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Apple reportedly wants free Spotify dead to pave way for Beats relaunch

As the music industry tires of Spotify freeloaders, Apple may be pushing labels to kill off unpaid streaming.

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New IFTTT compatibility boosts Amazon Echo's usefulness--and weirdness

Some of the recipes in the new IFTTT Alexa Channel for Amazon's Echo are insanely useful, tying the hub into various other services. Some are just plain weird.

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Don't know what to watch on Netflix? Let the OttoPlay Chrome extension decide

OttoPlay offers a traditional channel surfing experience, but for Netflix and YouTube videos.

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Tesla Powerwall is a big rechargeable home battery with benefits

The $3000-and-up battery pack can cut down energy costs or take you off the grid completely.

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Oomi’s connected-home system gains remote monitoring and ingress sensors

Fantem’s Oomi connected home security and management system has acquired a new accessory for detecting entry via your home’s windows and doors. The company has also partnered with Nettalk for an optional remote monitoring and emergency system.

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, May 1

Oracle shrugs off Salesforce rumors...House OKs plan to stop NSA phone dragnet...why Ford's CEO is wary of Apple and Google

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No, Tidal didn't raise its App Store prices, but it does have a perception problem

The latest Tidal flare-up drives home just how negative perceptions of Jay-Z's streaming music service have become.

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Free Windows 10 IoT preview released for Raspberry Pi 2, Arduino partnership revealed

Microsoft releases new software aimed at controlling robots, smart homes, and other small hardware projects. But it's far from a full-blown version of Windows.

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NBC's experiments with Netflix-like binge watching for Duchovny's new TV show

NBC is taking a page from Netflix for its upcoming new series Aquarius, starring David Duchovny

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Plex cleans up its music act with much-improved catalog management

You might know Plex primarily as a way to stream videos from your computer to other devices, but a new update aims to make the software just as useful for streaming your music collection.

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Cablevision becomes the first cable company to hawk Hulu subscriptions

You can already get it by signing up at Hulu.com, but Cablevision's Optimum plans to sell Hulu subscriptions directly to its customers.

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Ottobox smart plug turns devices on and off based on usage patterns

The Ottobox doesn't just make dumb devices smarter. It can also lower your energy bill.

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Hook promises to make smart homes out of dumb power switches for less than $100

By moving remote-controlled outlet and light bulb switches onto a local Wi-Fi network, Hook promises to enable a smart home for under $100.