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Tidal adds a free tier and brings HiFi audio to its $10 plan

Tidal is adding a free, ad-supported tier as it seeks to expand its user base. The option, which is only available in the US for now, includes access to Tidal's entire library of 80 million songs as well as playlists. The service noted on Twitter that it's introducing the free tier to "remain competitive" with its rivals, eight months after Square bought a majority stake in the company. Tidal says the plan is rolling out on Android and "will be available on all devices in the coming days."

There are some trade-offs beyond occasional ads, of course. The audio quality tops out at 160 kbps, there's no offline listening option and it doesn't appear that you'll have unlimited skips. The later feature is mentioned explicitly as part of the revamped $ 10/month Tidal HiFi plan.

Tidal says users on that plan can now listen to music in HiFi quality — up to 1,411 kbps. There are no ads and you'll gain access to more than 350,000 videos. Users can listen to music in HiFi quality on connected devices through Tidal Connect, and they'll be able to track and share what they're listening to via a new activity feed.

In addition, there's a $ 20/month HiFi Plus plan. It includes everything from the HiFi tier, as well as master-quality audio at up to 9,216 kbps. The plan also offers immersive, spatial audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio, and early access to upcoming features. Both HiFi plans are available in all countries in which Tidal operates.

What's more, the HiFi Plus tier has a couple of new features centered around artists. One of those is direct-to-artist payments, which Tidal is rolling out today. Every month, 10 percent of a HiFi Plus user's subscription fees (i.e. $ 2) will go to the artist they listen to the most. That's on top of regular streaming royalties. It's another way for users to support their favorite artists.

Starting in January, Tidal will roll out a revamped artist payment system called fan-centered royalties. Every time a HiFi Plus user listens to one of their songs, they'll receive a "significantly higher" per-stream payment than other music streaming services' payouts. Apple Music pays a penny per stream, while artists have long been asking Spotify for a similar rate.

Tidal says "royalties attributed to HiFi Plus subscribers will not be aggregated." Payments will be tied to each individual user's listening activity, but only on that tier. HiFi Plus users will be able to see how those payments are divvied up through their activity feed.

In addition to revamping the payment model, Tidal is aiming to ensure "quick and seamless" payouts to artists around the world. It's working with Square, Cash App and PayPal to facilitate those.

These are bold, but perhaps necessary moves by Tidal as it aims to become more competitive with larger music streaming services. Tidal was one of the first major proponents of lossless audio, but as rivals started offering that option at no extra cost, it more or less had to bring that option to the $ 10/month plan.

Apple Music added lossless and Dolby Atmos spatial audio features in June. Amazon Music Unlimited dropped the premium fee for HD and Ultra HD streaming in May. It too offers spatial audio as part of the regular plan.

Meanwhile, many of Tidal's rivals have long offered ad-supported free streaming options, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer and YouTube Music. At the opposite end of the scale, Spotify announced plans in February to roll out a CD-quality audio plan, also called HiFi, in select markets at some point this year. It has yet to do so.

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Cricket Wireless removes speed caps and adds 5G access to all plans

It’s good news for new and existing Cricket Wireless customers today with the carrier announcing that it’s removing the Speed Cap on a number of its plans and adding 5G access to every plan. Cricket also announced that it’s gained 2 million customers over the past couple of years which brings the total to 12.4 […]

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Google adds a private locked photos folder to iPhones for ‘personal’ photos

Google rolls out a slew of privacy-focused tools for Android and iOS in honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
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HomePod mini software update adds support for Apple Music lossless

It's not only iOS and macOS that Apple has updated today. The company has rolled out a firmware update for HomePod as well. The discontinued speaker now supports Apple Music lossless playback, as well as Dolby Atmos spatial audio. Apple Music lossless will also be available on HomePod mini after you update it via the HomePod section of the Home app.

It's a much-needed update, since Apple Music lossless hit iOS, iPadOS, macOS and Apple TV 4K devices in June. Apple only started publicly testing lossless and Dolby Atmos support on HomePod in August. In any case, it's good to see that Apple eventually brought a pair of notable audio features to products it designed primarily to, you know, play audio.


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Bose adds swipe volume controls to its QuietComfort and Sport Earbuds

If you recently picked up a pair of Bose’s QuietComfort or Sport Earbuds, you’ve probably noticed you can’t adjust the volume by tapping on your new headphones. That was one of our major gripes with the former when we got a chance to review them. Tha…
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Google adds Nest Secure to its list of discontinued projects

Google will no longer manufacture and sell the Nest Secure alarm system it launched back in 2017. The tech giant has confirmed that it has discontinued the system to Android Police shortly after the Google Store product page for the Nest Guard was ma…
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Google Fiber adds Philo streaming as an option next to YouTube and fubo

After years of offering TV service along with its high-speed internet package, Google Fiber announced in February that it will only offer new customers options to sign up for streaming services. At the time, it supported YouTube TV and fuboTV, and no…
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Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4 adds classic Marvel heroes and powers

Some of Earth’s mightiest heroes have joined the Fortnite fray. As expected, the juggernaut battle royale is introducing a new season based on the Marvel universe. If you buy the game’s new Battle Pass, you’ll be able to unlock iconic character skins…
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Stadia adds ‘Celeste’ and ‘El Hijo’ to its lineup

Google is continuing to beef up the Stadia store. It announced a couple more titles that’ll be available for purchase soon: hit indie platformer Celeste and puzzle-solving stealth game El Hijo – A Wild West Tale.One of Engadget’s favorite games of 20…
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Verizon adds free Disney+, Hulu streaming to some Fios packages

Verizon (Engadget's parent company) has launched a new deal to try to entice people to its Fios service. Building on the Disney+ promotion the telecom announced last year, new customers can get up to 12 months of Hulu free when they subscribe to Veri…
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Fan mod adds modern online features to ‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’

New features have dropped for Super Smash Bros Melee via Project Slippi, a mod that brings the 2001 Gamecube game online. Now, the game has rollback netcode, integrated matchmaking, auto-updates and replays, Slippi creator Jas “Fizzi” Laferriere twee…
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OnePlus Game Space adds even more features with Game Statistics and Instant Gaming

OnePlus just recently updated their Game Space app to enhance the gaming experience on phones going all the way back to the OnePlus 6. It’s getting a little better with yet another update, too. OnePlus Game Space The Game Space app, currently available on the Play Store, will get two new features with its newest […]

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Twitch adds a news and events channel just in time for Summer Game Fest

Twitch has created a new home for gaming-related news. Dubbed Twitch Gaming, the company says the channel will feature game reveals, developer interviews and Twitch drops, with the platform's streamers presenting the content. One of the first things…
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Plex adds tons of free movies and TV shows from Crackle, no subscription required

Plex is continuing its march towards becoming your one-stop-shop for all media, whether that’s your own content, streaming music, or video catalogs from partners. Today’s expansion brings Crackle movies and TV shows right into the Plex ecosystem, dramatically expanding how much free stuff you can watch right from within Plex. More free Plex movies Crackle […]

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Project xCloud adds a few EA titles including ‘The Sims 4’

Just as the Project xCloud beta is preparing to reach even more areas, it’s adding a few new games from EA. The list of available titles ready for streaming from Microsoft’s cloud is already longer than you might think, and during the April 2020 Insi…
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Google Rules adds Tasker-like automations to Pixel phones, starting to roll out now

Smartphone automation has always been a thing in the enthusiast world of Android, going as far back as Tasker in the early Android days. While it’s still probably the de facto automation app, this kind of thing hasn’t really blown up with your average consumer. That’s starting to change, however, with Apple launching Siri Shortcuts […]

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Instagram’s Boomerang adds much-needed editing and effects tools

The rumors of Instagram spicing up Boomerang turned out to be true. It just introduced a host of creative tools, including an (arguably overdue) trimming feature. Much like the trim tool in your phone's video editor, you can decide just where the a…
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Google Pay adds support for 18 more international banks, totaling almost 100 additions this quarter

Google has been on a hot streak of expanding Google Pay to more banks around the world, with a huge addition of 68 happening just a couple months ago. They expanded on that again last month with a handful more, and now there’s yet another 18 banks ready to be used with Google’s digital payment […]

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Secure messaging app Signal gets a fun update and adds (encrypted) stickers

Signal, the encrypted, highly secure messaging platform of choice for the privacy-minded, is joining the rest of the messaging world with brand new stickers. And don’t worry, these stickers are just as secured as the rest of Signal’s messaging. These stickers are highly requested features, since people don’t want to give up their fun just […]

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Call of Duty Mobile update adds Zombie mode, controller support, and new maps

I haven’t played CoD since Modern Warfare 2 around a decade ago, but dang it, the mobile game that launched a few weeks ago has got me hooked, bigtime. Call of Duty Mobile is a game that harks back to the best of the CoD franchise, with something for everyone from hard-charging assaulters, campers snipers, […]

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Latest update adds casting support to the Files by Google app

It’s always struck me as a little odd that Google hadn’t included Chromecast support in its Files-by-Google app, but now it seems that after a short incubation in the beta channel, the feature is rolling out to stable users via an update in the Play Store. This means that you’ll be able to cast your […]

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Oxygen OS Open Beta 4 for the OnePlus 7/Pro fixes critical bugs and adds features

Oxygen OS Open Beta 4 has been released for the OnePlus 7 Pro and will hit the OnePlus 7 next week. There have been many system-level issues with both phones that are being addressed, such as screen flashing, mobile data disruptions after an upgrade and more. New features are also being added, such as raise […]

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TiVo Edge DVR adds Dolby Vision to become the ultimate binge box

TiVo has launched a new device that could make binge-viewing sessions across multiple subscriptions a lot more manageable. It's called the Edge, a DVR-slash-live TV-slash-streaming player for cord cutters that hasn't been a secret for a while now –…
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Viber messaging app adds Shorts feature that brings original stories one line at a time

Everyone enjoys a good story, whether its a novel or audiobook, or perhaps even a video, but how about a story that reveals itself one line at a time? A new feature called Shorts is coming to the Viber app, bringing more than 50 original free stories that are read one line at a time. […]

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Amazon adds on to the smart home with the confusingly named Echo Show 5

Amazon is taking Microsoft’s naming approach to hardware devices, as they’ve just introduced the somewhat more privacy focused Echo Show 5. The naming comes from the device’s 5.5-inch screen, which is quite a bit smaller than the 10.1-inch display on the larger Echo Show. This nestles the Echo Show 5 right in between the Echo […]

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Firefox for Android hits version 67, adds a new search widget but removes guest mode

Say hello to Firefox for Android version 67. Ever since Mozilla changed their version numbers to this new scheme a few years ago we’ve seen that number grow almost faster than the feature list, but the updates still bring some useful new features and fixes from time to time. This version of Firefox, which is […]

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New Android Q beta adds reworked gestures and a foldable emulator

Just a few weeks after Google released the initial beta for Android Q, the company is offering its first update. Android Q beta 2 arrives today, along with an updated SDK for developers. The preview of the upcoming operating system shows off Google's…
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Google Maps adds a city-themed ‘Snake’ game

Google has a habit of introducing goodies on April Fools that last long after the gags are over, and that isn't changing for 2019. The company has added a Snake game to Google Maps that lets you play the classic title themed around major cities. You'…
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Microsoft Excel adds photo-to-spreadsheet feature with latest update

Microsoft Excel for Android has been updated with a nifty new feature that was originally teased at a conference last year. If you’re in a rush and need to turn a photo or image into a spreadsheet that you can actually edit, this is now your go-to app. The update uses image recognition and AI […]

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Google Maps adds custom departure and arrival times to its Android app

By this point you’d think that every possible Google Maps feature would be integrated into the mobile app, but unfortunately there are still a few holdovers from the slightly more advanced desktop version of Google Maps. Google’s been working hard to close that gap, though, and another new feature is making its way to mobile, […]

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Vivo’s latest phone drops the front-facing camera, but adds a full screen on the back

Display notches are good for cutting the screen around the front-facing cameras on smartphones, so what should you do to get an all-body display without a notch? Drop the front-facing camera of course! But what about when you want to take a selfie? Simply use the rear cameras, because Vivo is putting a screen back […]

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New Google ‘Sounds’ app adds visualizations and managed ringtones to your Pixel

Having begun rolling out the December security patch to Nexus and Pixel devices, it seems that Google may have slipped up by uploading a new app for the Pixels called Sounds to the Play Store. For the moment, at least, the app listing has been removed from the Play Store although it was included with […]

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First ‘State of Decay 2’ content update adds stealthy crossbows

If you thought State of Decay 2 was getting a bit stale even with a little DLC, relief is at hand. Undead Labs has released its expected free Zedhunter update, and it promises some significant changes to the gameplay in addition to extra missions –…
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Firefox update adds improved tracking protection

Mozilla is trying to do something about that eerie feeling you get when you think of cat food and all of a sudden start seeing targeted ads about cat food — with the new Firefox update, anti-tracking measures are being implemented that will prevent…
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LG V40 adds cinemagraph feature using new triple lens camera

When LG officially announces the LG V40 on October 3rd, one of the features they are sure to highlight will be the triple lens camera. The triple lenses are unique – for now – but outside of being different, they will only really add value to the smartphone if they help people do things better […]

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LG adds an exoskeleton to its line of CLOi robots

Today, LG announced that it will reveal its first robotic exoskeleton at IFA 2018, which takes place in Berlin from August 31st to September 5th. The exoskeleton, called LG CLOi SuitBot, is designed to support a user's legs to allow for more limb str…
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Twitch nixes Communities, adds tags to improve content discovery

Video game streaming service Twitch launched Communities in February of last year. These were ostensibly hub page for specific games or topics that members could create to help people find content. Now the company will shut these pages down mid-Septe…
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‘Fortnite’ season five adds a desert locale, golf carts and rifts

Fortnite players, the event you've been waiting for is finally here. Epic Games has officially kicked off the battle royale shooter's fifth season, offering a whole host of new locations, weapons, vehicles and mechanics. After teasing a historical th…
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Sling TV adds à la carte channels, free shows and a rate hike

Sling TV pitches itself as a service for cord cutters, but there's always been one holdover: you've had to subscribe to a bundle of channels you don't necessarily want. Today, though, even that requirement is going away. Sling has introduced a new…
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Essential’s Audio Adapter HD module adds the 3.5mm audio jack to the PH-1

Despite canning development for a second-generation smartphone, Essential has announced a second module for the PH-1 called the Audio Adapter HD which brings back the audio jack. Yes, the same audio jack that the company chose to omit from the Essential Phone. Go figure.  Besides bringing back the audio jack, the module adds full MQA […]

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Now, in a room near you – Star Wars: Jedi Challenges adds 1-on-1 local duels in AR

On this unofficial holiday, Disney and Lenovo announced a new update to the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app that makes it possible for two players to engage in a lightsaber duel against each other in an augmented reality experience. The new feature is called Lightsaber Versus Mode. Lenovo says the new feature is “the first […]

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Jeff Bezos adds ‘puppy savior’ to his resumé

Talking to a human when you need to contact Amazon seems close to impossible. Apparently, all you need to do to get a hold of Jeff Bezos though is have your puppy stolen by a delivery driver and guess the CEO's email address, according to CNBC. After…
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FedEx adds a hydrogen fuel cell van to its fleet

Cars are bad for us in pretty much every respect, especially since fossil fuel use contributes around 65 percent of all climate-changing emissions. Since delivery companies zoom around our neighborhoods with diesel-belching vans every day, package va…
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Facebook adds donation matching to its fundraising tools

In 2016, Facebook began allowing its users to raise money for 501c3 nonprofits and it expanded that tool last year, giving users the option to create fundraisers for personal needs. Today, the company has announced a few changes to its fundraising pl…
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Qualcomm adds Tobii’s eye-tracking tech to its mobile VR kit

Tobii's eye-tracking tech was such a great fit for virtual reality that taking it for a spin at CES 2018 ruined every headset without its capabilities for Engadget editor Devindra Hardawar. Now, Tobii has teamed up with Qualcomm to create an updated…
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Microsoft adds support for iOS Files app, drag and drop to OneDrive

Apple's latest operating system for its mobile devices, iOS 11, added a ton of productivity tweaks. One of the biggest is Files, a new, well, file system for iOS that lets users interact more directly with documents and images without having to go th…
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Microsoft adds real-time collaboration to Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft's latest update for Office 2016 on Mac adds features that make it a much better tool for collaborative projects. (Or worse, depending on how you prefer attacking group work.) It gives you the ability to work with others in real time &agrave…
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The Mustang GT adds brains to the brawn

The Mustang personifies the American muscle car. Folks who have zero interest in the Camaro and Charger are in awe of the design of the Ford that landed on roads in 1964. Besides a few design hiccups (ugh, the Mustang 2), it's been coveted, sung abou…
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Duolingo adds Mandarin course to its language library

Online language learning company Duolingo has finally added a Mandarin course to its offerings. With more than one billion speakers, Mandarin is the most popular language on the planet, but it's also on one of the hardest to learn, which is why the c…
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Uber adds new multiple stop feature

Uber announced a new feature they are adding to their service that will allow for multiple stops to be added to a ride. With this update, users can do things like stop to pick up friends or family from different locations who are all on their way to the same final destination. In the past […]

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