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  • News: DoCoMo shows 'touch display' for computer glasses

    Head-mounted computers like Google Glass are a useful way to view content and interact with the world on the move, but one drawback is the lack of a physical interface on which the user can click, drag or navigate content.

  • Opinion: Rename iTunes Radio stations and find missing podcasts

    With a new iOS version and new iPhone hardware comes an updated version of iTunes. This week's column covers a problem with missing podcasts in iTunes 11.1 and explains how to change the names of iTunes Radio stations. And because the best way to keep your iTunes library organized is to make sure your tags are correct--if they're not consistent, you'll have trouble finding music and other content when you want to play something--I also address a number of questions about tags.

  • News: Netflix opens the floodgates on Super HD streaming support

    As consumers we've been offered lots of "super" things over the years: Super men, super sizes, Super Bowls. But with Netflix's Super HD, that promise was reserved for the elite--or those who get their Internet service via select ISPs, at any rate.

  • Opinion: 4 ways Amazon can fix its crummy Cloud Player

    The biggest failing of Apple's iTunes Match is its 25,000-track limit. (It has others, to be sure.) Apple gives you no control over which tracks you store in the cloud, nor does it offer an option to pay more for additional storage. If you're a music fan with a large library, you have to perform a frustrating dance to create a secondary iTunes library, or simply remove items from your main library, to get under the limit.

  • Opinion: Restoring a "bricked" Apple TV

    Reader Drew Isaacs is unhappy with the latest Apple TV update. He writes:

  • News: 10 underappreciated movies on Netflix

    Movies are a funny business. They are made and presented to critics, and to the public, in good faith. Sometimes the critics love something and the public doesn't. Sometimes the opposite happens. Sometimes nobody loves a movie. But occasionally, due to bad timing, bad advertising, or other unknowable factors, the critics or the public simply misread or dismiss a movie. At that point, the movie belongs to only a few lonely souls who found something in it that was worthwhile or wonderful. Here are a handful of those kinds of movies, all streaming on Netflix.

  • News: Spotify honors Nirvana with a horrible mess of a music documentary series

    Spotify Landmark is a new audio documentary series, which Spotify says will capture "the story behind some of the greatest moments in music, told by the people who made them."

  • News: Netflix positions House of Cards as a gateway drug

    Netflix on October 8 will offer the complete run of its hit series House of Cards through Redbox. Yes, one rental service offers its original programming through another rental service. What a twisted web those corporations weave.

  • News: Hulu says 'ello to a ton of new BBC shows

    Anglophiles of the streaming world, unite! On Wednesday, Hulu announced a huge content acquisition deal with BBC Worldwide North America to bring tons of British shows to your TVs, mobile devices, and desktops.

  • News: iTunes 11.1 brings iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, podcast stations, more

    Just in case the imminent arrival of iOS 7 isn't enough to get you pumped, Apple's also gone ahead and released iTunes 11.1. Less exciting, you might think, but a necessary part of the equation: If you want to sync your device running iOS 7 with your computer, you're going to need the latest version of Apple's music-playing-video-watching-podcast-downloading-device-syncing-app-with-large-fries.

  • News: Slacker Radio for iOS sheds another interface, adds My Vibe playlists

    The streaming music space is getting awfully crowded these days, what with iTunes Radio set to tussle with Pandora, and a growing number of subscription music services flooding the market. Slacker Radio is doing its best to stand out with an updated iOS app, released on Wednesday, that reboots the user experience and adds a cool new My Vibe feature.

  • News: Netflix turns to pirates to pick new shows

    If you're wondering which TV shows Netflix hopes to add to its catalog in the coming months, look no further than sites like the Pirate Bay. When the online streaming company wants to figure out what people are watching, Netflix looks at what does well on piracy sites, Netflix vice president of content acquisition Kelly Merryman reportedly told the Dutch-language site, Tweakers.

  • News: Rdio to rock free, ad-supported tunes by end of 2013 thanks to radio partnership

    With so many free streaming choices available to music fans in the U.S., some services are struggling to find an audience. On a given day, the average online music fan can hop from their personal library on Google Play Music, to Pandora radio-like tunes, to the on-demand listening of Spotify and Xbox Music--all without paying a dime.

  • News: 5 pilots (and one returning show) you can stream before they're on TV

    The fall TV season starts soon, and you can be forgiven for having a little deja vu. When we went looking for pilots and season premieres streaming early online, we found a good handful on the networks' websites and apps, not to mention good old Hulu. But even the brand-new series feel awfully familiar--from straight-up remakes to "homages" that just feel like remakes. Still, familiar isn't necessarily bad, and these shows are pretty darn entertaining.

  • News: New Twitter Music app brings trending tunes straight to Spotify

    Spotify users no longer need a separate app or a subscription to hear what the world is listening to on Twitter.

  • News: Roku plans Chromecast-like features, disses Chromecast

    Roku may not have much love for Google's Chromecast TV dongle, but that's not stopping the company from adding Chromecast-like features to its set-top boxes.

  • News: Surprise! iPods get the Space Gray treatment too

  • News: Aereo fumbles on NFL opening day, but it's still a streaming sports champion

    Ditching your hefty cable bill sounds great on paper, but one glaring issue has prevented scads of would-be cord cutters from flipping the all-digital switch: The lack of live sports. While Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and their ilk carry a cornucopia of TV shows and movies, none cast live sports, and the scant few streaming options offered directly by professional sports leagues tend to be expensive and limited to a handful of devices. And the NFL--the most popular sport in the U.S.--is the worst of the bunch.

  • News: Meet the PS Vita TV, a $100 Apple TV clone that plays nice with Sony's PlayStation line

    Sony may soon take on Apple TV, Roku, and Google's Chromecast in the U.S., but first the company is planning an initial run in Japan with a newly announced set-top box, the PlayStation Vita TV.

  • News: Microsoft Xbox Music now available on Android, iOS and free online

    Microsoft is expanding its Xbox Music service to iOS and Android devices, and also adding free streaming via the Web.



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