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Samsung and Spotify team to push cross-device music

Samsung and Spotify team to push cross-device music

Samsung and Spotify are partnering up, pushing the streaming music service across phones like the new Note 9, smart speakers like Galaxy Home, and other devices like TVs. Announced at Samsung's Unpacked 2018 event in New York City alongside the new Note 9, the deal will see Spotify integrated into Samsung devices out of the box.

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Apple Music’s strategy is working

Apple Music’s strategy is working

Tim cook mentioned earlier this year that Apple Music wasn't "in it for the money." Since then, Apple Music paid subscriber numbers grew from somewhere below 38-million to around 50-million. It would appear that not being in the streaming music business for the money is working out OK for Apple over the last few months.

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Blade Shadow spreads nationwide, says ditch your gaming PC

Blade Shadow spreads nationwide, says ditch your gaming PC

The service known as Shadow by Blade spread across the United States this week in a newly minted USA-wide upgrade. This service was first introduced at CES 2018, and promised that it'd get at least to the point we're at right now, where anyone could stream their favorite games without the use of their own high-end PC. Now the service - and the devices they offer - are available across these United States for the first time.

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Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Today we had a chat with Sonos VP of Software Antoine Leblond about the company going public. Sonos launched today on Nasdaq with stock symbol SONO, as it did so becoming a public company for the first time. The first and most important question we had for Leblond is the same we've had for every tech company that's hit the stock market in the past decade: How will this change Sonos?

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Android alarm music: Google Clock app gets Spotify

Android alarm music: Google Clock app gets Spotify

Today Google revealed their first Google Clock app - slightly different from the clock app we've used before. For some users this will be a new download, for most it'll just be an update to an already-installed update. Either way, there's a big change coming through. This app now allows users to use streaming music for their alarm sound in the morning.

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Verizon courts Apple and Google for 5G TV streaming

Verizon courts Apple and Google for 5G TV streaming

It would seem that Verizon's preparing to partner up with one of two tech titans to deliver 5G television service to the masses later this year. Initial services could launch in approximately 4 large cities before the end of the year, but only if Verizon is able to partner with a big name in television programming. Apparently the ability to "provide television" is the forte of either Google or Apple - strange as that may seem.

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Marvel TV at SDCC: Iron Fist S2 in Sept, Cloak & Dagger S2 in 2019

Marvel TV at SDCC: Iron Fist S2 in Sept, Cloak & Dagger S2 in 2019

San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing this weekend, meaning there are plenty of announcements coming not just for comics, but for movies, TV, and gaming as well. On the Marvel side of things, Marvel Studios has decided to skip this year's show, leaving us without any news on the cinematic universe, however the company's TV shows are here to fill the gap. So far, there have been announcements for the seconds seasons of Iron Fist and Cloak & Dagger.

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Sonos AirPlay 2: How to get started and what to expect

Sonos AirPlay 2: How to get started and what to expect

The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is out, and if you've always wanted your iPhone, iPad, and Macs to play more with your Sonos speakers, this may well scratch that itch. Though the AirPlay 2 support isn't limited to Sonos, the speaker-maker's streaming system is one of the best known, and its integration one of the more polished. Read on for how to get started, how to use AirPlay 2 on Sonos, and what else you need to know.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV GeForce NOW gets personal PC game streaming

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV GeForce NOW gets personal PC game streaming

The Android TV-based smart television device NVIDIA SHIELD TV will soon have a mighty power. The folks at NVIDIA revealed this week that they'll be releasing GeForce NOW to the public with a new feature: personal game streaming. In the past, the GeForce NOW platform allowed NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device owners to play AAA games streamed from NVIDIA's own servers. Now that restriction is about to be lifted, and games will be stream-friendly from one's own home PC.

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Niantic’s Ingress is getting an anime series on Netflix

Niantic’s Ingress is getting an anime series on Netflix

Niantic is widely known for creating Pokemon Go, but the developer first made its name with Ingress, the augmented reality mobile game that served as much of the foundation for hit Pokemon title. Late last year the studio announced it was working on Ingress Prime, which will serve as both a sequel and revamp of the original, and feature improvements from Pokemon Go. Now Niantic has also announced an Ingress anime series is debuting this fall on Netflix.

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It’s not been a good week for cord-cutters

It’s not been a good week for cord-cutters

Unexpected price increases, terms of service that change with no warning, and a gradual sense that you're paying more and more but getting nothing extra: the same complaints that led many to cut the cord are starting to crop up again, only this time around on-demand services. Indeed, it's not been a great week for cord-cutters trying to be frugal with their home entertainment.

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PlayStation Vue price increase adds $5/mo to all plans

PlayStation Vue price increase adds $5/mo to all plans

PlayStation Vue is about to get more expensive, with Sony announcing a price hike for its on-demand streaming service. The news comes, somewhat ironically, on the heels of AT&T confirming its DirecTV NOW service would be increasing its subscription fee, a move it said was to better match what rivals were charging.

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