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YouTube is soon launching a new app it calls YouTube Music, the goal of which is to help you find new music and watch and listen to it with ease.
So sayeth YouTube: "Any song or artist you choose on YouTube Music will start you on a personal journey through one of the richest music catalogs; just sign in, tap a track you love, and see where your music takes you."
In its blog post, Google mentions "as a special bonus - YouTube Red works with Google Play Music, so subscribe to one and automatically get access to the other", which makes it seem as though they're reworking Google Play Music into a new service it dubs YouTube Music. We've contacted YouTube for comment and will update the story accordingly should we hear back.
Apart from Google Play Music, Google/YouTube have launched several music services in the past. Whether this will cement itself as the one service to rule them all remains to be seen.
Last week we reported YouTube's subscription service would likely launch today. Turns out it'll be next week (October 28), but we were right about pricing, which is $9.99/mo.
The service is named YouTube Red, and is ad-free. Here's what you get with it:
- video saving for offline viewing
- background play option
- availability on any amount of devices
- support for YouTube Gaming app, YouTube Kids app, upcoming YouTube Music app
- exclusive original shows and movies from YouTuber creators starting early 2016
Red will be available to US viewers only to start, but support for more countries will come "soon" (tm). A free trial will be on offer at launch. While you wait, you can check out the website here.
It comes six months after the initial launch, but streaming service HBO NOW is available on Roku, well, now. As it is through other services, HBO NOW is only available to US customers.
Interested customers can get started through the Roku Channel Store, and pick up a subscription for $14.99/mo within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device. Should you have reservations, there's a free 30-day trial.
Microsoft has announced that Netflix now supports voice commands courtesy of Cortana, Windows 10's sophisticated robot lady AI.
All you have to do when you want to search for a show is say "Netflix, search for Narcos" or "Netflix, find Continuum", and results will show up accordingly. Presumably, you can tell it to play shows and movies as well.
Cortana still isn't supported in some countries, but you can always lie to her in "Region" settings and tell her you live in the US.
In a bid to push Prime subscribers towards its own Fire TV set-top box, Amazon is planning on ceasing all sales of Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV.
The digital retailer says that it will no longer list or sell devices that don't support Prime Video streaming, including all current and last-generation Apple and Google streaming products. The new policy will go into effect starting October 29, whereupon the entire online retailer will be Chromecast and Apple TV-free.
"Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in an official statement to Mashable. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion. Roku, XBOX, PlayStation and Fire TV are excellent choices."
As we quickly approach the start of the NFL football season, it looks like LG Electronics is preparing to help us hear the games better with new wireless audio products. LG showed off the P5 (NP5550), P7 (NP7550), and SoundPop 360 speakers, LG X-Boom Theater, and OM7550 Cube Speaker System.
The LG Music Flow P5 is a 10-watt wireless speaker with up to eight hours of battery life, while the LG Music Flow P7 is a 20-watt speaker with up to 10 hours of battery life. The LG SoundPop 360, similar in design to a drinking tumbler, is a cylindrical speaker providing 360-degree range â€" and up to 20 hours of battery life.
The LG X-Boom Theater has a pair of tower speakers with up to 1000-watt total audio output, built-in subwoofers, and is paired with a 3D Blu-ray player including LG Smart TV functionality. The LG Cube Speaker System supports a 1000-watt speaker and subwoofer, two USB ports, portable audio input, Multipoint Bluetooth, and NFC.
Intel wants to have a go at Hollywood, partnering with the United Artists Media Group and Turner to create the "America's Greatest Makers" TV show. Ideally, Intel wants to help inventors use Curie to develop "the next big wearable or smart-connected device."
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was joined onstage during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) by UAMG CEO Mark Burnett, as they announced the show. America's Greatest Makers will debut during Q1 or Q2 2016, and will feature technology inventors fighting it out for a $1 million cash prize.
To help promote the show, expect to see trailers and teasers across Turner networks, such as TNT, CNN, HLN, TruTV, Adult Swim, and Bleacher Report.
Apple is gearing up to announce the latest version of its Apple TV set-top box in September, following a reported delay that prevented it from being unveiled during the Worldwide Developers Conference.
The Apple TV currently available was first launched in 2012, so a revamped model wouldn't be too surprising. If true, expect to see faster hardware, larger storage, a new remote, and updated operating system able to support Siri commands.
If you're interested in the current Apple TV, you can pick one up for just $69.
GoPro owners interested in streaming live video footage can use the live-streaming video service Meerkat to share content with their followers. The feature is designed for GoPro3 owners, and once the new app is released, GoPro4 owners, so they can be connected directly to Apple iOS devices.
GoPro cameras are able to collect high-definition video - popular on YouTube, social media, and the Internet - providing a feature that many people have asked for. I think it's a great idea for Meerkat to provide live streaming for GoPro owners, as it's a way to keep up with Twitter-owned Periscope.
Meerkat has increased in popularity, and the service has launched the "Cameo" feature so viewers are able to take control of a live video stream. The Meerkat app has a growing fan base, including celebrities and athletes, so there is huge potential now that Meerkat and GoPro are going to give video viewers what they want.
Netflix has transitioned subscribers away from renting DVDs and Blu-ray in favor of its streaming service, but that doesn't mean the rental business will suddenly disappear. There are still more than 5 million DVD subscribers, which is much lower than the 20 million subscribers in 2010, but that doesn't mean Netflix is just going to fold the business unit.
In Netflix's East Bay distribution center that is located in Fremont, California, the automatic sorter processes more than 3,000 movies per hour - a significantly higher number than when human workers had to process each movie.
Netflix, however, has more than 65 million streaming subscribers, though the company said it is fighting to break even through 2016. The company is dumping money into content, expansion, and reinforcing its huge Internet pipeline.