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Back in 1998, a small US company began a service to rent out DVDs of your choosing and have them sent to your home. It was all at your fingertips: fast, cheap, and very convenient. Today that small company is known as Netflix and has become one of many streaming companies that deliver DVDs and so much more.

Since 2010, this company has gone global and now can be found in Latin America and Canada. Other streaming companies have followed suit such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle. With the touch of your smartphone, tablet, gaming console, and a small monthly fee, you can sit back on your couch and stream anything tailored to just you.

You can even opt for live TV and send your cable packing. You can subscribe to the multitudes of channels that are streaming exclusive content of your desired topic such as work-out channels, British entertainment, crime dramas, and even immerse yourself into the ever growing popular world of anime.

The World of Anime

Anime is a popular form of animated movies or television shows created for both adults and children. Many hail from their manga form or Japanese graphic novels. Shows such as Death Note, Sailor Moon, and Psycho Pass can be discovered on a variety of streaming networks. One such show is the well known franchise Dragon Ball Z created by Akira Toriyama in the 1980s. There are a few series of this Japanese anime such as Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragonball Super.


The shows follows the character Goku who starts off the DragonBall series as a child with the saiyan tail (which eventually gets cut off but grows back). However, he unknowingly grows up without the knowledge of being saiyan until later on. Within the series and graphic novels, there are discrepancies such as Goku being turned back into a child. Some other differences are found between the anime shows and the manga comics. One such difference is the topic of Goku and Super Saiyan Red (God) and Super Saiyan Blue. Goku and his enemy Vegeta both use these forms; God form seems to give a well balanced form of ki and stamina compared to Blue. Super Saiyan Blue doesn’t last long but brings enormous power (as told in the manga version). Streaming this long time series lets you dive deeper into the saga of Goku while benefiting your mind, too.

Binge-Watching for Your Brain

How would watching hours of television be good for you? For starters, when a new show comes to your favorite streaming channel, it is an opportunity to invite some friends over and throw a premiere party. Don’t want to share your nachos? Hop on the couch and get ready to escape into an imaginary world. Or if you enjoy learning new things, you can watch countless of documentaries about the earth or true crime.

The average American works about 38 hours a week. That may not seem a great amount of time, however that doesn’t count for what happens when you come home and spend hours of extra work if you are a teacher, a lawyer, or a parent. Streaming a new show or even an old one gives you the down time you may need to recharge. In fact when asked, 73 percent of people questioned by Netflix said they “felt good” after watching a favorite show.

Binge watching a favored show releases the chemical dopamine which makes you feel good when you do something you like. Whatever you love to watch, whether alone or with family and friends, streaming a favorite show is a good way to spend your down time. Who knows; maybe the next time you visit your doctor they may add “streaming” to your list of things to do for better health!

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Apple Music has decided to reverse its payment policy, less than 24 hours after Taylor Swift said she was refusing to allow the company to stream her album 1989.

In an open letter to Apple, Taylor Swift, 25, said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the three-month free trial offered to subscribers.

Now Apple Music says it will pay artists for music streamed during trial periods.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, tweeted on June 21: “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”

“Apple will always make sure that artist are paid,” he added.

Eddy Cue’s response may have headed off what could have been a bruising battle for Apple during a crucial period in which Apple Music is attempting to compete with streaming services like Spotify, which knows all too well what it’s like to be on the receiving end of Taylor Swift’s ire.Tyalor Swift changes Apple Music payment policy

He also tweeted: #AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.”

Taylor Swift had said the plan was “unfair”, arguing Apple had the money to cover the cost.

“I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” the singer said, describing Apple as one of her “best partners in selling music”.

“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”

Apple Music launches on June 30. It will cost $9.99 per month in the US for one person or $14.99 for families.

It is not the first time Taylor Swift has spoken out against streaming music – she pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify last November and had refused to offer 1989 on streaming services, saying the business had “shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically”.

1989 went on to become one of the biggest-selling albums of 2014 and has sold more than 4.9 million copies in the US alone.