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Lilbits: Facebook abandons facial recognition, Linux 5.15 released, Netflix games, Microsoft Edge for Linux, and more

Facebook is giving up on using face recognition in its app a decade after introducing the feature, and in the coming weeks Facebook’s parent company Meta says it will delete facial recognition templates for a billion different people. In other recent tech news from around the web, we have a deep-dive into performance of the […]

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Daily Deals (9-21-2021)

Spotify is giving away a free 3-month subscription to Spotify Premium, which includes ad-free music, podcasts, and other audio content for new subscribers. Meanwhile Amazon is running its own 3-month free promotion: new subscribers can pick up a 3-month Amazon Music Unlimited subscription and a 3-month subscription to Audible for music, podcasts, and other content. One […]

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Lilbits: Nintendo 64 cut down to size, Gazelle ends trade-ins, Pixel camera ported to non-Pixel phones

Some folks interested in playing classic console games on the go are content to run an emulator on their phones or tablets. Others actually trim the original motherboard of old game consoles and stuff them into new bodies. One YouTuber has taken that to extremes with a Nintendo 64 that’s been modified to become a […]

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Amazon expands its free ad-supported music streaming service

You don’t need an Amazon Echo device to listen to Amazon’s free, ad-supported music streaming service anymore. Amazon Music is now available for Android, iOS, Fire TV devices, and the web… at least if you’re in the US, UK, or Germany. Amazon’s music strategy has been… complicated, to say the least. The company has been […]

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Amazon Music HD provides lossless streaming starting at $12.99 per month

Amazon has added a premium tier to its music streaming service: the new Amazon Music HD lets you stream lossless audio at up to 24-bit/192 kHz quality. The service is compatible with most iOS and Android devices launched since 2014, most Amazon Fire tablets, Fire TV devices, and 2nd-gen or later Echo devices), and many […]

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YouTube Music and Amazon Music now available for free (with ads… on smart speakers)

Google and Amazon both are both launching free, ad-supported versions of their streaming music services. And both are available exclusively on smart speakers at launch. You can now listen to YouTube Music for free if you have a Google Home or another Google Assistant-powered speaker. And Amazon Music is now free for anyone with an […]

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Amazon is killing off its Music Storage subscription service

Amazon offers a few different streaming music services, including Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music. But the company also lets users upload their own music collection to Amazon’s cloud servers and stream it anywhere… at least for another month or so. The company has announced it’s retiring its free and paid Amazon Music Storage […]

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Amazon Prime Music and Echo speakers head north to Canada

Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus smart speakers are now available in Canada… and if you’re looking for something to do with them, you can now stream music to them through Amazon Prime Music in Canada. It’s one of the perks that’s been available to Prime members in the US for a while, but […]

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Amazon Music Unlimited details (and tiered pricing) leaked

Amazon is rumored to be working on a new music streaming service to challenge Spotify, Apple Music and offering from Microsoft, Google, and others. While most of today’s music streaming services charge the same price: $10 per month, rumor has it that Amazon will take a tiered approach: the service will be cheapest if you […]

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Amazon may launch an Echo-only music service for $5 per month

Pay $10 per month and you can stream millions of songs from the internet. That’s how today’s top music streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Microsoft Groove Music, and Google Play Music work. Amazon is said to be planning to launch its own $10/month music service too. But Amazon may also have a second, cheaper plan. […]

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Reuters: Amazon to launch a $10/month music subscription service

Pay $99 per year for an Amazon Prime subscription (or $10.99 per month) and you get a lot of things: free 2-day shipping on millions of items, access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows, the ability to borrow some Kindle eBooks (if you have a Kindle reader or Fire tablet), and the option […]