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TiVo Comes Online, Reddit Bans Haters, Teens Play Contra, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-06-2015

TiVo Online launches for Web browsers, Reddit bans the haters, Spotify battles back against Apple Music, Twitter shares its block lists, and teenagers play Contra… badly.


TiVo Online Brings DVR to the Web

TiVo has unveiled TiVo Online, its latest product aimed at helping us all find and watch the TV shows we love. TiVo Online brings the DVR (digital video recorder) experience to Web browsers, helping its users move away from the confines of their sofas and stop staring at a smart television What Is a Smart TV? 6 of the Best on the Market Today Most televisions you look at now will be smart TVs, but what is a smart TV and which ones are the best on the market right now? Read More . At least for some periods through the day.

TiVo Online is a free website that offers TiVo users a viewing guide, recommendations, and extensive search features. Once signed in, you can also track and manage your shows, see when they’re airing on TV, and see what you’ve set up to record. OnePass means TiVo Online can gather your favorite shows from a range of offline and online sources.

There are some limitations with TiVo Online though. It only works on desktops and laptops, with no support for mobile browsers, and you can only actually watch TV through the interface when you’re at home with your device of choice connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your DVR. However, according to TechCrunch, “out-of-home” streaming is “anticipated to be coming soon.”

This is the latest evolution for TiVo, which is facing a tough future thanks to cable subscribers cutting the cord Considering Canceling Cable? The True Cost of Cutting the Cord When you add everything up, do you really save money by cutting the cord? We do the math involved with cancelling cable in favor of Internet services. Read More , and the rise of streaming services such as Netflix. While TiVo built its business on the back of television viewers watching their favorite shows on cable and satellite, the industry is changing rather rapidly. And TiVo has to either evolve or die.

Reddit Bans Nasty Subreddits


Reddit has culled five subreddits that it claims don’t adhere to the company’s new policies against harassment You Probably Won't Read This Article In Full, Because Smartphones [Tech News Digest] Smartphones are bad OK, Candy Crush comes to Windows 10, Reddit finally tackles harassment, Rdio Select lowers prices, and the trippiest 3D music video you're ever likely to see. Read More . The biggest victim is /r/fatpeoplehate, which was dedicated to commenting on people’s weight. Also gone are the potentially offensive /r/hamplanethatred, /r/transfags, /r/neofag,and /r/shitniggerssay.

To the surprise of no one, Reddit users have pushed back against this censorship, filling the front page with posts about the very subjects being censured. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao is also being targeted, with some users referring to her as Chairman Pao in reference to Mao Zedong.

In announcing the cull, Reddit stated, “Our goal is to enable as many people as possible to have authentic conversations and share ideas and content on an open platform. We want as little involvement as possible in managing these interactions but will be involved when needed to protect privacy and free expression, and to prevent harassment.”

The problem is the needs of the company versus the wants of the community. If most Reddit users want the site to be a veritable free-for-all then this crackdown could lead to a mass exodus. At which point Reddit risks becoming the new old Digg Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1 Digg was such a huge hit that content creators actively tried to get their material linked to on the site in order to experience the huge increase in traffic, known as the Digg effect, that... Read More , which died from a lack of interest.


Spotify vs. Apple Music Kicks Off

The ensuing war between Spotify and Apple Music has already begun. Apple launched the first attack when it announced its streaming service Apple Unveils Apple Music at WWDC, U.S. Army Website Hacked, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Music arrives at last, the United States Army gets hacked, Uwe Boll's Kickstarter rage, Pizza Hut Blockbuster Box movies, and Grand Theft Auto V in real life. Read More at the beginning of this week, and the first set of ads (including the one embedded below) paint Apple Music as the next big leap forward in music consumption. Thus ignoring the fact Spotify has existed since 2006.

Spotify isn’t ready to roll over and die though, and published a blog post reminding everybody just how far ahead of the competition they are. The company now has 75 million active users, 20 million of which pay for the privilege. The number of paying subscribers has actually doubled over the past year from 10 million to 20 million.

Apple Music launches on June 30th… let battle commence!

Twitter Helps You Share Block Lists



Twitter has introduced the ability to share block lists. Thus making it easier than ever for users to block accounts known to have been involved with harassment, bullying, or some other form of egregious behavior.

Individual users can import or export lists of blocked users, offering a shortcut for friends or particular groups of people to block the same accounts. This is just the latest move aimed at reducing the amount of hatred being spewed on Twitter Beat the Bullies! How Celebrities React to Mean Tweets Twitter isn't always a land of love and kindness; sometimes things can get nasty. So, we've compiled a list of celebrities reacting to mean tweets, thus beating bullies at their own game. Read More .

Teenagers Play Contra and Die

And finally, we all know old video games are much harder 7 Video Games So Hard They Will Make You Want To Throw Your Controller One of the major staples of old school video games is the incredible difficulty. I've talked about the level of challenge in older games before in an article about the things I miss most from... Read More than modern video games, but this video demonstrates just how true that statement is. These teenagers try to play some co-op Contra, and fail rather spectacularly.

It’s not that they particularly suck at playing video games, it’s just that the difficulty level and learning curve on a game such as Contra are just that much higher than your average Call of Duty title. [H/T Geekologie]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you still use TiVo? Should Reddit be banning nasty subreddits? Can Apple Music overpower Spotify? Will you be sharing block lists on Twitter? Do you remember playing Contra?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Anonymous
    June 11, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    "Thus ignoring the fact Spotify has existed since 2006."
    Facts rarely get in the way of propaganda and self-aggrandizement.

    "Twitter Helps You Share Block Lists"
    Beware of the Law of Unintended Consequences! What is designed as a way to curb harassment or bullying could provide a new tool to marginalize/ostracize individuals and groups,

  2. Anonymous
    June 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Reddit is a cesspool. I'm perfectly happy to let the quasi-human monsters that make up some of its more delightful communities congregate there just so they're not interacting with the rest of the internet. The only thing this change will mean is that these communities will look for a new host to infect. Thanks, reddit.

    • Anonymous
      June 12, 2015 at 4:24 am

      If you stay out of the dodgy subreddits, Reddit can be a great place. Unfortunately as always it's a few bad eggs ruining the experience for the rest of the community.

  3. Anonymous
    June 11, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I believe we have three Tivo boxes, all sitting some place in varying stages of mossing over.