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YouTube Reels is the platform’s own version of Stories

YouTube Reels is the platform’s own version of Stories

YouTube has a new feature in the pipeline called Reels, the company's own variant of the Stories format found in a growing number of apps. The new feature is designed for creators, not users, and it is still in development at this point. However, once available as an everyday feature, YouTube creators will be able to create their own Reels that don't expire. This is part of an overall larger announcement from the company.

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YouTube cracks down on predatory comments directed at minors

YouTube cracks down on predatory comments directed at minors

YouTube has been the source of a growing online controversy revolving around videos that seem to inappropriately target children and, more worrisome, the presence of some predatory comments aimed at children. Amid the criticism -- but not resulting because of it, according to YouTube -- the company tweaked the service so that flagged videos wouldn't appear in the YouTube Kids app. That wasn't adequate enough, though, so now it is back with several more changes.

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Twitch desktop app is finally out, powerful and cluttered

Twitch desktop app is finally out, powerful and cluttered

Although YouTube is the household name for streaming videos in general, Twitch is still considered the granddaddy of the niche, but also lucrative, game streaming market. But despite its age and its fame, Twitch, now owned by Amazon, hasn’t exactly been that quick to jump outside the comforts of the web browser. Well, it’s finally here folks! The Twitch desktop app is finally out of beta and available for all to use. And it has everything that the browser version has, which may or may not be a good thing.

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Sense8 team says there’s a 2-hour finale episode underway

Sense8 team says there’s a 2-hour finale episode underway

Netflix recently went on a cancelling spree and several of its shows were cancelled as a result, not the least of which is science fiction series Sense8. Fan reaction to the news was swift and harsh, and though they didn't manage to bring it back to life, they did score something almost as good: a two-hour finale episode that will debut on Netflix some time next year.

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Simple guide to making (and sharing) a Plex streaming movie library

Simple guide to making (and sharing) a Plex streaming movie library

Plex enables anyone to create their own streaming movie (and TV show and music...) library, and even share that library with friends and relatives. Setting the entire thing up can be daunting at first glance, though, if you're not familiar with the software and how it works. The benefits are worth the effort in the end, and so we've written up this simple, complete how-to guide taking you from start to finish.

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Hulu adds user profiles — here’s how to use them

Hulu adds user profiles — here’s how to use them

Hulu has taken a page from Netflix's book and added individual user profiles, making it easier for everyone in a household to maintain their personalized content. Once created, each user profile shows the last episodes that user watched, where they left off, and recommendations based on their watching habits. Up to six profiles are supported, and setting them up is as simple as a few clicks.

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Comcast’s Netflix app releases just in time for data caps

Comcast’s Netflix app releases just in time for data caps

In case you'd forgotten, Xfinity and Netflix are teaming up to bring the streaming service to Comcast's X1 set-top box. The partnership was announced way back in July, and at the time, neither company said when Netflix would be available on the X1. Today, Comcast announced that the nationwide roll out will begin next week.

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D-Link DCS-2530L WiFi camera has 180-degree lens and de-warping tech

D-Link DCS-2530L WiFi camera has 180-degree lens and de-warping tech

D-Link has unveiled a new WiFi camera that is aimed at home security meant to allow you to see what is going on in your home from afar. The new camera is called the Full HD 180-Degree WiFi Camera DCS-2530L. The camera is shipping now and the big benefit of this device is that 180-degree lens. Most cameras have a 130-degree lens so the D-Link camera gives users a much wider field of view than the competition.

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Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon has a pretty effective method for choosing which original shows it is going to proceed with — it makes the pilot episodes for its most promising upcoming shows available to Prime subscribers, using their feedback in part to determine whether they’re going to proceed with a series. In a first, Amazon is also going to make the pilots available to the general public for one day by streaming them on Twitch.

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FOX primetime livestreaming launches for cable subscribers

FOX primetime livestreaming launches for cable subscribers

FOX has launched livestreaming of its primetime content, but only for pay TV customers. This is the first time FOX has offered primetime livestreaming; it is launching the new option as a beta, which is available through the FOX website and through FOX NOW. The livestreaming option is offered to all the pay TV customers in 210 TV markets across the U.S. In addition to seven-days-a-week primetime livestreaming, FOX is also livestreaming late night content on Saturdays.

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Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video has added support for Dolby Vision HDR content, the company has announced. Service users located in the United States can now watch certain videos in Dolby Vision, assuming their television supports it. This new support joins Amazon’s previously launched UHD high dynamic range content, though depending on who you’re talking to, the Dolby Vision content is usually favored for having higher quality.

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YouTube videos now load while paused

YouTube videos now load while paused

Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.

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