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DirecTV NOW $10 price increase incoming: Here’s why

DirecTV NOW $10 price increase incoming: Here’s why

A ten dollar price increase was tipped this afternoon for all DIRECTV NOW users. That'll apparently make the standard package DIRECTV NOW cost around $50 a month - and it'll be re-named DIRECTV NOW Plus. This smaller of two packages will have "40+ channels" and will replace the standard DIRECTV NOW package that currently costs $40 USD.

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Disappearing iTunes movies is more convoluted than you think

Disappearing iTunes movies is more convoluted than you think

A recent case that went viral over the Interwebs reminded consumers that they may not really own the digital content they purchase, even if it says “Buy”. The case of Anders da Silva’s disappearing iTunes Movies, however, isn’t as clear-cut as it seemed. Because while this specific case doesn’t exactly change the policies, a lot more factors are apparently in play, particularly the case of switching regions/country where the content you have bought may not or no longer be available in your new place of residence.

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Apple removes purchased movies from users’ iTunes library

Apple removes purchased movies from users’ iTunes library

Purchasing digital copies of usually physical goods is so easy and convenient these days, most of us don’t give a second thought about it. We don’t have to carry books around, deal with fragile DVDs, or fumble around for cartridges whenever we want to switch games. But depending on where you bought said digital content, buying might not exactly mean what you think it means. That was the bitter truth that a Canadian iTunes user learned when Apple quietly removed content he already bought because the items were no longer being sold on its digital content store.

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Google’s decade-long Online Library case is over (for now)

Google’s decade-long Online Library case is over (for now)

An appeals court has agreed with a 2013 ruling by Judge Denny Chin that Google's digitization of 20 million books did not violate copyright laws. Google's snippet feature - or snippet view, if you prefer - shows only a tiny portion of any given book at a time. As such, it has been ruled that any reading of an entire book would be far too great an undertaking to consider realistic. "Snippet view," said the appeals court ruling, "at best and after a large commitment of manpower, produces discontinuous, tiny fragments, amounting in the aggregate to no more than 16% of a book."

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Star Wars Digital HD Collection coming April 10

Star Wars Digital HD Collection coming April 10

It's not yet May the 4th and it's definitely not yet Christmas, but it seems that the Force will be in full, well, force this Friday. Come 10th of April, the Interwebs will most likely be clogged when hundreds of Star Wars fans try to download and stream all at once the Star Wars Digital HD collection which, for the first time, brings all, yes all, Star Wars film in digital format, HD quality. That means you can enjoy all of the good and the bad that Star Wars has to offer, wherever you are and on whatever device.

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eQuil, the paper to digital reader, lets us go hands-on

eQuil, the paper to digital reader, lets us go hands-on

Sometimes, you just want to take a note and have it magically appear in your online journal. With eQuil, you can. The hardware, which works with a responsive app, records your input and copies it to your iOS device. We got a look at eQuil here at Showstoppers, and what we saw was subtly impressive.

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Beyonce album Target store skip enlivens digital media war

Beyonce album Target store skip enlivens digital media war

If the fact that Target announced that they wont be carrying Beyonce's 2013 self-titled album weren't enough, the writing on the wall should be. Here we're seeing another big push in the war waged between artists, record labels, and those that would stand to lose profit at the hands of the oncoming digital revolution. While the release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" had the record industry in a tizzy with its "pay whatever you want" model, Beyonce's "release as a surprise to iTunes first" model seems to be taking retail stores out a whole new door.

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Digital music sales increase when DRM is removed

Digital music sales increase when DRM is removed

For a long time the music industry was convinced the only way to protect their sales and digital tracks from pirates was to ladle in loads of DRM. DRM caused issues for music fans, preventing them from listening to their music on any device they wanted. Over time, DRM has been slowly phased out as it proved unable to stop piracy.

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BitTorrent expanding publishing project beyond Madonna

BitTorrent expanding publishing project beyond Madonna

We got a first look at the BitTorrent Bundle back in May when it was introduced as a new file format for content creators. Basically, this Bundle will allow those creators to package several items together for free with additional items being available for those who move forward and unlock it. We recently got a look at a BitTorrent Bundle in action when Madonna offered the secretprojectrevolution Bundle.

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Neil Young Pono music ecosystem coming our way soon

Neil Young Pono music ecosystem coming our way soon

The iPod, and generally most MP3 players, has revolutionized to some extent the way we enjoy and consume music, but has also somewhat lowered the taste for high-quality audio, a problem that musician Neil Young is seeking to solve with his new Pono portable music player and online store. And, if his optimism gets translated to reality, we might be seeing the products really soon.

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VUDU Disc to Digital meant to leave Beta today [UPDATE]

VUDU Disc to Digital meant to leave Beta today [UPDATE]

Though it seems like a bit of a strange headline to lead with, it would appear that VUDU's upgrade of their Disc to Digital software from Beta to full-fledged release may have hit a hiccup. That shouldn't be too much of deterrent from users working with this system, on the other hand, as the details remain the same: conversion of your DVD and Blu-ray disks into digital editions accessible from wherever you've got an internet connection. For a fee, of course.

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Google Magazines opens its pages to UK readers

Google Magazines opens its pages to UK readers

Google Magazines has opened its doors to the UK Play store, turning your Nexus 7 or other Android device into the digital equivalent of the table in the dentist's waiting room. Over a hundred titles are available at launch, Google UK says, including Glamour, Hello!, Men's Fitness, and Total Film, and a single purchase can be synchronized across all of the devices logged into the same Play account.

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