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  • News: Will patent trolls put a stop to your favorite podcasts?

    If you've got a mobile device, chances are you subscribe to a podcast or two. After all, there are hundreds of thousands of podcasts out there available to millions of listeners. And a company that holds a patent that it claims covers podcasting wants in on the action.

  • News: 10 international Criterion Collection films to stream on Hulu Plus

    Hulu Plus is not just for catching up on this week's episodes of The Daily Show or binge-watching old seasons of The Real Housewives of Orange County. It's also home to a huge number of films distributed by the Criterion Collection, a prestige company that since the Laserdisc days of the 1990s has been fulfilling its promise to release "a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films." And since not every important film was made in the United States (shocking but true), here are 10 of the best international films in the Criterion Collection, all streaming on Hulu Plus.

  • News: Amazon puts the power to greenlight pilots back in your hands

    If you've ever been watching TV and thought that you could pick better shows than the ones that made it to the airwaves, Amazon is giving you another shot. The company has just debuted its third pilot season, when it rolls out new Amazon Originals and lets viewers vote on which ones become full-season series.

  • News: Samsung tips Amazon 4K video streaming for October

    Amazon will start streaming its original shows in 4K resolution in October, at least according to Samsung.

  • News: Spotify's Chromecast-like Spotify Connect feature coming to smart TVs

    When Spotify Connect debuted last September it was aimed at integrating the music streaming service with wireless speakers and home audio systems. Now, Spotify Connect's reach is moving beyond home audio to smart TVs.

  • News: Rhapsody unRadio is no Pandora One killer but it's free (for some)

    In June, Rhapsody and T-Mobile announced Rhapsody unRadio, a subscription streaming music service. This isn't the first time we've seen such an arrangement. Mobile carriers and music streaming services are increasingly getting together in this one-hand-washes-the-other kind of way (as evidenced by the relationships between AT&T and Beats Music and Sprint and Spotify). Getting free or less-expensive music streaming is a perk that might attract customers to a particular carrier, and pre-packaging the services with specific data plans increases the services' visibility.

  • News: GOG.com and indie filmmakers dare Hollywood to ditch DRM

    Everyone hates DRM except the movie studios who fear the scourge of piracy so much that they're willing to treat their paying customers like criminals by applying DRM that real criminals find a way to get around anyhow. GOG.com, a digital store that sells DRM-free PC games, is adding movies to its catalogue, but when GOG approached some Hollywood studios to offer classic movies and TV shows without DRM, naturally the studios balked.

  • News: MLB.TV hints at easing blackout rules, though not for cord cutters

    Major League Baseball is celebrating the 12th anniversary of its live video streaming offering on Tuesday. But it will be baseball fans celebrating next season if the league's online arm follows through on a promise to ease blackout restrictions on local games.

  • News: Spotify's Windows Phone app (finally) gets free, ad-supported listening

    Spotify just leveled the playing field for Windows Phone users after promising improvements back in May. On Tuesday, Spotify announced that the ad-supported version of Spotify was now available on Microsoft's mobile platform.

  • Opinion: Even with built-in audience, rumored YouTube music service faces hurdles

    What's in a name? That's the question streaming experts are debating, following this week's revelations that Google was planning to launch a subscription music service on YouTube called Music Key.

  • 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.

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