Sony's had its Remote Play tech in one form or another since the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, but it didn't truly take off until its implementation on PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita handheld. But that's kind of wasted when nobody is buying the Vita and it's getting zero love from its parent company. Remote Play PC is exactly what its name implies: an application that tricks the PS4 into thinking a PC is a Remote Play device. Microsoft changed the game (sorry) with the ability for the Xbox One to stream its games to Windows 10-based hardware and until Sony catches up we're just going to have to settle for an unofficial app that costs money to perform the task.
Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter don't deal in investments: Backers pledge money to a project and that's generally where their involvement ends. No purchasing shares, no percentage of final sales. Video game-funding platform Fig, however, combines this traditional form of crowdfunding with actual investment -- and it will allow unaccredited people to invest in its next campaign. This move opens up investment to people who aren't SEC-accredited, meaning they don't make at least $200,000 a year (or have a minimum net worth of $1 million). "We believe that fans, in addition to having the opportunity to participate in the rewards-only tiers, should also have the opportunity to buy shares and participate in the financial success of a title," Fig CEO Justin Bailey says in a press release.
The Czech incumbent O2 has introduced a new set-top box that allows its O2 TV service to be received on any TV set with internet access from any provider. Read the story »
German business and financial news channel DAF (Deutsches Anleger Fernsehen) has completed its restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Read the story »
Back in May, Amazon said it would bring Prime Music and Instant Video to select JetBlue flights. Fast forward to today, over six months since the original announcement, and the retailer is finally turning this feature on for Amazon Prime customers. If you're a subscriber who's flying in one of JetBlue's Fly-Fi-ready planes, you can stream tunes, movies and TV shows at no extra cost thanks to the airline's newly developed internet service. The experience itself is built into the Fly-Fi hub, letting you easily access your Prime media library on laptops, iOS and Android smartphones or tablets and, naturally, Amazon's Fire devices. Amazon says this is already working on most of JetBlue's Fly-Fi fleet, with the full rollout expected to be completed by November 26th.
The European Commission has given its approval to the $77 billion (€72bn) acquisition of Broadcom by Avago Technologies. Read the story »
Disney has launched its own direct-to-consumer service in the UK market. Read the story »
The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva has approved the decision to assign the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia) for mobile broadband. Read the story »
Aaproximately 9% of Western European broadband households own at least one smart home device and 57% own at least one internet-connected CE device, according to Parks Associates. Read the story »
NetRange, a German provider of white label smart TV portal solutions, and US mobile media company AirCast Mobile have agreed on a cooperation to make AirCast’s services available on smart TV portals operated by NetRange. Read the story »
The company that publishes the Radio Times has announced plans to acquire online and TV shopping channel Jewellery Maker. Read the story »
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