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Spotify building its own 'category defining' music hardware

Spotify is planning to launch a hardware device that will change the way in which "the world" experiences music. The company's ambitious aims are said to be early in development. It's an unexpected expansion of Spotify's business, moving beyond apps.

Amazon to spend about $4.5 billion on its fight against Netflix

Amazon is set to spend a gargantuan ~$4.5 billion on video in 2017, according to analysts at J.P. Morgan, a figure that would put the internet giant much closer to rival Netflix than many industry observers thought.

Girl allegedly raped on Facebook Live had to be relocated

Chicago - Chicago police confirmed a 15-year-old girl whose alleged gang rape was streamed on Facebook Live is now in a “safe space.” The girl’s mother said since the incident her daughter and the family have been harassed and threatened at home and online.

App lets you turn your DVDs into a personal Netflix

If, like me, your DVD collection is languishing unwatched because you don’t have a DVD player or a disc drive on your laptop, Walmart’s Vudu has a solution.

Gmail update lets you stream video attachments from the web

Google has announced an update to its online Gmail client that adds a small but potentially very useful feature. It's now possible to stream video attachments from the web, removing the need to download large files.

Listen up: Pandora Premium is here to take on Spotify

Pandora, one of the first online music providers, has announced its own on-demand subscription service to rival Spotify and Apple Music. Using technology it acquired from Rdio, the internet radio provider aims to "change the way" you consume music.

Twitch unveils Pulse, a new social network built for gamers

Amazon-owned Twitch has replaced its homepage with a Twitter clone for the gaming community. Adding a centralised hub for the popular livestreaming service, it lets you share updates, screenshots and stream highlights directly to followers.

Illegal piracy-enabling Kodi streaming boxes seized by police

Five traders have been arrested for allegedly modifying Kodi streaming boxes that let you watch subscription TV channels for free. The set-top boxes were sold online for profit before the operation was closed down by copyright theft enforcement agents.

Apple reportedly planning major push into TV shows and movies

Apple is preparing for a major push into original video content, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal — a move that could set it on a collision course with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

You can finally download Netflix shows for offline viewing

Netflix now allows you to download your favourite shows for offline viewing when the Internet isn't available. The feature has long been requested by users who want to watch Netflix while on the go. A large portion of Netflix's library is available.

Google Play Music now uses AI to guess what you want to listen to

Google has announced a substantial overhaul of its Google Play Music streaming service. The company has rebuilt the app with a brighter, upbeat design and new features powered by machine learning. 'Personalised music' is now the core focus.

Man steals police car, streams high-speed chase on Facebook Live

Tulsa - A sergeant with the Tulsa Police Department told the local CBS affiliate he wished more criminals would record their illegal activities. It makes them easier to catch and provides additional evidence to use in convicting them.

Meerkat is dead: the streaming app gets withdrawn from stores

The unfortunate video-streaming app Meerkat is finally dead. The app has been withdrawn from the market a few weeks ago after months of struggling against its competitors.

Apple's TV boss: 'Television needs to be reinvented'

Apple's head of internet software and services Eddy Cue discussed the problems with the current television landscape during an interview at Vanity Fair's conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

Amazon ropes in streaming holdout Garth Brooks

New York - Amazon's new streaming service on Wednesday announced an exclusive deal with country superstar Garth Brooks, the top-selling artist to have resisted the fast-growing music format.

Amazon launches Music Unlimited: a budget-priced Spotify rival

Amazon has officially launched a new music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, with a catalogue of "tens of millions" of songs. It enters a crowded market led by Spotify and Apple Music. Amazon already has one streaming provider, Prime Music.

Spotify Free caught streaming malicious adverts to users

Spotify is inadvertently infecting users' computers with malware, according to a spate of reports from customers. The company's network has been compromised by malicious adverts that are displayed in the free version of the Spotify client.

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick is 30 percent faster, still only $40

Amazon has announced a new Fire TV Stick, one of the company's most successful hardware products. The low-cost compact dongle is now 30 percent faster than the original. Amazon is also teasing a major software update with a "new on-screen experience."

Shomi, a video streaming service, to shut down as of Nov. 30

Shomi, a video streaming service that was launched in 2014 in Canada and was offered as an alternative to Netflix, is shutting down in November.

Apple Music's Android app is now out of beta with new update

Apple has officially launched Apple Music on Android, bringing its only major app for the platform out of beta. Apple Music for Android is now roughly equal to its iOS equivalent and viewed as a fully-fledged client for the streaming service.

VIDGO corrects its announcement, provides new info and updates

VIDGO, a brand new multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) that claimed it will break the pay TV market with new offers during this January’s CES, changed the service announcement released on June 15, 2016.

Netflix's shows grab most nominations in major Emmy categories

Netflix got the largest share of 2016 Emmy award nominations among its competitors, with 16 major nominations. However, streaming shows only got 24 nominations out of a total of 139, falling significantly behind cable.

Twitter takes stake in music service it passed on last year

San Francisco - San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it had taken a major stake in music streaming service SoundCloud Ltd.

Microsoft suspends development of Xbox One TV DVR feature

Ten months ago, Microsoft announced it would turn the Xbox One into a complete TV streaming box by adding support for TV DVR. After going quiet on the feature recently, the company today confirmed development is "on hold" as it prioritizes gaming.

Apple ready to compete in the pay TV market with the right tech

Apple announced it will compete in the pay TV market against both traditional cable services as well as streaming providers. It aims to build a "pure Internet TV."

Twitch gamer celebrity allegedly beats his girlfriend on stream

A Twitch gaming celebrity allegedly verbally and physically assaulted his girlfriend during a livestream. The video quickly went viral in just a few hours after being posted on YouTube.

Apple working on 'sweeping changes' to criticised Apple Music

Apple is working on a major update for Apple Music that will introduce a new interface, according to reports today. The service has seen mixed reviews since launch with criticism aimed at confusing controls and a lack of features.

Google Play Music now supports podcasts

Google has released an update for its Play Music streaming service that adds support for subscribing and listening to podcasts. The anticipated and much-requested feature can suggest recommended podcasts based on your interests.

Many Netflix users to see price hike in May

Netflix will raise prices on about 17 million of its standard accounts next month, and most people have no idea. How will these subscribers react?

Amazon wading into virtual reality with its own video experiences

An Amazon job listing spotted online has revealed the company is working on building its own virtual reality platform. The video-oriented system will place the retail giant into competition with established brands including Facebook, HTC and Samsung.
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