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Caavo Control Center is a universal remote do-all media system

Caavo Control Center is a universal remote do-all media system

This week the folks at Caavo revealed a device that'll control ALL your stuff. Not your smart home stuff - this isn't about lights or sensors or anything - this is for your TV and your varied media-output devices. Caavo can connect your TV to your Amazon Fire TV (or better yet NVIDIA SHIELD TV) or Apple TV, set-top boxes of many sorts, gaming consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and whatever other oddities you've got delivering signal via HDMI.

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Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Today we had a chat with Sonos VP of Software Antoine Leblond about the company going public. Sonos launched today on Nasdaq with stock symbol SONO, as it did so becoming a public company for the first time. The first and most important question we had for Leblond is the same we've had for every tech company that's hit the stock market in the past decade: How will this change Sonos?

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Spotify’s new UI is for new users only (for now)

Spotify’s new UI is for new users only (for now)

Today it was revealed that Spotify's newest user interface for Android and iOS is mostly for new users - for the moment. Users discovered this via Reddit, where user experiences are shared and screenshots are compared. We tried a method shared by users there, and surprise! A new account with the newest version of the app yields a new UI, but switching back to an old account brings the UI back to the old look.

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This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

This tiny Marshall Acton Tawny speaker keeps it classy

Marshall Headphones brand made a lovely little old-school speaker called the Acton Tawny - and it's tight. This speaker is a "special edition" in color combination (Tawny), including "buttery soft camel vinyl exterior and basket weave fret." It's a bluetooth speaker that also works with aux input, and it's part of a collection of sort of similar-looking speakers from the same brand.

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CNN pulls plug on Casey Neistat’s Millennial-bait Beme

CNN pulls plug on Casey Neistat’s Millennial-bait Beme

Casey Neistat's Beme was meant to be CNN's siren call to Millennials: now, it's shutting down, and the YouTuber is going it alone. Acquired in late 2016, Beme was Neistat's attempt to give viewers a first-person perspective of what he - and anybody who signed up for a free account - was seeing.

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Disney to buy 21st Century Fox in massive $54b deal

Disney to buy 21st Century Fox in massive $54b deal

As expected, Disney has announced its intention to buy up 21st Century Fox, further expanding its already huge media empire. Rumors have been circulating for quite some time now, but in the end, Disney was the only company left at the table. Get ready, because this means that The Simpsons are now officially a part of the House of Mouse, along with Luke Skywalker and Iron Man.

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Apple Shazam acquisition just confirmed: A match made in Music

Apple Shazam acquisition just confirmed: A match made in Music

This morning Apple and Shazam announced that the former would acquire the latter in a deal that'll combine the two companies. This acquisition will connect users to a library of content identified by audio clips. Much like the Google Pixel ability to identify a number of songs, Shazam is an app that allows users to do the same with audio, movies, TV shows, and commercials as well - and AR too!

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This messaging app just blocked ALL Breitbart links

This messaging app just blocked ALL Breitbart links

With Steve Bannon out as White House Chief Strategist and returning to his role as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, messaging app Blend has announced that it will begin blocking links to the site. This is sure to be a controversial decision, but it may not be one that ends with only Breitbart targeted. To hear the CEO of Blend explain it, this is part of a larger effort to snuff out fake news in general.

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Facebook paywall could trade fake news for subscription fees

Facebook paywall could trade fake news for subscription fees

For years now, it's been the same old story: Facebook has a massive user base but hasn't quite figured out how to make money from it yet. Facebook has tried a variety of different money making methods, but later on this year, we'll see it try something new. According to new reports, Facebook is planning to implement a subscription service that essentially allows publishers to put a paywall in front of their articles on the platform.

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Google and Facebook launch CrossCheck in France to combat hoaxes

Google and Facebook launch CrossCheck in France to combat hoaxes

Regardless of the political lens you're looking through, it's clear that we have a problem with fake news. Google News Lab and Facebook want to do something about it, launching a new service called CrossCheck, but for the moment, CrossCheck won't be implemented in the US. Instead, it'll get its debut in France, where it will help voters tell fantasy from reality in the lead up to the French elections.

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Verizon confirms Yahoo acquisition to the tune of $4.8 billion

Verizon confirms Yahoo acquisition to the tune of $4.8 billion

What was once a rumor is now confirmed, with Verizon announcing today that it will acquire Yahoo's core internet business for $4.83 billion. We heard the two companies were closing in on deal last week, as Verizon was said to be in one-to-one talks with the internet company. Not only does this acquisition put Verizon in a position where it can compete with Google and Facebook on the mobile advertising side of things, but after last year's purchase of AOL, it also makes Verizon quite the presence in the online media world.

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Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

If I were to check and see where most of my monthly internet bandwidth usage goes, I'd say that the vast majority of it goes to Netflix. The other is probably to game downloads and updates, but Netflix would definitely be king. Thankfully, I haven't had any bandwidth restrictions imposed by my ISP yet, but if/when that day comes, I'll have to re-think just how much Netflix is watched in my house. But luckily, Netflix is already working on a way to cut down their usage by as much as 20%.

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