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  • News: Comcast hopes Wi-Fi streaming will win over college students

    As college classes resume at the start of another school year, Comcast hopes to teach some students a lesson of its own--having access to cable TV is a hard habit to break. In a move designed to build loyalty among people in their late teens and early 20s, Comcast is launching Xfinity On Campus. The IP-delivered service lets college students living on campus watch live and on-demand TV on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

  • News: SoundCloud rolls out ads, will let you pay to remove them

    After seven years as an ad-free service, SoundCloud will start using advertisements to help pay the bills--both for itself and for content creators.

  • News: Netflix whips up 3D VR viewing room for Oculus Rift during company hack day

    Facebook says Oculus VR is focused on refining the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for gaming right now. But the Rift holds potential to go far beyond gaming, into areas such as medicine, education, and journalism (to name just a few). When we got a look at the Rift during E3 2013, another non-gaming use case that engrossed us was a virtual reality movie theater.

  • News: YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

    A tricked-out version of YouTube offering exclusive content might prove lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services.

  • Opinion: Report: Xbox Entertainment Studios not quite dead yet

    Like an unexpected twist in one of the original programs it had hoped to produce, Microsoft's recently shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios may come back from the dead. That's according to an August 14 story in the Hollywood Reporter, which says Warner Bros. may be in the frame to revive Microsoft's attempt to create video content for its gaming console.

  • News: NBC comedy gets online preview on iHeartRadio and other places online

    Music streaming may be iHeart Radio's best-known service, but the Clear Channel property is getting serious about video streaming starting Thursday. The first episode of A to Z, a new comedy series debuting this fall on NBC, is available for streaming on iHeartRadio. A to Z's NBC broadcast premiere is slated for October 2--seven weeks from now.

  • News: 3 ways to use voice recognition software

    Here are just three everyday scenarios where speech recognition can improve your life.

  • News: RIP Robin Williams: Stream some of the late, great actor's best work

    The TechHive staff was saddened to hear of the passing of the incredible actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday. He attended high school and some college across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, and lived here for most of his life--the Bay Area is proudly protective of its handful of celebrity residents, so grateful are we that a few big stars prefer our foggy home over the flashier Los Angeles. Robin Williams was a geek, too: he loved video games so much he named his daughter after Princess Zelda, plus he showed up on stage at both a Google keynote at CES and to help Will Wright introduce Spore at E3.

  • News: Line sends sweet music and stickers to help you forget WhatsApp

    Ariana Grande and Paul McCartney don't seem to have much in common. They both make pop music, but that's where the similarities end. Except Grande and McCartney are both using Line, the 3-year-old free messaging app, to keep their fans in the know.

  • News: The Binge-Watch List: The Killing won't stay buried

    It's not hard to find TV shows to watch these days. But finding good ones to watch amid all the streaming video services fighting for your attention and your eyeballs? That's more of a challenge. Every other week, we'll help you separate a would-be House of Cards from the rest of the pack, as we look at which streaming TV shows are worth your time.

  • News: Netflix streams its way past HBO in subscriber revenue

    It's not exactly a reversal of fortune along the lines of the Red Wedding, but Netflix probably feels like the House Lannister to HBO's House Stark after surpassing the cable channel in subscriber revenue for the first time.

  • Test Centre: 6 best budget headphones 2014

    Mobile music lovers have never had it so good. Here we rank and rate the six best cheap headphones under £50 you can buy in the UK in 2014.

  • Opinion: With Merlin deal, Pandora hopes to make beautiful music with indie artists

    Online music service Pandora has signed a rights deal with Merlin, the indie label global rights agency. It's the first time the streaming music service has inked a deal with a music rights body, and it's likely to change the way you discover music on Pandora.

  • Test Centre: The 26 best headphones of 2014

    We review the top 26 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: Digital content owners list alternatives to piracy

    Content owners aim to curtail piracy in Australia with an online listing of services where consumers can legally obtain music, movies, video games and other material.

  • News: More content for the Fire TV, from sources other than Amazon

    Four months since launching its Fire TV streaming set-top box, Amazon is adding a slew of new apps featuring non-Amazon content, including Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, MLB.TV, Animal Planet Live, and the [

  • News: For those about to rock, 10 music films to stream

    Summer is the time for music festivals and larger-than-life concerts--nothing beats dancing under the stars with a pack of friends, sloshing beer on your shoes from a plastic cup of Budweiser you paid $12 for. You can't go to a concert every night (and after a few Budweiser hangovers, you'll agree that's probably for the best), but anytime you want, you can fire up Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video to rock out to a great concert film or a documentary about an amazing musician.

  • How-Tos: Turn a song on your iPhone into a ringtone

    Bored of the standard iPhone ringtones and text message alerts? We explain how to turn any song you own into a tone on your iPhone. Follow our easy step-by-step guide using iTunes.

  • Feature: 10 opulent, expensive and stupid gadgets you can't afford

    Put your wallet away. You can't spend your money with ridiculous abandon. Here are 10 utterly stupid and pointless, mega expensive gadgets that you can't afford.

  • News: Nonlinear Film Technology lets you (and the rest of the audience) be the director

    If you've ever grumbled to yourself at the end of a movie, "Well, that story didn't go the way it should have," then you'll want to know about Nonlinear Film Technology, or NFT. Pioneered by the filmmaking team of Milton Matthew Horowitz, Ryan Forte, and Todd Smyth, NFT marries smartphone apps with multiple movie versions and addressable movie theater servers--it's a little like Choose Your Own Adventure for films.

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