Tag - Streaming
One of the most exciting prospects for us, when learning about mobile VR, was the idea of being able to watch our favorite YouTube and streaming services through a VR headset, but we were surprised when the streaming giants were sluggish to give us an in-app option. We do have a solution, though, one that comes in the form of a handy little app called Homido 360 VR player.
Dish has launched a new package as part of its Sling TV online streaming service, one that seemingly offers more than the existing base package. The second package, priced the same $20 rate as the original, is providing access to a number of channels from the Fox broadcast network alongside other channels already offered by the service, though this time Sling TV is introducing the option of viewing multiple streams from the package simultaneously.
Facebook's bid to expand its video offerings involves the creation of its own 360-degree camera, among the announcements made at the company's keynote for the F8 conference. The Surround 360 uses an odd dual cone shape with a total of 17 cameras, though rather than taking the approach of producing the device itself, the social network is instead making the design open source, effectively allowing anyone to make their own version.
Streaming services are helping drive music revenues in Australia, echoing similar industry changes in other regions, a recent report has claimed. Services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, is being credited by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for helping push music revenues for the country to $333.8 million, a 5 percent year-on-year increase, and the first upwards trend in the annual wholesale figure for the region's music industry since 2012.
Premium movie channel network Starz announced the launch today of its "over the top" digital streaming service, providing STARZ streaming subscriptions directly to consumers and offering the first-ever download capabilities from a premium pay TV streaming service. Similar to other offerings, the streaming service retails for $9 per month for non-cable subscribers and is available cross-platform.
T-Mobile is making two of its offers that provide video and music to its subscribers without eating into user data allowances more useful, by adding more services to each. Six new streaming services will be added to the Music Freedom proposition, which gives users the ability to listen to music without worrying about their usage, while Binge On, a similar scheme for video, adds on another ten streaming providers to its roster.
Musical artist Jay-Z is suing the original owners of Tidal, for supposedly misleading the buyers of the struggling music streaming service about the real number of subscribers it actually had. The suit alleges Norwegian tech company Aspiro had inflated Tidal's subscriber count ahead of its sale to the rapper last year, in a high-profile deal said to be worth 464 million Swedish kronor ($56 million) at the time, with an investigation by the new owners discovering the apparent issue.
Spotify has reportedly raised another $1 billion from investors, giving it a small amount of extra freedom as it attempts to fend off competition from Apple Music. The deal, said to close by the end of this week, will provide Spotify with $1 billion in convertible debt, something that will simultaneously give the music streaming company more room to work within, as well as preventing the reduction in price of its stock when it eventually holds its IPO.
SoundCloud has launched its long-rumored subscription music service in the United States. Called SoundCloud Go, it will provide streaming music to its users from major established artists as well as those hosted on the service, after making licensing deals with major distributors including UMG, Sony, Merlin, and Warner, with streams offered without any advertising, and with the added option of downloading many tracks and playlists for offline listening.
Accusations from T-Mobile CEO John Legere that its major rivals were throttling Netflix streams have been answered, by Netflix itself. The streaming video service admitted that videos viewed by AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers were capped, but Netflix is the company behind the decision to limit video bandwidth per customer, rather than the carriers accused by Legere, and it has throttled connection speeds to the majority of carriers around the world for the last five years.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6