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Aether Cone speaker promises streaming selection smarts

Aether Cone speaker promises streaming selection smarts

A conical intelligent speaker could cut through the choice-overload of online music services, with startup Aether promising simplicity without giving up choice with its new Cone streamer. Shaped, as the name suggests, like a soft-edged cone, the wireless speaker gets online via WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz) and streams from a number of unspecified online music services, mixing together content from internet radio, on-demand, and podcasts.

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Xbox Music Videos bring the art back to the living room

Xbox Music Videos bring the art back to the living room

Back in the before times, back when the channel known as MTV (Music Television) was just born, there was a piece of media called the Music Video. In the many years since the birth of this piece of art, musicians have gone in and out of requirements for working on visual compliments to their audio. Today Microsoft’s Xbox Music team is bringing a big bit back to the living room with Music Videos for Xbox Music.

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Xbox One Twitch broadcasting starts with Titanfall

Xbox One Twitch broadcasting starts with Titanfall

The Titanfall tie-ins continue with this exclusive launch that’ll also be bringing in full Twitch live game streaming integration to Xbox One. This launch has been tipped by Major Nelson in a suggestion that "you can start broadcasting from your Xbox One next week". It’s also been confirmed by a tip from the Titanfall launch experience with Microsoft and SXSW next week - the game itself launches on the 11th.

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Apple’s hobby snowballs: Apple TV fastest growing product

Apple’s hobby snowballs: Apple TV fastest growing product

At a shareholder meeting this week, Apple made clear the current state of affairs with Apple TV, showing it to be the fastest growing product in their hardware line-up. As it was announced that the company made $1 billion USD in revenue in 2013 from Apple TV alone, Tim Cook was reminded of his comment on the Apple TV being a "hobby" all the way back in January of 2012. Today Cook suggested of Apple TV that "it’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days."

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Amazon music streaming talks teased for Prime

Amazon music streaming talks teased for Prime

Amazon is in talks with major record labels around bundling music alongside movies and TV shows to Amazon Prime subscribers, it's reported, though aggressive negotiations are said to be stymieing the likelihood of any immediate deal. The online retail behemoth already bundles Amazon Prime Instant Video access for those paying $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping on their orders, but has supposedly been in talks for several months about including Spotify and iTunes Radio style streaming too.

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Qplay auto-curates internet video from TiVo founders

Qplay auto-curates internet video from TiVo founders

Qplay, the streaming video box designed by the creators of TiVo, has officially launched, packaging together new and popular online content for what's billed as plug-and-play entertainment. The compact Qplay TV Adapter, smaller than a deck of cards, plugs in via HDMI and the viewer then uses a companion iPad app to customize their preferences and interests, with curated playlists - dubbed "Qs" by the company - being generated accordingly.

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Spotify for Windows Phone update to bring Radio & more

Spotify for Windows Phone update to bring Radio & more

Spotify will add personalized Radio support, along with its Browse and Discover features, to its Windows Phone 8 app this Spring, the streaming music company has confirmed. The new app - which will take on not only Pandora but Nokia Radio as bundled on Lumia handsets - will allow listeners to generate a custom music station based on a seed track or artist, as their counterparts on Android and iOS have been able to do for some time.

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Netflix and Comcast ink deal to stop streaming headache

Netflix and Comcast ink deal to stop streaming headache

Netflix will pay Comcast for speedy access to the cable company's customers, it's been revealed, with a long-term deal to settle the sluggish streaming many had complained of, but which some argue could set a dangerous precedent. The streaming media company had been at loggerheads with the ISP for some months, but Comcast refused to join the Open Connect content delivery system Netflix is pushing, describing it as "seeking unprecedented preferential treatment" and discriminating against customers.

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