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Music and Video

The music and video industries are massive, and there’s plenty of online resources for enjoying them. In this section, we’ll cover various applications for downloading or streaming, the latest brand or tech news, and managing your huge collections.

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YouTube's improved Blur Faces tool launches

Ryan Stevens, Software Engineer at YouTube, announced today that YouTube has updated the service's Blur Faces tool to improve its accuracy and ease of use. YouTube introduced a face blurring tool back […]

Plex drops telemetry opt-out

Plex, the creator of client-server media streaming solutions, has updated its privacy policy and removed the option for users to opt-out of telemetry collection. The company provides free and commercial products, and […]

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YouTube Video Editor and Photo slideshows being retired

Google plans to remove the two YouTube features Video Editor and Photo slideshows from the popular video hosting and streaming service. The company revealed the decision on two YouTube support pages. According […]

Kodi 18 to launch with 64-bit version for Windows

The developers of the free media player software Kodi announced that the upcoming Kodi 18 will ship as a 64-bit version for Windows. Kodi, which originated as a project to bring a […]

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YouTube App update launches with major UI changes

Google launched a new version of the YouTube application today on iOS and Android which comes with major changes to the apps' interface. Changing the interface of an app that has been […]

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Splash video player review

Splash is a video and audio player for Microsoft Windows that is developed by Mirillis, makers of the screen recorder Action!. The media player vertical is quite crowded on Windows. You got […]

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How to get Netflix 1080p or 4K on non-Windows 10 devices

The web browser and/or device determines the highest quality level (resolution) that you get when you play TV shows or movies on Netflix. You get 1080p and 4k playback only in Microsoft […]

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How to stabilize your videos with Google Photos

Google Photos is Google's official photo management, storing and sharing solution for Android and iOS mobile operating systems. The company completed the roll out of a new video feature recently that lets […]

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Google working on dark mode for YouTube

Google runs a dark mode experiment right now on the YouTube video streaming platform that allows users to switch the light theme to a dark theme called dark mode. As is the […]

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Where is Netflix downloading shows to on Windows 10?

Netflix enabled the downloading of -- some -- TV show episodes and movies in the company's application for Windows 10 recently. It allows you to download these shows and movies to the […]

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Download shows with the Netflix app for Windows

If you use the Netflix application on Windows 10, you may have received an update already that allows you to download shows to watch them offline. If you needed another reason to […]

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You can now watch Netflix in Firefox on Linux

Netflix announced on Tuesday that Linux users may use the Firefox web browser on their devices now to watch video streams on the website. Netflix started to work on HTML5 compatibility almost […]

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Grab 8GB worth of songs from the SXSW 2017 Festival

The SXSW music festival is a long standing event at which hundreds of artists perform each year to festival goers. Music is also made available on the SXSW website, and it is […]

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Kodi 17: cross-platform media center updated

Kodi 17 is the latest version of the popular cross-platform media center software that enables you to play media on all devices that it supports. Kodi's main features are the ability to […]

Good Riddance: 3D TV is dead

A report on Cnet suggests that 3D TV won't be the next big thing after all, as the last two major TV makers of 3D TVs announced that they would stop producing […]

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Video Converter HandBrake 1.0.0 released

HandBrake 1.0.0, a new version of the popular open source cross-platform video converter, was released on December 24, 2016. I reviewed HandBrake for the first time in the year 2007 here on […]

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There is no reason to use VLC UWP on Windows 10 PCs

VideoLAN, makers of the popular VLC Media Player program for various desktop and mobile operating systems have released VLC 2.2 for UWP today. VLC 2.2 for UWP, what is that you may […]

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Microsoft Holiday Album Giveaway: grab 9 free albums

If you are in need of a bit of music for this Holiday -- read Christmas -- season, then Microsoft has you covered. The company has just launched the Holiday Album Giveaway […]

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Here is why you can't download Netflix content to your Android device

Netflix enabled a download option in the official Netflix application for Android and iOS mobile operating systems a couple of days ago. I thought that this was a really cool option, considering […]

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VLC 360: preview of VLC 3.0 with 360 support

VLC 360 is a preview version of VLC Media Player, a popular cross-platform media player for Windows, Linux, Mac and mobile devices. The preview version is labeled as VLC 360 to indicate […]

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Export your Vine videos to Giphy

Twitter announced last week that it plans to shut down its "six seconds or less" video service Vine in the coming months. The company is going through financial turmoil currently, and as […]

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Screamer Radio 1.0 Internet Radio player

Screamer Radio 1.0 has been released a couple of days ago as a portable version and installer for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows. We have reviewed Screamer Radio back in 2007 […]

Netflix winning against unblocking services?

Netflix appears to be winning the fight against so-called unblocking services and VPN services that allow Internet users to access Netflix in different geographical regions. Netflix's catalog of shows and movies is […]

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Amazon's Music Unlimited streaming service launches

Amazon Music Unlimited is a new music streaming service by Amazon that the company pits against established services such as Spotify and Apple Music. While it shares similarities with those services, it […]

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Spotify Free opens web browser ads

If you are running Spotify Free on your desktop computer you may have noticed that advertisement is suddenly being launched in the default web browser when the software is running. Spotify Free […]

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YouTube's Community feature launches

YouTube Community is a new feature of the world's most popular video streaming site that allows content producers to interact directly with their community. One of the shortcomings of YouTube up until […]

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Filter Amazon Video content by language

Amazon Video is an add-on service for Prime members that works in many regards just like Netflix. Amazon produces original series such as Bosch, Jean-Claude von Johnson or The Man in the […]

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How to force HTML5 video on Twitch.tv

Twitch.tv is a popular streaming site on the Internet with a strong focus on gaming related content. You can tune in and watch various people play games, talk about games, or watch […]

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DAZN: "Netflix of Sports" launches

DAZN, a new live and on-demand online streaming service focusing on sports, launched today in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The main idea behind DAZN is very similar to what services like Netflix […]

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Create Netflix Playlists with Flixtape

Flixtape by Netflix is a new service by Netflix that enables you to create video mixtapes using Netflix's video archive that you can play or share afterwards. While you may add movies […]

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A resource-friendly way to stream Twitch.tv content

Twitch.tv is a popular destination to watch live streams of various video game and related broadcasts. Most Internet users tune in using a web browser, and that is working fine most of […]

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Plex Media Server 1.0 is out

Plex Media Server 1.0 is now available for download. The latest version of the popular cross-platform media server application is mostly a bug fix release but still noteworthy due to the version […]

VLC 3.0 Chromecast support

VideoLAN, the company behind the powerful cross-platform VLC Media Player, revealed on Wednesday that VLC Media Player 3.0 will ship with Chromecast support. Chromecast is a device created by Google that allows […]

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Improve Netflix's cellular data video quality

If you are using Netflix occasionally when connected to cellular networks, you may have noticed a change of quality recently that may impact your viewing experience. Netflix announced last week that it […]

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YouTube Unplugged Online TV service may be coming

YouTube is without doubt the most popular video hosting and streaming website on the Internet, and even though that is the case, Google did not make any money from the service last […]

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Preview YouTube's Modern Design refresh

Google tests a Modern Design refresh of its video streaming service YouTube currently that is going to be launched later this year if the test shows promising results. These tests, regardless of […]

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VLC 2.2.3 fixes Resume feature

VideoLAN, makers of the popular media player VLC, have just released VLC 2.2.3 which can be best described as a bug fix release as it does not introduce new features to the […]

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Foobar2000 Mobile for Windows 10

Foobar2000 Mobile for Windows 10 is a new mobile version of the popular music player for Windows designed specifically for Windows 10's Universal Windows Platform. The developer of Foobar 2000 held a […]

Netflix's proxy block is not perfect yet

While most Netflix users are probably fine accessing content the service makes available to the country they are living in, some at least have used various means to access content only made […]

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SMPlayer Media Player Review

SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows operating systems and Linux that uses the free media engines MPV and MPlayer for playback. Like most media players nowadays, SMPlayer ships with built-in […]


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