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  • News: Google adding GPS, offline music playback to Android Wear smartwatches

    Smartwatches powered by Google's Android Wear operating system will soon become a little more useful, with features like GPS support and offline music playback.

  • Opinion: Hands-on with Rdio's redesign: History is history, Favorites and stations are now

    When you have millions of songs at your disposal, the trick is figuring out what to listen to. I've always appreciated the way Rdio makes it easy to see what's popular among your friends and alerts you to new releases by artists you already like. On Thursday the streaming music service launched a redesign across its website, desktop players, and mobile apps, rebranding your collection as your Favorites, all the better to include playlists, stations, and your favorite artists' entire catalogs.

  • Opinion: Primed for pigskin: How to watch NFL football anywhere

    Editor's note: This article originally ran in 2012. We updated it on September 4, 2014 to reflect the latest information for the 2014 season.

  • News: Mass Fidelity says it can do better than stereo with its new wireless speaker, 'The Core'

    If I had a nickel for every manufacturer that pitched a new Bluetooth speaker, a dime for every company that told me they had a multi-room system that was superior to Sonos, and a quarter for every inventor pleading for coverage of their crowd-funding campaign, I could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool with change. So it was with some reluctance that I booked a demo with Mass Fidelity to hear its wireless speaker, dubbed "The Core."

  • 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.


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