Best Tech Gifts for Holiday 2020: PC Gaming, Smartphones, Streaming, and More Gadgets

How is this possible? Well, it comes down to the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture. It has 2nd generation Ray Tracing Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and lightning fast G6X memory to push performance to the limit. It also has 3rd generation Tensor Cores, and these are worth highlighting, as they’re the secret to one of the RTX 30 Series’ trump cards: DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling). Using the dedicated AI processing Tensor Cores, the RTX 30 Series unleashes the power of artificial intelligence to produce higher resolution graphics without the same rendering overhead. The result? Smoother gameplay that still stuns visually in supported games – like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Fortnite, Minecraft, F1 2020, Final Fantasy XV, Hideo Kojima’s epic Death Stranding, and many more. 

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Animal Planet, HGTV enter streaming arena as Discovery launches new service

Discovery Communications, the cable TV home of Shark Week, the Oprah Winfrey Network and reality hits “90 Day Fiancé,” “Property Brothers” and “Dr. Pimple Popper,” is launching a direct-to-consumer streaming service that will make its programming available to consumers without a pay TV subscription.

Beau Henderson, Jonathan Silver Scott standing in a kitchen: A couple see their new kitchen for the first time as Drew and Jonathan Scott give them a tour on HGTV's "Property Brothers." (Caitlin Cronenberg)

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A couple see their new kitchen for the first time as Drew and Jonathan Scott give them a tour on HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” (Caitlin Cronenberg)

The service, called Discovery+, will launch Jan. 4, the New York-based company announced Wednesday. It will carry programming from Discovery’s wide range of channels, which include TLC, OWN, Investigative Discovery, Animal Planet and Food Network.

Through a partnership deal with A&E Television Networks, Discovery+ also will offer nonfiction shows from Lifetime, History Channel and A&E.

Discovery is entering a crowded field as media conglomerates such as the Walt Disney Co., WarnerMedia and Comcast have made their programs and

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Discovery, home of Shark Week, enters the streaming wars with Discovery Plus

Discovery, home to HGTV, Food Network, and Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week, is entering the streaming space with Discovery Plus.

Details about the streamer will be revealed at a special event this afternoon, but CNBC reports that Discovery Plus will start at $4.99 with an ad-supported tier, along with a $6.99 ad-free option. The streaming service will launch in January 2021, but it’s unclear if that’s just in the United States or also internationally. CNBC also reports that Discovery is partnering with Verizon to give the telecom company’s 55 million customers a free year of ad-free Discovery Plus. It’s the same move that Disney did with Verizon when the company launched Disney Plus.

The company’s collection of notable brands is likely what executives are banking on. CEO David Zaslav spoke about the company’s approach at a recent conference, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, noting that “super fans” will want

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AOC Is Streaming Among Us Right Now, Watch Here

For the second time ever, US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is streaming Among Us right now. Following her record-breaking stream, AOC is taking part in another stream, this time one organized by Jagmeet Singh, leader of the Canadian New Democratic Party. The stream is live right now on Twitch, and you can watch it for yourself below. It’s already cracked the 100k viewer mark.

The stream is ongoing, and it features well-known video game streamers such as HasanAbi, Northernlion, and XQC, who, notably, was recently banned temporarily from Twitch. That was due to a cheating incident in a recent Fall Guys tournament.

Today’s stream began at 4 PM PT (7 PM ET). We don’t know how long it will run for, but her first stream lasted for several hours as she worked to encourage people to get out and vote. While that game was broadcast on multiple Twitch channels, AOC’s channel

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Nvidia’s new streaming tech deep fakes your face to save on bandwidth

There are plenty of ways you can improve the quality of your video calls, but adding fancy microphones and elaborate lighting setups can only help so much. NVIDIA, which makes graphics processing units (GPUs), recently released a new platform called Maxine that offers some AI-powered upgrades to your video calls, some of which straddle the line between creepy and amazing.

graphical user interface, website: The platform offers a variety of video calling enhancements beyond the bandwidth savings.

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The platform offers a variety of video calling enhancements beyond the bandwidth savings.

Maxine processes data in the cloud rather than on consumer devices, so if a streaming platform has it enabled, users can get the benefit of the advanced features without the need for a computer or smartphone powerful enough to handle the computing. From a very basic standpoint, this kind of off-device computing is the same idea that allows apps like Google Stadia to stream high-end PC gameplay in real time to smartphones.

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Video Streaming Market Size, Top Countries Data, Growth Opportunities, Definition, Emerging Technologies, Landscape and Demand by Forecast to 2023

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Nov 23, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
The Video Streaming Market is estimated to record a significant growth throughout the forecast period. The ICT sector constitutes 4.8% of the European economy. Europe’s organization ERDF i.e. European Regional Development Fund has allotted approximately USD 23 billion for investments related to ICT during the funding period 2014-2020. ICT refers to the communication technologies including the internet, wireless networks, social networking, cell phones, video-conferencing, computers, software, and other media applications and services enabling users to access, retrieve, and manipulate information in a digital form.

Video streaming technology has rapidly emerged in the field of information and technology. This technology helps organizations modernize their daily operations such as scheduling meetings, live table conferences, and interacting internally with customers. One of the factors contributing to market growth is the rising demand for live and

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Global Streaming Giants Blow Dust Off Mideast Music Business

The Arab music industry — plagued by rampant piracy, free YouTube clips and dated channels — is the new target for global streaming giants intent on bringing the outmoded business into the digital era.

After their successes in Europe and the Americas, online platforms are looking to invest in emerging markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and capture their large populations of hyper-connected youth.

In a region plagued by political turmoil and economic crises, streaming giant Spotify is hoping to blow the dust off a Mideast business that has failed to keep up in a world of paid-for digital content.

“We arrived with a fully Arabic service, localised playlists and a local team,” Claudius Boller, Spotify’s Middle East and Africa managing director, told AFP.

“We are only just getting started.”

Global streaming revenues grew by 22.9 percent to $11.4 billion in 2019, accounting for more than half

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Roku Launches Budget Video Streaming Stick, Along With Other Black Friday Deals

Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) is getting in on the Black Friday action with a slate of discounted merchandise and services.

The centerpiece of this is a low-priced, limited-edition streaming player, the Roku SE. This $17 device will go on sale during the shopping holiday and run while supplies last at Walmart (NYSE:WMT).

Meanwhile, Roku is also knocking $15 off the price of its typically $39.99 Roku Premiere, which is positioned as an entry-level streaming product. That deal will be available from Nov. 20 to Nov. 30.

One rung up the ladder is the Roku Streaming Stick+, another portable model. It’s going on sale during the same dates for $29.99, or $20 off its manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).

After that is the Roku Ultra set-top box, discounted to $69.99 (the MSRP is $99.99, Roku says) across the same stretch as the Premiere and the Streaming Stick+.

Lastly, for those who consider audio

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First hands-on with xCloud Xbox game streaming for PC

We’ve been hands-on with xCloud for PC, and it’s awesome.

Project xCloud is the codename of Microsoft’s cloud streaming game platform for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, letting you stream console-quality games to any device. The service is now available on Android, but is expected to come to iOS and PC in the future. And today, we’ve had our first-hands on session with Project xCloud streaming running on a Surface Pro X.

Project xCloud on PC looks and functions in almost the exact same way it does on Android, scaling easily to meet larger displays. The app we’ve been using is designed for internal testing, and it comes with all the same features from the Xbox Game Pass app on Android, including touch controls, which is ideal if you’re using a Surface device and you don’t have an Xbox controller handy or one of the clips from our best xCloud Xbox

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After Books And Streaming, Amazon Launches Online Pharmacy

After books, clothes, appliances, fresh food and even streaming content, Amazon is branching into one of the last realms it has yet to conquer: prescription drugs.

The e-commerce giant said Tuesday it was launching an online pharmacy for US consumers, who will be able to order prescription medications directly from its website or mobile app.

The move comes two years after Amazon acquired PillPack, an internet pharmacy offering pre-sorted dose packaging and home delivery.

“As more and more people look to complete everyday errands from home, pharmacy is an important and needed addition to the Amazon online store,” said Amazon senior vice president Doug Herrington.

TJ Parker, vice president of the new unit, said it was designed “to put customers first — bringing Amazon’s customer obsession to an industry that can be inconvenient and confusing.”

Amazon has long been rumored to be interested in the pharmacy business, and the entry

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