How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

But sources familiar with Stadia’s operations believe that after pouring tens of millions of dollars into two game studios, Google couldn’t stomach the expensive and complicated creative process necessary to build high-caliber video games—especially considering Stadia’s unremarkable subscription numbers.“I question how much the execs above Stadia leadership understand what they got into—the commitments made and overcommitments and the inability to keep those commitments,” says one current Stadia employee.

7 Apps to Make the Most of Your Streaming Music Subscription

7 Apps to Make the Most of Your Streaming Music Subscription

That means you're not restricted to just the features inside Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, or whichever streaming platform you're signed up for, because you can use tools that run on top of these services as well to add extra features and options beyond what you get by default.

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .Garmin Forerunner 735XT Run-Bundle for $240 ($160 off) : WIRED writer Adrienne So, who tests fitness trackers among other things, says this is a great deal.

Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk: Details, Price, Celebrities

Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk: Details, Price, Celebrities

The iPhone maker’s relatively new subscription exercise service, which requires the use of an Apple Watch , is expanding to include outdoor walking exercises led by celebrities, one of whom is country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton.

6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money

6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money

Photograph: DoNotPay via David NieldGet the app set up on iOS, and it'll need connections to your banking and email accounts to start working its magic.

Cheap Home Audio Gear and Tips (2021): How to Get Great Sound

Cheap Home Audio Gear and Tips (2021): How to Get Great Sound

We have an Ultimate Work-From-Home Gear Guide .Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .Enter your music streaming app's settings menu and make sure you set audio to high quality.

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving someone an Amazon Echo or Google Nest speaker is a relatively easy way to inject some smarts into a home.Do they have a smart speaker to listen to that Spotify gift subscription that supports it?

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Console gaming is starting to look more and more like Netflix: Instead of buying a disc at the store and popping it in at home, subscription services from Sony and Microsoft allow you to access tons of games for a monthly price, or even stream them without the need for a long download.

Our 14 Picks From Target's ‘Deal Days’ Sale

Our 14 Picks From Target's ‘Deal Days’ Sale

Target has dangled its Deal Days sales event for weeks, but it remained tight-lipped about the details until this morning.These are our favorite deals on smart home devices, audiophile gear, computer accessories, and more.You'll need a subscription to Amazon Prime to get most of these deals.

We Found Every Good Prime Day Deal on Amazon Devices

We Found Every Good Prime Day Deal on Amazon Devices

We've compiled every decent deal on Amazon-branded devices happening from now through the end of Amazon's Prime Day sale (October 13-14).What sets it apart is the free one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ (formerly known as FreeTime Unlimited).

Everything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness+

Everything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness+

The new Fitness+ service offers video streams of workouts in an array of categories like yoga, cycling, strength training, high-intensity interval training, and dance.Apple is embracing the bundle by making the bulk of its subscription services available for a single price.

13 Amazon Prime Perks You Might Not Be Using

13 Amazon Prime Perks You Might Not Be Using

Members are also eligible for discounted subscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited, a separate service that offers access to 60 million songs.Both during and outside of special events like Prime Day and Black Friday, Prime members get early access to select Lightning Deals.

A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

Ramaswamy's startup company, Neeva, is that "something different"—and though it, too, is a search engine, it seeks to sidestep some of Google's problems by avoiding the ads altogether.

4 Cocktail Subscription Kits for Every Taste

4 Cocktail Subscription Kits for Every Taste

You’ll get better value from the company’s a la carte kits, which are available as one-off purchases for $83 to $95, each including a full bottle of booze along with all the fixins needed for 12 servings of a single cocktail.

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

It’s not like you don’t have other options—including plenty that don't charge anything in the first place .There’s a small caveat here, which is that services that grandfather in pricing for longtime users could use auto-cancelations as a way to get them to resubscribe on more expensive plans.

Now’s The Perfect Time to Start Using a Password Manager

Now’s The Perfect Time to Start Using a Password Manager

And yes, the best password managers cost money (although some good ones are free , or have a free tier), but consider this: The cost of a password manager is likely less than you'd spend trying to recover a breached account that contains all of your personal data, or what you'd spend on a subscription to an identity theft service.

Wink Smart Hub Users Will Soon Have to Pay Up—or Lose Access

Wink Smart Hub Users Will Soon Have to Pay Up—or Lose Access

A popular smart-home hub is suddenly a lot less popular with its users after making a surprise announcement that customers will have to start paying a monthly subscription fee next week or lose access altogether.

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

But ever since communities around the globe started sheltering in place as part of a widespread effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 , various apps have tweaked their subscriptions and blasted out marketing emails to offer potential customers free trials.

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

One night, before turning in for bed, you’ll scroll through Instagram, admiring one acquaintance in particular, deciding to follow their bio link to a private subscription-only page where they offer “premium” content (mostly nudes).

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The company has put a $50 million infusion towards building out features that make it not just secure, but accessible to normals .A Clever New App Makes Suing Robocallers a CinchThe good people at DoNotPay have previously automated the arduous processes of fighting parking tickets and canceling subscriptions.

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

And, of course, as there are now roughly six streaming television services per adult in the continental United States, NBC is also planning to roll out an ambitious line-up of originals in order to compete with rivals like Disney+, CBS All Access, and Quibi .To that end, it has ordered dozens of pilots and several full seasons of new shows to lure viewers into adding yet another paid subscription into their monthly budget.

Ford's Electric Mustang, A Gadget-Stealing Hack, and More News

Ford's Electric Mustang, A Gadget-Stealing Hack, and More News

Thieves are scanning and Ford is planning, but first, a cartoon about subscription dreams .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.How Ford created the Mach-E, its fully electric Mustang SUV.

HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone

HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone

About a week ago, Disney and Verizon partnered up, offering unlimited-plan customers a year of free Disney+ .No matter your carrier, you’re getting a bonus streaming subscription of some kind as long as you’re on an unlimited plan.

Amazon Echo Dot Deal: It's on Sale for Just $9

Amazon Echo Dot Deal: It's on Sale for Just $9

The palm-sized gadget is on sale for just $1 if you let Amazon also sign you up for Music Unlimited, which costs $8 per month.Amazon Music Unlimited lets the Echo Dot play virtually any song, like a Spotify or Pandora subscription—two services that are also compatible with Alexa.

MacOS 10.15 Catalina Review: More Mobile, More Security, no More iTunes

MacOS 10.15 Catalina Review: More Mobile, More Security, no More iTunes

That said, it's still the most complex of the three new apps, handling your local music library, a music store (which is still called the "iTunes Store"), and Apple Music, Apple's streaming music service.These subscription services within the Apple TV app have some great features.

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News. SpaceX is taking on its most complicated mission yet; an illegal Airbnb ring has been unearthed in New York City; and WIRED wants to free you from streaming subscription hell.

7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell

The more interesting reason to take a look at the Roku Channel is that it also offers free live streaming, including news reports from ABC and indie movies and classic TV from Filmrise.

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

This trend was on full display at industry conference E3 last week, where developer Ubisoft revealed its UPlay Plus subscription, Google detailed its streaming Stadia platform , and Microsoft announced pricing for using Xbox Game Pass on a PC.

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Like traditional console service subscriptions Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Stadia Pro will also include discounts on selected titles and some free games; the first of those, as part of the Founder's Edition, is Destiny 2 —the core game and all of its add-ons, including forthcoming expansion Shadowkeep , first announced in today's keynote.

Best Toothbrush Subscription Services (2019): Quip, Shyn, Goby, Burst

Best Toothbrush Subscription Services (2019): Quip, Shyn, Goby, Burst

$60 gets you a brush with a single head, carrying case, and charger—plus a subscription that sends a new head every two or three months for $5 a pop.

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