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Tidal has a new CEO, company ‘refocussing’

Tidal has a new CEO, company ‘refocussing’

Tidal, Jay Z’s streaming music company that promises something different while copying Spotify’s layout, is without a CEO. In a letter to investors, Tidal mentioned now-former CEO Andy Chen had left, replaced by his predecessor Peter Tonstad. Citing Tonstad’s “clear vision” for what Tidal is trying to sell do, the company also says he’s “streamlining resources”. That dovetails with another report that up to 25 employees are now gone from Tidal, including Chen. Apparently, Jay Z is also calling everyone to let them know.

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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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WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

The last year or so has been an exciting one for Apple, with significant product refreshes made across the board. We’ve also seen two new products introduced with Apple Watch and MacBook. Some of the whispers circulating after Apple’s second Watch event suggested they’d exhausted themselves, and there would be little left for WWDC. Though a lot has come to pass lately, maybe Apple got some of their light work off the desks around campus, and are about to make even bigger things happen. Curious what may be in store? Read on.

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New LG Music Flow speakers work with Google Cast

New LG Music Flow speakers work with Google Cast

LG is introducing seven new members to its Music Flow family of speakers. What makes these seven noteworthy, aside from being new, is that they are the first of their kin to support the Google Cast streaming technology. This means that users will be able to "cast" their music easily and effortlessly, not just from their Android smartphones and tablets, but also from iOS and Chrome OS devices. With the new Music Flow line, audiophiles will be able to enjoy the benefits of quality wireless audio, on top of LG's own special features.

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Tidal slammed as a ‘plutocracy’ by Mumford & Sons

Tidal slammed as a ‘plutocracy’ by Mumford & Sons

Tidal might be meant for artists, but not everyone likes what’s going on. With Tidal, exclusivity is traded for equity. If an artist promises to bring something unique to Tidal, they’ll get a 3% stake. It doesn’t scale, though — there are only so many 3% promissory notes one can give away. Perhaps that’s what’s leading to today’s fun news that at least one band, Mumford & Sons, isn’t buying what Jay-Z and friends are selling. In fact, they’re not interested in Tidal one bit.

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Sony Ultra HDTV’s add original series, Interstellar to 4K lineup

Sony Ultra HDTV’s add original series, Interstellar to 4K lineup

Sony's line of 4K Ultra HDTV's are designed to provide incredible resolution, but 4K video offerings are still slim pickings. To counter the lack of 4K content available, Sony isn't just adding to its library of content on its 4K Video Unlimited service for its Ultra HDTV's. Sony is charging ahead and making its own 4K video content with the new TV series, "Powers". Sony also just added Christopher Nolan's Interstellar to its UltraFlix 4K video library.

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Final Fantasy XIII now streams to iOS and Android in Japan

Final Fantasy XIII now streams to iOS and Android in Japan

If you're any sort of a mobile gamer, you might have started jumping up and down before, or even after, reading that headline, but do try to calm down a bit for the details. Yes, it is true that, at least for Japanese smarpthone owners, the most recent, non-MMORPG, Final Fantasy game is indeed playable on their device, but that's not because the game has miraculously been ported to iOS or Android. This is all happening through the magic of game streaming and, is, therefore, quite limited in reach.

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Twitter pushes for celebs to abandon Meerkat for Periscope

Twitter pushes for celebs to abandon Meerkat for Periscope

Now that Twitter has acquired the live-streaming platform, Periscope, which "lets you see the world in real-time through someone else's eyes", Twitter doing what it can to keep its rival, Meerkat, from gaining traction. Twitter is rumored to be using strategic tactics to keep its rival, Meerkat, off the playing field, especially because Meerkat exclusively uses Twitter to push its live streams. Twitter could fear that if Meerkat gains a strong user following, then there won't be enough of a user base to catapult Periscope to success.

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Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Apple is looking for exclusive content from big-name artists, says a new report. Specifically named were Florence and the Machine and Taylor Swift, but it’s possible Apple had even larger aspirations. In a recent interview, Kanye West hinted he recently turned down a multi-million dollar deal with Apple, though he didn’t really discuss what it entailed. The artists were approached to provide content for Beats Music, which has gone largely untouched since Apple purchased it last year. It’s also said to be the service Apple is leveraging for their rumored streaming service.

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You can get HBO via Sling TV this Saturday, just in time for GoT [Update]

You can get HBO via Sling TV this Saturday, just in time for GoT [Update]

As the Game of Thrones season five premiere nears, viewers are quickly finding ways to watch. HBO NOW, which recently launched via Apple TV, is one way. You could also sign up for HBO via your cable company, if you have cable. Piracy is another (bad) option. Another exists in Sling, which today announce their customers are free to sign up for HBO via Sling TV this weekend, just one day ahead of the Game of Thrones season five debut this Sunday.

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