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McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

McDonald’s turns food tray into a music production app

Food trays at fast food restaurants are designed to do one thing: get your food to a table in an easy and quick manner. But as our digital age progresses, it's time for these plastic trays to start doing more. Last year we saw KFC turn them into Bluetooth keyboards so you can keep your greasy fingers off your phone's screen. Now it's McDonald’s turn, and they've turned the tray into a mini music production tool.

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Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

While the Apple Music has been Apple's biggest venture into the consumer music market since iTunes, the streaming service has had a rough first year and been subject to much criticism. But it looks like the first major upgrade is on the way, as a new report from Bloomberg says this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June will see the debut of an overhauled Apple Music, with a focus on being easier to use.

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‘This American Life’ podcast arrives on Pandora

‘This American Life’ podcast arrives on Pandora

This past November, Pandora announced that it would be the exclusive streaming home for the podcast Serial, and that it would also be exclusively offering ‘This American Life’ starting sometime in early 2016. As it turns out, that day is today — as of now, you can fire up Pandora and be on the receiving end of ‘This American Life’ podcast episodes, increasing the number of options you have for playing them.

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Spotify exposed: list appears online with hundreds of account details

Spotify exposed: list appears online with hundreds of account details

Something fishy is going on, and it involves a bunch of Spotify accounts. A Pastebin text document recently surfaced online containing what appears to be the login details for hundreds of Spotify accounts, and some Spotify users are surfacing with claims that they've been locked out of their own accounts, in part. Spotify, however, has denied that it has been the victim of a hack, leaving many in the dark about what exactly is going on.

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Beyonce’s Lemonade HBO special airs, new album exclusive to Tidal

Beyonce’s Lemonade HBO special airs, new album exclusive to Tidal

The mysterious HBO special from Beyoncé titled Lemonade finally aired last night, and as almost everyone guessed, it's related to a new album from the pop/R&B singer. Described as a "visual album," which explains the video element that aired exclusively on HBO, the songs of Lemonade were made available on Tidal just minutes after the TV special ended. In what's becoming a trend recently, at least for artists with ownership stake in Tidal, the new album will be exclusive to the service, but also surprising is that Lemonade can only be streamed, not purchased.

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Prince dies, the world mourns a genius

Prince dies, the world mourns a genius

Musical legend Prince Rogers Nelson has passed from this world. A timeless artist and entertainer, Prince was known by many names. The Kid. The Purple One. Jamie Starr, Alexander Nevermind, and the notorious Artist Formerly Known As Prince. He was also known by his Love Symbol - a name without a name. His death occurred approximately 57 years after his birth, both having occurred in his home state of Minnesota. Until his dying day he played music, and his epic archives will continue to satisfy the masses for all time.

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Fluance Fi70 Review: a massive, beautiful Bluetooth speaker

Fluance Fi70 Review: a massive, beautiful Bluetooth speaker

There are speakers, and then there are speakers. When I first saw a picture of Fluance's Fi70 wireless speaker, it was on a pedestal and I imagined it to be something somewhat hefty but not enormous. I realized I was mistaken when a 100lbs box appeared on my front porch. Though officially referred to as a wireless speaker, the Fluance Fi70 is more appropriately described as a sound system aggregated together into a convenient, awfully heavy box. How does it sound? In one word: incredible.

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XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

LG may be undecided on whether the US market is ready for add-on audio enhancement for smartphones, but that isn't stopping other companies from promising great aural enjoyment from accessories. Embrace Labs has been showing off its upcoming XPUMP dongle today, a gum-stick sized add-on that, rather than amplifying the music played from your phone, laptop, or anything else, claims to use DSP to improve it instead.

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Crosley’s 2016 Record Store Day Turntable Review

Crosley’s 2016 Record Store Day Turntable Review

A special edition of the Crosley Cruiser portable turntable (read: vinyl record player) is sitting on our review bench today, Mickey Mouse-infused. This version of the Crosley Cruiser has a couple of images of the Disney mouse, both rolling pretty hard with his own stack of records as such. This piece of equipment has the same internals as you'd find on a classic Cruiser model, but here it has a limited edition set of images to adorn its exterior - and under the hood.

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Logitech buys Jaybird as part of its ‘audio wearables’ expansion

Logitech buys Jaybird as part of its ‘audio wearables’ expansion

Logitech has entered into an agreement to acquire Jaybird, an audio company that sells earbuds and more for athletes and sporty folks. Logitech will buy the company for $50 million in cash, as well as up to another possible $45 million depending on whether they hit some growth targets over the next couple of years. With this acquisition, Logitech will be furthering its expansion beyond PC speakers to include, in this case, audio wearable technology.

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JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds are for USB Type-C phones

JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds are for USB Type-C phones

The new HTC 10 smartphone has a USB-C port, and just in time for it is the new JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds with a USB Type-C cable. These are the first sport earbuds for USB-C phones, according to JBL, that feature adaptive noise control and noise cancellation. In addition to blocking out unwanted ambient noises, the earbuds feature an in-line control and microphone, two color options, and more.

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New Gorillaz Music and Artwork “leaked” by Jamie Hewlett

New Gorillaz Music and Artwork “leaked” by Jamie Hewlett

Don't expect any full tracks out of the Gorillaz Until the time is ripe - but today we're getting a preview. Today Jamie Hewlett released not one, but two videos - very short videos - showing what's going on in the studio with the creators of the next Gorillaz album. One video is relatively short but includes some futuristic musical jams, while the other is long but contains no music. Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn are here - see if you can identify anyone else.

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