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Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Earlier this morning it was reported that Spotify would end their "free" tier of music streaming service. Just moments ago, we've been informed by a Spotify spokesperson that this is entirely false. While it's not clear where the false information originated as it was quoted as anonymous, what's clear is this: with 75% of their customers taking part in Spotify with ads, this "free" tier isn't going anywhere fast. Now you've got to wonder - what did the original source hope to gain from spreading false information?

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Twitch gets faster as it heads to Roku

Twitch gets faster as it heads to Roku

Immediately following an announcement about Roku functionality, Twitch revealed today they'd be reducing delays on feeds. Twitch's newest feature is an on/off switch that reduces delay on average by 33%, a full third, allowing streams to hit your eyes far quicker than ever before. As of yet, there's no drawback to the system Twitch has put in place, only positive. Why you'd NOT want to switch this on is a question we leave up to Twitch. Meanwhile we'll be plugging in the ol' Roku to bring back the gaming heat we've been missing for so long.

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Qualcomm’s wireless music tweak needs to be in all speakers

Qualcomm’s wireless music tweak needs to be in all speakers

Wireless speakers have traditionally fallen into one of two camps, either Bluetooth or WiFi, but Qualcomm is aiming to harmonize the two. The newest version of Qualcomm AllPlay now supports Bluetooth to WiFi re-streaming, allowing music piped from a smartphone or tablet to a Bluetooth speaker to them be funneled to further WiFi-connected speakers, with all zones fully synchronized.

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Ultra HD Blu-ray discs announced, for when you can’t stream 4K

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs announced, for when you can’t stream 4K

Remember when movies and TV shows used to come in physical formats? No? Well, before everything was available to stream, we had these discs called Blu-rays, and before that they were DVDs. Sure, they're a step backwards compared to the convenience of streaming we have now, but as 4K becomes the standard of high-definition, your internet bandwidth may not have the chops to keep up. That where the new format of Ultra HD Blu-ray aims to step in.

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Clues suggest a new Apple TV is headed to WWDC 2015

Clues suggest a new Apple TV is headed to WWDC 2015

With Apple’s WWDC event right around the corner, there’s a lot of wonder and excitement in the air. Over the past 12 months, Apple has blown up the tech space with some great new products, both hardware and software, so what could they be bringing to WWDC? Media, and lots of it. Not only is a refresh to iTunes/Beats expected, but Apple TV is poised for redirection as well. With expectations high, two new clues suggest we’re about to get the Apple TV we’ve always wanted.

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Amazon Instant Video update adds cellular streaming for iOS

Amazon Instant Video update adds cellular streaming for iOS

If you use your Amazon Prime membership for more than just fast, free delivery, chances are you stream TV shows and movies via Amazon Instant Video. If you’re doing so via the iOS app, we’re willing to bet you’ve noticed shortcomings. Streaming was only available over WiFi (which defeats the purpose quite a bit), and you couldn’t cast your content to Apple TV. With an update to their Instant Video app, Amazon is fixing both of those issues, so you can watch over a cellular connection (even in HD) and redirect to Apple TV.

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Tidal did NOT just jack up their price

Tidal did NOT just jack up their price

Earlier today it appeared that the iOS version of Tidal's music streaming app had pushed a price increase on users. In fact, this price increase isn't new. Also in fact - it isn't universal. It's only through Apple's mobile products. With iTunes, according to Tidal, "Apple's policy is to charge TIDAL subscribers a 30% fee on your monthly subscription, for the life of your subscription, if you activate your subscription through the TIDAL app on your iPhone that you have just downloaded."

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Tidal’s secret weapon: Live Concerts

Tidal’s secret weapon: Live Concerts

This month Tidal is really, truly underway. In addition to bringing Hi-fi music to the masses, this artist-owned multimedia service is aiming to amp up their value proposition by bringing live concerts to their service. We've already seen a live Jack White concert - just this Sunday - now we've got a full-length Jay-Z concert at hand, complete with a rather unique bit of content therein. This might be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to doing battle with streaming opponents Google Music and Spotify.

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DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan isn’t new; it was launched in 2013. At the time, the app was a clever way to watch your data usage, but there were also a lot of people on legacy unlimited plans, or not using much data. With smartphone media consumption at a high point, and carriers edging us away from those precious unlimited data plans, DataMan is still as relevant as it ever was. In fact, you might need DataMan more now than you did when it was launched.

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Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

When Meerkat was soft-launched earlier this year, it caught the Twittersphere’s attention in a big way. Then Twitter cut Meerkat off from its social graph for a hot minute, which came just ahead of Periscope landing on the scene. With Twitter taking the live-streaming reigns, many figured Meerkat was going to be a ‘fun fact’ in the history of streaming apps. Instead, Meerkat is branching out, and has announced a public beta for Android, which is wide open for anyone who is interested in trying Meerkat out.

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