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Next Up On My Shopping List: PlayStation TV

Next Up On My Shopping List: PlayStation TV

I might already own an Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and PlayStation 4, but that doesn’t mean I’m putting an end to my purchases of set-top boxes. Quite the contrary, I’ve found a device that, I believe, will be my next big purchase for the home: the Sony PlayStation TV.

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Slingbox M1 spotted trying to resurrect wireless video shifting

Slingbox M1 spotted trying to resurrect wireless video shifting

Things have been quiet from media streamers Slingbox of late, but thanks to the FCC we've got a glimpse of a new model, the Slingbox M1, which looks set to release soon. Packing WiFi connectivity in a compact footprint, the M1 will presumably continue Sling's tradition of placeshifting video, taking content you already have access to in one location, such as through a cable PVR, and squirting it elsewhere in the home or to various mobile apps.

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Logitech Harmony gets Sonos controls and voice search

Logitech Harmony gets Sonos controls and voice search

In order to expand the reach of its integrated entertainment system, Logitech is announcing a software upgrade for both its Harmony Ultimate remote control and Harmony Smart Control app. Now these two controllers can let users sift through their Sonos playlists or search for streaming content, right from the comfort of their couch.

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Living with Amazon Fire TV: Two Months On

Living with Amazon Fire TV: Two Months On

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box arrived to shake up an increasingly crowded home entertainment segment, but does it have what it takes to set the living room alight? The squared-off streamer has been hooked up to my TV for two months now, piping Prime on-demand video among other things, but has the new gadget honeymoon ended?

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Pure Jongo gets multiroom Bluetooth streaming from any app

Pure Jongo gets multiroom Bluetooth streaming from any app

Pure has updated its Jongo streaming speaker system, cranking up the Sonos challenge by adding the ability to play music from any app on your smartphone or tablet to the entire multiroom system. Using Bluetooth Caskeid, a low-latency streaming system, iOS and Android device users are able to play their choice of music or internet radio app from their device to one or more Jongo speakers.

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AirPlay adding next-song ID and “Play All Tracks” in iOS 8

AirPlay adding next-song ID and “Play All Tracks” in iOS 8

AirPlay's direct connections aren't the only changes Apple has planned for its streaming system in iOS 8, including how much control and insight accessories get into what's playing. The new version of AirPlay will allow streaming speakers and docks to access the media playback queue, for instance, so as to display what's coming up next on the playlist.

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Blumoo universal IR blaster gets Android support alongside iOS

Blumoo universal IR blaster gets Android support alongside iOS

Home universal remote controller Blumoo has gained a new Android app, spreading the multifunction controller to Google's smartphone and tablet OS, while at the same time giving its iOS app an update. The curvaceous controller pairs with a phone or slate over Bluetooth 4.0, and then functions as a multi-purpose IR blaster to control A/V equipment and stream music.

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Denon HEOS takes on Sonos in music streaming

Denon HEOS takes on Sonos in music streaming

Denon has revealed its take on home music streaming, HEOS by Denon, a Sonos-rivaling selection of wireless speakers that can funnel music from local and cloud sources. Initially arriving as a trio of all-in-one units - the HEOS 3, HEOS 5, and HEOS 7 - the new line-up hooks up to an existing WiFi dual-band 802.11n network, with the potential for synchronized playback across every zone.

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Aether Cone streams Rdio and Stitcher as launch nears

Aether Cone streams Rdio and Stitcher as launch nears

Aether's unusually-shaped Cone speaker, a streaming music player that promises smart curation of tracks, will launch with Rdio and Stitcher as sources, the start-up has confirmed. Revealed back in March, the distinctive speaker prioritizes machine learning rather than active control over playlists, with Aether promising to learn the listener's preferences and tailor what's streaming to suit.

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Doctor Who series 8 airs August 2014

Doctor Who series 8 airs August 2014

The new season of Doctor Who, staring Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor, will air in August 2014, the BBC has confirmed today. Hotly-anticipated by Who fans on both sides of the Atlantic, the show will see Capaldi - better known for playing foul-mouthed political advisor Malcolm Tucker in Armando Iannucci's satirical movie In The Loop - take over from Matt Smith.

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HiSense H6 Smart TV with Android hits shelves

HiSense H6 Smart TV with Android hits shelves

HiSense's H6 Smart TV powered by Android is headed to stores today, with the 55-inch set offering voice control and an "air mouse" remote along with support for various on-demand streaming services. Showing up on Walmart shelves, the Full HD set has a 120Hz refresh rate and integrated WiFi, and can pull Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and other content without the need for a separate set-top box.

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HBO shows hit Amazon Prime Instant Video (but no GoT)

HBO shows hit Amazon Prime Instant Video (but no GoT)

HBO shows have turned up on Amazon Prime Instant Video for the first time, with titles like The Sopranos, The Wire, Band of Brothers, and more all available for those subscribing to the retailer's on-demand service. The deal sees a mixture of full seasons, select current episodes, movies, and one-off specials from HBO added to Amazon's catalog, having previously only been offered to HBO subscribers themselves.

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