Music
Product Review

No headphone jack? No problem. Everything sounds superb with Astell & Kern's XB10

Astell & Kern’s XB10 Bluetooth headphone amp is beautifully designed, ultra-portable, and offers some of the best wireless sound you’ll find.
Music

Pay up for Spotify Premium, or you may have to wait two weeks for new albums

As per a new licensing deal with Universal Music Group, Spotify is allowing some musicians to put their latest releases behind a paywall for two weeks, which means that unless you start subscribing, you'll have to wait a solid 14 days.
Mobile

Apple Music for Android gets a major upgrade to keep pace with iOS version

The new Apple Music for Android ships with a redesigned interface, consolidated sections, a lyrics feature, and improved performance. It's rolling out to supported devices in the coming days.
Home Theater

Record Store Day fans may witness the power of a Star Wars turntable

Crosley Radio has partnered with Lucasfilm and Record Store Day to create a collectible Star Wars-themed version of its classic suitcase turntable for Vinyl's biggest annual holiday.
Social Media

DJ Khaled's first original series on Instagram will have him blessing fans

DJ Khaled will be leveraging his considerable influence on social media for his upcoming original series, The Bless Up with DJ Khaled, which will live exclusively on Instagram. The series will feature Khaled helping fans in their daily…
Music

5 songs you need to stream this week: Slowdive, Gary Clark Jr., and more

Not sure what new music to listen to? We'll let you know what new tracks and albums dropping this week are worthy of your attention. Up this week: Slowdive, Gary Clark Jr., and more.
Computing

German court: Rat out your adult children’s illegal downloads, or pay the fine yourself

Late last week, Germany's top court determined that parents must either spill the beans on their adult children's wrongdoings when it comes to illegal downloads, or pay the price themselves.
Music

Spin it or stream it, Mastodon is thrilled if you hear their heavy, harmonic sound

We spoke with Troy Sanders during a brief stopover in New York to discuss how Mastodon divvies up all their vocal duties, embracing the streaming culture with open arms, and writing a potential hit without the intention of doing so.
Home Theater

In a nutshell, Carved’s Acoustic Acorn Bluetooth speaker sounds great

The first Bluetooth speaker from wooden phone case maker Carved, the Acoustic Acorn, has surprisingly good sound for the money and is crafted with real wood harvested from sustainably managed forests.
Emerging Tech

This gizmo can automatically tune any guitar in a matter of seconds

Having swept to victory on Kickstarter a few years back with the original Roadie automatic guitar tuner, Roadie's creators are back with a sequel -- and it's better than ever. Here's how it works.
Product Review

V-Moda’s Crossfade II headphones keep the original’s bass, but clear up the clutter

V-Moda’s popular Crossfade wireless cans are back with a few new features, and a cleaner sound that keeps the boosted bass you love, while improving overall detail.
Home Theater

iLive’s stylish Platinum speaker makes multiroom audio portable and affordable

Outfitting your home with a wireless multiroom audio system just got a lot cheaper. We checked out iLive's new Platinum Wi-Fi speakers, which offer impressive portable sound at a great price.