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, …


Game streaming service Twitch launches new Android and iOS apps

Twitch is trying to lure as many mobile fans as possible to its game streaming service. The first step in achieving that is the release of a revamped Twitch app for Android and iOS platforms.

The new app comes with a dark mode, as well as loads of new features and improvements such as Instant Playlist (a collection of content accessible by swiping down on the screen) and Language Ranking (featured streams organized based on certain languages and regions).

There’s also a new Mobile Streaming option that allows users to start a stream directly to their channel …

Tesla in talks to start its own music streaming service

Much to the bemusement of Tesla owners, music streamers, and everyone, really, Tesla has reportedly engaged in talks with music labels in hopes to start a music streaming service of its own.

Music industry insiders have said that Tesla has approached every major label with the expressed purpose of licensing a proprietary music streaming service to be integrated into their vehicles. Insiders have also indicated that a tiered service model would be employed – the lowest tier being a Pandora-esque web radio option. Beyond this, music labels are unsure …

Sprint customers get first crack at streaming Jay Z's new album


Sprint customers who are rap fans are in for a treat. Starting on June 30th can stream Jay Z’s 13th album, “4:44,” for free. The album will be launched exclusively June 30th on Tidal, which means that new and existing Sprint customers can use their free six-month Tidal subscription to listen to the latest from the rapper. Those of you not subscribed to either Sprint or Tidal will be out of luck.

This isn’t the first time that Jay Z has used the launch of a new album to help promote a mobile device or service. In 2013, Jay Z’s “Magna Carter Holy Grail,” was offered for free to anyone …

Verizon adjusts its pre-paid plans by adding more data; video streaming limited to 480p

Verizon has announced some changes to its pre-paid offerings starting on June 6th. On that date, Verizon’s pre-paid service will consist of  five different tiers: 3 GB of high-speed for $40 a month, 7 GB of high-speed data for $50 a month and 10 GB of high-speed data for $60 a month. The carrier already has a tier with unlimited high-speed data for pre-paid subscribers priced at $80 per month. With these new plans, some old features remain available such as Carryover Data. Those with a record of paying on time can bank unused data for a month, and use it the following month. Always on Data …

Students can score 6-months of Amazon's video streaming service for free with Prime trial

With graduation season now upon us, Amazon is giving students a deal on an Amazon Prime subscription. Students who have an active college email address (the kind that end in .edu) can sign up to receive six free months of Prime. After the six months is up, the student can renew for a year at a special rate of $49. That is a 50% discount. Being an Amazon Prime member not only gives students free two-day shipping on their Amazon orders, it also allows them to stream television shows and movies for free from Prime Video.

Other features include Prime Photos, which offers free unlimited cloud …

Verizon is exploring the opportunity to test and launch a streaming TV service of its own

Variety reports that Verizon will take advantage of its ownership of Yahoo (not finalized as of yet) and AOL to test and launch a streaming TV service. By merging the two providers, Verizon will build a platform with a massive number of potential subscribers – Yahoo and AOL enjoy a combined total of 1.3 billion users – to kick-start streaming TV.

The product will be separate from the already available Go90 content delivery platform, but other details aren’t available at this point. However, Verizon has the means to invest in lucrative content for its future streaming …

YouTube removes mobile streaming requirements, makes it available to everyone

Google has silently lifted restrictions on one of its YouTube features that many couldn’t have used until now: the ability to go live. Since the feature was added to YouTube, it was restricted to those YouTubers who had at least 10,000 subscribers.

Later on, the requirement dropped to 1,000 subscribers, but it was still not enough to make a considerable number of YouTubers use the mobile streaming feature.

Well, it looks like Google has removed all requirements for mobile streaming and made it available to everyone. It’s unclear whether or not this is a temporary …

TNT and TBS announce major updates to both networks' streaming video apps

Cable networks TNT and TBS have announced that major updates are getting pushed out now for the pair’s streaming video apps. Those using the apps on mobile platforms like iOS and Android will receive the update, as will users of Apple TV and Amazon Fire. The updates will include complete redesigns of the apps and will also add new platforms such as Roku, Chromecast & VIZIO SmartCast. Later this year, the apps will be offered on certain game consoles and connected televisions.

The redesigned TNT and TBS apps will be the first from major television networks to employ a technology called …

Netflix brings HDR streaming to the LG G6, here's how to get it (S8 needn't apply yet)

In case you have scooped up one of those seasonal flagships everyone is talking about – the Galaxy S8 or the LG G6 – you will be delighted to learn that their Mobile HDR Premium and Full Vision displays, respectively, can potentially take advantage of those Netflix series shot in HDR10 or Dolby Vision formats. That’s right, we barely reported that Netflix has listed its first phone certified for HDR streaming – the LG G6 – and the promised 5.0 app version that brings in the wide color goods to its screen, is already rolling out.

The fun part is that …