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  • News: RIP Robin Williams: Stream some of the late, great actor's best work

    The TechHive staff was saddened to hear of the passing of the incredible actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday. He attended high school and some college across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, and lived here for most of his life--the Bay Area is proudly protective of its handful of celebrity residents, so grateful are we that a few big stars prefer our foggy home over the flashier Los Angeles. Robin Williams was a geek, too: he loved video games so much he named his daughter after Princess Zelda, plus he showed up on stage at both a Google keynote at CES and to help Will Wright introduce Spore at E3.

  • News: Line sends sweet music and stickers to help you forget WhatsApp

    Ariana Grande and Paul McCartney don't seem to have much in common. They both make pop music, but that's where the similarities end. Except Grande and McCartney are both using Line, the 3-year-old free messaging app, to keep their fans in the know.

  • News: The Binge-Watch List: The Killing won't stay buried

    It's not hard to find TV shows to watch these days. But finding good ones to watch amid all the streaming video services fighting for your attention and your eyeballs? That's more of a challenge. Every other week, we'll help you separate a would-be House of Cards from the rest of the pack, as we look at which streaming TV shows are worth your time.

  • News: Netflix streams its way past HBO in subscriber revenue

    It's not exactly a reversal of fortune along the lines of the Red Wedding, but Netflix probably feels like the House Lannister to HBO's House Stark after surpassing the cable channel in subscriber revenue for the first time.

  • News: Digital content owners list alternatives to piracy

    Content owners aim to curtail piracy in Australia with an online listing of services where consumers can legally obtain music, movies, video games and other material.

  • News: More content for the Fire TV, from sources other than Amazon

    Four months since launching its Fire TV streaming set-top box, Amazon is adding a slew of new apps featuring non-Amazon content, including Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, MLB.TV, Animal Planet Live, and the [

  • News: For those about to rock, 10 music films to stream

    Summer is the time for music festivals and larger-than-life concerts--nothing beats dancing under the stars with a pack of friends, sloshing beer on your shoes from a plastic cup of Budweiser you paid $12 for. You can't go to a concert every night (and after a few Budweiser hangovers, you'll agree that's probably for the best), but anytime you want, you can fire up Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video to rock out to a great concert film or a documentary about an amazing musician.

  • News: Nonlinear Film Technology lets you (and the rest of the audience) be the director

    If you've ever grumbled to yourself at the end of a movie, "Well, that story didn't go the way it should have," then you'll want to know about Nonlinear Film Technology, or NFT. Pioneered by the filmmaking team of Milton Matthew Horowitz, Ryan Forte, and Todd Smyth, NFT marries smartphone apps with multiple movie versions and addressable movie theater servers--it's a little like Choose Your Own Adventure for films.

  • News: Samsung's Milk Music service adds $4 per month premium subscription option

    Samsung hinted this day was coming, and, well, now it's here. A new $4 per month paid tier has been introduced to the company's Milk Music streaming radio service, which is built atop Slacker Radio and comes preinstalled on select Galaxy phones.

  • News: Netflix, AT&T hammer out interconnection deal to boost streaming video speeds

    After Netflix made direct interconnection deals with Comcast and Verizon to boost the quality of its videos earlier in 2014, it was pretty much inevitable the streaming service would also strike an agreement with AT&T. Recently, the inevitable was confirmed: Netflix and AT&T came to an interconnection deal in May.

  • News: Rhapsody reaches 2M subscribers, bets on new unRadio service

    Rhapsody International, which operates the Rhapsody and Napster music services, said Tuesday it plans to expand in France and Latin America as a result of deals with mobile operators SRF and Telefonica.

  • News: Why Simpsons World will destroy the U.S. but not Canada

    Earlier this week, we brought you word of Simpsons World, the forthcoming app and website that promises to bring humanity to a standstill with on-demand access to every episodes of The Simpsons along with extensive search and supplemental features.

  • News: Amazon adds more free music for Prime subscribers

    If you felt that Amazon Prime's free music selection didn't have enough Skrillex before, your prayers have been answered.

  • News: Netflix raises fees, watches membership rise in second quarter

    Netflix's quarterly numbers are in, and they're looking good. The streaming video service's paid subscriber base grew to a shade under 48 million users during the second quarter. And Netflix says it's topped the 50 million mark for total membership.

  • News: Reborn Walkman steals some of Pono's hi-res audio thunder

    Apparently the folks at Sony were listening to Neil Young: The company that introduced the Walkman portable cassette player in 1979 hopes to breathe new life into the brand with a high-resolution audio portable that plays FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 24-bit 192kHz audio files. That's the same high-resolution audio format chosen by Young and his Pono partners for their PonoPlayer, which is set to ship in October.

  • News: Qplay streaming service to shut down July 25

    Sometimes, something that seems like a good idea just doesn't catch on. Streaming video service Qplay is the latest such example: The company announced Saturday that it would close up shop on July 25th.

  • News: Downsizing Microsoft to spin off Nokia's MixRadio music service

    As Microsoft looks to slim down with layoffs and restructuring, Nokia is spinning MixRadio into a separate steaming music company.

  • News: Verizon blaming Netflix for slow streaming speeds is an 'attempt at deception' says Internet backbone provider

    The Internet just got its back(bone) up over Verizon's recent finger pointing that blamed Netflix for poor streaming speeds on the ISP's network. Level 3, one of Netflix's Internet traffic carriers as well as one of the major 'Tier 1' networks that help serve as the backbone of the Internet, said Verizon's reasoning is nonsense and an "attempt at deception" that backfired.

  • News: Broadcasters may have beat back Aereo, but online TV's future is bright

    Broadcast networks may still be celebrating last month's big win where the Supreme Court sided with them in a dispute with online TV service Aereo. But even though the court's decision put a stop to Aereo rebroadcasting network TV content without paying for it--and knocked Aereo out of commission, at least temporarily--don't expect ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC to spend too time much popping corks. They likely know that winning a battle is not the same as winning the war, and the war for consumer eyeballs between traditional and online TV is just getting started.

  • News: Verizon and Netflix continue battle over slow, stuttering streaming speeds

    The war of words continues between Netflix and America's largest Internet service providers (ISPs)--an argument that is not only seeking to lay blame for poor video streaming speeds in the U.S., but is also providing the public a crash course in how the Internet works.

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