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New Apple TV hits online store, starts shipping October 30

New Apple TV hits online store, starts shipping October 30

Apple's newest Apple TV (the 4th generation, for those keeping count), has just become available for ordering from the online Apple store, with first orders scheduled to begin shipping on October 30th (that's this Friday!). Both configurations are listed, the 32GB and 64GB models, each coming with the new touchpad-enabled Siri Remote. First announced in September alongside the iPhone 6s, the new Apple TV introduces a host of new capabilities, including the option to download and run apps and games.

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Apple Music for Android screenshots leak

Apple Music for Android screenshots leak

Apple might not commonly be in the business of making apps for Android, but a new leak suggests it has cross-platform ambitions for Apple Music. The subscription-based streaming service launched back in June with iOS 8.4 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and OS X, but according to a new set of screenshots, work is progressing on what's purportedly an Android version of the software.

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Chromecast Audio Review

Chromecast Audio Review

Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi systems up to speed in the brave new age of streaming, and all for a bargain price of $35.

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YouTube Red: subscription service for ad-free video and music

YouTube Red: subscription service for ad-free video and music

This morning YouTube debuted "YouTube Red", Google's first attempt at making a fully ad-free subscription-included video service. This service will be delivered for $9.99 a month and will include the entirety of YouTube without any advertisements whatsoever. This service also includes the ability to play videos on your smartphone or laptop offline - similar to downloading said video, sort of. YouTube Red also includes YouTube Music and includes a full subscription to Google Play Music - streaming all the music you want.

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UE Block Party update turns Boom speakers social

UE Block Party update turns Boom speakers social

Portable Bluetooth speakers may already be social ways to enjoy music, but an Ultimate Ears update now gives those impromptu groups a way to get involved in the playlist. Block Party, a new addition to the UE app for iOS and Android, opens the company's wireless speakers up to multiple streaming sources, meaning that no longer can one person force 80s power ballads onto everybody else.

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YouTube Gaming debuts Android gameplay streaming, paid subscriptions

YouTube Gaming debuts Android gameplay streaming, paid subscriptions

Just as was promised last month at the Tokyo Game Show, the YouTube Gaming service has been updated with the impressive new feature of allowing gameplay from Android devices to be broadcast live to viewers. This is the latest move in YouTube's attempt to keep up with rival game broadcasting service Twitch, which is most popular on PC and consoles. The best part is that YouTube Gaming doesn't require any additional hardware or apps, as Android device users can simply start broadcasting with a single tap.

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NBC launching SeeSo comedy streaming service for $4 a month

NBC launching SeeSo comedy streaming service for $4 a month

NBC Universal have announced a subscription channel by the name of SeeSo, bringing all manner of comedy-centric shows for a monthly fee. This subscription channel will be based on the web - much like Netflix or Hulu - and will cost users $3.99 per month. There'll also be a free tier - sort of like Hulu - which delivers a set of shows and/or clips to the public to draw in paying users. SeeSo is being launched within Comcast/NBCU and is self-described as a "startup" organization.

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Apple TV streaming service likely to get CBS, hints network CEO

Apple TV streaming service likely to get CBS, hints network CEO

It seems development on Apple's highly rumored, long-awaited steaming TV service is still making progress, and is likely to sign at least one of the US's larger television networks. Les Moonves, the CEO of CBS, spoke to Bloomberg in an interview this week, saying that his network would "probably" reach a deal with Apple when the time comes. Hopefully this means some of the network's most popular shows will be easily accessible to owners of the Apple TV.

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Electric Jukebox is a streaming music dongle for your TV

Electric Jukebox is a streaming music dongle for your TV

You may roll your eyes at the idea of yet another streaming music service, but Electric Jukebox aims to differentiate from rivals like Apple Music and Spotify by making things drop-dead simple, with no need for an app or any device configuration. Electric Jukebox is simply a HDMI dongle that plugs into a television and uses a WiFi connection. The device is meant to appeal to people who have no understanding of what a streaming music service is, and whose most complicated music decision was picking a radio station.

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Netflix price increase takes effect today

Netflix price increase takes effect today

Starting this week, Netflix will be changing their pricing structure for streaming video users, including both new users and "grandfathered" users. New users price structure begins immediately. If you sign up for Netflix from this point forward, you get the choice of one of three different tiers or streaming service: Basic, Standard, and Premium. Each of these tiers includes one free month of service, after which the price of each tier will reflect number of screens available to use the service with and HD/Ultra HD. "Grandfathered" users pricing increase will begin based on their own individual grace period.

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iFixit’s Google Chromecast teardown reveals simple, heat dissipating dongles

iFixit’s Google Chromecast teardown reveals simple, heat dissipating dongles

As iFixit has been known to do, they've subjected another new tech device to their detailed teardown process. This time it was Google's new Chromecast 2015 and Chromecast Audio streaming dongles. The double teardown revealed that there's little to complicate the devices, and while repairability is close to nil, that doesn't play much of a factor here, as iFixit explains. They didn't apply their usual scoring system, since "These devices are essentially a board in a box."

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Sling TV gets more live college sports events with Campus Insiders

Sling TV gets more live college sports events with Campus Insiders

Sling TV, the service that lets users stream live television over the internet and on compatible devices, has just announced that it's bolstering its live sports offerings with the addition of the Campus Insiders network. The channel will offer access to hundreds of live college sporting events, with a big focus on the upcoming football season. Sling TV says it will be added to their $5 per month "Sports Extra" pack, which is in addition to the service's core "Best of Live TV" package.

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