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Amazon Echo update lets you control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify with your voice

A new software update for Amazon's virtual assistant device lets you use spoken commands to control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify playback.

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Walmart's $25 Vudu Spark streaming stick is now available to the masses

Walmart's $25 streaming stick undercuts the competition's prices by a good margin.

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The UHD Alliance wants to make 4K TV more than just a curiosity

Major TV makers and content producers team up to make 4K HDTV matter.

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'The Interview' makes it big on YouTube, becomes one of the Web's top videos

Seth Rogen and James Franco's latest film becomes a hit on legal streaming sites—and torrent sites as well.

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Google Play Music subscribers will get free access to YouTube Music Key

Users of Google's other music streaming service will be able to use Google's new music streaming service without paying any additional fees.

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Xbox One November System Update brings custom backgrounds, Twitter integration

The latest system update for Xbox One lets you personalize your Home screen and gives you more interactive TV watching.

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Some LG G3 phones will get Android Lollipop this week, while Nexus owners wait

LG's Lollipop will be limited at first, but others should get it 'in the near future.'

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Gmail 5.0 for Android gets a new look, Exchange support

The new version, hitting phones soon, features the new "Material" interface design that Google is pushing

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CVS disables NFC terminals, stops accepting Apple Pay, Google Wallet

Reports indicate that the company is working with other retailers on a separate mobile payment system due next year.

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Court decision puts Uber on hold in Nevada (for a couple weeks, anyway)

A district court judge in Carson City prevented the popular ridesharing company from operating in the state until at least November 7.

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Report: Microsoft is about to jump into the smartwatch fray

Forbes says that Microsoft will introduce its own smartwatch "within weeks."

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Snapchat begins serving up in-app ads

Hey—a company's gotta make money somehow.

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How to take a screenshot on your Android phone

Once an arduous task, taking a screenshot is a snap—no pun intended—on modern Android phones.

100,000 Snapchat photos get leaked, but Snapchat isn't to blame

A third-party web app for Snapchat saved snapped photos to its server, allowing hackers to get at them.

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Verizon and Redbox shut down Redbox Instant streaming service

The movie streaming service, a joint venture between Verizon and Redbox, will go dark on October 7th.