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Periscope Now Lets You Replay Streams on the Web

Periscope Now Lets You Replay Streams on the Web

The Twitter-owned livestreaming app Periscope is quickly becoming a new favorite among businesses, brands, and regular old users alike. The app allows people to broadcast video in real time – with an emphasis on real time. Periscope streams don’t stick around forever – they disappear after 24 hours. Up until now, users could only replay Periscope streams via their iOS …

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Amazon Begins HDR Streaming for Prime Members

Amazon Begins HDR Streaming for Prime Members

Amazon has announced that it’s going to start streaming some shows in High Dynamic Range (HDR), just as it promised earlier this year. HDR basically improves image quality by enhancing shadows and highlights and brightening colors. With HDR, Amazon’s streaming video will appear more lifelike. This sounds nice, obviously, but there’s one catch to this – it’s very, very limited …

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Apple Music Scores Some Major Indie Love

Apple Music Scores Some Major Indie Love

It looks like Apple and independent music labels are going to get along after all. Following Apple’s big 180 regarding the payment of artists during Apple Music’s free trial period, the company has inked a couple of big deals and gained the blessing of a major indie rep. Billboard reports that Apple has struck deals with two of the biggest …

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Amazon Bans Confederate Flag Merchandise

Amazon Bans Confederate Flag Merchandise

Amazon has joined other retailers in banning the sale of merchandise sporting the Confederate flag. Following the racially-motivated slaying of nine people in Charleston, South Carolina, calls across the country to “take down the flag” have intensified. Earlier this week, Walmart and Sears announced they would be removing confederate flag merchandise from their stores, and soon after online marketplaces eBay …

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Hulu Is Selling Discounted Showtime Subscriptions

Hulu Is Selling Discounted Showtime Subscriptions

Hulu is pulling a cable company move and offering discounted subscriptions to Showtime to its nearly nine million users. Next month, Showtime will launch its standalone streaming service (its version of HBO NOW). And just before that, Hulu will allow its users to purchase a Showtime package as an add-on to the basic Hulu service – for $9 a month. …

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Go Enable Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ Feature Right Now

Go Enable Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ Feature Right Now

In what could be a lifesaver for many, Google has finally graduated a particularly helpful Gmail feature from Labs to primetime. Gmail on the web now has a formal “undo send” feature. So, you accidentally sent a racy email meant for your wife to your boss? Awkward. So, you just hit reply all and are about to let the whole …

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Google Play Music Now Has a Free, Ad-Supported Radio Tier

Google Play Music Now Has a Free, Ad-Supported Radio Tier

To some people Google Play Music, Google’s subscription music streaming service, may have gotten lost in a sea of other offerings. But now, just a week before Apple launches its new music streaming platform, Google is reminding you about its own service and sweetening things a bit. Starting today on the web and soon on iOS and Android, Google is …

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Facebook’s Facial Recognition Is Getting So Good It Doesn’t Need Faces

Facebook’s Facial Recognition Is Getting So Good It Doesn’t Need Faces

Facial recognition technology, when deployed on a site like Facebook, is both convenient and disconcerting. Amazing but creepy. If you upload a lot of photos, Facebook’s facial recognition technology is great. Ain’t nobody got time to tag. As it stands, Facebook’s facial recognition tech is pretty good. Apparently, it’s about to get scary good. New Scientist reports on a new …

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Uber: We Don’t Collect Background Location Data, But We Might at Some Point

Uber: We Don’t Collect Background Location Data, But We Might at Some Point

On July 15, Uber is putting a new privacy statement into effect, and part of it is raising some eyebrows. A few paragraphs down in the new policy, under the heading “Collection of Information”, you’ll find this: Location Information: When you use the Services for transportation or delivery, we collect precise location data about the trip from the Uber app …

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Foursquare Brings Real Mayorships to Swarm

Foursquare Brings Real Mayorships to Swarm

When Foursquare decided to build an completely separate app for check-ins and strip the “gamification” element out of the flagship app, there was a lot of head scratching. Unbundling confusion. One of the biggest complaints about Swarm for the past year or so has been the fact that Foursquare changed the way it handles location mayorships. With Swarm, mayorships have …

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Uber Just Banned Guns

Uber Just Banned Guns

Uber just banned guns. In a reversal, Uber has just put a policy in place that prohibits the carrying of firearms by both drivers and passengers during any ride arranged via the Uber app. Uber threatens bans for those caught violating the new rule. Here’s the new policy, via Uber’s Legal page: We seek to ensure that everyone using the …

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It Looks Like Jack Dorsey Has a Big Decision to Make

It Looks Like Jack Dorsey Has a Big Decision to Make

Last week, Twitter announced that CEO Dick Costolo would be stepping down, surprising no one. Costolo’s last day is June 30, and on July 1 co-founder Jack Dorsey will take the reigns – on an interim basis. But is it really just interim? Does Jack Dorsey want to be the CEO of Twitter? Will Twitter drop the interim title pretty …

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