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HTC Slashes The Price Of Its Action Camera

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HTC cut the price of the Re camera to just $50 from $200, making it one of the least expensive action cameras on the market. It’s a capable little camera with decent image quality. Yet it’s hard to recommend even at this low price since its ecosystem of mounts and accessories pales in comparison that of GoPro or Sony. – Matt Burns, TechCrunch

Why The Car Industry Needs To Rethink The Dashboard User Interface Design

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[T]echnology adoption in cars today is hitting an inflection point, and the UI model we have grown accustomed to cannot handle it. Connectivity, smartphone integration, autonomous driving and augmented reality displays — the list of technologies for cars is long and growing. The combined effect of long automotive design cycles that cannot keep pace with digital technology and the legacy of direct control make for clumsy dashboard design. […] We seem to be on the cusp of change, especially with Apple’s anticipated entry into the car market. The trend of direct control and complexity cannot continue; the industry needs a new vision for the dashboard. – Cobie Everdell, TechCrunch

Airpaper Will Cancel Your Comcast Service For You

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All you have to do is offer your name, address, phone number and Comcast account number and Airpaper will make that nasty phone call for you. The company promises it won’t use your information for any reason other than to cancel your service, but it’s worth noting that handing over so much personal data to a third party is never 100 percent safe. – Jordan Crook, TechCrunch

Consumer Watchdog Groups Complain Updated YouTube Kids App Still Exposes Children To Deceptive Ads

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YouTube announced changes to its kid-friendly YouTube Kids mobile application this week designed to better educate parents on how the app works and the protections it offers, following a number of complaints, including those to the FTC, from consumer watchdog organizations. But the groups today are saying that YouTube hasn’t gone far enough with the updated YouTube Kids app, calling the changes “superficial.” […] though YouTube is becoming “new TV” in a number of ways, the Kids app it isn’t required to meet the same regulations that apply to the television industry. And groups like Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) take issue with that. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Fullscreen Announces Its Own Streaming Service Targeting The YouTube Generation

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YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen announced today its plans to launch its own streaming service aimed at an audience who grew up using mobile devices. The news was delivered by way of a company blog post from Fullscreen Founder and CEO George Strompolos this morning, which offers light details about the new service in terms of the content it includes, but not pricing and availability information. […] Some of the better-known creators working with Fullscreen currently include Grace Helbig, TheFineBros., filmmaker Devin Super Tramp, Andrea Russett and Jack and Jack, for example. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch  

EdCast Launches New Interactive Learning Platform To Bridge Formal And Informal Learning

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EdCast, the new streaming service represents the latest weapon in its educational arsenal. Since it was launched last September with a $6 million investment from SoftBank, EdCast has partnered with hundreds of universities around the world to offer online classes, with a digital streaming component for bite-sized lessons to complement the classroom environment. – Jonathan Shieber, TechCrunch

On-Campus Internet TV Service Philo Expands, Now Live At Over 40 Universities In The U.S.

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Philo, the NEA and HBO-backed startup that’s bringing traditional cable television, including both live TV and DVR functionality, to consumers’ mobile devices, has been working to expand its footprint in the university market. Since raising an additional $10 million in venture funding earlier this year, the company is now announcing it has gone live at 15 more universities around the U.S., bringing its total roster of universities to now 40. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Apple Unveils A More Powerful Apple TV

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Beyond the hardware, the bigger news about today’s Apple TV is not what’s inside but what it can do. Most notably, it’s now running a TV-optimized version of iOS, which allows it to offer Siri support, also as previously reported. This allows users to able to take advantage of voice-based searches, including also Apple’s “Proactive” search that will allow for system-wide search. Universal search, a useful feature found on competing connected-TV platforms like Roku, is now enabled on Apple TV, too. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Sling’s Streaming TV Service For Cord Cutters Now Runs On Amazon Tablets

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Sling TV, the DISH-owned live TV service aimed at cord cutters – or those who never wanted to sign up for a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription in the first place – is today available on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, including the Amazon Fire HD and HDX devices. This rounds out Sling’s already extensive device footprint, which also includes support for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick as well as host of other platforms, such as iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Nexus Player, Roku, and Xbox One. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Amazon Prime Follows Netflix Into Japan

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Netflix is all set to debut in Japan on September 2, with Amazon Prime Video landing at some point next month — the U.S. firm hasn’t been specific on the exact launch date at this point. […] In terms of pricing, Amazon’s service is available for free to existing Prime customers who pay ¥3,900 ($32) per year, that works out at around ¥325 ($2.70) per month, and get other perks related to Amazon shopping. Netflix, which is of course just a standalone video service, will be priced upwards of ¥650 ($5.40) per month before tax. A standard plan with two high-definition streams is ¥950 ($7.90), while a premium plan (four streams) comes in at ¥1,450 ($12). – Jon Russell, TechCrunch
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