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Slingbox M2 lets your home cable TV follow you

Slingbox M2 lets your home cable TV follow you

Slingbox keeps pushing its vision of subscription-free video streaming, with the new Slingbox M2 pushing your home cable to your phone or tablet. The new box hooks up to cable or satellite receivers, DVRs, Blu-ray or DVD players, or pretty much any other source with a video output, and squirts the content from them across the internet to Sling's apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms, in up to 1080p Full HD resolution.

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Apple TV’s cable-killer said close to all-important deals

Apple TV’s cable-killer said close to all-important deals

Apple is hoping to do to cable TV what Apple Music looks set to do to radio, with deals for a broadcast TV service reportedly close to being finalized. The Cupertino firm's ambitions to offer live TV content - only without the typical cable pricing - are long-standing, dating back to the days when Steve Jobs was still at the helm according to some rumors, but have traditionally stumbled on the scale of the agreements Apple would need to organize with networks and affiliates. Now, insiders claim, Apple may have figured out a workaround.

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Sonos boosts PLAY:1, makes Google Play Music smarter

Sonos boosts PLAY:1, makes Google Play Music smarter

Sonos has pushed out an upgrade to its streaming music system, boosting the performance of its entry-level PLAY:1 speakers plus making setup easier. The changes, released today, tweak the clarity of the PLAY:1, which is the most affordable Sonos speaker at $199 apiece, not to mention optimizing bass performance if you pair the one with a Sonos SUB. Meanwhile, there's now also support for music services to deliver customized streams, like curated Google Play Music radio stations that depend on the time of day.

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Xbox Music renamed Groove for Windows 10

Xbox Music renamed Groove for Windows 10

Microsoft has rebranded Xbox Music for Windows 10, with its new app dubbed Groove, while Xbox Video has also shed its gaming connection. Windows 10's place for video will now be known as Movies & TV, something the company says will make it "more identifiable for our broad customer base." Initially, the changes will be applied to Microsoft's new OS when it hits PCs at the end of the month, but the company says eventually apps on all platforms will be brought in line.

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On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

July 4th doesn't have to stop at barbecue food and Will Smith kicking extraterrestrial butt: it's a great opportunity to declare tech independence, too. Whether it's free trials that you signed up for and forgot to cancel before they started charging your credit card, an old cellphone plan that's now looking less than competitive, or your unwatched cable box sucking down cash every month in return for a thousand channels you ignore, there are plenty of ways to make today a more rewarding Independence Day.

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Sonos boosts Spotify playback with Android beta

Sonos boosts Spotify playback with Android beta

Sonos and Spotify have long been a popular pairing, and now a new beta unlocks features like Spotify Radio, genres, and moods through the Sonos Controller. The beta, launching for Android users today but expected to roll out more broadly over the next few weeks, builds on Sonos' existing, rather rudimentary integration of the Spotify catalog, which currently allows users to navigate their playlists as well as search through all albums and artists.

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Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet’s Phantom resembles something from Portal, has audiophiles by turns fuming or fawning, and squeezes up to 3,000W into a casing some physicists say shouldn’t work. The first all-in-one music system from the polarizing French firm, Phantom’s odd looks are, Devialet claims, merely the side-product of its homegrown pressurized drivers and hybridized analog/digital amplifiers. That means the big story is in the sound, but can this sci-fi prop of a speaker really be worth its $2k price tag?

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National Geographic and Morgan Freeman helm ‘The Story of God’ TV series

National Geographic and Morgan Freeman helm ‘The Story of God’ TV series

National Geographic's newest undertaking is a world away from its coverage of the animal kingdom. In partnership with Revelations Entertainment, its latest project is The Story of God. The series will be on air next year on The National Geographic Channel, and will see a global release in 171 countries in 45 different languages. Lending heavenly narration skills to the series is Morgan Freeman. At this time, it's unclear whether he will be present in voice or figure as well. Either way, attaching his name was a smart move on Nat Geo's part.

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Did Apple dash Dre’s dream of a Beats Sonos-rival?

Did Apple dash Dre’s dream of a Beats Sonos-rival?

Apple axed Beats' ambitions of a wireless home audio system to rival Sonos, insiders say, with the rumored project iced in the aftermath of the acquisition. Beats Electronics had been working on a speaker system which would upgrade its existing range from Bluetooth-alone to supporting multiroom synchronized playback over WiFi, among other things, Variety's sources suggest, but a supposed combination of technical hurdles and dwindling confidence left the concept in limbo.

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Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

There's unquestionably an advantage to being the home team, and in Apple Music's case that means coming preloaded on future iPhones while rivals like Spotify are stuck in the App Store. Apple's new streaming platform comes relatively late to the game - though, with Beats Music already under the Cupertino umbrella, it's been at least a stepparent to a streaming service for some time now - and, while that's allowed Tidal, Spotify, and others to grab the earlier adopters, it's also given Apple's team a chance to identify what some of the potential shortcomings in the current market. Turns out, a big part of that comes down to real, actual people rather than just algorithms. While it won't be until the end of June until Apple Music starts accepting new listeners, I got a preview at WWDC following the launch.

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