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Starz embraces standalone streaming with $9 per month video service

With Starz standalone streaming, yet another premium TV channel breaks free from the cable bundle

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Sony’s pricey Ultra video-streaming service goes live today, but you'll need a new high-end 4K Sony TV to use it

Just spent thousands on a Sony 4K HDR TV? Get ready to pay a premium to enjoy it to the fullest.

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Xbox's first universal Windows apps include Hulu, NASCAR, Nickelodeon, and Dailymotion

The promise of porting Windows 10 apps to Xbox already has a few takers including Hulu and Nickelodeon.

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Amazon triples its Dash Button lineup for your Slim Jim and Red Bull emergencies

Amazon Dash Buttons expand well beyond the basics with on-demand snacks, gum, and even coconut water.

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Cord cutters should hope Vizio’s new smart TVs don't spark a trend

Vizio’s “Tuner-Free" TVs require extra hardware and hassle for antenna users.

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The Internet of Things is all fun and games until a racist takes over your printer

IoT security wake-up call: A white supremacist hacker sends racist documents to thousands of publicly-exposed connected printers.

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How to watch Netflix with faraway friends

Synchronize Netflix with long-distance friends using these two Chrome extensions.

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Turn a Raspberry Pi into an Echo-like speaker with this recipe from Amazon

Amazon posts detailed instruction on how to rig up a Raspberry Pi with Alexa voice commands.

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Hulu enters virtual reality on Gear VR, no subscription required

Hulu’s virtual reality app for the Samsung Gear VR is a mix of 360-degree content and traditional video in a virtual living room.

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Report: Google builds an Amazon Echo alternative while Nest turns to security

What are Alphabet's smart home plans? Depends on whether you’re talking about Nest or Google.

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PlayStation Vue FAQ: Everything to know about Sony’s cable TV alternative

Sony’s PlayStation Vue TV service just got a lot more interesting. Here’s what cord cutters need to know.

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Tesla quietly kills its largest Powerwall home battery

Tesla’s 10 kWh Powerwall is no more, and probably won’t be missed thanks to better alternatives.

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Chromecast owners can use Vizio’s new SmartCast app, but they probably shouldn’t

Vizio’s companion SmartCast app for P-Series TVs shows Chromecast how the remote control is done.

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Sony's PlayStation VR bundles go up for pre-order and quickly sell out

Sony starts taking PlayStation VR pre-orders more than six months ahead of launch.

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Verizon Fios kills Xbox and smart TV apps, making rental fees harder to avoid

Verizon Fios live TV apps for Xbox and Samsung Smart TVs are going away. One more argument for opening up the set-top box market?