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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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Livestream’s clever Mevo camera adds Facebook Live support

Livestream’s clever Mevo camera adds Facebook Live support

Livestream's Mevo camera has become the first to throw its metaphorical hat into the streaming ring, announcing it'll support Facebook Live. The new Facebook Live API was announced this morning at F8 2016, the social network's annual developer event, as a way for third-party devices to beam content directly to viewers.

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The HTC 10 supports Apple AirPlay, but that’s just the start

The HTC 10 supports Apple AirPlay, but that’s just the start

Cast your eye across the row of media streaming icons on the HTC 10's packaging, and one of them may stand out as unusual. The new smartphone is the first Android device to support Apple's AirPlay out of the box, allowing easier streaming of content from the smartphone to products like Apple TV.

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Facebook thinks Live Video is social’s future

Facebook thinks Live Video is social’s future

If Facebook has its way, the social network won't just be where you go to humblebrag about the amazing things you've been doing, but the place you stream them live as they happen. Building on the launch of Facebook Live, which arrived first as a celebrity-only perk then, more recently, for any Facebook user with the iOS or Android app, the latest version of the Periscope-rivaling service promises easier ways to find new streams, share details of events as they happen, and make the most of comments.

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Kanye West album ‘Life of Pablo’ comes to Apple Music, Spotify

Kanye West album ‘Life of Pablo’ comes to Apple Music, Spotify

Love him or hate him, Kayne West continues to be a big name in the music industry these days, and many people want to hear his records. And starting today, a whole lot more fans will actually be able to, as West's new album, The Life of Pablo, is finally available on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music. This marks the first time the album has become available for streaming on any service besides Tidal since it was first released in February.

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Razer Ripsaw is a game capture card for ALL your devices

Razer Ripsaw is a game capture card for ALL your devices

Well, MOST of your devices, that is to say, will be able to stream content through the Razer Ripsaw. This is a game capture device - a box with ports - that is made to work with your PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Wii U. You can also use the box to stream content from a Razer Forge TV or an older console - like the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Razer Ripsaw has component cables for the whole lot in the box.

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Netflix releases sneak peek at new Voltron series

Netflix releases sneak peek at new Voltron series

It seems Netflix has more plans in store to attract viewers based on nostalgia, as it's just released the first teaser trailer for its latest original show: a reboot of the classic cartoon series Voltron. Following Fuller House and its spinoff from the old sitcom, Netflix is now treating those who grew up in the '80s with classic action cartoons. Judging by the trailer, Voltron: Legendary Defender, created in partnership with Dreamworks Animation, has nailed the look of the five mecha lions that connect and form into a giant robot, updated with sharp, modern animation.

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