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Shinra released SDK for building creating cloud games

Shinra released SDK for building creating cloud games

Unless you're a Final Fantasy fan or at least an avid gamer, the company's name might mean little to you. That might be well and good since Shinra Technologies barely has anything to do with the game franchise, other than being spun off from Square Enix. And unlike its in-game counterpart, Shinra isn't obsessed with sucking the world dry of resources. Instead, it is actually interested in building worlds. Virtual worlds, that is. And its first plan of action to make available the Community Cloud Development Kit to indie game developers for free.

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Xbox One game streaming switched on for Windows 10

Xbox One game streaming switched on for Windows 10

In little less than two weeks, Microsoft will finally unveil its "universal" Windows 10 OS. To show solidarity with its PC sibling, the Xbox One is also revving up the hype machine. For starters, game streaming from the console is now enabled for everyone who has, or will have, a Windows 10 computer. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. The real meat is coming with the July update of the Xbox App on Windows 10, turning it into your one stop shop for your Windows Store and "regular" Windows games.

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Neil Young pulls streaming catalog, says quality is worse than AM radio

Neil Young pulls streaming catalog, says quality is worse than AM radio

Neil Young took to Facebook today with a crotchety diatribe against streaming music and a list of things he says sound better: AM radio, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, and apparently every other form of music delivery that isn't Internet streaming. He was blunt in his statements: "Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history." And, it seems, his music is too good to be enjoyed through such inferior methods. He'll be back to streaming maybe someday, he says, but only when it sounds better than AM radio.

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Comcast gets in with the times, outs Stream Internet TV

Comcast gets in with the times, outs Stream Internet TV

You know that video streaming has become an unstoppable force when traditional content providers and operators start flocking to it in order to stay relevant. In order to curb the loss of cable TV subscribers and, at the same time, harvest its growing number of cable Internet customers, Comcast, considered to be the country's largest cable operator, is finally giving in and has just announced its own Stream Internet TV package. It's not a total victory for streaming, however, as the fine print considerably limits what customers can access and where.

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Game streaming: fad or future?

Game streaming: fad or future?

Sony, NVIDIA, and, just recently, GameFly. These are the companies that are trying to push game streaming to the forefront. And they are just the bigger ones, with smaller players also trying to make a name for themselves in this niche, either through innovation or through sheer force of will. But behind all these attempt lurks one unanswered question: is it worth it? Is game streaming just a fad that will fade away quietly or is it the path to the future? While the technology admittedly has benefits, who is it really benefiting, players or the big companies?

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PlayStation Now gets a new UI worthy of streaming name

PlayStation Now gets a new UI worthy of streaming name

PlayStation Now has been dubbed by some as the Netflix of games due to its streaming nature but up until now, that was pretty much only in name. Now, Sony's game streaming service has something to show for it as well. Taking a cue from the design of actual streaming service, the PlayStation Now interface just received a face lift which truly makes the nascent gaming trend feel more like a streaming service and less like a hard to reach corner of the PS Store.

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Tidal fires CEO amid fears of competition from incoming Apple Music

Tidal fires CEO amid fears of competition from incoming Apple Music

Tidal has just let go of its CEO, Peter Tonstad. As Tonstad was only the interim CEO, it's natural that his time with Tidal would come to an end. But, Tidal doesn't have anyone stepping in to take over as CEO, indicating the change is abrupt. Tonstad had only been with Tidal since April when he replaced the previous CEO, Andy Chen. This juggling act of power positions comes as Tidal gets a new competitor on the streaming scene, Apple Music.

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Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Management, even the top brass, change a lot, but sometimes, the news that surround it are equally or even more interesting than the change itself. Take for example Yoichi Wada, former CEO of Square Enix, who is now also its former Chairman of the board. That news itself might have little bearing, unless you are deep into the company's story. But the news that Wada is stepping down to pool all his energy and time into the newly-formed Shinra cloud gaming startup makes it definitely worth noting.

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Taylor Swift tells the world why she won’t be joining Apple Music

Taylor Swift tells the world why she won’t be joining Apple Music

The debut of Apple Music is on the horizon. One week away from the June 30th launch date,
Pop music fans might want to sit down--Taylor Swift will not be releasing her latest album, 1989, through Apple Music. Fans might be disappointed, but no one should really be surprised by this. She pulled out of releasing the album on Spotify last year, penning an open letter to the company, just like she did this time to voice her concerns with Apple Music.

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Alibaba to launch Netflix-like streaming service in China

Alibaba to launch Netflix-like streaming service in China

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba has announced its plans to create its own media streaming platform. Alibaba will be calling the new platform TBO, Tmall Box Office. TBO will run licensed domestic content from China was well as foreign content. The service even has plans to create its own in-house programs, as Netflix did with House of Cards. Competition is heating up as Chinese companies are in a bit of a spending war with each other, trying to gain market share in the emerging market of media streaming technology.

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