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ION’s outdoor solar speakers blend in as they stream

ION’s outdoor solar speakers blend in as they stream

Outdoor speakers aren't new, but ION wants to make them a whole lot easier to install and use by cutting the cords completely on its new, solar-powered range. The ION Audio Tiki Sounds and Solar Stone Multi each pretend to be more humble garden fare - a tiki lamp and, well, a rock, respectively - but inside they have rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth for streaming.

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Amazon starts Apple TV sales after two year standoff

Amazon starts Apple TV sales after two year standoff

Amazon has begun selling the Apple TV again, ending a two year standoff between the retailer and Apple, though supplies of the set-top box are already constrained. The two companies found themselves at loggerheads in late 2015, when Amazon announced it would be pulling the Apple TV from its virtual shelves. Ironically, the reason it gave to justify the decision was quickly thrown into disarray.

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Spotify deal gives big price cut to annual Premium pass

Spotify deal gives big price cut to annual Premium pass

The streaming music wars continue, with Spotify announcing a sizable deal in an apparently attempt to keep listeners on its service rather than jumping ship to Apple Music. The company has announced a new promotion, targeting those who want to pay for a year's streaming service upfront and who'd like a tasty discount for doing so.

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Damson S-Series makes Dolby Atmos wireless: Hands-on

Damson S-Series makes Dolby Atmos wireless: Hands-on

Home cinema fans want Dolby Atmos, but they generally don't want a room full of speakers and cables: enter Damson's confusingly small, wireless Atmos surround sound system. The British company has cooked up the first wireless modular home cinema system to support Atmos sound, promising ridiculously easy setup and performance that punches above its scale. I picked up some popcorn to find out if that could be true.

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Samsung Smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

Samsung Smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

Samsung has added Amazon Music support to its smart TVs, with the streaming service joining apps like Netflix and Amazon Video on the connected sets. Models from 2015 to 2017 will all be upgraded with the new functionality, Samsung confirmed. However, the smart TVs won't be the only place that Amazon Music will be offered.

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It’s not too late to score a Black Friday TV deal

It’s not too late to score a Black Friday TV deal

Black Friday 2017 may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late if the urge to buy a new TV is upon you. For many, the day after Thanksgiving isn't just one for enjoying leftovers, but outfitting their living room or den with an upgraded set. Good news is, whether you've got a big budget or a small one, there are still some deals to be had.

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Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Bluetooth speakers may be a commodity at this point, but Ultimate Ears wants to set the new Blast and Megablast apart with Amazon's Alexa. Joining Bluetooth is WiFi, and the ability to speak to Amazon's virtual assistant: whether that be for requesting music, giving your connected home instructions, or asking questions to help the kids with homework. It's an obvious pairing, but has Logitech-owned UE quite got the recipe right?

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Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos, Spotify, and Amazon Alexa are finally best friends, with support being added to control playback by voice on the multi-room speakers. Sonos users with an Amazon Echo device, a Sonos One, or any other Alexa-powered gadget can now ask for playback from their Spotify account through the networked speakers.

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Kodi addon and repository devs down on pressure from Netflix, Amazon, Disney

Kodi addon and repository devs down on pressure from Netflix, Amazon, Disney

Kodi lives on, but some of the developers behind a few of the more nefarious addons for the service are now out of the game. Or so they've suggested. Cease and desist letters have been sent to developers behind the Colossus Kodi addon repository, URLResolver, MetaHandler, Ares Wizard, and more have been knocked out by a new wave of threats of legal action from major studios. One legal warning was apparently delivered by hand to the developer The_Alpha - that was the final straw for that particular dev.

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Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora may have been overshadowed by rival streaming music services in recent years, but a new Sonos integration could push it back into the limelight. The update brings full Sonos control right into the Pandora app, including multi-room playback support. It also adds more collaborative play, allowing guests to take on DJ duties from their own phone.

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Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Welcome to the age of 4K HDR and a brand new Amazon Fire TV (2017), complete with Alexa to hold your hand as you wade into High Dynamic Range content. Aggressively priced at $69.99, and thoroughly undercutting the latest Apple TV in the process, Amazon's newest media streamer boasts not only 4K HDR 60 fps, but all the skills and talents its virtual assistant can offer. As I found, however, the road to multimedia nirvana is seldom smooth.

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Sonos One vs PLAY:1 – The 411 on the newest Alexa speaker

Sonos One vs PLAY:1 – The 411 on the newest Alexa speaker

It's the season of smart speakers, but the Sonos One has a strong pitch for being your voice-driven media player of choice. As we found in our full review, despite a few teething pains the Amazon Alexa-powered speaker adds an impressive new dimension to home audio playback. Read on for four things about the Sonos One that you really should know.

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