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Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

Apple’s ‘Best of 2014′ list includes old favs, new artists, fun apps

With so much media floating around their platform, Apple has once again rolled out their year-end, best-of awards list. They’ve announced their favorites from 2014, along with a few fun surprises for us. Frozen dominated, with its album being iTunes’ best seller in 2014. Theme song Let It Go was the eighth most downloaded song all year, and two Frozen-themed apps were among the most downloaded of 2014. For the rest of apple’s favorites in 2014, keep reading!

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YouTube creators being lured away by startup, Facebook

YouTube creators being lured away by startup, Facebook

YouTube has become a place where anyone can upload creative content in an attempt to be noticed. Though the service has given plenty of viral heroes their start, a new report suggests the video service is in a panic. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources inside Google, say YouTube is in a “fire drill”. The reason for all the concern is talent poaching, where startup Vessel is said to be leading a surge in competing platforms who are trying to lure YouTubers away.

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Musical Fidelity Merlin 1 gives vinyl a Bluetooth chaser

Musical Fidelity Merlin 1 gives vinyl a Bluetooth chaser

Vinyl enthusiasts may not have a reputation for embracing modern technology, but Musical Fidelity clearly believes at least some record lovers are willing to entertain more than one way to get their audio fix. The new Merlin 1 system is built around the British company's Round Table turntable, but the companion digital amp not only caters for vinyl but supports Bluetooth aptX streaming for pulling over digital music from a phone or tablet, among other sources.

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YouTube can’t hang with Gangnam Style

YouTube can’t hang with Gangnam Style

Today's generation is much different than what we saw back in the 60's, 70's and 80's. With technology being so advanced, we get to share cultures all across the world with a simple click on YouTube. And that's exactly what PSY did with his notorious song Gangnam Style (강남스타일). His music video has been viewed over 2 billions times on YouTube that it literally broke the internet. Well maybe not the "internet" but the video view counter, close enough.

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Steam Broadcasting revealed as Twitch alternative

Steam Broadcasting revealed as Twitch alternative

The biggest name in live video game streaming today is Twitch - bar none. That's no reason why Steam, the biggest name in PC game sales and hosting, can't create a competitor. That's exactly what they're doing right this minute with Steam Broadcasting, coming your way in Beta form as early as this afternoon. Steam Broadcasting appears, for now, to be sort of the opposite model Twitch is running. You'll have only to find a friend, click the "Watch Game" button, and wait to be let in.

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Chromecast closes gap on Roku for streaming dominance

Chromecast closes gap on Roku for streaming dominance

If you’ve not yet bought a Chromecast, what’s stopping you? Google’s tiny streaming stick gets better all the time, and works pretty seamlessly with your existing apps (at least those supporting it). Not having a Chromecast seems silly, and you might soon be in the streaming minority if you’ve not yet snapped one up. A new report shows Chromecast as the number two streaming device in the country, behind only Roku’s legacy system. It’s even more popular than Apple TV.

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Vimeo re-works mobile site hoping you’ll start using it

Vimeo re-works mobile site hoping you’ll start using it

Vimeo may not be the video service you go to, but changes introduced today may change that. The streaming media service today is rolling out changes to their mobile website, aimed at getting people watching and sharing more than they ever did via Vimeo. According to Vimeo, the mobile site now does a few things well, but no longer attempts to recreate the desktop experience on your phone or tablet. They’ve even rolled in the ability to save videos for viewing later, should you not have an account or forget to sign in.

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Spotify gives devs mobile app store blessing

Spotify gives devs mobile app store blessing

Spotify is warming up to third-party developers, dropping its limits on how apps built using its mobile SDKs can be distributed and even monetized. The news means that Android and iOS coders can now release their wares through Google Play and the App Store, while also supporting things like embedded advertising, subscriptions, and more. Still, it's not quite a free-for-all, and exactly what you can do depends on how exactly you use Spotify's catalog.

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House of Cards season 3 teaser out, release date set

House of Cards season 3 teaser out, release date set

After the holidays, there’s typically not a lot going on until the Spring, when going outside for extended periods of time becomes tolerable for most of the country. February is a great time to stay in and stay warm, and there’s now good reason to. Netflix has released the first teaser for House of Cards’ third season, as well as a February release date. Before you continue, mark February 27 on the Calendar; you’ll be staying in that night, and binge watching.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Review – A Prime no-brainer

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review – A Prime no-brainer

Amazon may have been late to the streaming box game with the Fire TV, but the retail behemoth isn’t letting that initial tardiness hold it back, following up with an even more affordable way to bring on-demand content to your living room. The Amazon Fire TV Stick comes in at just $39, undercutting Roku and just a few dollars more than Google’s Chromecast, and offers - in broad strokes at least - the same multimedia prospect as its more expensive sibling. At less than half the price of a Fire TV, though, have so many corners been cut as to suddenly leave Jeff Bezos’ dongle unsatisfying? Read on for the full review.

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