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The 2015 cord-cutter awards

Cord-cutter Confidential honors this year’s best hardware, software, and services for living without cable TV.


LG’s robot vacuum gets cleaning instructions from your phone’s camera

The LG HOM-BOT Turbo+ robot vacuum combines camera controls and security features.


The leading 4K video format might not get ruined by patents after all

HEVC Advance announces much friendlier licensing terms for H.265 video, which is currently used by Netflix and Amazon.


Powerful VLC media player lands on Chromebooks

With VLC for Chrome OS, Google's broswer-based operating system gets top-notch local media playback.

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Amazon Fire TV’s new apps include NBC, Fox Now, Food Network, and GoPro

In the battle for streaming-app supremacy, Amazon's Fire TV has come a long way.


Plex's media streaming apps go free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Streaming your local media library no longer requires a Plex Pass subscription.


A closer look at SeeSo, NBC’s streaming-video service for comedy geeks

Surreal humor and sketch comedy reign in SeeSo, NBC’s new ad-free streaming service.


Spotify gets a Party mode with adjustable moods

Spotify keeps pushing beyond the basic playlist with an interactive Party mode.

Philips Hue bridges won’t block third-party light bulbs after all after fierce backlash

Philips Hue will unblock third-party bulbs after user backlash.


Apple Music’s Sonos support starts now (in beta)

Most features are intact, though users might have to endure some rough edges until the service is fully supported early next year.

Philips Hue users outraged after firmware update blocks third-party light bulbs

Philips Hue firmware update blocks third-party bulbs, and it doesn’t go over well.


Apple Music locks up Taylor Swift’s 1989 concert video as an exclusive

With 1989 concert stream, Taylor Swift becomes a major marketing point for Apple Music.


Pandora’s Thumbprint Radio combines all your interests into a personal mega-station

Pandora's personalized Thumbprint Radio hopes to take on Apple Music and Spotify.

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Chromecast Audio’s multi-room support has arrived, along with high-res audio

With multi-room audio support, Chromecast's low-budget assault on Sonos begins in earnest.


Google’s OnHub Shells aim to beautify the wireless router

Google's OnHub Shells turn the fancy new router into a decorative piece.