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  • 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.

  • News: Optus integrates direct billing into Google Play store for Android users

    Optus has partnered with Google to integrate a direct carrier billing model within the Google Play store.

  • News: Google Now gets smarter for real-world scenarios

    Whether you've lost your car or lost your Internet connection, Google Now is getting a little more helpful.

  • News: 5 classic films to stream for free on YouTube

    You may already know that you can watch full-length feature films on YouTube, for free. But as Mark Hachman pointed out, a lot of these movies are up there illegally. Almost every movie made in the last 90 years is still under copyright.

  • News: Netflix strikes deal with Verizon to speed up streaming, too

    Following its deal with Comcast, Netflix has agreed to an interconnection deal with another major U.S. Internet Service Provider, Verizon. The agreement is said to be similar to Netflix's deal with Comcast, but terms were not announced.

  • News: Microsoft targets June 13 to launch original Xbox programming

    For a year, Xbox users have heard about Microsoft's plans to bring original programming to its gaming console. Now they have a firm date: Mark June 13, 2014 on your calendar, Xbox fans, because that's when Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) will start transmitting interactive shows to Web-connected Xboxes.

  • News: Netflix is finally coming to (some) U.S. cable boxes

    After months of rumors that Netflix wanted to get its service on company-issued cable boxes in the U.S., it has finally happened. Netflix will be available on TiVO DVRs from regional cable providers Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications, and RCN.



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