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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to record phone calls

    It’s often useful to be able to record your phone conversations. We show you several solutions and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get the job done.

  • News: AT&T exec takes to the Internet, takes Netflix to task in the process

    In a blog post published Thursday night, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took aim at Comcast--you know, the company Netflix paid in order to get better network access-- for its stance on net neutrality. So naturally, AT&T had to chime in.

  • News: Twitter kills its music app, which never got much play

    Twitter's mobile music app, launched last year amid a crowded market for online music services, is being shut down, Twitter said on Friday.

  • News: What's the problem with DMCA takedown notices?

    A U.S. government effort to encourage agreement among copyright holders and Web-based services on how to improve the notice-and-takedown process in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act began Thursday with some disagreement about what direction the discussions should take.

  • News: 'Powers' slated as Sony's first PlayStation Network original TV series

    During its E3 presentation last July, Sony said it would bring original television programming to the PlayStation Network. Several months after that early announcement we now know what Sony's first series will be--and it's a doozy for comic fans. The initial PlayStation Network program will be Powers, based on the creator-owned comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

  • News: Pandora prices inch upward for ad-free version

    Streaming radio service Pandora is raising the price of its paid, ad-free version for all new subscribers as well as for some existing subscribers.

  • News: Google, Viacom settle (finally) on YouTube lawsuit

    Google and Viacom have settled a 2007 lawsuit in which Viacom originally demanded US$1 billion from Google for what it said was massive copyright infringement on YouTube.

  • News: USPTO to examine DMCA take-down process

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking for ideas on how to improve the controversial notice-and-take-down provisions of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, amid complaints that the current process is cumbersome for small musicians and filmmakers.

  • News: Amazon's streaming stick will reportedly stream games too

    With apologies to Tears for Fears, everybody wants to rule the living room. The latest game consoles act as voice-activated bridges between your gaming sessions and TV binging, with the Xbox One even letting you control your cable or satellite subscription. Rumors about Apple's next-gen television-slash-gaming device have swirled for years. But right now, it's Amazon's turn--the company is rumored to be preparing its own media streamer to work with the Amazon Instant Video service, as well as streaming top-tier games to your TV, kind of like OnLive's streaming game service for PCs.

  • News: Popcorn Time returns under new management

    The already infamous "Netflix for pirates" app, Popcorn Time, is back at it again. After officially going out of service on Friday, Popcorn Time has risen from the dead under new management.

  • News: Warner Bros offers refunds for Veronica Mars Kickstarter backers that hate Ultraviolet

    Kickstarter backers who funded the new Veronica Mars movie no longer have to use UltraViolet, Hollywood's much-maligned video locker service.

  • News: Why Veronica Mars embraced UltraViolet and angered fans

    The campaign to revive Veronica Mars delivered a number of cool things--an enormous number of new Kickstarter users and, lest we forget, a full-length motion picture of a deeply loved TV series that arrived Friday. But the movie's arrival introduced something else to Veronica Mars fans: their first interaction with the UltraViolet video locker service, the method the movie's distributors are using to fulfill the downloads promised to people who backed the movie on Kickstarter. It's been ugly, to say the least.

  • How-Tos: Turn any speakers into a wireless streaming system

    Don't let that old pair of speakers gather dust. Turn them into a wireless streaming system with a Sonos Connect:Amp.



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