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One-year NASA mission launch: watch LIVE as Soyuz takes off

One-year NASA mission launch: watch LIVE as Soyuz takes off

Starting today, NASA's Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko will be heading off for a year in space aboard the International Space Station. While Padalka's mission will be slightly shorter at a standard six months, a full year in space is planned for Kelly and Kornienko. This mission will test the long-term spaceflight effects on the human body in both physiological and psychological terms. Scott Kelly is also part of a twin study - his (retired) brother Mark Kelly will be remaining on Earth to be studied by NASA as the mission takes place in space.

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Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Not long ago, Google tried — and failed — to buy Twitch. Like Amazon, Google saw the value in streaming eSports. Unlike Amazon, Google didn’t end up with an existing, trusted streaming brand. Google does have YouTube, which is where a new report says they’ll do battle for eSports streaming. In an effort to remain relevant in the face of so many upstart competitors, Google is transitioning YouTube, with the latest iteration possibly involving real-time eSports viewing. There are said to be 50 engineers working on this new YouTube feature, which will ultimately lead a refresh of the YouTube Live platform.

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Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick might have entered the streaming game later than we’d have liked, but their hardware is still pretty effective. A new update, rolling in today, might even make one or both must-haves for wider audience. With expandable USB storage on the Fire TV, users can expand their library as they see fit. Other tweaks, like better WiFi connectivity for hotels and Bluetooth headset pairing options put Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a bit above the competition.

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Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” mirrors Pandora

Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” mirrors Pandora

A new service has been introduced by Amazon that'll bring on Pandora-like music streaming stations to the masses. This service works on the iOS app Amazon Prime Music app for iOS devices. This service works with an advertisement-free presentation with "unlimited skips" of music tracks. Each user will have personalized recommendations on Prime songs, playlists, and albums. This update for Amazon Prime Music also includes a new design made for easier browsing and exploration of music tracks, all in your Amazon Prime Music library.

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The Prodigy speaks live on Twitch for My Day Is The Enemy

The Prodigy speaks live on Twitch for My Day Is The Enemy

On the couch with "Artist Couch" on Twitch this week, Liam Howlett and Keith Flint spoke about their upcoming album "The Day Is My Enemy." This is the first broadcast - the first saved, anyway - of "Artist Couch" on Twitch. This COULD be construed as the first move outside the gaming universe by Twitch, right along with Lindsey Stirling hosting for release. They spoke directly to questions asked on the fly from users on Twitter about their immediate future and tour bits and pieces.

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PlayStation Vue: here’s what you need to know

PlayStation Vue: here’s what you need to know

Sony's newest TV-based venture is PlayStation Vue, a system that works specifically on their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gaming devices. Now that we're well and away from the launch of the PS4, a device that Sony assured the public was a "gamer-centric" system back in 2013, it's time to get serious about bringing on television services. For the time being, PlayStation Vue - a TV channel service - will be available to Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia only, though more cities are on the way in the near future.

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Sling TV comes to Xbox, has new add-on packages

Sling TV comes to Xbox, has new add-on packages

Gamers typically don’t like putting the controller down, and they’ll have to even less starting today. Sling TV has announced their streaming service has landed on Xbox, and is currently exclusive to Xbox One. Microsoft is announcing all Xbox One users will be available for a free month-long trial of Sling TV, too. Additionally, Sling is adding some channels to their core lineup (A&E, History, H2, and Lifetime), and has two new add-on packages to round out their competitive TV streaming service.

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‘Seinfeld’ to finally be available for streaming

‘Seinfeld’ to finally be available for streaming

That now classic 90's sitcom, Seinfeld, the self-labeled "show about nothing," is finally on its way to online streaming availability. The only thing is, don't bet on watching it on Netflix. Sony Pictures, the studio responsible for the Jerry Seinfeld-starring show, is said to be starting talks on licensing the rights for streaming. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, Netflix is not interested in joining negotiations. This means you'll likely need to be a subscriber to Hulu, Amazon, or Yahoo's services if you're eager to stream some Kramer.

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Twitter confirms Periscope buy, livestreaming video incoming

Twitter confirms Periscope buy, livestreaming video incoming

Streaming video is about to hit Twitter. Not long ago, a rumor popped up that Twitter had acquired the streaming video company Periscope, which many believed was in response to the quick ascension of Meerkat to the livestreaming ranks. According to a tweet from Periscope today, they’ve been part of Twitter since January, so that can quickly be debunked. After retweeting that tweet, Twitter’s Vice President of Product, Kevin Weil, confirmed the acquisition, saying he “can’t wait for everyone to see what they’ve built”.

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Netflix Hack Day: double log-in, Nintendo, and Earth

Netflix Hack Day: double log-in, Nintendo, and Earth

So you like hacking - and you like Netflix. Perhaps you'd enjoy watching House of Cards season 3 on your Nintendo Entertainment System? Lucky you, someone has figure out how to do such a thing, and they've posted a demonstration of this system this week. Straight from the Netflix Hack Day (Winter Season 2015), comes DarNES, a system that's relatively unmodified (hardware-wise), complete with Netflix. This system works - it plays video, scrolls through the UI, and accesses the internet.

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