Alex Tretbar

Alex Tretbar

Alex Tretbar, audio/video intern, is a writer, editor, musician, gamer and sci-fi nerd raised on EverQuest and Magic: The Gathering. He studied English and Journalism at the University of Kansas, working for local media such as the Kansan and KJHK 90.7 FM. After writing for a Kansas City trade journal post-graduation, Alex took up traveling and eventually settled in the Pacific Northwest.

Is that Grandma on TV? Chromecast’s wallpaper can now be customized

Chromecast users now have the ability to add their own photos to the home screen. In addition, Google now offers more options, including artwork from the Google Cultural Institute, headlines from news outlets, weather data, and satellite imagery.

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Amazon orders second season for wildly popular original series ‘Transparent’

In the wake of the seemingly overnight explosion in popularity of Prime Instant Video-exclusive Transparent, Amazon Studios has greenlit the show for a second season. New episodes of the series, which stars Arrested Development alum Jeffrey Tambor, will debut…

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Your next LG TV will sound sharper thanks to DTS-HD decoders in every LG product

LG and DTS announced today that they have formed a worldwide strategic alliance that will see DTS' premium audio technology into LG's complete lineup of home entertainment products including TVs, sound bars, A/V receivers, and digital media players.

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Chromecast strikes a chord with consumers as its setup app tops charts

Chromecast's accompanying app has landed atop research firm App Annie's list of the top apps for connected devices in the U.S., including devices like wearables, smart TVs, and GoPro cameras.

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AMC renews ‘The Walking Dead’ for a sixth season, greenlights new spinoff series

AMC announced today it has renewed its wildly successful series 'The Walking Dead' for a sixth season, as well as greenlighting a new spinoff set in the same apocalyptic universe.

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Sharp’s Free Form LCDs break out of the box to fit in car dashboards, smartwatches, and more

Sharp has developed a prototype for what it's calling "a revolutionary advance over the conventional display shape." The company's Free-Form LCD display can be shaped into new designs, aimed at car dashboards, and a variety of other applications.

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ESPN seals new NBA deal to offer live regular season games online

The NBA announced today that it has signed long-term agreements with ESPN parent company Walt Disney and Turner Broadcasting System, expanding various aspects of the contracts beginning with the 2016-17 season, including a new online service with live games.

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Scientists ‘sonify’ Higgs boson data into gorgeous piece of chamber music

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, posted a video featuring seven of its scientists and engineers performing a series of musical compositions based on the sonification of data obtained by detectors of the Large Hadron Collider.

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Can Apple use its clout to break the $10 per month streaming service barrier?

As Beats Music continues to see sluggish subscription numbers, Apple has initiated talks with major record labels as part of an effort to be able to sell its recently acquired streaming service for less than the $10-per-month industry standard.

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‘Orange’ is the new red: Netflix to land in cable boxes of France’s top provider

The CEO for the largest French service provider, Orange, announced today that the company has reached an agreement with Netflix to distribute its service in France. The telco plans to integrate the service into its set-top boxes.

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DirecTV scores NFL Sunday Ticket exclusivity for 8 more years

DirecTV and the National Football League announced an agreement to extend and expand the satellite provider's exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket and its package of every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game through a new multi-year deal.

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San Francisco and Houston get on-the-go mobile streaming for Comcast’s X1 cloud DVRs

Comcast announced today that it extended cloud-based streaming capabilities to its X1 DVR customers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston markets, as well as premiering out-of-home streaming from the X1 in its new markets.

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A new challenger appears: Firefox-powered ‘Matchstick’ aims to take a shot at Chromecast

Chromecast's crusade for dongle domination might have a pesky new obstacle to contend with. The Firefox OS-powered dongle, dubbed "Matchstick," could end up bringing significant new competition to the streaming market.

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TiVo finally invites Android users to the party, updates Android app for wireless streaming

TiVo announced today that it has made a long-awaited update to its Android app, allowing users to stream both recorded and live TV directly to their Android mobile devices.

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