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Spotify launches beta testing program for Android

It's an invitation-only initiative, so sign up now if you want to check out new features before they're released widely.

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Channel Master TV takes a stab at splicing streaming and over-the-air video

As more people abandon cable TV for cheap or free streaming services, some hardware makers are hellbent on mashing up online video with free broadcast channels.

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Top-selling media streamer this quarter doesn’t come from Apple, Roku, or Google

Shipment data collected by Strategy Analytics suggests Amazon got the better of Apple, Google and Roku during the first three months of 2015.

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TiVo Online quietly adds web streaming for DVR shows

A new website lets TiVo users watch their recordings straight from a browser, though some extra hardware might be required.

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5 steps to keep your smart home from being hacked

Security researchers needed just 5 to 20 minutes to hack most smart-home devices. Learn how to keep real hackers at bay with these five strategies.

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Apple announces modest changes to its HomeKit platform at WWDC 2015

Support for new sensor classes motorized window shades coming with iOS 9, Siri control with watchOS 2.0.

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Apple Music turns iTunes into a streaming service

The new app debuts June 30 with social and radio features to set it apart from Spotify.

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Not just Apple: Showtime streaming heads to Roku, Playstation Vue

After announcing Apple as its “first partner,” Showtime adds a couple more venues for its $11 per month streaming service.

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Great big sound from rugged little speakers: JBL Charge 2+ vs. Fugoo Sport

Weatherized enclosures don’t stop these versatile Bluetooth speakers from delivering surprisingly good musical performances.

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Plex gets more secure, adding free SSL encryption for all free and paying users

Plex Media Server users just got an important upgrade: The company is giving all of its customers, both paid subscribers and free users, an SSL certificate from a trusted authority, for free.

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Whoops! Sony Music CEO confirms Apple's new music streaming service

According to Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, Apple will introduce a brand new music streaming service at Monday's WWDC keynote.

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Android TV's 600 “new” apps are now much easier to find

The Google Play Store now lets you browse every available app--including all the junk.

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Attempting a minimalist living room with Shield Android TV and HDHomeRun

Streaming games and over-the-air channels from another room can help slim down your media center, but they also introduce some new points of failure.