Alex Tretbar

Alex Tretbar

Former Digital Trends Contributor
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.

Farther, faster, louder: Sol Republic ramps up its new Deck Ultra speaker

Oregon-based Sol Republic ups its own ante today with the revamped version of its Deck Bluetooth speaker. The purveyor of affordable headgear and speakers promises double the loudness and double the battery life, as well as an increased Bluetooth range, for…

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Netflix in October: What’s coming and going on the popular streaming service

Even if you spent all month binging on every show and film you could find, Netflix adds content often enough to stay fresh, and next month won't be any different. The leading streaming service has a slew of additions, new and old, for October.

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Couch salesmen rejoice: U.S. Netflix users streamed 5.1 billion hours in 3 months

During Q2 2014, U.S. Netflix subscribers streamed 5.1 billion hours of content. This gargantuan figure is almost 300 percent greater than the 1.8 billion hours of total streaming during Q4 2011.

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Take a listen to the first ever concert using only 3D-printed instruments

Students from Lund University in Sweden played the first-ever concert to be put on with strictly 3D-printed instruments, according to the university. The instruments were designed and printed by Olaf Diegel, a 3D-printing maestro and professor at the…

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Pink Floyd to release new-ish album ‘The Endless River’ Nov. 10

Pink Floyd have confirmed November 10th as the official release date for the band's first record since 1994. The Endless River will be the fifteenth full-length recording released by the band since its first album, 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' was released…

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Samsung’s new Ryder Cup app for its smart TVs brings viewers closer to the action

Samsung announced today that it has collaborated with Turner Sports and the Professional Golfers' Association to develop the Ryder Cup TV app for Samsung smart TVs. The app allows fans to follow live scores, access exclusive footage, and embark on virtual hole…

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AMC nabs rights to new android-based sci-fi drama ‘Humans’

AMC is close to concluding a deal that would allow it to acquire domestic rights to the upcoming sci-fi drama Humans. The deal would see AMC take over in place of the now-shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios for co-production of the series.

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Netflix could top 100 million international subscribers by 2020

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed last week that the streaming service is aiming to penetrate a third of international TV households within seven years of each respective country's official launch of service.

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Netflix now comprises up to 40 percent of Canadian downstream traffic at peak hours

A new report from Sandvine, shows that Netflix accounts for a huge percentage of Canadian downstream traffic and, as a result, is currently the leading web service in Canada for data consumption.

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Velodyne’s CES 2015 trip to be full of revamps and reveals

In the wake of its trip to CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Velodyne, purveyor of top-shelf audio equipment, announced yesterday that it will "completely revamp" its Impact Series subwoofer with a brand-new design.

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Apple, U2 collaborating on secretive new ‘digital music format’

U2 frontman Bono revealed this week that he and his band are collaborating with Apple on "a new digital music format," according to Time. The new format is aimed at motivating fans to purchase music again and helping artists receive better compensation for…

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Pioneer’s new Elite Blu-ray players are aimed squarely at audiophiles

Pioneer announced last week that it's set to release two new reference Blu-ray players under its famed Elite line of electronics. The flagship BDP-88FD player and the step-down BDP-85FD will be the first Elite Blu-ray players released by Pioneer in five years.

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Netflix adds another A-list feather to its cap as Apatow commits to original series ‘Love’

Netflix announced today that it has enlisted funnyman Judd Apatow to bring a new comedy series — simply titled "Love" — to the Big Red streaming service. The new Netflix original is licensed globally and set for a 2016 release in all Netflix territories.

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Sony bolsters its 4K arsenal, adds over 300 hours of content for its latest UHD TVs

Adding yet another round of 4K content to its industry-leading arsenal, Sony has signed an agreement with NanoTech that will see more than 300 hours of on-demand 4K video integrated into Sony's 2014 4K TVs.

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Spotify Connect makes the jump to Amazon’s Fire TV

Swedish-based Spotify announced today that it has expanded compatibility for its streaming service's Connect feature to allow users to play and control their tunes via Amazon's Fire TV set-top box.

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