Despite the best efforts of the cloud, personal network-attached storage haven't gone away, and Synology is courting media-amassing home users with its latest. The DiskStation DS416j borrows the 4-bay flexibility of its business-minded cousins, but puts that quartet of drives to work with hardware encryption.
Roku fans in a few select countries now have a new streaming option to check out with the launch of Deezer for streaming music. Deezer is now available in France, UK, Canada, and Mexico. The Deezer app for Roku TV users gives users access to tracks, albums, playlists, and their personal Deezer Flow.
The team behind Rhapsody's streaming music service has put a lot of effort into figuring out how users listen to their music. According to their VP of Engineering, they've been collecting data for 13 years, and analyzing it to figure out exactly what their users want. And now they're putting out a host of new features, and bringing them to Sonos.
If I were to check and see where most of my monthly internet bandwidth usage goes, I'd say that the vast majority of it goes to Netflix. The other is probably to game downloads and updates, but Netflix would definitely be king. Thankfully, I haven't had any bandwidth restrictions imposed by my ISP yet, but if/when that day comes, I'll have to re-think just how much Netflix is watched in my house. But luckily, Netflix is already working on a way to cut down their usage by as much as 20%.
Google's Chromecast line has been getting some nice updates and features lately, which is making it a tempting buy for many people. Whether you're interested in the redesigned Chromecast 2 or the Chromecast Audio, now might be the best time ever to pick one up. Why? How does an effective price of $10 strike you?
Roku owners in the UK now have another streaming video platform that they can choose from on their devices. Amazon Video is now available in the UK via all Roku streaming devices. The addition of Amazon video adds a variety of TV shows and movies on the device giving Roku owners more access to content they want to see.
Android TV fans that are itching to watch all the new fall TV will be able to do so thanks to some new content and apps available for their device. Android TV devices now have access to Showtime, HBO Go, and CBS All Access. With those apps available fans can watch shows like Homeland, Vice, and The Big Bang Theory along with huge amounts of other content.
If you are wanting more options for streaming TV content on your mobile phone that Hulu and Netflix, Verizon Wireless has a new offering that is on its way. The new service is called Go90, the name eludes to the act of rotating your phone 90-degrees to watch content in landscape format. The service is aiming directly at 18-34 year olds.
Google's YouTube Gaming app and web browser-based user interface for YouTube Gaming launch in full. Today we're having a peek at the mobile app version of YouTube Gaming - with an Android app to start. This app will be released to iOS soon. Inside this app is a collection of game streams where only pre-recorded videos were before. Inside this app is YouTube with a pure gaming focus - with more than a little bit of an aim for the audience that until now belonged almost exclusively to Twitch.
You may have already noticed this morning that YouTube has rolled out a revised version of its video player for desktop users. The new video player looks very nice and you can see it in the image here or when you play any of the embedded videos on SlashGear. YouTube didn’t bother to toss up a PR to tell us all of what it changed leaving us to glean the details for ourselves.