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BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

The folks behind one of the most-used file-downloading systems in the world now has its own "direct to fan global media platform for on-demand video and music." This means that if you considered them any less-than-legitimate a business before with their Torrent-related business, they're coming up in the world. This service has content providers making video and audio available to the masses with "creators receiving 70% of all revenue." That could be a very, very big deal.

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Sonos iPhone lock screen controls added plus 3D Touch

Sonos iPhone lock screen controls added plus 3D Touch

Sonos is finally answering one of the biggest requests from users of its streaming speakers, and embracing Apple's 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the process. Ditching its standalone remotes in favor of its smartphone apps made a lot of sense - who wants to spend a couple hundred dollars on a dedicated touchscreen remote, when you have a far slicker one in your pocket already - but they did make adjusting things like volume and track a little more time consuming since you needed to unlock your phone and load the app first.

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Rhapsody is dead, long live Napster

Rhapsody is dead, long live Napster

Hey, everyone, do you remember Napster? The once immensely popular illegal file-sharing software that just kind of evaporated is back! Well, sort of. Do you remember Rhapsody? Neither do I, to be honest, but it was one of the very first internet radio services, and was eventually just known for its annoying plugins and software. Turns out, the company bought the Napster brand back in 2011 with the hopes of turning into a streaming service to compete with Spotify. But today Rhapsody is no more, and instead will exclusively be using the Napster name.

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The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

With more than 1,000 Skills under its belt, Amazon's Alexa leads the pack in voice-controlled smart home assistants, but which should you try first and why? Read on for our pick of some of the best third-party integrations with Alexa, including why they're important, and how you can try them out without splashing out any cash in the first place.

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Now Periscope auto-saves your broadcasts by default

Now Periscope auto-saves your broadcasts by default

Periscope has turned on auto-saving broadcasts, updating the video live-streaming app so that clips no longer delete after 24 hours. The functionality was promised earlier this month, a considerable about-face from the service which had, until now, prioritized ephemerality over building up a library of old broadcasts.

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DJI’s Facebook Live streaming drone app released today

DJI’s Facebook Live streaming drone app released today

DJI's new drone-control app supporting Facebook Live video streaming is now available, allowing pilots to beam a drone's eye view across the social network. Announced as an upcoming feature back at Facebook's F8 2016, the company's annual developer event, held in April, the functionality effectively uses your smartphone as a conduit to Facebook Live, rebroadcasting the drone's video stream you'd usually rely on for navigation.

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This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

Android TV hasn't quite managed to clamber aboard the hype-train yet, but if any company can light a fanboy fire for the set-top box platform, it's Xiaomi. The Chinese firm - and outspoken VP Hugo Barra - brought the Xiaomi Mi Box along to Google I/O this week for its first public outing, complete with 4K Ultra HD resolution and a pair of very different controllers.

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Apple will stop deleting your songs with iTunes update next week

Apple will stop deleting your songs with iTunes update next week

For the last week and a half, there have been a growing number of complaints from Apple Music and iTunes users about locally stored music being deleted in exchange for copies available in the cloud. As James Pinkstone, whose blog post kicked off this controversy, explains, the problem (aside from removing music without explicit permission) is that there is a high chance of mis-matching or mis-identifying songs, resulting in original recordings being deleted and rare, alternate versions of songs being replaced with the widely released copies.

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Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

At the beginning of this year Netflix made a huge announcement. For the first time, they were going to stop turning a blind eye to customers who VPNs to access content outside of their geographical location. Over the last few months they've made good on that promise, and they've managed to upset at least 45,000 users.

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Activision is going to use Facebook Live for e-sports broadcasting

Activision is going to use Facebook Live for e-sports broadcasting

As Activision Blizzard continues to get serious about e-sports as a major form of broadcast entertainment, the mega-publisher has announced that it will use Facebook Live as one outlet for bringing game matches to the masses. Thanks to a new partnership with the social network, Activision Blizzard will have more than just Twitch and YouTube as a way of building an audience for its MLG.tv platform.

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Apple denies that iTunes will end music downloads by 2018

Apple denies that iTunes will end music downloads by 2018

There's no doubt that streaming music is rapidly becoming the standard way people consume digital audio — it hasn't already for many users. Streaming has already surpassed physical music sales in terms of revenue, and it will likely overtake downloads sometime in the future. But the idea of streaming being the only option for paying for music is certainly something many would balk at, which is why Apple made the rare move of shutting down a rumor that iTunes would discontinue music downloads in the next few years.

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Periscope is making videos permanent by default

Periscope is making videos permanent by default

Periscope may have launched #save to allow live-stream videos to live on for more than 24 hours, but soon each broadcast will be saved by default. In a complete flip from the ephemeral video concept Periscope launched with, in a few weeks time the company will switch over to making permanent footage the status-quo.

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