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Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

If you grew up in the '70s or '80s, you likely remember mixtapes. If you didn't, a mixtape is like the physical form of a playlist; a collection of songs from different artists, usually grouped by a theme or mood, recorded on a single audio tape that could be shared between friends and romantic interests. Well, Netflix has just updated that ancient practice with a new feature called "Flixtapes" — a shareable playlist of movies and TV shows for, well, Netflix.

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Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Apple opens casting call for ‘Planet of the Apps’ TV show

Back in March, Apple's Eddy Cue revealed that the company was getting involved in original TV content by developing a non-scripted series about app developers and the app economy. Production is being split between Apple and television company Propagate, and the show, titled Planet of the Apps, has now started an open casting call. The announcement, posted on the show's official website, says they are looking for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS developers.

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ESPN considering streaming package with live programming

ESPN considering streaming package with live programming

While there are plenty of streaming video services for people who want to see movies and TV shows, there isn't as much selection for dedicated sports fans. That could be changing in the near future, as sports TV network ESPN is reportedly considering a streaming package that wouldn't require a cable or satellite subscription. This comes in a new report from The Information, which adds that the package would be aimed at cord cutters.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Google Chrome gets built-in Cast integration

Google Chrome gets built-in Cast integration

One of the most handy features of Google's Cast television dongle is how easy it is to broadcast your Chrome browser tab onto a bigger screen. That is, as long as you have the browser extension installed. Well, that will soon no longer be the case, as Google has revealed that version 51 of Chrome for the desktop (rolling out now) will have the Cast option built right in.

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Apple wants to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal insiders claim

Apple wants to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal insiders claim

Apple is reportedly in talks with Tidal about a possible acquisition, with the musician-friendly streaming music service a target for its deals with high profile artists. Owned by rapper, producer, and general mogul Jay-Z, Tidal has had a string of exclusive song and album launches in the past months, including Beyonce's latest, Lemonade.

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One year in, Apple Music sees redesign and controversy

One year in, Apple Music sees redesign and controversy

Apple Music is celebrating its first birthday, with 15 million subscribers under its belt and arch rival Spotify in its sights. The streaming music service - and its flagship Beats 1 radio station - was launched twelve months ago after WWDC 2015, and as of the developer conference earlier this month has passed the 15m user point.

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Netflix orders ‘Lost in Space’ reboot for 2018

Netflix orders ‘Lost in Space’ reboot for 2018

Now that streaming video giant Netflix has proven itself as a source of original shows and movies, it's taking another stab at rebooting a classic series following this year's Fuller House. It's just been revealed that the company has ordered a 10-episode season of a reboot of the sci-fi classic Lost in Space, with plans for a premiere in 2018. The new show is said to stay faithful to the original '60s series that was created by Irwin Allen (and thankfully not the terrible movie from 1998).

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BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

Following the announcement of BitTorrent Now, a new ad-supported streaming music and video service, an accompanying mobile app has been released, giving users access to content while on the go. BitTorrent Now isn't aiming to compete with the likes of Spotify or Apple Music, but instead will distribute content from independent artists and filmmakers who sign up for the platform. The Android app is available now on Google Play, while iOS and Apple TV versions are "coming soon."

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BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

The folks behind one of the most-used file-downloading systems in the world now has its own "direct to fan global media platform for on-demand video and music." This means that if you considered them any less-than-legitimate a business before with their Torrent-related business, they're coming up in the world. This service has content providers making video and audio available to the masses with "creators receiving 70% of all revenue." That could be a very, very big deal.

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Sonos iPhone lock screen controls added plus 3D Touch

Sonos iPhone lock screen controls added plus 3D Touch

Sonos is finally answering one of the biggest requests from users of its streaming speakers, and embracing Apple's 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the process. Ditching its standalone remotes in favor of its smartphone apps made a lot of sense - who wants to spend a couple hundred dollars on a dedicated touchscreen remote, when you have a far slicker one in your pocket already - but they did make adjusting things like volume and track a little more time consuming since you needed to unlock your phone and load the app first.

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Rhapsody is dead, long live Napster

Rhapsody is dead, long live Napster

Hey, everyone, do you remember Napster? The once immensely popular illegal file-sharing software that just kind of evaporated is back! Well, sort of. Do you remember Rhapsody? Neither do I, to be honest, but it was one of the very first internet radio services, and was eventually just known for its annoying plugins and software. Turns out, the company bought the Napster brand back in 2011 with the hopes of turning into a streaming service to compete with Spotify. But today Rhapsody is no more, and instead will exclusively be using the Napster name.

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