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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: More on playlists and syncing music to an iPod shuffle

    I get lots of questions about playlists: how to create them, how to work with them, and how to organize them. In this week's column, I look at several questions related to playlists, and I also tackle a bonus question about syncing music to an iPod shuffle.

  • News: Are mix tapes legally protected? Spotify suit questions originality of compilations

    Here's a question that 1995-You may be very interested in: Can you copyright a mix tape filled with tracks not created by you, but that you meticulously curated? That's the basic question at the heart of a lawsuit filed in UK Courts against Spotify.

  • 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.



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