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Apple original content tipped to be in trouble already

Apple original content tipped to be in trouble already

While its devices are still making it millions, Apple is seen to be shifting to a more services-oriented business model. Like what Amazon does with its Kindle and Fire devices, iPhones, iPads, and Macs are increasingly becoming gateways into Apple’s software and, more importantly, subscription-based services. It may already have music streaming in the bag but as far as video streaming goes, it’s still trying to build up its portfolio. But if this latest report hits the issue on the head, Apple’s original programming might be DOA.

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Twitch ban is China’s latest tech casualty

Twitch ban is China’s latest tech casualty

Over the past several years, streaming platform Twitch has grown to become one of the most popular websites in the world, but it just suffered a pretty major setback. The website has been banned in China, making the it latest in a string of restrictions focused on cracking down on gaming. As China is one of the largest gaming markets in the world, being shut out from operating there is a big blow indeed.

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Google is shutting down YouTube Gaming (but that isn’t a bad thing)

Google is shutting down YouTube Gaming (but that isn’t a bad thing)

A few years ago, Google launched YouTube Gaming, a dedicated app that hosted streamers and allowed gamers to find content aimed at them. Gaming has always been a big part of YouTube, but YouTube Gaming was Google's attempt to steal away some of Twitch's massive audience. Today, Google announced that it'll be shutting down YouTube Gaming, but for those who have spent the past three years building an audience on the platform, that isn't as bad as it sounds.

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Spotify 3,333 download limit increased threefold

Spotify 3,333 download limit increased threefold

3,333 songs might be a large number but for hardcore audiophiles, that can be rather suffocating. Especially if you’re limited to that number per three devices, bringing the total to 9,999. Finally giving into paying subscriber demands, Spotify is expanding its support for offline music, promising more tunes you might be able to consume before the next time you connect to the Internet.

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NVIDIA SHIELD update brings free GeForce NOW beta and more

NVIDIA SHIELD update brings free GeForce NOW beta and more

Say what you want about NVIDIA but its commitment to its SHIELD Android TV devices is perhaps unprecedented in the Android world. Sure, it has already abandoned its SHIELD Portable handheld and its SHIELD Tablets saw their last updates in March, but even those were delivered long after most OEMs would have stopped providing updates. Its real SHIELD baby, however, is the SHIELD Android TV consoles and those are now getting an update that does more than just add new features or apps. It also prolongs their use by letting them “play” PC games on TVs.

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House of Cards reveals fate of Frank Underwood

House of Cards reveals fate of Frank Underwood

The road to House of Cards season 6 has been a long and winding one. After series lead Kevin Spacey was dropped by Netflix following sexual misconduct allegations, we weren't even sure if the show would continue for a 6th season. After announcing that season 6 will be the last for House of Cards and briefly suspending production, Netflix revealed that Robin Wright will lead the show without any involvement from Spacey.

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US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

US carriers allegedly throttling YouTube, Netflix, streaming

One of the tenets of net neutrality is that all Internet data should be treated equally. In practice, this means ISPs shouldn’t give one kind of data preference over another. In other words, they shouldn’t throttle data based on what they are. With net neutrality dead (except in California), consumer advocates fear that carriers are already taking advantage of their new found freedom. That is pretty much the implication in a recently published study that points out how popular video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix are being throttled by nearly all US carriers, big or small.

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CBS Sports will stream Super Bowl LIII on mobile, no sign-in required

CBS Sports will stream Super Bowl LIII on mobile, no sign-in required

Football fans will soon have unprecedented access to Super Bowl LIII, at least when it comes to streaming, according to CBS Sports. The network will offer the upcoming Super Bowl game on its website and through its mobile app, no authentication needed. The network will also be streaming its broadcast coverage of the game on CBS All Access.

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DC Universe big bang: what’s coming next month

DC Universe big bang: what’s coming next month

DC fans will perhaps begrudgingly admit that Marvel’s properties, direct or otherwise, have saturated the market for a few years. DC definitely had a few good ones but few of those have stuck. Now the comics giant is making one giant gamble with DC Universe, a subscription service for all things DC. And it’s all going down mid-September but it won’t just be about streaming teen angsty series either.

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Spotify adds Showtime to its student Hulu bundle

Spotify adds Showtime to its student Hulu bundle

As it stands, Spotify's student plan is a pretty good deal. Last year, Spotify and Hulu teamed up to offer subscriptions to both services to students for $4.99 per month. Today, Spotify decided to sweeten the deal further by announcing an upgrade to that plan that tosses Showtime in the mix.

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Acer Predator X is a beastly gaming PC shrouded in mystery

Acer Predator X is a beastly gaming PC shrouded in mystery

Acer has announced a ton of stuff at IFA 2018 so far, but one of its most interesting products has yet to be fully revealed. Today, the company briefly teased the new Predator X gaming PC, which sounds to be about as beastly as gaming PCs come. This isn't exactly your run-of-the-mill gaming rig either, as Acer has outfitted the Predator X with two Intel Xeon processors.

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Amazon ad-supported video streaming service tipped for Fire TV

Amazon ad-supported video streaming service tipped for Fire TV

Amazon is working on a new video streaming service that will be ad-supported and only available on Fire TV, according to a new report. The alleged service won't cost anything -- except the time to watch advertisements, of course -- providing an attractive alternative to the existing Prime Video product. The service is reportedly being developed by the Amazon subsidiary IMDB.

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