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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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Sony Music Twitter hack trolled people with Britney Spears death tweets

Sony Music Twitter hack trolled people with Britney Spears death tweets

The Sony Music Group Twitter account was recently hacked and used to send out a fake death tweet announcing the passing of singer Britney Spears. The tweet has since been removed and confirmed as false, with Sony saying it has 'rectified' the issue. Spears' own manager confirmed that she has not died. It is also possible a Twitter account belonging to Bob Dylan was also accessed and used to spread the fake death news.

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Your AirPods now pause Spotify on macOS; new Touch Bar support

Your AirPods now pause Spotify on macOS; new Touch Bar support

Apple's sensor-packed AirPods have gained another talent, pausing Spotify on macOS, which is welcome news for those not devoted to Apple Music. The Spotify update embraces the auto-pause technology that, when you remove an AirPod from your ear, automatically stops the music you're listening to. When you put the AirPod back in - for instance, if you've finished whatever conversation you were having - it'll resume playback.

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DJay Pro for iPhone embraces 3D Touch and Apple Watch

DJay Pro for iPhone embraces 3D Touch and Apple Watch

Most of us have probably never wanted to create a professional DJ playlist on a mobile device, but Algoriddim doesn’t cater to the masses. It’s popular iPad app, DJay Pro, is a mix of high-level digital mixology with a heavy dose of tablet portability. Now the company has an iPhone 7 companion app for DJay Pro users, but it’s not just a port. If you look closely, DJay Pro for iPhone is the next generation of mobile mixing and scratching.

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Music documentary ‘808: The Movie’ debuts as Apple Music exclusive

Music documentary ‘808: The Movie’ debuts as Apple Music exclusive

Apple Music has been able to secure a number of exclusive albums and singles for its subscribers since it first launched, but as we've heard in recent months, Apple is quickly looking to add video to its offerings. As one of the first of these releases, Apple Music on Friday began streaming the documentary 808: The Movie, an in-depth look at the Roland TR-808 drum machine and its wide influence on popular music.

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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack vinyl to launch next year

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack vinyl to launch next year

Vinyls are popular right now, and we’ve seen more than a few special edition soundtracks appear because of this popularity. The latest among them is a vinyl version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack with special artwork and colored vinyl. The vinyl release will be accompanied by a digital soundtrack, which itself will be available earlier next year than the vinyl’s second-quarter 2017 release date.

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Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music has unveiled a new set of over-ear headphones that have some cool and premium features. The headphones have automatic noise cancelling function to eliminate noise from the outside world to allow focus on the music. Active visual monitoring is a feature that gives a VU meter on the left and right ears of the headphones.

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iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming

iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming

The streaming music market is already a crowded one, but that isn't stopping iHeartRadio, the conglomerate behind over 800 US radio stations, from jumping in. With updates to both its iOS and Android apps this week, the service has debuted two new paid subscription plans that allow users to stream music on-demand, thanks in part to a new partnership with Napster.

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NewLight backlit wall portrait Review

NewLight backlit wall portrait Review

NewLight is a company that prints light-up portraits suitable for hanging on walls. They're a relatively small company, run by a fellow by the name of Joe Brychell. His aim is to bring the ability to deliver photographs to your eyes with light, but to do so without a computer screen. The result of the work the NewLight company does is a portrait that uses both projected light and reflected light to create a rather unique product.

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Metallica Lemmy tribute sends Motorhead up with Gorillaz

Metallica Lemmy tribute sends Motorhead up with Gorillaz

Gorillaz animator Robert Valley has been enlisted by Metallica to animate their latest music video, a tribute to Lemmy Killmeister. The dark god of rock and roll and founder of Motorhead died earlier this year, a year that'll forever be known as one of the worst years in the modern history of mankind. The music video is one of a collection of videos made for Metallica's newest album "Hardwired… to Self-Destruct."

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Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

The app Primitive has been released today for OS X, turning photos (or whatever other images you like) into arrays of shapes. The process begins with a single image, provided by the user. The user selects bounds within which the program must operate - circles, rectangles, quadrilaterals - then the fun begins. This app selects shapes that best fit all areas of the image - size, color, placement - and fits them in, one at a time.

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Vinci smart headphones offer Alexa and standalone Spotify

Vinci smart headphones offer Alexa and standalone Spotify

Forget Apple AirPods: properly smart headphones should be able to stream your music all by themselves, not to mention throw in Amazon Alexa and act as personal DJ depending on what you're doing. That's the promise of Vinci, anyway, cutting the cord - physical or metaphorical - with your phone and instead using voice control and onboard smarts to stream from Spotify and other services. I tried a set out to see if headphones, not watches or eyepieces, really are the next big thing in wearables.

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