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Sonos and Apple will make beautiful music together by year-end

After a brief period of radio silence, Apple says it'll bring its new Apple Music streaming service to Sonos speakers this year.

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Lightweight new NUC kits are Intel's cheapest mini-PCs yet

Based on Intel's Braswell processors, the latest bare-bones desktop computers have emerged on Amazon for $129 and up.

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Amazon takes its Alexa voice assistant to third-party hardware and software

Amazon's Echo connected speaker will get some new powers later this year, while other device makers can add their own Echo-like functions.

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The surprisingly sneaky rise of a la carte pay TV

TV networks have fiercely resisted selling their services individually; but in doing so, they’ve allowed something better to blossom.

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Amazon turns on HDR video streaming, but only for high-end Samsung TVs

The impressive tech delivers blacker blacks and bursts of beautiful brightness, but Amazon's support is just a baby step towards mass adoption.

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Hulu to sell Showtime's streaming service at a discount

Starting in July, $17 per month gets you a smattering of cable shows and one premium pay TV channel.

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Amazon's voice-controlled Echo is now available for anybody that wants one

After a steady slew of improvements, Amazon removes the invite-only tag from its voice-controlled speaker.

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Rdio heads to Amazon Fire TV with both free and premium tiers

Amid tough competition from Spotify and Apple Music, TV support could be Rdio's ace in the hole.

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Roku squashes fears about ads tracking other devices in your home

Roku squashes fears about a new type of streaming video ad sniffing out other devices on your Wi-Fi network.

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NBA unbundles: League Pass to offer single games and teams in 2016

The NBA's streaming video service is about to get cheaper for fans who don't need every game.

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Sony's a la carte TV plan: Curb your enthusiasm

With Playstation Vue, Sony lays the groundwork for getting only the channels you want, but it's got a very long way to go.

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Amazon pulls popular video app Kodi from its store, blames piracy

Meanwhile, Android gets an official Kodi release for televisions and set-top boxes.

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Misfit wearables now act as remote controls for the Internet

With IFTTT integration, a double- or triple-tap on the wrist can trigger all kinds of Internet-based actions.

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Sony's PlayStation Vue live TV service goes a la carte (sort of)

The cable TV alternative is also expanding to a couple more cities, with the promise of discounts for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

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Spotify's stealthy 'Taste Rewind' helps find your musical roots

Plug in a few artists you like, and Spotify will take you back to similar tunes from another era.