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Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

It's time to head to the ol' swap meet to find a few vintage speakers - they're about to get wicked sweet again. Bang & Olufsen teamed up with HiFiBerry this week to reveal the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier. This piece of equipment can be installed in any old B&O speaker to enable wireless features. As such, your father can finally say "I told you so" for keeping his ancient box speakers sitting in your parents' basement for the last several decades.

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Mad DIYer turns Furby choir into singing electric organ

Mad DIYer turns Furby choir into singing electric organ

Furby toys were an unholy union of fake fur, poor animatronics, and annoying voices, but they aren't extinct yet. You don't have to look too hard to find someone with an old Furby in a box somewhere, and it's pretty easy to find them online. Now one crazy DIYer has introduced us to a bizarre reality in which Furbies aren't just fake pets that sit on a shelf -- they're a full choir and a new type of instrument playing the soundtrack for your nightmares.

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Spotify Connect stops working on some older speakers

Spotify Connect stops working on some older speakers

The arrival of the Apple HomePods is being heralded as the beginning of the end for Spotify in its war against Apple Music. But instead of boasting about the fact that its service has already been in homes for years, thanks to a variety of Spotify-connected speakers, the music streaming service does the complete opposite. It has just cut off a large number of those older speakers from its Spotify Connect service, leaving most, though not all, scrambling to work around this major loss of functionality.

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Best Buy music CD sales end tipped with July phase-out date

Best Buy music CD sales end tipped with July phase-out date

Digital music sales and streaming have made the venerable music CD very close to obsolete for some consumers. The format can still be found in homes, but new sales of audio compact discs are on the decline in the US and now Best Buy is doing something about it. The electronics retailer plans to end its music CD sales this summer, according to sources, and it's not the only retailer considering this move.

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Bitcoin news is not price: Weiss Ratings, Snoop, and Katy Perry

Bitcoin news is not price: Weiss Ratings, Snoop, and Katy Perry

There's a reason why today's reveal of Weiss Ratings for Cryptocurrency are important - and it's not the ratings themselves. You don't need to look to WeissCryptocurrencyRatings dot com to understand the significance of the company's move to open such a site. It is in the creation of this new "ratings" group that we find meaning. That and the DDOS attack South Korean hackers launched at the new site overnight.

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50 Cent’s Bitcoin stash: A play in 2 parts

50 Cent’s Bitcoin stash: A play in 2 parts

Rapper and actor 50 Cent realized this week that he had a stack of bitcoin in storage from a few years ago. 50 Cent, AKA Curtis James Jackson III, had an online shop in the year 2014 when he released his album Animal Ambition. Through Shopify, his store accepted payment in the form of USD and Bitcoin. Until this week, James forgot he'd had a stash of Bitcoin left from that adventure.

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Cortana can’t recognize music any more

Cortana can’t recognize music any more

Cortana is bucking the trend of smart assistants, which are usually found adding talents, by quietly dropping her ability to recognize songs. Microsoft's AI, available across on smartphones, desktop and laptop computers, and on the Invoke smart speaker, was previously able to listen to a snippet of music and tell you details about the artist and track.

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Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Your brand new Christmas iPhone or Galaxy S8 or Android of any sort is about to get a bit happier. While I don't recommend any music service above any other, normally, due to my inability to tell the lot apart, today I'm reporting on a rare sort of situation with the service called Tidal. The Tidal crew have decided to make their service entirely free for all users from Christmas day (earlier this week) until the 5th of January.

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Tidal’s 12-day free trial includes new exclusive content each day

Tidal’s 12-day free trial includes new exclusive content each day

Starting tomorrow, December 25th, streaming music service Tidal will be kicking off a unique 12-day free trial for all users to check out. In addition to covering the service's standard and Hi-Fi music tiers, the offer has two aspects that make it better than the usual free trial: first, it doesn't require a credit card number when signing up, and second, Tidal will be using the 12-day period to debut new exclusive content on each day.

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Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora has big news for Android TV users: an update that brings Premium subscription support, a better user interface, and more. Pandora Premium is the company's premium subscription service, not to be confused with the cheaper Pandora Plus service. With it and this new update, Android TV users can access what Pandora calls an "intuitive, personalized, and seamless listening" experience.

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Facebook and Universal just cut a huge music licensing deal

Facebook and Universal just cut a huge music licensing deal

Facebook and Universal Music Group have inked a deal that will see the label's music licensed across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus. The deal, announced today, will mean that users of the services will be able to upload videos containing licensed music that once would've seen their clips deleted for copyright infringement. In the pipeline, it also paves the way for a potential Facebook Music service, which could rival Spotify and Apple Music for on-demand streaming playback.

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Magic Leap demo is exactly what the AR startup didn’t need

Magic Leap demo is exactly what the AR startup didn’t need

Three years after we first started reporting on Magic Leap, and they've got some semblance of a real product. This company suggested that they had tech nearly ready for a broad scale release back in 2014, but now, hear near the end of 2017, they still don't really have a product that can be purchased. There's a good reason for that, apparently. They're working behind the scenes with groups like ILMxLAB for Star Wars and the always futuristic experimental music band Sigur Rós.

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