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Too many remotes? Sideclick can help (but don't order one yet)

Sideclick's IR attachment adds power and volume controls to Roku and other media streamers, but its existing Kickstarter project is a dead campaign walking.

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TiVo says it can mimic Aereo without ending up in court

After the U.S. Supreme Court deemed Aereo illegal, TiVo thinks it can bring the broadcast DVR service back from the dead.

Sonos update will make its cheapest speaker sound better

The update also simplifies home theater setups and paves the way for more features in the Sonos app.

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Sony's new smart light bulb is also a speaker

Forget ceiling-mounted speakers and smart LED bulbs; Sony's latest invention rolls them into a single device.

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Streaming music overtakes MP3 sales at one of the largest record labels

Warner Music Group says gains in streaming revenue 'more than offset' the decline in downloads.

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Makey Makey Go can make a button out of Jell-O

The $19 invention kit translates contact with everyday objects into button or keyboard presses.

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Spotify's next jam could be streaming video, report says

After dominating the streaming music business, Spotify is reportedly wooing web video creators and mainstream media companies.

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Tesla takes 38,000 Powerwall home battery reservations in 1 week

CEO Elon Musk calls consumer demand “staggering,” but expects utilities and business to be the biggest customers.

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Windows Media Center is dying. Here's how the Xbox can replace it

Microsoft will leave its living-room software behind when Windows 10 arrives. Now it's up to the Xbox to do what the PC never could.

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Apple TV gets a couple more apps from CBS Sports and USA

A full-blown app store is rumored for this summer, but TV networks aren't waiting.

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Comcast makes a bigger smart home push with more devices, developer tools

Subscribers will be able to control their smart homes through Comcast's mobile apps, voice control remote, and X1 set-top box.

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Abandoned Windows Media Center users will get a DVD playback option in Windows 10

Windows Media Center won't survive the upgrade to Windows 10, but DVD playback will.

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New Apple TV might have a touch pad remote

Apple will reportedly trade the remote's ultra-svelte figure for one that supports touch controls.

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Apple reportedly wants free Spotify dead to pave way for Beats relaunch

As the music industry tires of Spotify freeloaders, Apple may be pushing labels to kill off unpaid streaming.

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Don't know what to watch on Netflix? Let the OttoPlay Chrome extension decide

OttoPlay offers a traditional channel surfing experience, but for Netflix and YouTube videos.