Roku's 2016 streaming player lineup has gotten a bit more complex, with more models and some subtle differentiation. After eye-balling the specs lists closely, I settled on the Roku Premiere+, which provides 4K and HDR capabilities. Here's a quick peek.
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Amazon today announced Unlimited Music, its new on-demand music streaming service. Key differentiators include what Amazon calls the service's "breakthrough" pricing, and Alexa integration.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Groove Music is updated in Windows 10 Insider Preview, Runtastic and Google Play Music partner up, Oculus held a press conference and you're not going to believe what happened next, and Google is actually advertising its new phones.
Windows 10 users on the Windows Insider Fast ring can take an early peek at a visual reworking of the Photos app which ditches the hamburger menu navigation and offers a cleaner look and feel.
I received an email from Microsoft this morning alerting me that music I had purchased from the Zune service before 2012 would need to be downloaded or it will be lost forever. Here's what happening ... and how you can fix this.
As expected, Google launched its new Pixel phones, Daydream VR, Chromecast Ultra, Google Wi-Fi, and Google Home products at a press conference today. But as noted previously, details about each had previously leaked.
Tech tidbits from around the web: A Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered launch trailer, the entire Gears of War 4 prologue, a Microsoft exec sees the end of the QWERTY keyboard, the new Amazon Fire TV Stick offers the cheapest way yet to get Alexa in your home, and Blackberry will no longer build its own phones.
Roku announced a new streaming player lineup this morning and replaced all of its previous products with new models. Among the notable changes are a $30 Chromecast competitor and a $100 4K/UHD/HDR streamer.
It's a busy week in Atlanta for Microsoft Ignite. But here are some tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft is reportedly bringing back OneDrive placeholders, Disney emerges as a possible Twitter suitor, Google is combining Android and Chrome OS, more.
Thanks to the release this week of iOS 10.1 Beta 1, I was able to test an early version of Portrait mode, a coming feature of the iOS Camera app that will only work with the iPhone 7 Plus. And so far, it's not all that impressive.
Google Photos for Android, iPhone and the web is being updated today with improved photo sharing capabilities. And it works well whether those you're sharing with use Google Photos or not.
Pandora announced this week that it is rebranding its $5-per-month Pandora One music streaming service and adding additional features, such as more skips and replays, and offline listening. But a more full-featured music service like that offered by Spotify is still months away.
Spotify this week said that it now has 40 million paying subscribers, up from 30 million in March. That means that the music subscription service is growing well over twice as fast as its closest competitor, Apple Music.
In a major push into the living room, Twitter announced today that it is launching apps on Xbox One, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. These apps will feature live streaming video, naturally, including NFL Thursday Night Football games, and other Twitter content.
Audible Channels---a unique feature of the Audible service that provides short format original programming and exclusive content and podcasts to the audiobook service---is now free for Amazon Prime members, Audible revealed.