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This is Amazon’s new Fire TV UI, and it’s a big improvement

This is Amazon’s new Fire TV UI, and it’s a big improvement

If Amazon has a content problem with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick streamers, then it's the best sort of problem to have. In the two and a half years since the first generation set-top box launched, over 300,000 movies and TV shows have been added to the catalog of on-demand titles. That's along with over 7,000 channels, apps, games, and more. After a while, it starts to get a little overwhelming, hence a whole new interface for Fire TV that Amazon is previewing today.

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LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

You can be forgiven for never having heard of LeEco before, at least if you're in the US. Founded in 2004, the Chinese behemoth - previously known as Letv - is already one of the largest online video companies in its home country, but is also building what it describes as a "Le Ecosystem" that runs from smartphones through internet-enabled TVs, to e-commerce and even cars.

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Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Facebook has been doubling-down on streaming lately, pushing election debates and more to its addicted audience, and now the social network is adding casting support to your TV. The update allows Facebook to hook up wirelessly to one of a number of set-top boxes or dongles - including Apple TV and Chromecast - and it works both from the mobile app and the browser. The goal, Facebook says, is to broaden the number of ways you can watch video content shared by your friends on the service.

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Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Look out Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and all the other streaming music services: Jeff Bezos is out to poach your subscriptions. Amazon Music Unlimited has broken cover today, another player in the heated on-demand streaming market that aims to differentiate itself by working particularly nicely with the company's own Alexa AI. Question is, does that do enough to differentiate from everything else on the market today?

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon may have all-but stumbled onto its hit Echo speaker and the smart Alexa assistant that powers it, but the new $49.99 Echo Dot proves the retailer has no intention of letting that momentum slip. Resembling a hockey puck rather than the column of its sibling Echo, the smaller, cheaper Echo Dot actually has two goals: be the new entry-level device for those just getting started with Alexa, as well as making it affordable for existing users to spread her skills around the home.

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Raumfeld turns to porcelain for eye-catching streaming speakers

Raumfeld turns to porcelain for eye-catching streaming speakers

Raumfeld may be chasing Sonos in the US for market share in multi-room audio, but the German firm is also hoping to dislodge rivals on style with its latest unusual speakers. Dubbed Raumfeld X Rosenthal, the prototype pair is crafted from fine porcelain, and resemble something from the set of Mars Attacks.

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Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos is holding a press conference in New York City on August 30, and though the streaming speaker company is tight-lipped on what we might see, some sort of voice-control update sounds likely. The company confirmed the event in an invitation to media today, prompting speculation that it could well be a partnership with Amazon that sees Alexa gain a new home inside the company's PLAY speaker line-up.

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Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is ending its free service and will demand viewers cough up a monthly subscription to watch its streaming shows, though a deal with Yahoo may soften the blow somewhat. Since it launched in 2006, Hulu has offered both free, ad-supported viewing and paid subscriptions, though unusually the latter does not necessarily guarantee no commercials in your stream.

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There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

Samsung isn't just launching a new phablet today, but introducing an updated version of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, complete with a new connector and a more immersive experience. The new Gear VR picks up where the existing, Oculus-powered model leaves off, with the Android smartphone docking in a bay at the front and lending its processing power and display to 360-degree photos and videos along with games and apps.

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Netflix blames confused customers not rising prices for Q2’s failings

Netflix blames confused customers not rising prices for Q2’s failings

Netflix fell far short of its goals for subscriber growth in Q2 2016, blaming customer confusion around price rises for missing its 2.5m target. The streaming video service had predicted adding 2.5m users worldwide in the three month period, but confirmed today that only 1.68m were added, as churn - the number of people canceling their service - proved greater than Netflix had expected.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Devialet’s Gold Phantom packs 4,500W of French ear-melting power

Devialet’s Gold Phantom packs 4,500W of French ear-melting power

If you thought Devialet's oddball Phantom speaker was extreme, get ready to slap on some ear protection for the new Gold Phantom. Squeezing more power into the same curvaceous body, Gold Phantom is the French company's most potent standalone speaker to-date, but it promises more than just potential hearing damage.

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