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Lenovo launches first streaming media device for US $49

Lenovo launched the Lenovo Cast, the company’s first media casting device to bring content from smaller, personal devices to the big screen. The device is coming in  August worldwide. Pricing is expected at $49 USD.

The Lenovo Cast gives users the ability to share their favorite content by streaming it wirelessly from their personal screen devices to a big screen TV.

Lenovo Cast works in three simple steps: plug, link and play. First, plug Lenovo Cast into any large screen device’s HDMI port. Then link Lenovo Cast to the device’s signal. Then play and enjoy media from a DLNA or Miracast-enabled tablet or smartphone.

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YouTube dumps Flash for HTML 5 as standard for video playback

Photo by Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla exclusive to Canadian Reviewer

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short

--Steve Jobs, 2010

Today was a milestone for Internet video. YouTube will stop using Adobe's Flash as a default video player for its videos and will now use HTML 5 as a playback standard. YouTube now uses its HTML5 video player by default in Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s IE11, Apple’s Safari 8, and in beta versions of Mozilla’s Firefox browser. YouTube introduced HTML 5 support in 2010, possibly to support smartphones like the iPhone and tablets like the iPad which famously never ran Adobe Flash

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Xbox One and Windows 10 integration extends functionality of consoles to PCs

One of the cooler announcements in today's Windows 10 launch event was the news that Windows 10 will have an Xbox App available on Windows 10 devices. What this enables is streaming Xbox One games to WIndows 10 PCs and tablets. They demoed this on stage with Forza Horizon running on an Xbox One but streaming without any latency to a Surface Pro 3 tablet. Using an XBox controller, you can play your game using a PC with no latency and with remote access to all your Xbox controls. This is made possible by DirectX 12 enhancing graphics performance on existing hardware devices.


Taylor Swift's adoring fans can still get their streaming music fix on RDIO

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Pop superstar Taylor Swift rocked the interwebs by pulling out of popular streaming service Spotify this week. Swift's sentiments that streaming services like Spotify fail to properly compensate artists as well as musicians, engineers and producers that create the music. So, as an experiment, streaming music was something Swift no longer wanted to participate in. Thankfully, fans of Swift's music can turn to RDIO which announced that the full library of Swift's musical ouvre would be available (except the latest album "1989") will remain available through the following ways through the platform’s ad-supported Internet radio service. 

  • on-demand, allowing paid subscribers to listen to any of her songs anywhere, anytime they want
  • Internet radio, allowing anyone to hear her songs as part of the ad-supported Internet radio experience