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Leak: MPAA calls Google ‘childish’, blames them for piracy

Leak: MPAA calls Google ‘childish’, blames them for piracy

Pirated content is a hotly debated topic, but the stance from film production houses is pretty clear: they’re not into it. Piracy has it’s proponents (mostly consumers who just want free stuff), but the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) isn’t one of them. With the hack on Sony, we now see just how vehemently opposed they really are. Emails traded between the MPAA and various studio bosses reveal a common enemy in Goliath, which is believed to be Google. They even accuse Google of being “childish”.

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Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast update brings new look, easier casting

Chromecast has been updated for Android today, and rolls in a fresh new look and some exciting new functionality. Visually, Chromecast app owners will get that good, good Material Design makeover. Though there isn’t much to the Chromecast app as-is, the visual punch comes just in time; Android Lollipop and Material Design are rolling out to handsets now, and will be coming to more soon enough. Using the app isn’t just pretty, though — it’s easier, as friends no longer have to join your WiFi to share to your Chromecast.

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HBO streaming service will launch in April with Game of Thrones

HBO streaming service will launch in April with Game of Thrones

HBO wants to be your streaming service of choice, and is poised to offer their content free of a cable subscription. We’d previously heard the move was in the works, but a new report details when we might see it, and the pains associated with getting it up and running. By the time you’re tuning everyone else out to watch Game of Thrones, HBO GO might be available without the need to work with your cable company. HBO is also changing their back-end tech to support the new streaming.

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Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

If you’ve ever been out at a restaurant and heard a song you liked, but had absolutely no idea who the artists was, Shazam might already be your best friend. It’s definitely Siri’s musical go-to compadre, and a new update will make Shazam a lot more than a music recognition service. The biggest new feature is Spotify integration, which will take your playlists and let you stream them via Shazam, but using Spotify to do so. You can also add a Shazamed track to your Spotify playlists, but that’s not all you get!

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Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K

Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K

Vimeo may not be interested in 4K streaming, but Amazon is. The online shopping giant also does a lot of streaming, and they’ve now announced that 4K is coming to your TV screen. The current crop of movies available to streaming 4K is limited, but if you’re a fan of Amazon Prime Instant Video, this is great news, and hopefully the start of something new. Amazon is joined by Netflix as one of the few streaming content provider currently showcasing content in 4K.

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Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

With so much media floating around their platform, Apple has once again rolled out their year-end, best-of awards list. They’ve announced their favorites from 2014, along with a few fun surprises for us. Frozen dominated, with its album being iTunes’ best seller in 2014. Theme song Let It Go was the eighth most downloaded song all year, and two Frozen-themed apps were among the most downloaded of 2014. For the rest of apple’s favorites in 2014, keep reading!

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YouTube creators being lured away by startup, Facebook

YouTube creators being lured away by startup, Facebook

YouTube has become a place where anyone can upload creative content in an attempt to be noticed. Though the service has given plenty of viral heroes their start, a new report suggests the video service is in a panic. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources inside Google, say YouTube is in a “fire drill”. The reason for all the concern is talent poaching, where startup Vessel is said to be leading a surge in competing platforms who are trying to lure YouTubers away.

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Vimeo will support Chromecast — they just don’t know when

Vimeo will support Chromecast — they just don’t know when

After revamping their mobile website, we wondered when the Vimeo mobile app would get some needed attention. More to the point, we wanted to know if it would see Chromecast support any time soon. In their attempt to keep pace with other video services, Vimeo has overlooked one key component that could keep us coming back in Chromecast. Today, Vimeo promises that Chromecast support is coming. To at least one of their services. At some point. They just don’t know when.

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Chromecast closes gap on Roku for streaming dominance

Chromecast closes gap on Roku for streaming dominance

If you’ve not yet bought a Chromecast, what’s stopping you? Google’s tiny streaming stick gets better all the time, and works pretty seamlessly with your existing apps (at least those supporting it). Not having a Chromecast seems silly, and you might soon be in the streaming minority if you’ve not yet snapped one up. A new report shows Chromecast as the number two streaming device in the country, behind only Roku’s legacy system. It’s even more popular than Apple TV.

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House of Cards season 3 teaser out, release date set

House of Cards season 3 teaser out, release date set

After the holidays, there’s typically not a lot going on until the Spring, when going outside for extended periods of time becomes tolerable for most of the country. February is a great time to stay in and stay warm, and there’s now good reason to. Netflix has released the first teaser for House of Cards’ third season, as well as a February release date. Before you continue, mark February 27 on the Calendar; you’ll be staying in that night, and binge watching.

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