fair relationship advice can now live on forever, with Twitter adding an easy way to save recordings. Previously, videos streamed through Periscope would be available for replay for a 24 hour period after broadcast, but at that point they'd be deleted altogether.

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Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

While the Apple Music has been Apple's biggest venture into the consumer music market since iTunes, the streaming service has had a rough first year and been subject to much criticism. But it looks like the first major upgrade is on the way, as a new report from Bloomberg says this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June will see the debut of an overhauled Apple Music, with a focus on being easier to use.

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Netflix is now making a Punisher spin-off series

Netflix is now making a Punisher spin-off series

Marvel's superhero movies have been dominating the box office for years already, and now it's becoming clear that they will soon do the same on Netflix. The streaming service has confirmed that it will be making a new series for The Punisher after the character's recent popularity on season 2 of Daredevil. Actor Jon Bernthal will continue in the roll of vigilante anti-hero Frank Castle, who arrives in Hell’s Kitchen to dish out justice with plenty of guns and violence.

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Amazon Prime Music graduates for full Sonos streaming

Amazon Prime Music graduates for full Sonos streaming

Sonos' streaming speakers are gaining another source of tunes, with Amazon Prime Music graduating from its beta on the popular audio players. The support had begun trials in October last year as Amazon and Sonos worked out the kinks, with the 1m+ tracks Amazon offers to listeners as part of their annual Prime subscription able to be added to Sonos playlists and mixed with music from other sources.

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Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

The folks at Backblaze have released a system they call Storage Pod 6.0, and they've open-sourced the whole works. Their aim is to drive down the cost of creating a data storage server (your own personal cloud) while they improve the reliability and durability of said servers each time they release a new version. Their first model was Storage Pod 1.0, which was launched all the way back in 2009. Back then their costs were $0.11/GB for 67.5TB of storage in a 4U box. Fast forward to 2016 and they've reduced that cost again, significantly.

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Beyonce’s Lemonade HBO special airs, new album exclusive to Tidal

Beyonce’s Lemonade HBO special airs, new album exclusive to Tidal

The mysterious HBO special from Beyoncé titled Lemonade finally aired last night, and as almost everyone guessed, it's related to a new album from the pop/R&B singer. Described as a "visual album," which explains the video element that aired exclusively on HBO, the songs of Lemonade were made available on Tidal just minutes after the TV special ended. In what's becoming a trend recently, at least for artists with ownership stake in Tidal, the new album will be exclusive to the service, but also surprising is that Lemonade can only be streamed, not purchased.

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Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch, the video game live-streaming website, is taking a few step closer to being a social network. The company has announced a new Friends feature that, like just about every other social service on the internet, lets users connect and add friends on the site through their profile page. In addition to adding other users as a friend, you'll be able to see when they're online and chat via private messages.

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Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Many years after some of Google's competitors launched their own portals for podcasts, Google Play launches their own for Android. This podcast portal launches within and paired with Google Play Music, where users are able to collect and stream podcasts at will. For those of you that aren't into streaming - you're pretty much out of luck. This may be launching in Google Play, but it's housed within Google Music. There you'll listen to all your favorites, inside the orange dome, with the new Google Play Music icon in full effect!

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Apple TV gets new ‘Live Tune-In’ feature for live broadcasts

Apple TV gets new ‘Live Tune-In’ feature for live broadcasts

While the long rumored, full-fledged TV service from Apple has to come to fruition, leaving cord-cutters hopelessly tied to their cable services, the fourth-gen Apple TV has made a small towards watching live television. On Friday the set-top box began notifying users via a splash screen that there's a new "Live Tune-In" feature which enables to jump right to a live TV feed in certain apps.

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Verizon rumored to replace FiOS with next-gen TV service in 2016

Verizon rumored to replace FiOS with next-gen TV service in 2016

It looks like Verizon may be moving away from its FiOS brand, and replacing it with an all-new cable and internet service, according to a new report from Variety. Sources have said the service will be based on a model that uses a new set-top box based on internet technologies, as opposed to existing digital cable signals. At the earliest, it sounds like Verizon may debut the service in an existing FiOS market before the end of the year.

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BBC’s new Top Gear will come to Netflix

BBC’s new Top Gear will come to Netflix

While the three former hosts of the popular car show Top Gear — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — are currently filming their new, still untitled show for Amazon, UK broadcaster BBC is getting closer to the May debut of its new version of Top Gear. For those who are planning on checking out this new version of Top Gear, with hosts Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, and several others, it's been confirmed that Netflix will be your source when it comes to streaming.

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