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Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most traditional of displays, the humble TV. Google TV was flabby and confusing; the axe fell on the Nexus Q before it even went on sale. Only the Chromecast has had any measure of success, and yet just when we thought Google might have a strategy, along comes a different platform again, Android TV. Running first on the Nexus Player, but set to spread to smart TVs from numerous manufacturers, it’s Google’s fourth lounge reboot, but is it really necessary?

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Southwest Airlines starts streaming Beats Music

Southwest Airlines starts streaming Beats Music

Southwest Airlines has inked a deal with Beats Music that will see specially-customized playlists from the streaming service piped straight into select flights. Available on Southwest's WiFi-enabled routes, the Beats Music integration will see both pre-curated playlists offered for streaming, as well as tap into the Apple-owned system's ability to piece together a uniquely tailored playlist of tracks based on a few individual preferences of the listener themselves. Users won't have to cough up for internet access, however.

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Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Taylor Swift has yanked all of her music from streaming service Spotify, ditching the ad-supported music platform for reasons unknown. The decision has left Spotify without one of its most popular artists; according to an open letter to the singer posted by the company, Swift's music has been played by almost sixteen million users in the past thirty days, and is to be found on over nineteen million playlists. It's not the first time in the past week or so that Swift has shunned Spotify, however.

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Sonos for Android Wear will put controls on your wrist

Sonos for Android Wear will put controls on your wrist

Sonos is testing Android Wear support for its whole-home music platform, allowing wearers of smartwatches running Google's platform to quickly control playback. The new functionality would mean listeners could access play/pause controls as well as skip tracks forward and back from their wrist, and is currently being trialled for participants of the Sonos Beta program who also have an Android Wear device such as the Moto 360.

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Want a Fire TV Stick? Tough luck: Wait until 2015

Want a Fire TV Stick? Tough luck: Wait until 2015

Amazon's Fire TV Stick seems to have struck a chord, with pre-order demand for the streaming media dongle already so fierce that new orders won't ship until 2015 at the earliest. Announced earlier this week, the Chromecast-rivaling stick proved ambitious not just for undercutting Amazon's existing Fire TV, but by the degree with which it did. Although the sticker price was $39, the retailer offered the adapter for a mere $19 to those with Prime accounts.

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Watch: Halo Master Chief Collection streams now!

Watch: Halo Master Chief Collection streams now!

This morning the streams have been let loose. Several outlets have begun their Master Chief Collection streams on Twitch and you'll be able to see them roll here below. Each stream comes from an Xbox One, of course, but this being the ultimate collection of Halo games, we're never quite sure which stream will be playing which title. You'll get the lot of them here and now, courtesy of Twitch. Jump on in and let the old school to new school begin!

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United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

First world problem or just plain common sense when flying: United Airlines is redesigning its seats so that passengers will be able to prop up a tablet and yet still have space on their tray-table for their in-flight meal. While it might seem flippant, it's part of a push by United to shift entertainment over to personal devices rather than necessarily outfitting every seat-back with a built-in screen.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick takes on Chromecast

Amazon Fire TV Stick takes on Chromecast

Amazon may have been a late entrant into the set-top box space, but that hasn't stopped it already pushing out a second model, with the Fire TV Stick taking a leaf out of Chromecast's playbook by slotting straight into a spare HDMI port behind your TV. Undercutting the original Fire TV box at $39 - though Prime members will, temporarily at least, get an even better deal than that - the stick promises 50-percent more power than Google's dongle as well as 1080p Full HD video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, together with three options for remote control.

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Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

WiFi cameras like Dropcam aren't new, but while baking in wireless connectivity has helped cut one cord, they've always needed to be plugged into a power supply. Now, Homeboy claims to have severed that second tether, with its eponymous camera running on batteries and promising around three months of use from a single charge. That makes positioning all the easier, and Homeboy has taken advantage of that with a magnetic base that means the camera can be pointed in any direction or even hung upside-down from the ceiling.

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Lionsgate streaming service to join HBO and CBS in 2015

Lionsgate streaming service to join HBO and CBS in 2015

The studio behind The Hunger Games is set to join CBS and HBO in their efforts to add a streaming service to the masses. This is Lionsgate Films, and they’re being joined in their efforts by Tribeca Enterprises. This service will be launched in the first half of next year, and it’ll be called - oddly enough - "Tribeca Short List." This service will include John Wick, Crash, Monster’s Ball, The Hurt Locker, Juno, Ender’s Game, and Snitch. And don’t forget The Expendables - and a whole lot more.

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