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Roku Streaming Stick: What you need to know about the quad-core streamer

Roku Streaming Stick

Here’s what you should know about the Roku Streaming Stick

It may look like an oversized USB key but it’s way more exciting than that.

Today, Roku lifted its embargo and announced the newest Roku Streaming Stick. The Roku Streaming Stick model 3600 has been paraded before the tech press already and now, we’re allowed to talk about it.

As the new kid on the block, the Roku Streaming Stick, which presently has a pre-order price of $49.99, is also the most powerful. It beats Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and Google’s newest Chromecast in terms of raw specs. In real terms, it’s eight times more powerful than the previous Roku Streaming Stick which was released in 2014. It’s sleek, it’s hardworking, and it’s simple to power down.

Enjoying esports on your big screen TV

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How to watch live stream gaming

Video games are a major business in the United States, bigger than music and movies with 23.5 billion dollars in revenue in 2016.

With that growth has come a mounting number of services related to video games. Many of them offer great coverage of live events or give you a closer look at your favorite video games.

You’ve likely heard of Twitch.TV as the primary online live stream gaming website, but there’s more options out there than you might realize. We’ve compiled a short list of some of the best video game streaming services.


Turn your TV into the ultimate music entertainment system

Turn your TV into the ultimate music entertainment system

Whether it be at a party, your business, or just working around the house, music is a major part of everyday life. What better way to enjoy music than by turning your huge TV into the ultimate musical centerpiece?

There are several great music services designed for your TV and here are just a few of our favorites.

Watching MLB without paying for cable TV

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Spring is officially here in North America. That means the 2017 Major League Baseball season is just getting started and for the first time, cord cutters have unprecedented access to MLB games.

So crack open a window to let in the spring air as we sit back and enjoy some MLB.

Save on smartphone mobile data with the free Cut Your Data ebook

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Learn how to limit data usage

Learning how to limit data usage is much easier than you think. The major carriers want you to believe that an unlimited plan is necessary in this day and age, but how much mobile data do you really need?

You can have an identical smartphone experience with a much lower bill just by taking advantage of data saving features in popular apps and using Wi-Fi where available.

Save on smartphone mobile data, save money

The comprehensive Cut your Data ebook helps you understand how your mobile data is being used and how to take control of said usage. The book starts with an audit of how much data you’re using today, whether you’re on iPhone or Android. Next, we jump into some general data saving strategies before taking a look at how to limit data usage in all the popular apps and services used today, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

You should totally download it… if only for the horoscopes on the last page.

If you’re thirsty for more info, check out our complete list of guides and tutorials on ways to lower mobile data usage and save on your cell phone bill. We’ll show you how to do more with your phone without paying for more data.

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The five biggest cord cutting stories of February, 2017


February was a great month for cord cutters; new services hit the market and we learned more about other services that are already on the market. Here are our top five biggest cord cutting stories of February, 2017.

YouTube TV

Recently, YouTube announced a new service, which delivers live TV from popular television channels to paying customers through YouTube. The service will be called YouTube TV but will not launch for a few months. Also, we do not know at this time which markets will get live local channels.

For $35 a month, starting sometime this spring, subscribers to YouTube TV will be able to watch the top four broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS — as well as 35 or so of their affiliated cable channels including ESPN, Disney Channel, MSNBC, National Geographic, and Fox News. Premium channels like Showtime can be added for an additional fee.

Subscribers will receive a DVR to record shows and unlimited storage space in the cloud. The only catch is that shows are automatically deleted after nine months.

YouTube TV subscribers will be able to watch YouTube TV on smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. The mobile apps are designed to easily “cast” from smartphones to larger screens, perhaps even (for we olds) actual TV sets. Sadly, the press release did not list whether it could be used with streaming players like Roku, Fire TV. Yet, since both do allow you to cast YouTube Videos, it is possible that YouTube TV will work on streaming players like the Roku and Fire TV.