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Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

The days of light bulbs that can play music are upon us, and another option in the still sparse market has arisen: the Twist light bulb. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device, however, it can stream music over AirPlay and Wi-Fi. The speaker functionality is joined by LEDs and color that changes based on preference and the time of day. Says the maker, the light Twist gives off is a bluish white in the morning, and becomes a warmer color in the evening. In addition, the Twist bulb can mimic the sun’s own patterns for better integration with your lighting system.

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SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud is home to a massive library of audio content, some of it from casual users, others from independent artists, podcasters, and more. There has been pressure on the service for a long while now to get squared away with official licensing deals and, under them, to pay out royalties where royalties are due. Today the service announced a big step toward that, with it having struck a large deal that covers about 20,000 indie record labels with the organization Merlin.

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Shazam adds new feature for QR code-like campaigns

Shazam adds new feature for QR code-like campaigns

Shazam, the same app that lets you identify catchy mystery songs playing just about anywhere will now be able to "identify" visual objects. We first got word of the then-rumored feature back in March. Unfortunately, this does not mean providing more information about that mystery fruit at the supermarket, or some strange bug in your backyard. Instead, Shazam will now let you scan Shazam logos (and QR codes) embedded on products like posters and magazines to get additional content--AKA advertisements.

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MPOW Edge Bluetooth headset mini-review

MPOW Edge Bluetooth headset mini-review

Whether you're using your smartphone or your smartwatch, using Bluetooth headsets has become necessary in many instances -- when driving, when multitasking, and such. There are full Bluetooth headsets that resemble headphones, but often times a small ear piece is all you need, something small tucked behind the ear that can be popped in and out without fanfare. MPOW has a couple of them, but one in particular has enjoyed a healthy fan base, the MPOW Edge Bluetooth 4.0 headset. We grabbed one for ourselves and have all the details in this mini-review!

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Facebook hires startup Tugboat Yards

Facebook hires startup Tugboat Yards

Facebook has acqui-hired, so to speak, the startup Tugboat Yards, it has been announced. The announcement was made by Tugboat Yards itself, which says that it is feeling both excited and melancholy about the new business deal. Under this deal, Tugboat Yards will be completely shutting down on June 30, with the team then heading on over to Facebook to join the social network’s product team. Says the new Facebook team members, they’ll be working on media products including video and news.

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Mad Max: The Wasteland is the (working) title of the next film

Mad Max: The Wasteland is the (working) title of the next film

Director George Miller confirms not only that there are two more films in the Mad Max film series planned, but that the next has a title already. While this may end up just being a working title, Miller suggests that they've got the name "Mad Max: The Wasteland" attached. Not too much of a departure from any other Mad Max film, to be sure. It also confirms that we're not really going too far away from the environment we've been in for the past three films.*

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Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Apple Watch is going to change a lot of things. It’ll change how other companies consider wearables, and its popularity will certainly make being on the Apple Watch via apps a necessity. Apple Watch is also accelerating how we think about those apps best considered as ‘micro-mobile’; those that are made specifically for wearables. With so many Developers having worked on their Apple Watch apps based off of emulation ahead of launch, we’re starting to see them go back to the drawing board. And they’re right to do so.

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Spotify has event planned, ‘news’ to share ahead of I/O, WWDC

Spotify has event planned, ‘news’ to share ahead of I/O, WWDC

The irony is not lost on us; mere weeks ahead of WWDC, where Apple is believed to announce a streaming music service (possibly with a Beats or iTunes refresh), Spotify is holding a press conference. Sending little more than an image saying “we’ve got some news”, Spotify is hoping the press will show up May 20 in New York. What will they announce? Speculation abounds, but the leading theory is Spotify is about to begin a video service to rival YouTube and/or Tidal.

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With Reddit Original Video, you are the product

With Reddit Original Video, you are the product

You may have heard of the new service Reddit Original Video announced just this afternoon. If you're like any one of the millions of content creators on the web today, you might be wondering how you're going to get in on it. You aren't. This isn't the same sort of deal as YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video service. It's not quite that massive. Instead, Reddit Original Video is going to be more like a content creator in and of itself. It's a video team, filming and sending video to you.

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Nextear wireless earbuds include multi-purpose case

Nextear wireless earbuds include multi-purpose case

Earbuds used to be the ultimate audio convenience, but they’re not anymore. The cable is an unwanted shackle between smartphone and ears, and while Bluetooth earbuds eliminate that tether, they don’t often eliminate the actual wire. Nextear is different, being two individual and entirely wire-free earbuds that work together to produce stereo audio. They come with a case that features an integrated battery for charging the earbuds while on the go, but it does more than that — the case is multi-purpose, and brings with it several features including an LED flashlight.

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