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Pono woes: Neil Young bemoans "lack of resources" for expanding the reach of the lossless music player

Despite a hardcore audience in the tens of thousands, Pono may have trouble expanding its brand of better-than-CD-quality tunes.

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Amazon Echo adding voice controls for SmartThings devices

With Amazon’s connected speaker, turning on the lights and activating appliances will soon be just a voice command away for SmartThings users.

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Amazon reportedly beats Apple TV in 2014 as streaming video gets serious

Amazon quickly made its mark on the media streamer landscape in 2014, but this year could look a lot different.

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How the Xbox One and Windows 10 come together (and where they fall apart)

Microsoft has realized that it can’t ignore PC gaming anymore, but it still has work to do in building a bridge from the Xbox One.


HBO Now lands on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

One more connected TV platform down, but more to go for HBO’s standalone streaming video service.


DirecTV solves its 4K TV compatibility problem with new Genie Mini set-top boxes

Subscribers no longer need a specific Samsung television to watch 4K movies, though there are a few more gotchas involved.


Popcorn Time users are now getting sued by the movie industry

The makers of The Cobbler are trying to shake down users of the popular movie piracy software--or at least the ones who didn’t mask their activity with a VPN.


Sideclick is shaping up to be a killer remote control for streaming video

For $30, Sideclick adds TV controls to Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV remotes. Hands-on with a prototype shows plenty of promise.

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Apple Music retention is actually not too bad, says Apple

Apple is eager to prove that a subscription-only model is the way forward for streaming music.


Amazon Dash Button hack goes beyond mindless consumption

With a few lines of code, Amazon’s magical buy button goes from purchasing fresh diapers to tracking the number of dirty ones.


Comcast Xfinity's Xbox 360 app is going away soon

The cable giant says it’s making way for 'updates and improvements to our online experience,' but it’s unclear if those plans involve Xbox support.

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Fire TV is completely out of stock at Amazon

It’s unclear if a Fire TV 2 is coming, though Amazon is certainly due for a sequel.


Turn your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick into a Chromecast (almost) with this $8 app

YouMap Cast Receiver supports sending video from phones, tablets, and the Chrome browser for a fraction of the price, though app support is spotty.

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TiVo Roamio DVR gets cheap lifetime service deal as new hardware looms

At $250 for lifetime DVR service, buyers will start saving money after 17 months.


Columbia House is the latest victim of optical media’s irrelevance

The mail-order CD and DVD service files for bankruptcy. Sign up now and get its assets for just a penny!