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  • News: Backlash over Facebook's 'listening' feature is a problem of trust

    Facebook will soon be listening to its users -- literally -- but some of them wish it would cover its ears.

  • News: How Apple and Beats could shake up the streaming music scene

    Apple's decision to splash out $3 billion for the privilege of owning Beats Electronics has raised more than a few questions about what the deal means for streaming music services users. But you can bet that Pandora, Spotify, and other major players are asking questions of their own in the wake of the Apple-Beats deal. As in: does an Apple-backed Beats Music service threaten to dominate the streaming music scene?

  • News: Aereo delays release of Chromecast support by a week

    Could streaming TV upstart Aereo's decision to delay support for Google's Chromecast have anything to do with an impending decision from the Supreme Court about Aereo's legality?

  • News: SLIDESHOW: Wearables get the sexy runway treatment in California

    Who says you have to sacrifice on looks if you're into wearable tech?

  • News: Apple pays $3 billion for Beats in the company's largest ever acquisition

    Apple has bought Beats Music and Beats Electronics for US$3 billion in a bid to boost to its streaming business.

  • News: HBO originals land on Amazon Prime starting now

    Whatever is on your to-do list today, bump it to tomorrow. Add these new tasks instead, and get to checking them off: 1) Make up an excuse. 2) Call in sick. 3) Buy lots of snacks. 4) Get comfy and spend all day watching HBO originals on Amazon Prime.

  • News: 5 streaming music services you might have overlooked

    The streaming music scene seems like it's ruled by a few heavyweights, with Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio slugging it out for your hearts, minds, and eardrums. But that's only part of the picture. Just as several lower-profile video streaming services vie with the likes of Netflix and Hulu, music streaming services you've probably never heard of are looking for ways to make their mark with features the established players don't offer.

  • News: Google+ rolls out 'Stories' for tricked out photo playback

    Google is hoping to lure users to spending more time on its social network with a new photo playback feature for Google+ called "Stories."

  • News: Netflix dreams of a channel-free future, built on recommendations

    Netflix's massive lists of movies and TV shows could someday vanish, replaced by just a handful of precise recommendations.

  • News: Beyond Netflix and Hulu: 4 worthwhile movie streaming services

    You probably already have accounts for Netflix or Hulu Plus--maybe even both. But if you really love Hollywood movies, foreign art films, or exploitative trash--and all three have their pleasures--you might want to explore some lesser-known motion picture streaming services.

  • News: Vudu uses UltraViolet to get into the sharing spirit

    Swapping titles from your movie collection is getting a digital twist for users of the Vudu streaming service. Vudu customers will be able to share their online video libraries with up to five other people, via a newly announced Share My Movies feature.

  • News: Silicon Valley episode 6: Excuse me, mister car?

    In last week's episode, our heroes were accepted into the startup competition at TechCrunch Disrupt. They first planned to pull out since they're now a venture-seeded company, but it was too late, and then Hooli's evil CEO Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) took the keynote spot to unveil his competing technology, Nucleus. So now the pressure is on: the Pied Piper boys need to do a live demo of a working product in eight weeks. Fast forward to now, and they have one week left. And they're understandably stressed.

  • News: Get to know Beats Music, the streaming service that could make Apple spend billions

    By now, you probably know that Apple is reportedly counting out $3.2 billion to buy up Beats Electronics, the company co-founded by hip-hop legend Dr. Dre that makes the pricey but so-so headphones you see all over the place. Dre and his buddy Tyrese have all but confirmed the deal with a video praising Dre as "the first billionaire in hip hop."

  • News: Netflix raises streaming prices by $1, but current members don't have to pay it (for now)

    Netflix warned the world that its prices would be going up, and Friday, the company began emailing subscribers with details of its plans.

  • News: The Binge-Watch List: Streaming down the House

    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: Hands on with PlayOn and PlayLater, an iffy media server

    A smorgasbord of video content is spread out atop the table of the web, but much of it is inaccessible to TVs and devices like Roku. But for content hounds who want to have it all, including the kitchen sink, MediaMall says it has the solution. The company's PlayOn media server plays internet (and local) video on your PC and streams it to your game console, Roku, Chromecast, or another supported device connected to your TV.

  • News: Apple may buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, reports say

    Apple is in talks to buy headphones maker Beats Electronics for US$3.2 billion, in what would be its largest-ever acquisition, according to reports Thursday.

  • News: Here's what's still missing from Chromecast

    At just $35, Google's Chromecast streaming stick is the budget-minded choice for getting web-based content on your TV. A number of popular streaming services support the Chromecast, including Netflix, YouTube, MLB.TV, and most recently Redbox Instant. More are trickling out all the time: we recently heard talk about Slingbox signing onto the service, for example.

  • News: Google Maps app now links up with Uber

    An intriguing feature that lets people find out how long they'd have to wait for an Uber ride is one of the new navigation tools in Google Maps' mobile app.

  • News: Braven releases bluetooth speaker forged from aircraft grade aluminium

    Just when you thought the portable Bluetooth speaker market was brimming with a range of fantastic products, Braven weighs in with an entrant so well equipped, it could shake things up.

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