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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?

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Turner Broadcasting plans to offer standalone streaming services by the end of the year

Turner Broadcasting looks to lure cord-cutters with standalone services and skinny bundles.

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What the next version of Android TV might mean for cord cutters

Android N plants the seeds for a futuristic DVR in Android TV and brings back picture-in-picture.

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PlayStation Vue streaming plan goes nationwide by cutting broadcast channels

Sony’s new PlayStation Vue streaming-TV bundle costs $10 more than Sling TV, but it includes way more channels.

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New movies at home on launch day: Is avoiding the theater worth $50 per film?

Screening Room looks to bring first-run movies straight to the living room, but at a high price.

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4K Roku TVs start shipping, but the screens are small

Best Buy’s Insignia brand is first out the gate with 43-inch and 50-inch Roku 4K smart TVs.

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Ad nauseam: Inside streaming video’s repetitive ad problem

Why do Hulu and other streaming video services show the same ads over and over?

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DirecTV sets up the first UltraHD TV channel in the United States, starting with the Masters golf tournament

DirecTV goes 4K on a single channel, as the era of live UltraHD broadcasts begins with a whimper.