If you stream videos or listen to music over a mobile connection, you probably want to keep your data usage down, so that you don't end up with an ungodly phone bill at the end of the month. Luckily, the most popular streaming apps all have settings that can help. As an added bonus, you can probably save some battery life too. Here's exactly how to stop Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and other popular streaming services from eating up you precious mobile data.
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The AirPlay wireless streaming system makes sharing stuff between your phone and TV incredibly easy — but only if you stick with Apple gadgets. Try to share content from an Android and suddenly you're out of luck. But with these third-party streaming apps, Airplay and Android can finally speak the same language.
Buying an old-school arcade console is a big investment. Ms Pac-Man bragging rights don't just cost a lot of money — you pay the price in real estate. That whole corner of your living room gone for just one measly game. A new service called All You Can Arcade sort of makes this proposition worthwhile.
Intel has just confirmed what was previously only a rumour; it's entering the set-top box business in a major way. As The Verge reports, we're talking "live television, catch-up television, on-demand a set of applications". In other words, the golden goose.
According to an FCC filing, Apple has a smaller Apple TV in the works. What's weird is that it's not that much smaller than the current Apple TV — the small version would be 93.78sqmm as opposed to the current version's 98sqmm. Everything else about the FCC filing on the Apple TV looks identical to the current one.
Quickflix is the closest thing Australia has to a Netflix competitor, but setting up a system to stream movies isn't cheap. Quickflix has actually been suspended from trading since mid-November while it seeks new investors. In a market update today, it revealed an interesting factoid: merely acquiring a new customer costs it $60, which means you'll have to be using its $14.95 a month WatchNow service for at least five months before it makes anything at all.
The addition of iOS and Windows 8 apps, along with an expansion to a claimed 18 million tracks, makes rara.com look like a solid choice for a streaming subscription music service. However, in a highly competitive market with numerous rivals, Lifehacker talked to CEO Nick Massey to ask the obvious question: can anyone other than Spotify win in this market?
The Apple TV software has been updated in a very quiet manner, but the new functionality contained in that update — AirPlay broadcasting, support multiple iTunes account, shared photo streams — is more substantial than it first seems. And the fact that you can now rearrange icons on the home screen suggest that proper support for iOS apps could finally be on the way.
The new Roku stick — which was announced earlier this year — finally has a price: $US100. It's going to be available from Amazon and Roku in October, while other retailers will start stocking them later in the year.
Roku is ditching boxes in favour of a streaming stick later this year, and now it's announced hardware partners for the upcoming device. But those hardware partners are like that weird group of friends you call when all your more interesting and exciting friends are busy.
The Nexus Q is an odd little piece of hardware, filling a very small niche rather expensively. It could, however, turn out to be more useful than first thought, because a simple hack seems to bring it to life with the Android launcher and several nifty apps.