YouTube bans the founder of far-right group the Proud Boys

Multiple internet giants have kicked out the Proud Boys in recent months. Twitter was one of the first, clamping down in August after a violent protest in Portland, Oregon earlier that month. Facebook followed in October after Proud Boys members attacked protesters in New York City, while PayPal kicked out the organization in November. YouTube … Read moreYouTube bans the founder of far-right group the Proud Boys

Sony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming service for Japan

The service runs Rhapsody’s Napster technology under the hood and will initially run on Macs and Windows PCs, although there are promises of support for “many other platforms” in the future. Mora Qualitas could fare better than Spotify and other rival both through the support of a domestic giant like Sony as well as its … Read moreSony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming service for Japan

Netflix superhero show ‘The Umbrella Academy’ debuts February 15th

You only get fleeting glimpses of what the Umbrella Academy members are up to in the teaser. However, it does emphasize the star-studded cast, including Ellen Page (who plays the only child without superpowers), Colm Feore (the billionaire), Mary J. Blige and Tom Hopper (of Game of Thrones and Black Sails fame). You can also … Read moreNetflix superhero show ‘The Umbrella Academy’ debuts February 15th

Netflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile

Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps, according to new data app intelligence firm Sensor Tower has shared with TechCrunch. In November, Netflix pulled in an estimated $86.6 million in worldwide consumer spending across its iOS and Android apps combined — a figure that’s 77 percent higher than the $49 … Read moreNetflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile

Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all

Last month, Pandora announced it would soon be bringing its “Genome” technology to a new space outside of music: it would leverage a similar classification system to make podcast recommendations, too. Initially, the feature was only available to select users on mobile devices, ahead of a broader public launch. Today, Pandora says its Podcast Genome … Read morePandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all

Digital movie collection app Movies Anywhere adds its first pay TV partner, Comcast

Movies Anywhere, the Disney-led movie service operated in partnership Universal, WB, Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox, is adding its first pay TV partner. Starting today, Comcast Xfinity TV customers will be able to sync their accounts with Movies Anywhere in order to access their movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store alongside those from … Read moreDigital movie collection app Movies Anywhere adds its first pay TV partner, Comcast

Spotify for Xbox One now works with Cortana voice commands

Spotify arrived on the Xbox One back in August 2017 to give gamers the option of streaming their own tunes while in a gaming session. Today, Spotify is upgrading its app with a few key additions, including most notably support for Cortana voice control, along with other personalization features. With Cortana, gamers will be able … Read moreSpotify for Xbox One now works with Cortana voice commands

Comcast’s X1 boxes get Amazon Prime Video this week

As promised, Amazon Prime is becoming available this week on Comcast’s X1 platform, joining other third-party streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. Beyond just having access to the app, that means content on Amazon is now searchable through the X1 UI, and with voice commands delivered via its remote. Comcast executive VP Matt Strauss told … Read moreComcast’s X1 boxes get Amazon Prime Video this week

Spotify’s revamped Xbox One app includes smarter voice control

Voice control now makes it simple to start a specific playlist, pause or skip a track without disrupting your game. You’ll currently have to reside in the US to give this a shot, but it’s helpful if you’d rather not hear a slow ballad in the middle of a tense firefight, or just need fresh … Read moreSpotify’s revamped Xbox One app includes smarter voice control

Drake and Ariana Grande conquered Spotify’s 2018 streaming charts

Ariana Grande was Spotify’s top-streamed female artist in 2018, thanks to a consistent output of albums (Sweetener) and hits, including her latest thank u, next, with 220 million streams. In total, Grande was streamed more than 3 billion times around the world in 2018. The top streamed female artists in 2018 were Grande, Dua Lipa, … Read moreDrake and Ariana Grande conquered Spotify’s 2018 streaming charts