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will.i.am to reveal i.am+ wearable dream on Wednesday

will.i.am to reveal i.am+ wearable dream on Wednesday

Everyone is getting into wearables these days. And by everyone, we don't just mean the usual culprits of technology companies and mobile device makers. Seeing traditional watch makers trying to dip their toes in the nascent market isn't surprising. But entertainers and artists? That's definitely not your usual mix. And yet that is actually what will.i.am from popular music group Black Eyed Peas is doing and he will be revealing exactly what his vision and plans are for this rising device category this Wednesday at Dreamforce 2014.

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Traktor Kontrol S8 brings the DJ back to the party

Traktor Kontrol S8 brings the DJ back to the party

Native Instruments have issued a hardware update for their Traktor Kontrol DJ controller. The Traktor Control S8, a new all-in-one system for the serious DJ, will be arriving very soon. Of immediate note is the Traktor Control moves away from jog wheels, replacing them with two screens. There are also touch-sensitive knobs for enhanced control. The S8 wants to bring the DJ away from the laptop and back into focus with the crowd, and this one packs enough under the hood to get that rolling.

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Far Cry 4 x Childish Gambino trailer goes hard

Far Cry 4 x Childish Gambino trailer goes hard

This morning it’s become clear that Childish Gambino has gone to the next level in rap, in entertainment, in life. The folks behind Far Cry 4 have also initiated some heavy synergy by pairing up with Childish Gambino for the video you’re about to see. Bringing in real-deal not-just-gaming sound to their release schedule has Ubisoft taking Far Cry 4 out a whole new door.

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Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku performs on Letterman

Virtual pop star Hatsune Miku performs on Letterman

Hatsune Miku is a virtual pop singer that gets her voice courtesy of Crypton Future Media, which is based out of Japan. Using various Vocaloid synthesizers, she belts out songs and, despite her lack of flesh and blood, enjoys quite a fan base. Thanks to increasingly sophisticated projection technology, Hatsune has taken to more than one stage to perform songs, with the latest one being on The Late Show with David Letterman, where she danced and sang alongside a live band before fizzling away in a poof of digital magic.

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Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Not his entire record collection - if he had one - but every one of the records John Lennon created will be streamed by Spotify starting today. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr also have albums streaming on Spotify, while The Beatles as a collective have none. Remember when it was a big deal when The Beatles were released to iTunes? Remember also when Led Zeppelin and Metallica were released to Spotify? The wave is coming - and some might believe that it’s already here. Streaming all the albums, all the artists - but The Beatles, of course.

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Bose SoundTouch Series II expands wireless speaker array

Bose SoundTouch Series II expands wireless speaker array

A wave of new hardware is coming to Bose’s wireless sound system brand, the SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System Line. Along with units like the SoundTouch Series II, Portable Series II, and CineMate 520 systems, Bose has also revealed that Deezer, Spotify, and iHeartRadio are joining in as compatible music systems. They join Pandora already in effect.

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