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TV

Netflix hit with 'cloud tax' as Chicago targets online consumers

Chicago is marking Independence Day this year with fireworks, hot dogs – and sweeping new tax rules that require companies to collect a 9% levy every …

Streaming Media

Netflix will roll out a new look for its TV apps later this year

This quarter's Netflix earnings report is especially interesting because it's the first one since HBO's online-only Now service launched, so investors and other looking to see how it responds to direct competition. The streaming company just announced that it not only added nearly five million …

These Are the Best In-Ear Headphones Under $40

Aya Brackett—Nest<p>DJI<p>Apple<p>Osmo<p>Tesla<p>Jawbone<p>Square<p>Hasbro<p>Oculus VR<p>Qualcomm

Gear & Gadgets

YouTube Makes Its Trueview Ads More Interactive

YouTube has announced that it is adding interactive cards to its TrueView video ads.<p>This means that marketers will now be able to add more information in overlays on top of their in-stream spots. For YouTube, this makes ads more lucrative as the company can still make money from ads even if people …

Skype's real-time translator now speaks Italian and Chinese

Microsoft has been trialling its Skype Translator software that automatically translates voice calls between people, and it’s getting a language update today. While the initial version only supported English and Spanish, today’s update brings Italian and Chinese (Mandarin). "As you can imagine, …

Translation

HTC unveils larger-screened One M9+ phone in China

The new phone aims to outdo the regular M9 by sporting a 5.2-inch screen, dual rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor.<p>HTC will launch a bigger and beefier version of its upcoming M9 phone in China. But don't get too excited if you live in North America or Europe.<p>Announced Wednesday in a blog post, …

Phones

Sling TV nears launch of HBO in advance of Game of Thrones debut

<i>Update April 9: Sling TV confirmed that HBO is now available.</i><p>With television, everything seems to be revolving around the debut of Season 5 of <i>Game of Thrones</i> and Season 2 of <i>Silicon Valley</i> on HBO. Sling TV is hopeful that it will launch HBO for its customers before the April 12 season debuts.<p>Sling …

Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

Popcorn Time, the service sometimes referred to as the “Netflix for pirates” because of the way it makes it easy to stream pirated content to your PC or mobile device, is now getting a lot easier for iOS owners to use. According to new reports, the service is being made available by way of an iOS …

Popcorn Time

Twitter is experimenting with ads on user streams

Twitter is trialing ad units on users’ profiles pages in a new experiment, reports Recode.<p>The new test sees promoted tweets being added to streams on users’ pages. They are separated from traditional tweets by breaks and include a ‘Suggested by Twitter’ label.<p>At present, the ads appear only to …

Sling TV’s Service For Cord Cutters Will Offer HBO Starting This Month

Sling TV, Dish’s new over-the-top service designed for cord cutters, announced today that it will become the first Internet service to offer video-on-demand content from HBO starting this month, just in time for the “Games of Thrones” premiere. The HBO content will be available as an optional …

Televisions

Apple reportedly asking content producers to supply their own streams for TV offering

Apple has requested that programming partners who will take part in the company’s upcoming television streaming service provide their own content streams, Re/Code reported today. It’s not an unreasonable request on Apple’s part—in fact, it makes a lot of sense—so it doesn’t seem like this will be a …

Amazon Has Over A Million Customers For Its Cloud Computing Service

Companies are increasingly renting their tech from cloud computing suppliers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft's Azure or IBM's SoftLayer, and not buying and installing it themselves.<p>And that means that there's a land grab going on over customers.<p>Who's got the biggest cloud? Hard to tell. All the …

Cloud Computing

Verizon Not Pursuing AOL Takeover, CEO Says

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc Chief Executive Lowell McAdam said the company is not planning any major acquisitions, following a report that Verizon had approached AOL Inc for a potential deal.<p>"I think AOL along with lots of other media companies are potential for us to do partnering, on a …

Media Industry

Google hopes Android TV means third time lucky for their home invasion

Search firm is set to re-enter the TV software market with some notable failures already behind them. But will they be able to compete with the likes of Apple and Amazon?<p>The old joke about Microsoft was that it took three goes to get anything right; hence Windows 3.1 was the first to be widely …

Televisions
Obama Administration

Twitter Users Can Now Track Tweet Impressions, Engagement Numbers Right In The iOS App

Twitter has once again expanded access to its analytics data, today introducing the ability to view your “tweet activity” on mobile. In the latest version of Twitter’s iOS application, a new feature allows users to tap on a “View Analytics Details” option from any tweet’s detail page in order to …

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

Duet Makes Your iPad A No-Compromise Display For Your Mac

iPad-as-secondary-display apps have been around almost as long as the iPad, but most who used them once have seldom used them since. These things mostly work over Wi-Fi, and work poorly over Wi-Fi at that, with unwatchable video performance, choppy animation and tons of lag, even in the best of …

Infer Gets Another $25 Million From Redpoint To Provide Predictive Analytics To Sales Professionals

Predictive analytics startup Infer has spent the last few years helping companies to improve their sales efforts using data. It’s been pretty successful so far, which is why Series A investor Redpoint Ventures is pouring in another $25 million to help it expand.<p>Infer provides a platform sales teams …

With $2.2M In Funding, VideoAmp Helps TV Advertisers Reach More Eyeballs Online

VideoAmp is the latest startup trying to move TV ad dollars online.<p>The startup is officially launching today, and it’s also announcing that it has $2.2 million in funding from Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, and ZenShin Capital.<p>Co-founder and …

Twelve South launches BookBook for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple accessory maker Twelve South has debuted an updated version of its popular BookBook iPhone case for the latest models of the iconic smartphone. The new BookBook for iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) is available now from the company’s website.<p>The BookBook combines a protective smartphone cover …

REPORT: HBO's Standalone Streaming Service Is Coming In April

HBO will be using different technology to power its standalone streaming service, so there's a chance the app will look a little different from the current HBO Go app.<p>Based on Fortune's report, it also sounds like there will be fewer outages during popular TV shows such as "Game of Thrones" and …

Televisions

Saavn Partners With Twitter To Bring Tweet-Powered Radio To Its Streaming Service

India -focused music service Saavn is upping its social game after it partnered with Twitter to introduce a tweet-powered radio station for its users.<p>The company serves up “millions” of Indian music tracks and international hits, offering a Spotify-style choice of an ad-supported free version or a …

Netflix ‘fast lanes’ make it a net neutrality hypocrite, FCC commissioner says

Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings today suggesting that while Netflix advocates loudly for network neutrality and openness, the video giant has taken steps to create some Internet “fast lanes” of its own.<p>The letter states that Netflix refused to …

BitTorrent takes on Netflix and Amazon with its first original TV

Sci-fi show Children of the Machine will be a free, ad-supported download, with options for fans to buy it ad-free<p>Technology firm BitTorrent has persuaded a range of musicians to distribute music using its “Bundles” feature, including Thom Yorke, Pixies, De La Soul and Moby. Now it’s turning its …

AOL Adds More Video Help by Buying Content Syndicator Vidible for Around $50 Million

Last year AOL spent $405 million on Adap.tv. Now it's writing checks again.<p>AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has spent a lot of time building out his video business. Now he is buying Vidible, a startup that’s supposed to make it easier for publishers to get their video on other people’s websites.<p>People …

Twitter Experiments With Engagement Stats Directly In Tweets

Want to know just how many people actually care about what you’re tweeting? A new Twitter experiment spotted by ex-Twitter platform head Ryan Sarver will show many you how users are clicking on the links in the updates you post, with a handy link directly in the expanded Tweet view in the iOS …