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Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

It looks like we're unlikely to see Apple branded television sets anytime soon. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said back in 2013 that Apple had a "grand vision" for television, but the latest interpretation of that concept is that moving further away from actual TV sets and closer towards an online viewing platform.The television set market is already highly competitive, with Samsung leading the pack. Apple may be reticent to fight for ground in the saturated market when it can always the lead in new, emerging markets, like Apple Watch in the smartwatch market. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is gearing up to compete with a new online TV service.

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NVIDIA GRID calls dibs on 1080p60 game streaming

NVIDIA GRID calls dibs on 1080p60 game streaming

If some of the major companies in the gaming industry are to be believed, rentingstreaming games over the Internet is the future. Or at least the distant future. But while that type of business promises no downloads and no installs, it partly sacrifices quality on the altar of convenience. At least until today. NVIDIA is understandably proud to claim that it is the first in this part of the gaming industry, which admittedly doesn't have much key players yet, to offer game streaming in Full HD quality at smooth 60 fps rates on its GRID games on demand service.

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Music industry braces for change: Streaming revenue overtakes downloads

Music industry braces for change: Streaming revenue overtakes downloads

In the past, when downloads began to surpass CD sales, it signaled a sea-change in the music industry. Labels had to adapt or die in the face of the changing music industry. As technology evolves, its power to shape the entertainment industry has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Downloading even helped to topple the Tower Records of yesteryear. Nowadays, instead of paying for downloads of single tracks and albums at the iTunes store, listeners are tuning in to streaming services like Spotify to get their music, and customers are willing to pay for it, too.

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Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

While we wait for the assumed launch of the service, Apple’s streaming ambitions are being widely rumored. Last we heard, Apple was muscling music labels to disavow themselves of ‘freemium’ streaming. Now we get a better idea of why that might be; Apple wants to offer a free trial and limited free listening, according to a new report. Apple is also said to be leaning toward a curated radio service, which is why they are hiring away big-name talent from terrestrial radio.

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Spotify has event planned, ‘news’ to share ahead of I/O, WWDC

Spotify has event planned, ‘news’ to share ahead of I/O, WWDC

The irony is not lost on us; mere weeks ahead of WWDC, where Apple is believed to announce a streaming music service (possibly with a Beats or iTunes refresh), Spotify is holding a press conference. Sending little more than an image saying “we’ve got some news”, Spotify is hoping the press will show up May 20 in New York. What will they announce? Speculation abounds, but the leading theory is Spotify is about to begin a video service to rival YouTube and/or Tidal.

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Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple is due to unveil its revamped Beats Music platform at WWDC which runs Jun 8th - 12th, but the global release date for the service is likely to be later, at the end of the June. Apple still has some kinks to work out behind the scenes before it can re-launch the service. The biggest hurdle before release is finalizing media licensing deals. Apple is still trying to secure favorable licensing deals with music labels.

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PlayStation Now hits the PS3 on May 12th

PlayStation Now hits the PS3 on May 12th

This is it! Perhaps the news that PlayStation 3 users have long been waiting for. Or not. After almost four months in an open beta testing stage, Sony if finally ready to take the next step: officially making PlayStation Now available to everyone else. Eveyone in North America who owns a PS3, that is. The formal commercial business of Sony's subscription based "game rentals" will kick off next week on 12th May, and with it comes a few more games added to the catalog and the promise of more to come each month.

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Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple is doing what it can to end freemium music services, opening up a bigger piece of the pie for it to step in with its incoming Beats music service. Meanwhile, Spotify is currently the king of the music streaming industry, with 60 million listeners. From that number, only one-fourth are paid subscribers. YouTube also a threat to Apple, as the video service provides viewers with free access to music and music videos that Apple would love to charge users to see.

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Comcast lets you send live-streaming video to a friend’s TV

Comcast lets you send live-streaming video to a friend’s TV

Live-streaming from your smartphone is about to get even easier. Comcast is following the lead of live-streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat and adding a live-streaming feature to its X1 set-top-boxes. Comcast is introducing Xfinity Share, a new way for people to send live video feeds to from their smartphones to their own TV's or TV's of friends and family members. You'll just need the home phone number tied to their Comcast account to add friends to your contact list. Users will also be able to stream recorded video from their smartphone's camera roll.

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Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Live-streaming service Meerkat, which recently made a foray into Android, hasn’t forgotten iOS. Over the weekend, Meerkat updated their iOS app to roll in a few new features, which will help it (and you) find a new audience. Meerkat users will now be discoverable via Facebook, as support for the social service means your Meerkatting sessions will now be shared as a post on Facebook, just as they are on Twitter. A new feature known a ‘mobbing’ could make some users stars.

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