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  • News: Must-have apps for music festivals

    Grab your sunscreen, high-rise cutoff shorts, and favorite satchel: Coachella kicked off this week, which marks the unofficial ushering in of music festival season. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to music fests all around the country, and for some, summer just wouldn't be the same without attending one of these mega events. With beautiful weather (most of the time), camaraderie with other attendees, an interesting array of food and art, and of course killer bands, there's a lot to experience.

  • Opinion: Yahoo's making sitcoms? Here are 6 sure-fire comedy pitches

    Forget about TV networks like NBC and CBS. Binge-watching original programming on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu? Yesterday's news. No, when it comes to seeking out entertainment, the forward-thinking TV viewer living on the bleeding edge of technology will fire up their web browser and surf over to Yahoo and its smorgasbord of original programming.

  • News: Netflix pays off Comcast, discovers that speeds magically improve

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may complain about it publicly, but his company's decision to pay Comcast for better access to the Internet service provider's subscribers is paying off. The streaming video service says performance on Comcast's network has improved dramatically since it started cutting checks.

  • News: Fon pitches Wi-Fi router with Spotify integration via Kickstarter

    Free Wi-Fi aggregator Fon is hoping to boost the popularity of its network with the Gramofon, a router that integrates music streaming. The first service to be added is Spotify, but more are on the way.

  • Test Centre: The 23 best headphones of 2014

    We review the top 23 headphones you can buy in the UK right now. Get the most for your money with our best headphones for your smartphone or tablet.

  • News: 'Silicon Valley' episode 2: 'The Cap Table' - VP of Spite

    This week on Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's HBO tech industry satire, the fantasy of starting a successful tech business turns into cold, hard reality. It's fitting, really, since the transition from all the excitement of a pilot episode of a TV series to the second episode is also about giving up the glamor and settling in for the long haul.

  • News: After movie studios, record labels sue Kim Dotcom and Megaupload

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed a lawsuit against the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload and its founder, Kim Dotcom, alleging "massive copyright infringement" of music.

  • Opinion: Google bakes Chromecast-style Sonos support into Play Music

    On Thursday morning, Sonos and Google announced a duet made in streaming music heaven: Deep, intertwined Google Play Music and Sonos home audio equipment integration.

  • News: Sonos adds Google Play Music streaming service

    Sonos has added Google Play Music to its list of online streaming services which are compatible with its wireless Hi-Fi system.

  • News: Netflix 4K streaming is now live

    Netflix has flipped the on switch for 4K streaming in a handful of videos, including the second season of House of Cards.

  • News: Chromecast gets live YouTube streams, but only from the desktop

    Every few weeks it seems that Google expands the capabilities of the Chromecast TV dongle. Recently, the company rolled out a developer SDK to allow third-parties to take advantage of Cast functionality. Now Google is adding some extra Cast features to YouTube.

  • Opinion: HBO Go a no-show for Game of Thrones premiere

    HBO Go has now suffered back-to-back outages for major events, as servers crashed during the Game of Thrones premiere on Sunday night.

  • News: Yahoo to join Amazon, Netflix, and everybody else with original TV programming

    Yahoo has already shown that 2014 is all about content, but now the Internet company wants to follow the path laid out by Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. Similar to those titans of online original productions, Yahoo wants to have its own original TV programming.

  • News: Drastic Spotify redesign sports a darker look and revamped Your Music section

    Out with the old, in with the new: Spotify's rolling out an overhauled aesthetic for its desktop, web, and iOS apps, one that does away with the services long-used (and ugly) gray theme in exchange for a striking new coat of black paint, a fresh font (Proxima Nova), and overhauled icons.

  • News: How Popcorn Time could be the Napster of the film industry

    The current movie distribution cycle, which heralds the theatrical movie-watching experience above all else, is long overdue for a change. Services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video don't get the top movies until well after they're released in theaters and on DVD. But perhaps Popcorn Time, the streaming service which was released, killed, then re-released earlier this month, could provide the engine needed to change this process for the better, with a little help from other players.

  • Opinion: Songza's new weather-based playlists will have you singing in the rain

    Streaming music service Songza has always tried to pick the right songs for your mood, but until now it hasn't been able to factor in the weather.

  • News: Chromecast support for Slingbox could be in the works

    Google's Chromecast may be adding to its array of powers, if talk on an online discussion forum pans out.

  • News: TV's odd couple: Set-top partnership could bruise Apple or crisp up Comcast

    Last summer, I called Comcast to cancel a $10-a-month sports package that I no longer wanted to receive. By the time I hung up the phone, I had been signed up for a phone service I didn't need, and my cable bill, rather than going down by $10, had been raised by around $40.

  • News: Bitwig Studio on Linux: Can one top-tier app change the game?

    Face it Linux users--if Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and other popular applications were available for your platform, your club would be a lot less exclusive. No disrespect to the Linux development community, which does some stellar work, but that's the cold, hard truth in the consumer space. That's also why the Ubuntu Linux (64-bit) release of a top-tier music creation application by the name of Bitwig Studio is huge news and a possible harbinger. It will also ship for Windows and OS X--Bitwig isn't crazy.

  • News: Hands-on with the new mobile Sonos apps

    A decade after entering the field, Sonos leads the multi-room audio market, thanks in large measure to software controllers that make its hardware exceedingly easy for consumers to install and operate. Now the company is preparing to ship its first from-the-ground-up redesign of those controllers. Most Sonos users will be happy with the changes.

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