iTunes Android App Launch

Apple might make Android fans happy after all

By on March 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Apple might make Android fans happy after all

Apple is apparently working on various music-related products meant to counter the effect of dropping download sales, with the company currently being rumored to consider both launching a Spotify-like service, but also a standalone iTunes application for Android. Billboard reports that Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about launching such services, although nothing is official just yet. More →

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Google Chromecast Launch in Canada, Europe

Google’s most popular device is now available in more markets

By on March 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Google’s most popular device is now available in more markets

Google on Tuesday confirmed that the Chromecast will be available in other international markets, many more than initially believed. The device will be on sale in an additional 11 countries including Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. – recent reports only mentioned France, Germany and U.K. availability for the dongle. More →

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Chromecast Release Date for UK, France and Germany

Chromecast close to attacking new markets, starting with Europe

By on March 17, 2014 at 6:25 AM.

Chromecast close to attacking new markets, starting with Europe

Google seems ready to start its international Chromecast launch, according to Gigaom, with the U.K., France and Germany apparently being the first markets to get the popular dongle. A Currys employee tweeted a picture of a stack of Chromecast boxes last week, and a leaked screenshot from Dixons revealed the device should be launched on March 19 in the U.K. More →

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United Airlines Tablet Smartphone Streaming

United Airlines plans to make your tablet the hub of in-flight entertainment

By on March 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

United Airlines plans to make your tablet the hub of in-flight entertainment

In-flight entertainment services have made huge strides over the past several years but there has still always been major problem: It’s just not much fun to watch a movie on a dinky little screen. Via AppleInsider, United Airlines is looking to change that, which is why it’s announced a new streaming service that will eventually let you watch in-flight movies on your own tablet, laptop or smartphone. More →

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Fourth-gen Apple TV Specs and Release Date

Exciting new feature may come to future Apple TVs

By on March 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Exciting new feature may come to future Apple TVs

New Apple job listings uncovered by AppleInsider reveal that the company is looking to fill several positions in its Camera Software team, with some of the listings mentioning for the first time ever the Apple TV alongside other Apple products that already have cameras. These new job listings seem to suggest that Apple may be soon bringing Kinect-like gesture-based controls to future Apple TV iterations and/or to its future television set that’s reportedly in the making. More →

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PonoPlayer Music Features, Release Date, Price

iPod killer tops $1M on Kickstarter in first day

By on March 12, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

iPod killer tops $1M on Kickstarter in first day

PonoMusic’s PonoPlayer is a Neil Young-backed music player that has smashed through its $800,000 Kickstarter funding goal in less than a day – it’s currently at over $1 million in pledges from over 3,300 backers, with 34 days to go until the campaign ends – and seems to be the next iPod killer. According to the team behind it, PonoMusic aims to deliver a better listening experience than regular MP3 players, but the device will also be quite expensive. More →

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iTunes Radio Vs. Spotify Vs. Pandora

iTunes Radio is popular but not even close to a ‘Pandora killer’

By on March 11, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

iTunes Radio is popular but not even close to a ‘Pandora killer’

It hasn’t taken very long for Apple’s iTunes Radio to rise up in popularity. Via MacRumors, a new survey of American consumers conducted by Edison Research and Statista has found that iTunes Radio is now the third-most popular music streaming service and has leapt ahead of Spotify. Overall, the survey found that 8% of people surveyed said that they’d listened to iTunes Radio within the last month, more than the 6% who said that they’d listened to Spotify and the 3% who said they’d listened to Google Play All Access. More →

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How to Watch House of Cards Without Netflix

Comcast customers can now watch ‘House of Cards’ without a Netflix subscription

By on March 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Comcast customers can now watch ‘House of Cards’ without a Netflix subscription

Netflix may own the streaming rights for House of Cards in the U.S., but fans don’t necessarily need a subscription to watch the show as long as they’re Comcast customers, Variety reveals. The cable operator has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which manages international and home video distribution for House of Cards, to offer customers access to season one of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama via the recently launched Xfinity Store. More →

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International Chromecast Launch and Price

Chromecast hitting ‘many more countries’ in a few weeks

By on March 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Chromecast hitting ‘many more countries’ in a few weeks

Google’s senior vice president Sundar Pichai revealed at SXSW that the popular Chromecast dongle will soon be available in international markets. The exec said the device will launch in “many more countries” in a few weeks, The Next Web reports, without specifying the first new markets that will get the device, or actual release dates for them. International prices for the affordable media streaming gadget aren’t available at this time either. More →

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Roku Streaming Stick Release Date

Roku sticks it to Google with new, affordable Chromecast-like dongle of its own

By on March 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Roku sticks it to Google with new, affordable Chromecast-like dongle of its own

Roku on Tuesday unveiled the new Roku Streaming Stick, its own fresh take on affordable TV HDMI dongles that bring more entertainment to the living room – the company launched a similar streaming stick in 2012. Roku’s 2014 stick appears to be a response to Google’s Chromecast dongle, one of the most popular devices sold by the Search giant. Unlike the Chromecast, the Roku comes with an additional piece of hardware, a remote control that can be used to “access the sleek Roku user interface with shortcuts to movies, TV shows, news, the Roku Channel Store, Roku Search and more,” but it will still have some Chromecast-like streaming features. More →

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Netflix Fitbit Sleep Tracker Hack

Video: This cool hack automatically stops Netflix when you fall asleep

By on February 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Video: This cool hack automatically stops Netflix when you fall asleep

A recent internal Netflix 24-hour Hack Day had employees come up with new creative ways of improving the company’s product, TechCrunch reveals, with one interesting hack connecting a wearable device – the Fitbit band in this case – to Netflix in order to automatically stop video playback when the user falls asleep. By picking up and analyzing movements, the software can tell when the user is falling asleep and stop the show he or she is watching. When the viewer returns to Netflix, he or she can resume the show from the moment the user fell asleep. More →

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Spotify Music Streaming Revenues

Spotify, other streaming services still look like raw deals for artists

By on February 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Spotify, other streaming services still look like raw deals for artists

We all love music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora but how good are they for the artists who make our favorite music? The Guardian reports that cellist Zoë Keating, who releases all her recordings independently, has released numbers showing how much money she made from various sources over the past year and music streaming revenues are a paltry portion of her total income. More →

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