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Apple grabs music analytics tool to polish its Spotify killer

Apple grabs music analytics tool to polish its Spotify killer

Apple is set to pay far more attention to what you're listening to, after acquiring the music analytics company behind Musicmetric, a tool which has previously helped bands like Iron Maiden fight piracy. The tech grab was quietly revealed when Musicmetric creator Semetric changed its registered address to that of Apple Europe in London, with the Cupertino firm also installing a high-level exec as a company director. Although what, exactly, Apple will do with Musicmetric is unclear - and the firm is declining to comment on specifics - it's expected to involve relaunching Beats Music as a more compelling Spotify alternative.

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Netflix adds The Interview on Jan 24; Pushes original content

Netflix adds The Interview on Jan 24; Pushes original content

Netflix will add controversial Sony Pictures movie The Interview to its virtual shelves on January 24th, it's confirmed, while the streaming media firm's first original feature film will debut on August 26th. The Seth Rogen and James Franco movie made a sudden appearance on pay-per-view at Christmas, but will be bundled in with an active Netflix subscription for US and Canadian users from this Saturday, the company announced today. Meanwhile, while crunching the sums on the last financial year, Netflix discovered something unexpected about just how much its content actually costs.

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Steam Broadcasting public Beta begins today: aiming for Twitch

Steam Broadcasting public Beta begins today: aiming for Twitch

The team at Valve responsible for making Steam a do-it-all station for gaming have really, truly been giving it their all over the past year. Music Streaming, Living Room Sharing, and now Live Streaming. It's as if they want to KEEP Steam as the one-stop-shop for all things AAA games - and Indie games while their at it. Here with Steam Broadcasting - live for the public for the first time today - they're aiming to take on Twitch, the largest name in game streaming currently on the market.

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Amazon is gunning for movie studios next

Amazon is gunning for movie studios next

Amazon's ambitions in original content are climbing up a notch, with plans to create a dozen movies each year that will not only be released via its Prime streaming service, but in theaters as well. The aggressive content scheme will kick off this year, Amazon has said, with Amazon Original Movies also using its heft to trim the amount of time it takes for theatrical releases to make it to on-demand services. Rather than anything up to a year between films being screened in theaters and then showing up at places like iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon's own download store, the retailer's homegrown content will take a mere 4-8 weeks.

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Spotify’s Windows Phone app finally got a revamp

Spotify’s Windows Phone app finally got a revamp

Spotify has rolled out a long-awaited update for Windows Phone, revamping its color scheme with a darker theme and cleaner graphics, not to mention finally porting over some of the exploring features iOS and Android users have been enjoying. The new Spotify Windows Phone 8 app, available today, adds Browse and Your Music, in an attempt to not only help listeners cut their way through the millions of tracks on offer, but to integrate their own favorites into their streaming playlists. They're not exactly new features, however, coming to Microsoft's smartphone OS long after its counterparts on iOS and Android.

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HTC Re adds YouTube live streaming

HTC Re adds YouTube live streaming

HTC's periscope-shaped Re is getting a firmware update, adding YouTube live streaming to turn the camera curiosity into a mobile broadcast tool. The software - which will be pushed out initially through the Google Play store - updates the Re companion app which runs on the paired smartphone. HTC is envisioning the enhanced camera as being used to beam performances and school plays to distant grandparents, or to make friends green with envy by showing them your scuba diving.

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Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Here’s how Tizen on Samsung’s SUHD Smart TVs works

Samsung may have invented some new branding for its top-tier TVs, but we're more interested in how Tizen has found its way into the sets as Sammy's smart TV OS of choice. The company has been flirting with the open-source platform for the past few years, predominantly focusing on its potential on the wrist as an OS for smartwatches and wearables, but for the 2015 SUHD TV range it's being repurposed as a catch-up platform for live, on-demand, and streaming content that plays particularly nicely with smartphones and tablets. We stopped by to see how it all worked.

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SuperTooth takes on Sonos with Multiroom speaker system

SuperTooth takes on Sonos with Multiroom speaker system

There's no shortage of options if you want to spread music around your home, but SuperTooth thinks its Multiroom System has an edge by virtue of its affordability. Offering three zones for under $300, the system eschews WiFi in favor of a combination of Bluetooth and its own, proprietary radio connection, piping through audio from whatever sources you have on your phone or tablet. It's a tough segment to break into, though, especially when you consider well-regarded rivals like Sonos are already established.

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The Kanye Christmas Album that wasn’t

The Kanye Christmas Album that wasn’t

Kanye West has not at this time created a Christmas album, but that doesn't mean you can't listen to what it'd sound like if he had. Summoning an alternate dimension in which Kanye has decided he is Santa Claus and is prepared to unleash his "Yeezus" album all over again, this new edition presents "Kreezus." That's Kris Kringle, if ever there were a way for Kanye to be such a thing. You can listen to the full album right this minute, in all its parody-filled glory.

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New Pee-Wee Herman movie heads to Netflix

New Pee-Wee Herman movie heads to Netflix

The next Pee-Wee Herman movie approaches. It's said to be rolling with Judd Apatow as producer, and it's said that Netflix will be the initial sole distributor of the film in the near future. Clues are already in place - just have a peek at your Netflix queue right this minute if you're a major Pee-Wee's Playhouse fan. Right now you'll find the second big movie Big Top Pee-Wee, Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, and Pee-Wee's Playhouse - all five seasons worth of the original show!

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