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Day: April 16, 2018

  • That’s $5 cheaper than paying for them separately Spotify and Hulu are today expanding their partnership and offering a bundle of both services to all consumers for $12.99 per month. That price gets you Spotify Premium and traditional, video-on-demand Hulu (with ads). Initially, this deal is only available to current Spotify Premium customers. The companies say everyone will be able to sign up for it sometime this summer. Existing Spotify Premium customers can do a three-month trial of Hulu for an extra $0.99 / month before deciding if they want to make a full switch to the $12.99 plan. The catch there is that the trial is only available to either brand new Hulu subscribers or those who cancelled at least 12 months ago. The Verge Spotify knows they have to stay competitive if they are going to continue to beat Apple.  
  • Apple Music has officially surpassed the 40 million subscriber mark. It’s an impressive milestone for the music streaming service, which has also just found itself a new leader. Earlier this week, the iEmpire announced that Oliver Schusser, who previously led several international content ventures like the App Store, iTunes Movies and TV, iBooks, and Apple Podcasts, will be taking on the challenge of leading Apple Music Worldwide. Schusser’s new official title will be vice president of Apple Music and International Content. Under his leadership, Apple no doubt hopes to grow its user numbers even further. In the last three years, the company has racked up an impressive fan base for its streaming music service. Its 40 million paid subscribers as of this week hail from 115 countries, and there are currently around 8 million individuals looking into Apple Digital Trends Apple has such huge market share with the iPhone I have a feeling they will catch up to Spotify soon.
  • Amazon is offering big discounts on its entry-level Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite e-book readers to Prime members. It’s not clear how long these prices will last. Or whether this is a hint that the devices, which are both years-old, are about to be updated. But given how expensive the higher-end Kindles are—the Oasis is still a whopping $250 and up—these low-end models look even more attractive than usual now. Here are the deals. Thurrott Amazon is definitely the king of digital books. This is such a great deal.
  • For better or worse, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) initiative seems to be moving full steam ahead. There are some very respectable distributions available in the Microsoft Store, such as Debian, Ubuntu, and Kali to name a few. Not to mention, Microsoft is trying to encourage even more maintainers to submit their distros with a new tool. Apparently, some Windows 10 users have been clamoring for the ability to copy and paste both from and to WSL consoles — a reasonable request. Well, as of Insider Build 17643, this is finally possible. Beta News Great to see Linux getting more popular and more functional on Windows.
  • Of the many improvements to be found in the in-development Linux 4.17 kernel — nicely summarized in our Linux 4.17 feature overview — one of the features I’ve been anxious the most to begin benchmarking has been the reported power management improvements. Here are my initial power/performance tests of Linux 4.17 that for some systems is seeing a measurable drop in power usage, even in some cases under load while without sacrificing the performance. The most promising power management change in Linux 4.17 is a rework of the kernel’s idle loop that may lead to some systems seeing their power drop by up to 10%+. Phoronix Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.17-rc1 today and I am looking forward to the power management helping my laptop battery.