Weekly Tech Wrap-Up; Black Mass 4k, Apple VR, Amazon Video & more

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Here’s our weekly wrap-up of stories related to technology and entertainment.

Verizon’s go90 App Updated for Android & iOS
Had some trouble streaming full episodes using the go90 app? Verizon has issued an update to the app that helps with drop-outs, improves search, and fixes some pesky bugs. Version 1.3.0 of the go90 app is available for both Android and iOS devices. Read More

CarbonTV Launches on iOS Devices
Now it’s easier to watch outdoor programming on mobile devices, with the new CarbonTV app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The streaming-only channel can’t be found on traditional cable TV, but rather on PCs, streaming media players, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices. Read More

Black Mass Releases to Digital 4k UHD
Vudu’s 4k UHD digital format launched last fall, but with titles that had been previously released to Blu-ray and Digital HD. But Black Mass, the drama starring Johnny Depp as notorious gangster “Whitey” Bulger, is one of the first to be available in 4k UHD (along with Warner Bros.’ Our Brand is Crisis) simultaneously with the digital release. And, the movie features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio. Read More

Apple Hires a Virtual Reality Expert
It appears Apple isn’t going to sit back and watch other companies such as Samsung, Google’s Alphabet, and Facebook develop VR products. As well as filing for several patents related to smartphone-driven VR headsets, the Financial Times reported they hired one the industry’s top experts in VR: Doug Bowman. Read More (Financial Times)

Google to Pay £130 Million Pounds in Taxes
Google has agreed to pay £!30 million pounds ($130 million US) to Britain for back taxes from the years between 2005 and 2015. The company says they will now pay tax “based on revenue from U.K.-based advertisers, which reflects the size and scope of [their] U.K. business.” Read More (NY Times)

Amazon Simplifies Prime Video Brand
Amazon had several brands going on between Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Amazon Video (the term they use in their website navigation). But the company has simplified its video brand by removing the superfluous “Instant” and going with Prime Video instead. Read More (Multichannel)

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