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  • News: Smartwatch parade keeps on ticking with Qualcomm's Toq

    Qualcomm on Wednesday announced the Qualcomm Toq, a smartwatch slated for a fourth quarter release to provide a focal point for the technologies and services under development at the company.

  • News: Jawbone unveils Jambox Mini, an even more portable Bluetooth speaker

    First there was the Jambox. Then, there was the Big Jambox. And on Wednesday, Jawbone unveiled its third portable Bluetooth speaker: the Mini Jambox.

  • News: Spotify Connect is like Chromecast for connected audio systems

    Spotify is introducing a new cloud-based feature for premium subscribers designed to make it easy to start to play music on your mobile device, then push the stream to wireless home speakers, which will continue rocking even if you wander away with your phone--similar to the way Google's Chromecast works.

  • News: iTunes tagging basics and tips

    Items in your iTunes library need tags, or bits of information that identify them and help iTunes organize and sort them properly. These tags (aka metadata) tell iTunes what a file is: the type of file (music, movie, ebook, and so on), its name (the first movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony, The Beatles' "A Day in the Life", or an ebook of Henry James's The Ambassadors), and more.

  • How-Tos: Backing up and restoring musical instruments

    A musician who wishes to remain anonymous finds his instrument suddenly silent. He writes:

  • News: TV binge-watching at its best

    If you've never seen a single episode of Lost, I envy you. Not because it's a bad show--far from it, faaaar from it. Because you get to watch it, the whole thing, all the way through, for the first time. I'll never be able to see it for the first time again. But you better believe I'll watch it anyway.

  • News: Dorm room entertainment: Build a killer system with just two devices

    Dorm rooms are tiny, but that won't stop you from having friends over after a long day of classes. But while you might be fine with watching a movie on your laptop, its screen is too small for a group of people--and with your limited space (and college student budget), you can't really splurge on a tricked-out entertainment system either.

  • News: Remains of the Day: Bugging out

    A T-Mobile move may hint at the next iPhone's release date, bugs swarm OS X and iOS, and Apple's bringing free music to the masses. The remainders for Thursday, August 29, 2013 are calling in the exterminator.

  • Opinion: 3DGo streams 3D movies you might actually want to watch

    I admit it--I own a 3DTV. Well, to be more accurate, I bought a Samsung HDTV with the right blend of features and price that just happened to also have 3D support. But like many people who've made such a purchase, I haven't even taken the glasses out of the box.

  • News: Chromecast app for iOS simplifies setup, management

    Google would like you to know that you're not just limited to setting up your shiny new Chromecast via your laptop--if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can now hook up or manage your Chromecast directly from an iOS device, thanks to a new free Chromecast app from Google.

  • News: Logic Pro X: The right tool for podcasters?

    Earlier this year, I switched from GarageBand to Logic Pro 9 for editing podcasts. The result was a huge boost in productivity, even though I use only a tiny fraction of the functionality in Apple's higher-end audio program. When Logic Pro X arrived, I was intrigued to read about its new features, but wasn't sure they'd matter to me because they seemed to be (understandably) focused on music creation. Would a crazy person like me, who has adopted this music tool for the non-musical business of producing spoken-word audio, benefit from upgrading to Logic Pro X?

  • News: Google blocks Chromecast app that streams local media files

    You can stream a lot of content to a Chromecast dongle, but one thing you can't do is stream your personal files from an Android device--and according to one developer, Google's actively working to keep it that way.

  • News: How the NFL and Silicon Valley are primed to blitz cable TV

    Oof. That was the sound of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh laying out another quarterback. It may also be the sound that cable and satellite TV executives made last week when they heard news that Google is talking to the NFL about buying the rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket package, and that ESPN has been talking directly to several online video players (likely including Apple) about licensing ESPN shows.

  • News: Pandora says 'more streaming for you!' with mobile music about-face

    Music junkies who've been stung by Pandora's 40-hour-a-month listening limit on mobile devices got a bit of good news today. Starting September 1, the streaming music service will lift the restriction and let the ad-supported tunes flow.

  • Opinion: Sort artists by last name and find missing digital booklets

    This week's column is a grab bag, where I look at a number of interesting questions about Genius, sorting albums by an artist's last name, finding digital booklets in your iTunes library, and more.

  • News: Play This! Podcast 39: Movies about the tech industry

    Recently, Susie Ochs wrote a feature about a bunch of our favorite (and least favorite) movies about the tech industry. What with that mediocre Jobs movie hitting theaters, and all. Today, she stops by the podcast studio to chat with Jason and Alex about the list.

  • News: Remains of the Day: It's about the music

    The Apple TV's getting musical, with a new music video channel possibly arriving soon, and a livestream for Apple's annual iTunes Festival. Elsewhere, Apple technology gets put to the test in the classroom. The remainders for Wednesday, August 21, 2013 are musically inclined.

  • News: Sayonara, Instant Queue: Netflix rolls out the smart-sorting "My List"

    Netflix is making another big push into personalization for streaming users with a new "watch it later" queue that automatically sorts titles based on your viewing preferences. The new feature, called "My List," is rolling out to all users worldwide over the next two weeks. My List will sit in the top row of your Netflix home screen, pushing the top 10 suggested titles section one row down.

  • News: Jongo expands streaming speaker lineup, unveils subscription music service

    Pure first showed off its colorful multiroom streaming audio devices at CES in January, and started shipping the first models in June. On Tuesday, the company announced two new speakers to look forward to, plus a subscription music service to rival the likes of Spotify and Rdio.

  • News: YouTube gets an update on mobile, with Chromecast in mind

    YouTube is adding some new video-playing functions to its mobile app on both iOS and Android devices. Some of the tools are aimed at giving users more control over how they stream video to their television sets using Chromecast, Google's new video streaming device.



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