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Google Play Music deleting cached songs on SD cards, but not on purpose

What is it with subscription streaming music services messing with people's stuff lately?

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Plex beefs up its Xbox One app, but still requires a subscription

New features include playlists, music support, SmartGlass controls, and direct MKV playback.

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Ecobee becomes the first HomeKit thermostat

Setting your home's temperature with Siri voice controls just became a reality.

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Why Sony vows to stay in the smartphone business: The Internet of Things

Squashing sale rumors, Sony's Hiroki Totoki says the smartphone plays too important of a role in controlling a vast array of connected devices.

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Apple confirms it's trying to fix Home Sharing for iOS 9

Updating iOS for Apple Music disables streaming iTunes songs from a Mac, and it'll stay that way for at least a couple more months.

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iOS 8.4 nixes Home Sharing for music, at least for now

iTunes users no longer have a free, built-in way to stream their songs from a Mac to iPhones and iPads.

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Sony's new whole-home speakers combine Google Cast and Apple AirPlay

Can't decide on the best way to send audio from your phone to your sound system? Now you don't have to.

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Hulu revisited: Worthy of love and suspicion in equal measure

The streaming-video site has snapped out of its lethargy with loads of new content, but it might not have cord-cutters’ best interests at heart.

'Cloud tax' jacks up Netflix bills in Chicago

The new charge is separate from sales tax, and could add 9 percent to customers' bills.

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Sonos and Apple will make beautiful music together by year-end

After a brief period of radio silence, Apple says it'll bring its new Apple Music streaming service to Sonos speakers this year.

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Lightweight new NUC kits are Intel's cheapest mini-PCs yet

Based on Intel's Braswell processors, the latest bare-bones desktop computers have emerged on Amazon for $129 and up.

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Amazon takes its Alexa voice assistant to third-party hardware and software

Amazon's Echo connected speaker will get some new powers later this year, while other device makers can add their own Echo-like functions.

Cord cutting: legal TV streaming

The surprisingly sneaky rise of a la carte pay TV

TV networks have fiercely resisted selling their services individually; but in doing so, they’ve allowed something better to blossom.

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Amazon turns on HDR video streaming, but only for high-end Samsung TVs

The impressive tech delivers blacker blacks and bursts of beautiful brightness, but Amazon's support is just a baby step towards mass adoption.

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Hulu to sell Showtime's streaming service at a discount

Starting in July, $17 per month gets you a smattering of cable shows and one premium pay TV channel.