Essential updates its 360 Camera module with Facebook Live 360 streaming support

Essential announced not long ago that customers who bought its 360 Camera module will be able to broadcast Facebook Live 360 directly from their Essential Phone. Considering the issues the Essential Phone’s camera has, that’s probably the last thing that those who purchased it would want.

Still, if you’re into 360-degree content and absolutely must capture your adventures using this format, you can do it if you have an Essential Phone and the 360 Camera released by the US-based company.

The latest 360 Camera update will now enable you to start a Live 360 …


Netflix raises prices in the U.S. for its streaming video content

If you love streaming movies, documentaries or television shows over your mobile device, the price to binge watch is going up if you get your content from Netflix. Starting yesterday, the $9.99 monthly plan, which allows subscribers to use Netflix on two devices at the same time, is being hiked to $10.99 for a 10% increase. The $11.99 plan, which allows four devices to receive content at the same time, will cost 16.7% more at $13.99. The basic $7.99 plan will remain the same.

While the new prices go into effect for consumers just subscribing to Netflix, existing members won’t see their rates …

HDR streaming for your phone to cost more, as Netflix raises subscription plan prices

With $5 billion in current debt, and $6 billion to be spent on original programming this year, it was bound to happen sooner or later – Netflix raising its subscription plan prices, that is. Yes, that also includes the plan that lets you stream 4K HDR content to your flashy iPhone 8, Galaxy S8, Note 8, LG V30, Xperia XZ Premium, or any other phone certified by the streaming giant as having a display that can show those wide color movies and TV series in full bloom.

The top-tier plan that lets you stream 4K UltraHD definition movies shot in the HDR10 …

watchOS 4.1 to bring cellular music and radio streaming support to Apple Watch Series 3

Apple has started seeding watchOS 4.1 beta, a new update that brings quite a lot of improvements to the newly announced Apple Watch Series 3. One of the features that Apple promised to bring to the smartwatch in October at the earliest, cellular music streaming is included in the new beta build.

The official changelog mentions that with the new version of watchOS, users will be able to stream any song from Apple Music or the iCloud Music Library.

Aside from cellular music streaming, watchOS 4.1 beta adds a new Radio app that gives users access to Beats 1 …

Streaming music sales accounted for 62% of total U.S. music revenue during the first half of 2017

According to the RIAA, streaming music is now responsible for the vast majority of stateside music purchases. Altogether, sales of tunes in the U.S. during the first half of this year hit $4 billion, up 17% year-over-year. At this pace, last year’s total of $7.7 billion in music sales should be topped. Streaming made up $2.5 billion of this year’s first half revenue, which amounts to a whopping 62% of industry sales. Right now, there are 30 million people in the states that are signed up to a streaming music service.

Breaking down streaming revenue in the first half of 2017, subscriber revenue …

Netflix offers HDR streaming for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Netflix is adding high dynamic range video streaming for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The feature will allow Galaxy Note 8 users to see video streamed by Netflix in richer color and with higher contrast. According to the video streamer’s support page, other handsets receiving HDR streaming of movies and television shows on Netflix include the LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Sony Xperia XZ1. These devices must be running the latest firmware available for HDR playback to work correctly.

The Netflix support page also notes that the LG G6 is the lone Android model that runs Netflix in Dolby …

All phones certified by Netflix for HDR and Dolby Vision video streaming

Netflix just updated its mobile HDR and Dolby Vision streaming list with the newly-announced Android phones capable of reproducing those titles in their due gorgeousness. So far, it has certified just the LG G6 as able to display its Dolby Vision footage as the creators intended, yet, given the standard’s requirements, it seems that both LG and Dolby might have cut a few corners to certify the G6 display as Dolby Vision compatible. 
When it comes to the more popular HDR-10 format, though, Netflix just added two more phones to the LG and …

AT&T shakes hand with CBS for DirecTV Now streaming, Showtime included

Back in the fall, AT&T launched its zero-rated DirecTV Now streamer, aimed at cord-cutters everywhere, for the extremely enticing $35/month introductory offer, which includes more than 120 popular channels to choose from. Despite the great limited-time price, there were some caveats, like the lack of CBS, though AT&T promised that it will work with CBS execs to fold it in, and will add more features to the streamer further down the road.
It just delivered on that promise, and included programming as well as on-demand content from CBS …

Google Play Music and YouTube Red to be merged into a new streaming service

Google has just confirmed that two of its most popular streaming services will be merged to provide a single, more advanced experience. While this isn’t the first time that we hear about a possible merger between Google Play Music and YouTube Red, it’s the first time that an official confirmed the information.

Googler Lyor Cohen said during a panel session at the New Music Seminar conference in New York that his company has to merge these two services in order to educate customers and increase the number of subscribers.

According to Cohen, Google considers …

Google's streaming video chat app Duo hits 100 million downloads

It took nine months for Google’s streaming video chat app Duo to reach its first 50 million downloads. It took only two months for the next 50 million downloads to take place, and right now Duo has been installed over 100 million times. While there aren’t any figures that tell us how often Duo is actually being employed, Google has made Duo a snap to use. In addition, starting last March Google released an update allowing audio calls to be placed over Duo. This makes the app even more useful.

Perhaps the most important thing that ran up the installation tally was the fact that in December, …