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Netflix adds Screen Lock button to Android app

Shane McGlaun | Tue, Apr 21 2020 9:51 AM CDT

With the coronavirus currently keeping people around the world stuck inside their homes, many are turning to Netflix and other streaming services to stay entertained. Netflix has silently launched a new update for its Android app that adds a Screen Lock button in the bottom left-hand corner of your content. The control lock is great for those who tend to watch on a small screen, such as a smartphone or tablet held in hand.

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Anyone who's done this knows that as you shift your hand position, often you touch the screen resulting in the controls popping up opening the door for an accidental press on a button to skip forward or backward. That's an annoying problem that everyone has to deal with when using the Netflix app when holding advice in hand. Netflix's new update is currently only available on the Android app.

With the screen lock button pressed, a tap of the screen no longer opens the user interface allowing for accidental presses on playback controls. Instead, users of the Android app will see an icon that says Screen Locked along with a button that can be pressed to unlock the controls. Parents should also find this update useful as it could keep kids from constantly pausing the content that is keeping them quiet while you work.

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Facebook to release 'Facebook Gaming' app, here's when you can get it

Jak Connor | Mon, Apr 20 2020 1:04 AM CDT

Facebook is still trying to do it's best to compete with video game streaming giant Twitch, and its new weapon against the Amazon-owned streaming platform is a dedicated app.

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Facebook has recently spoken to the New York Times, and has announced that it will be released a new app dedicated to gaming, and more specifically - live streaming. This app will be releasing on April 20th, and it will include some casual games users can play, but it will mostly be funneling users to live streamers who are streaming on Facebook. It will also be encouraging people to take up live streaming on mobile.

This new app from Facebook will also not include in ads, which is a massive bonus for viewers. Instead, the app will rely on viewer "stars", which is basically Facebook's version of Twitch bits. At the moment, the app will be rolled out to Android devices on April 20th, and the iOS version is currently undergoing approval from Apple, so once that is given the thumbs up, it will be released on the App Store for download.

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Disney+ is 5 months old and already has 50 million paying subscribers

Jak Connor | Thu, Apr 9 2020 4:12 AM CDT

A new announcement has come out from Disney today regarding its streaming service, reaching a brand new milestone.

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According to the announcement, Disney+ has reached a brand milestone in regards to how many paying subscribers the service has attracted. Disney+ is only five months old, and now the streaming service has gathered more than 50 million paying subscribers. This is no surprise considering the immense amount of popular that Disney+ offers. Some examples of popular content include; Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pixar, and National Geographic.

Kevin Mayer, Chairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, said in a press release, "We're truly humbled that Disney+ is resonating with millions around the globe, and believe this bodes well for our continued expansion throughout Western Europe and into Japan and all of Latin America later this year. Great storytelling inspires and uplifts, and we are in the fortunate position of being able to deliver a vast array of great entertainment rooted in joy and optimism on Disney+."

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Google's new Chromecast Ultra to come with remote and Netflix in-built

Jak Connor | Wed, Mar 11 2020 2:39 AM CDT

Google's Chromecast Ultra is already a fantastic device to have from the living room TV, but what would be the next-generation of Chromecast, and why would you buy it?

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According to a reliable source close to 9to5google, Google's next-generation of Chromecast Ultra will be coming with an additional physical remote. This remote will be extremely similar to Apple TV's remote and will feature a microphone and a dedicated Google Assistant button for curating content via the users' voice. 9to5google also reports that the source said to them that the remote would be programmable to users' TV as well.

The new Chromecast Ultra is expected to come with 4K HDR support, as well as give users access to in-built apps such as YouTube TV, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and more. Visually, Google's new device will look a lot like the third-generation Chromecast but with some minor tweaks such as softer and rounder finish. At the moment, there is no pricing or release date mentioned, but it can be assumed that Google was planning on revealing the device at their I/O event that was recently cancelled over the coronavirus.

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Amazon poaches former Hulu CEO to steer Prime Video

Jak Connor | Tue, Feb 11 2020 3:25 AM CST

Amazon has a new point man to run their online video streaming department, and he was once the CEO of Disney's Hulu.

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According to an article posted by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon has signed a new contact employing Mike Hopkins, former CEO of the Disney-owned streaming service Hulu. Hopkins will now be leading Amazon's Prime Video section and has quite a lot of experience behind him to back up his decisions. Before joining Hulu and running it as CEO for four years, Hopkins worked as the chairman for Sony Pictures Television and also was the head of 21st Century Fox's distribution strategy.

Hopkins has been hired by Amazon to run its Prime Video department in the absence of Jeff Blackburn. Hopkins will also report directly to the big man himself -- Jeff Bezos. Blackburn sent a note out to staffers saying the following, "Mike comes to us with over 20 years of industry experience at Fox, Hulu, and Sony. He has an extensive track record as a global business leader in media, film, and TV -- negotiating landmark content and distribution agreements, running marketing operations, leading product/tech teams, and overseeing production of breakthrough television content."

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Netflix and Ben & Jerry's partner for new flavor 'Netflix & Chill'd'

Jak Connor | Fri, Jan 17 2020 3:36 AM CST

I'm sure most people would understand the pleasure of laying down with a tub of Ben & Jerry's and watching Netflix. So, how about an ice cream specifically for that?

Netflix has teamed up with Ben & Jerry's to bring out the first Netflix original ice cream - Netflix & Chill'd. The new brand of ice cream is a combination of Peanut Butter, sweet and salty pretzel swirls and fudge brownies. The mixture sounds like basically everything you need for a big Netflix binge.

On the official website, the company says, "We've teamed up with Netflix to churn up something extra special. And just like Netflix, there's something in this pint for everyone." At the moment it neither Netflix or Ben & Jerry's have announced how much the new ice cream will cost, but we do know it will be available in select grocery stores and also in a dairy-free variant.

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IOGEAR launches new line of live-streaming video production tools

Jak Connor | Wed, Jan 8 2020 3:24 AM CST

CES 2020 - IOGEAR has announced a big new line of live streaming video production tools aimed at content creators.

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IOGEAR is introducing content creators to a new line of content creation tools called 'UpStream'. The new line of products is aimed at both content creators that require high-end video production, and ones that can do with simple on-the-go video capture. IOGEAR's new line of products comes under the guise of 'UpStream'.

Right off the bat, we have the UpStream Video Capture Adapter, this device can capture high-quality audio/video up to 1080p at 60FPS. It connects to an HDMI-enabled camera and uses its USB-C cable to save the file to a device such as a laptop or PC. For the gamers out there that want a bit more bang for their buck, IOGEAR has the UpStream Game Capture Adapter which outputs video at 1080p at 60FPS but can pass-through a 4K 60FPS signal to a monitor.

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Elgato announces Key Light Air: A small, more compact streamer light

Jak Connor | Tue, Jan 7 2020 4:24 AM CST

CES 2020 - Corsairs streaming arm Elgato has been hot off the track this CES with a bunch of new announcements. This time we are taking a look at the new Elgato Keylight Air.

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The Key Light Air is pretty much exactly the same as Elgato's original Key Light, but instead, the Air version is more compact and portable. It also comes with a bunch of attention to detail features that the already released Key Light lacks. For example, there is a groove on the back of the pole that is for the light's power cord; this gets rid of any messy cords and just makes the setup look better overall.

The Key Light Air also features little measurements on the side, so the user knows exactly what height their light is sitting at. This is especially helpful for a streamer that has purchased two of the lights as they can make sure both are sitting at the same height. I'd love to get my hands-on one of these Key Light Air's for testing, as it looks like a streamers best-friend when it comes to lighting.

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YouTube are releasing a Coachella festival documentary on March 31st

Jak Connor | Tue, Jan 7 2020 3:57 AM CST

If you have never been to Coachella, then you have probably wondered what happens at that music festival with so many big artists playing.

Luckily, YouTube are going to premiering a YouTube Originals documentary about the music festival called "Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert". Above we have the official teaser trailer which has been released onto the official Coachella YouTube channel, the teaser trailer lets us know that the documentary will feature exclusive footage and interviews.

According to the videos description, the documentary will give some never-before-seen footage of key performances from big artists such as "Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Travis Scott, BLACKPINK, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against The Machine, Pixies, Swedish House Mafia, Jane's Addiction, Bjork, The White Stripes, Madonna, Moby, Beck, Radiohead and more." YouTube says that Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert will be streamed to their platform on March 31st, 2020.

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YouTuber becomes Santa, gives away thousands of dollars to strangers

Jak Connor | Mon, Dec 16 2019 1:13 AM CST

Who doesn't love being randomly given thousands of dollars? A better question would be, who wouldn't love to give thousands of dollars if they had it?

Well, YouTuber David Dobrick decided to do the giving away and became Santa Claus for one day to give random strangers thousands of dollars. At about 2:20 into the video, Dobrick is with fellow YouTuber Erin Gilfoy, and he asks her how she found "the one", she replies that she found "the one" via a dating app Bumble. Dobrick then calls Bumble, and the guy who controls the apps monetary funds picks up the phone.

Dobrick says that he will keep Gilfoy's statement in his video if they give him an undisclosed amount of money. The amount that was offered seemed sufficient to Dobrick as the next shot we see of him is him running out of a bank and falling onto his car with literal bundles of cash. Dobrick then proceeds to give random amounts of money to strangers, donating large tips to a donut lady, buying out all the flowers to a flower shop, and giving away huge amounts of iPads to children.

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