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Twitch opens up ads program to more streamers and increases payout

More Twitch streamers will find invites to join the platform's Ads Incentive Program now that the company is opening up the opportunity to welcome "more… Partners than ever." In addition, Twitch will stop paying streamers in the program using a fixed CPM structure — instead, it will use a percentage-based revenue share model to increase ad payouts. When the streaming service launched the program in February, it promised creators a flat payout every month based on the hours they stream and the ads they serve per hour. A user who agrees to stream 40 hours per month, for instance, will earn $ 300 if they run 3 minutes of ads per hour.

The idea behind the flat payout is to eliminate the guesswork for creators who'd rather know how much they'll earn for the month. With this new model, though, creators will get 55 percent of the revenue from every ad that runs on their stream. Twitch says that represents a 50 to 150 percent increase in ad pay rate for the vast majority of creators on the platform.

While this rollout is meant to bring more Partners, who need to meet a pretty demanding set of requirements, into the fold, smaller streamers will also be able to benefit from the higher revenue structure soon. Starting in August, qualifying affiliates can also earn more money from the 55/45 split by agreeing to run 3 minutes of ads per hour and activating the setting in their Ads Manager. Further, an affiliate who opts in will be able to stream free of pre-roll ads, or those ads that play as soon as a stream begins for a user. 

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Galaxy Watch 4 owners can now sign up for the One UI Watch Beta Program in the US

Despite running beta programs for its flagship smartphones when there’s a new version of Android released, Samsung hasn’t done the same for its smartwatches. Until now that is because Galaxy Watch 4 owners in the US can now sign up for the first One UI Watch Beta Program to test new firmware builds ahead of […]

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Boeing’s Starliner carried a ‘Kerbal Space Program’ character to the ISS

After two-and-a-half years of delays, Boeing’s Starliner capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station. It was an important milestone for a company that has, at least in the popular imagination, struggled to catch up with SpaceX. So it’s fitting how Boeing decided it would celebrate a successful mission.

When the crew of the ISS opened the hatch to Starliner, they found a surprise inside the spacecraft. Floating next to Orbital Flight Test-2’s seated test dummy was a plush toy representing Jebediah Kerman, one of four original “Kerbonauts” featured in Kerbal Space Program. Jeb, as he’s better known by the KSP community, served as the flight’s zero-g indicator. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin took a small doll with him on the first-ever human spaceflight, and ever since it has become a tradition for most space crews to carry plush toys with them to make it easy to see when they've entered a microgravity environment.

If you’ve ever played Kerbal Space Program, you have a sense of why it was so fitting Boeing decided to send Jeb to space. In KSP, designing spacecraft that will carry your Kerbonauts to orbit and beyond is no easy task. Often your initial designs will fall and crash as they struggle to fly free of Kerbin’s gravity. But you go back to the drawing board and tweak your designs until you find one that works. In a way, that’s exactly what Boeing’s engineers had to do after Starliner’s first test flight in 2019 failed due to a software issue, and its second one was delayed following an unexpected valve problem.

Boeing kept Jeb’s presence on OFT-2 secret until the spacecraft docked with the ISS. A spokesperson for the company told collectSPACE that Starliner’s engineering team chose the mascot in part because of the science, technology, engineering and math lessons KSP has to teach players. Jeb will spend the next few days with the crew of the ISS before they place him back in the spacecraft for its return trip to Earth.

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Apple finally launches its self-service repair program

Apple has made its self-repair program available to customers after an announcement in 2021.
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Google has announced the Steam for Chrome OS alpha program for select Chromebooks

The 2022 Google for Games Developer Summit is underway and according to a rather brief announcement by the search giant, Steam for Chrome OS is an actual thing. Basically, it’s being released in ‘Alpha’ form which means that it’s not quite ready for prime-time but rather, as the name of the summit suggests, targeted towards […]

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AT&T launches 5G-powered AR program Game View within the WNBA app

AT&T’s 5G Game Zone app gives WNBA stats in real-time using augmented reality technology.
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Samsung has delayed the One UI 3.0 beta program for the Galaxy S10, Note 10, and Galaxy Z ranges

As the Galaxy S20 receives yet another beta build of One UI 3.0, it seems that Samsung is postponing the addition of other models such as the Galaxy S10, Note 10, and Galaxy Z Flip and Fold 2. The electronics giant has confirmed the delay in its community forums. The Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ […]

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Apple program will replace AirPods Pro buds with crackling, ANC issues

Occasionally Apple identifies a problem significant enough to launch a program to repair or replace an issue with one of its products, and today it revealed a service program for the AirPods Pro. According to the notice, in devices manufactured befor…

Samsung’s One UI 3 beta program is now open to Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra in the US

Google officially launched Android 11 in its final guise on September 8th, and besides the new Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 handsets, the first to launch sporting this latest version of Android is the new OnePlus 8T. Samsung has been running a One UI 3 beta program in the US for its Galaxy S20 […]

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Samsung’s One UI 3.0/Android 11 developer beta program for the Galaxy S20 is live

Samsung announced during the Unpacked event on August 5th that it is committing to providing 3 OS upgrades to its flagship smartphones stretching back to the Galaxy S10, and now the brand has opened up the developer beta program for its One UI 3.0. Based on Android 11, the beta program is for developers with […]

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T-Mobile Connecting Heroes program launches free 5G for first responders

T-Mobile is launching a new program that will bring faster network connectivity to first responders. The commitment, called Connecting Heroes, involves a big investment in T-Mobile’s 5G network and a promise to allow first responders access to this network, free of charge. T-Mobile Connecting Heroes Connecting Heroes is a 10-year commitment to provide free service […]

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FBI program helps companies fool hackers with ‘decoy data’

The FBI thinks it has a way for companies to limit the damage from data breaches: lure thieves into taking the wrong data. Ars Technica has learned of an FBI program, IDLE (Illicit Data Loss Exploitation), that has companies plant "decoy data" to co…
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Huawei confirms which handsets will get EMUI 10/Android Q, P30 beta program begins September 8th

Huawei’s Developer Conference kicked off earlier today with the big news that its homegrown operating system is called HarmonyOS, as covered by Oscar here. As interesting HarmonyOS is, though, Huawei handset owners will be more excited that the company also revealed when we could expect the Android Q/EMUI 10 beta program to begin. Despite its […]

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Huawei Mate 20 reinstated in Google’s Android Q beta program

In a turnaround on the USA’s ongoing Huawei ban the company has been restored to Google’s Android Q Beta program after the companies’ relationship was severed two weeks ago. Things have been looking pretty grim for Huawei’s global smartphone business after the company’s working relationship with Android’s owner Google broke down a couple weeks ago, […]

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Juul’s pilot program could trace retailers that sell to teen users

Juul has launched an experimental track-and-trace program meant to curb teen vaping, perhaps as an attempt to appease the FDA and other government agencies. The e-cig company has been in authorities' crosshairs since last year due to its products' po…
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US could soon end mass phone surveillance program exposed by Snowden

The US government might put an end to the controversial NSA phone surveillance program Edward Snowden exposed by the end of 2019. Republican congressional national security adviser Luke Murry revealed during a Lawfare podcast that Congress might not…
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GM’s Maven program will rent Teslas and Fords in 2019

Earlier this year, GM officially launched a program called Maven that gives people a way to earn extra money by renting out their cars. It's only open to Chevrolet-, Buick-, GMC- and Cadillac-branded vehicles, though — in other words, cars from GM's…
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GM wants a national tax credit program for electric vehicles

A year since its pledge to go all-electric, General Motors wants its counterparts to follow suit. The automaker is calling on the US government to start a nationwide zero emissions vehicle (NZEV) program. Its ambitious plan — submitted to the the En…
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YouTube app on Android finally gets a beta program

The good thing about Gboard and Chrome on Android is that their beta program handles tests and features prior to them hitting the masses. YouTube has utilized server-side tests that basically use random users as guinea pigs, but it now has an official beta program to (supposedly) stop that practice. I’d much rather have tests […]

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Audi launches luxury car subscription pilot program in Dallas

Audi is joining the ever-expanding roster of carmakers which have monthly subscription services — it's piloting its program at five dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For $ 1,395 a month (including fees, maintenance and insurance), you can dr…
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YouTube Shines a light on next generation of superstars with Artist on the Rise program

Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez debuts as first YouTube Artist on the Rise

Many fans can tell you about the first time they heard an incredible new song or watched a groundbreaking video from a musical newcomer. Some of the most memorable moments with artists happen early. That’s why we aimed to capture those moments with last year’s launch of Artist on the Rise on YouTube’s Trending tab, which spotlights three songs from emerging artists every week.

To support and help more artists get discovered at every phase of their career, today we’re expanding the Trending tab feature with the launch of a new monthly program called Artist on the Rise.

The program will promote a diverse lineup of music’s most important new voices across all genres, connecting them with fans worldwide through in-product promotion and programming, out-of-home, social and fan events at YouTube Spaces. The Artist on the Rise Trending tab will also continue to feature three songs a week from emerging artists that are making a significant impact on YouTube.

The program’s first Artist on the Rise is Jessie Reyez, a 27-year-old Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter signed to Island / FMLY and known for her smoky voice, outspoken lyrics and soulful R&B hooks. She’s grown from an aspiring artist covering hits like Adele’s “Hello,” to become a star in her own right, receiving the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the year and partnering with Calvin Harris on the track “Hard to Love.” In true YouTube fashion, she’s cultivated a loyal fanbase over the years, racking up 22.6 million views for her breakout hit “Figures.” 2018 will be a huge year for Jessie – if you don’t know her now, you will soon.

To check out more from Jessie Reyez, head to her story on the YouTube for Artists blog and stay tuned on the Artist blog and @YouTubeMusic’s socials for future updates on YouTube’s Artist on the Rise program.

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Nike rolls out a rewards program for NikePlus members

Nike is rolling out some a new rewards program for NikePlus members to encourage and reward consistent exercise. Called NikePlus Unlocks, you’ll be able to score a ton of free stuff that’s even personalized just for you. The concept is pretty simple: work out and exercise often and consistently, and Nike will kick some rewards […]

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Pentagon funded UFO identification program for 5 years

Recent UFO research isn't just the work of the X-Files or former pop punk stars. The New York Times has learned that the US Department of Defense quietly funded a program (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification) designed to explain UFO reports. T…
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Apple’s Upgrade Program offers a ‘head start’ on iPhone X

While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with…
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Moto X4 will join the Amazon Prime Exclusive program for those who tolerate lock screen ads

Back in June 2016, Amazon started the Prime Exclusive program that offered Prime members select smartphones at a nice discount, but just being a paying member wasn’t enough. The phones came with Amazon’s ads and offers plastered all over the lock screen. For many users, the lock screen is just a speed bump to get […]

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Uber is reportedly closing down its car-leasing program in the US

Uber's terrible, awful, no-good 2017 isn't over yet. Two years after it started leasing cars to drivers, the ride-hailing company has realized that it should've looked at the economics of such a little better. "The average loss per vehicle was about…
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FCC halts nine companies from participating in the ‘Lifeline’ program

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Friday that the FCC will not let nine companies participate in the federal Lifeline program, which provides low-cost internet connectivity for some of America's lowest-income households. This decision comes just wee…
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Growing our Trusted Flagger program into YouTube Heroes

YouTube has always allowed people to report content they believe violates our Community Guidelines and we often hear questions about what happens to a video after you’ve flagged it. When a flag is received, the reported content is always reviewed by YouTube before being removed. We have internal teams from around the world who carefully evaluate reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and these teams remove content that violates our policies or are careful to leave content up if it hasn’t crossed the line.

Back in 2012, we noticed that certain people were particularly active in reporting Community Guidelines violations with an extraordinarily high rate of accuracy. From this insight, the Trusted Flagger program was born to provide more robust tools for people or organizations who are particularly interested in and effective at notifying us of content that violates our Community Guidelines.

As part of this program, Trusted Flaggers receive access to a tool that allows for reporting multiple videos at the same time. Once content is flagged, our trained teams review them to determine whether to remove the flagged videos or not. Our Trusted Flaggers’ results around flagging content that violates our Community Guidelines speak for themselves: their reports are accurate over 90% of the time. This is three times more accurate than the average flagger.

Given the success of the Trusted Flagger program, we want to do more to empower the people who contribute to YouTube in other ways. That’s why we’re introducing YouTube Heroes, a program designed to recognize and support the global community of people who consistently help make YouTube a better experience for everyone. These “Heroes” do this in big and small ways by adding captions & subtitles to videos, reporting videos that violate our community guidelines, or sharing their knowledge with others in our help forums.

The program is now available to a select group of contributors from across the globe who have histories of high quality community contributions. People who are interested in joining the program can express interest here and we will gradually admit other top contributors into the program. 

YouTube Heroes will have access to a dedicated YouTube Heroes community site that is separate from the main YouTube site, where participants can learn from one another. Through the program, participants will be able to earn points and unlock rewards to help them reach the next level. For example, Level 2 Heroes get access to training through exclusive workshops and Hero hangouts, while Level 3 Heroes who have demonstrated their proficiency will be able to flag multiple videos at a time (something Trusted Flaggers can already do) and help moderate content strictly within the YouTube Heroes Community site.

A sneak peek at the new YouTube Heroes Community site

YouTube Heroes will also be able to track their own contributions and see their overall impact. They can easily find out when a video they reported has been removed by YouTube for violation of our policies, a subtitle they contributed has been approved by the creator, or a help forum answer they’ve posted has been marked as best answer.

A look at how YouTube Heroes can track their contributions

To kick the program off, we brought our first class of YouTube Heroes together for the first time this week at a two-day summit at YouTube HQ.
Meet our first class of YouTube Heroes!

It’s early days for the program and we will continue to roll out the details of YouTube Heroes and the dedicated YouTube Heroes Community site over the coming months. We’re excited to learn through this initial launch and to continue improving the program over time, as we’ve done with our Trusted Flagger program. We appreciate everything our community does to make YouTube vibrant and diverse, so on behalf of the team: thank you!

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Sprint seems to have put an end to its Galaxy Forever leasing program

Sprint looks to have put an end to Galaxy Forever, the carrier’s leasing program for Galaxy phones that allowed customers to upgrade once every 12 months. Sprint ended the program in its retail stores and online.

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Obama wants your children’s opinions in the new Kids Science Advisors program

Over the course of his presidency, Barack Obama has made clear his dedication to STEM education. Now, the leader is proving just how much faith he has in the innovative minds of America’s posterity by forming the Kids Science Advisors.

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Google+ Create program will highlight experts in their field

Google+ has launched a new program called "Create" that puts makers, artists, influencers and experts in their field in front of a bigger audience. If you'll recall, Mountain View redesigned its social network last year to focus on Communities and Co…
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YouTube unhappy with T-Mobile’s Binge On program, accuses carrier of throttling video

YouTube has accused T-Mobile of throttling all video traffic on its new Binge On program, which waivers data usage in exchange for lower-quality video. YouTube is currently the only major video provider unaffiliated with the program.

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Cricket Wireless has a new rewards program packed with goodies


Just in time for the holidays, Cricket Wireless is launching a rewards program for its loyal customers.


Through a partnership with mPLUS Rewards, Cricket Wireless customers can rack up points to be redeemed for gift cards, contest entries, donations, and more. So how do customers get said points? Things like creating an account, enrolling in auto-pay, and making on-time payments are simple ways to get points. But apps and games that are connected to mPlus Rewards, which totals more than 1,500, can be used also be used.

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Introducing Cricket Rewards: The Only Integrated, Mobile Loyalty Program No-Contract Customers

Rewarding customers for the simple things they do every day through an exclusive agreement with mPLUS Rewards by SessionM

ATLANTA, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Wireless announces a new twist on the traditional customer loyalty program with the launch of Cricket Rewards. The only program of its kind in the no annual contract space, Cricket Rewards gives customers a super easy way to earn redeemable points through the things they do naturally like checking the weather, tracking their fitness, or just being a Cricket customer.

Powered by an exclusive relationship with SessionM’s Mobile Marketing Cloud and mPLUS Rewards (the world’s leading mobile loyalty platform), Cricket Rewards is accessible through the Cricket Rewards app, MyCricket app or website. Customers who sign up can start earning points quickly through Cricket activities like opening and registering an account, adding AutoPay or making on-time payments. They can earn even more by participating in an integrated points-sharing universe that includes over 1,500 mPlus Rewards powered applications and a number of other offers that will be included in the program through social media, events, and sponsorship activities.

And as these points rack up, customers are able to redeem them for things they love and things they love doing, like:

  • Shopping with gift cards at participating retailers including AMC Movie theaters, Amazon, GameStop, Old Navy, Sears & Target and loads more.
  • Entering sweepstakes to win big prizes and exclusive experiences.
  • Making charitable donations to local and national organizations including the American Heart Association, ASPCA, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and more.

There are even special holiday bonuses:

  • Cricket is teaming up with AMC Movie Theaters to give consumers a chance to earn more points by simply checking in when they see a flick. 
  • And Cricket is launching a new $ 25,000 Selfie Sweepstakes – customers who enter not only get a chance at the big grand prize and lots of other cool swag, they also get extra Cricket Rewards points just for entering.  More reasons Cricket is the “Merrier Carrier” this holiday season.

“Cricket Rewards is unlike any other loyalty program in the no-contract industry,” said Janna Ducich, vice president & CMO, Cricket Wireless. “We listened to our customers and delivered a program that is quick, easy, and fun – with lots of options for rewards. While other carriers charge you to belong to their rewards program or take loads of your time just to sign up or redeem, we don’t.  We reward customers for simply doing what comes naturally. We reward you for being you.”

The My Cricket app and include a fully integrated dashboard so consumers can easily track their mPLUS Rewards. There is no limit to the number of points customers can earn, and there is no expiration date on points as long as you stay engaged/active in mPLUS Rewards – so customers can save up for something special or sample a variety of rewards. 

About the New Cricket Wireless
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 310 million people; easy and affordable plans prices that include taxes and fees – no surprises; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About.  To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit And connect with us on Facebook at  and Twitter at

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Apple Expands Capital Return Program to $200 Billion

Apple today announced that its board of directors has authorized an increase of more than 50 percent to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $ 200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017. As part of the revised program, the board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $ 140 billion from the $ 90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. The board has also approved an increase of 11 percent to the company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $ 0.52 per share, payable on May 14, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11. “We believe Apple has a bright future ahead, and the unprecedented size of our capital return program reflects that strong confidence,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While most of our program will focus on buying back shares, we know that the dividend is very important to many of our investors, so we’re raising it for the third time in less than three years.”
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