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Viacom enlists Spotify to bring back the ‘Music’ in MTV

The music group underneath Viacom's wide-ranging umbrella - MTV, VH1, CMT and a few others comprise the family of channels - is partnering with Spotify.
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Look out PonoPlayer, Sony’s hi-res Walkman ZX1 is coming for you

The electronics company has been pushing its new $700 Walkman NWZ-ZX1 through Asian and European markets since February with moderate success.
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Amazon finally shows Android users some love with Prime Instant Video app

Last week a representative for Amazon announced that the company is preparing for an "imminent" release of its Prime Instant Video app for Android.
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Netflix Canada pens deal for exclusive first-run streaming rights to new Disney movies

Disney and Netflix have struck a multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive Canadian pay-TV service with first-run Disney films.
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A hood made of speaker cloth? Betabrand aims to create the ultimate hoodie for audio geeks

Betabrand revealed a hoodie made of speaker fabric that allows the wearer to put his or her over-ear headphones on over the hood, without muffling playback.
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This glitch lets you Rickroll any TV armed with a Chromecast

A security researcher entered a brave new world of Rickrolling when he discovered how to exploit Google's Chromecast dongle to force-play Astley's video.
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Google adds Chromecast support for iOS Chrome app

Google revealed yesterday that it has integrated support for Chromecast into the latest iOS Chrome update. iPhone and iPad users can now cast via Chrome.
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NudeAudio launches new ‘beach-ready’ Super-M miniature Bluetooth speaker on Kickstarter

NudeAudio has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for its sand-proof and waterproof Super-M portable speaker.
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Paul McCartney releases five classic post-Beatles records as feature-filled apps

Legendary songwriter Paul McCartney has released five seminal albums, both solo work and Wings material, from his back catalog as feature-packed iPad apps.

Boombotix’s Rex outdoor speaker gets bigger battery, improved ergonomics

Boombotix has revamped its Rex line with accessible in/out connection ports, a significantly longer battery life, and a new top-mounted button interface.
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Amazon’s new original series ‘Transparent’ will follow Netflix’s binge-release formula

Amazon is set to finally delve into binge-watching territory this fall by simultaneously releasing all 10 episodes of its new original series "Transparent."
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Apple TV finally catches up with … Apple, gets iTunes Extras support

With the latest iTunes update made available today, Apple has finally integrated iTunes Extras support into the neglected offspring that is Apple TV.
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These headphones will record 1080p video with the tap of an earcup

Soundsight's Bluetooth-enabled headphones are able to record audio and video with the help of a rotating 5-megapixel camera sitting on one of the ear cups.
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Yahoo Screen will deliver Community and other originals via Xbox 360 app

Yahoo has announced that Community fans will be able to tune in to the upcoming sixth season via TV this fall thanks to a new Yahoo Screen app for Xbox 360.
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Dish pleads with FCC to take closer look at upcoming mergers

Dish Network expressed concern this week over the Comcast/TWC and AT&T/DirecTV merger deals set to further alter the already-transforming pay-TV landscape.
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With a megaphone, siren and more, Creative’s AXX 200 speaker is a do-it-all oddball

The Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 has a microSD card-ready integrated voice recorder, megaphone, siren, smartphone charger, and voice morpher.
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Roku will debut The Divide season premiere a week in advance

Roku debuts the premiere of We TV's The Divide today - one week in advance. The show's traditional live-TV premiere is officially scheduled for July 16.
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YouTube gets Mother lode of legendary rock concert footage

YouTube has added more than 12,000 new clips - including performances from bands such as The Who - via the Music Vault channel.

Report suggests YouTube is more popular than Netflix and pay-TV

A report shows that YouTube has beaten out both Netflix and pay-TV in terms of popularity, and that video ads are more effective than text-based ads.
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This kids activity tracker might just get your kid off the couch and save them from obesity

X-Doria has created a Kids activity tracker that might just have what it takes to get kids more active. Enter KidFit: fitness tracking for kids.
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Bang & Olufsen kicks off new line of ‘phones with DJ Khaled collaboration

Danish purveyor of audio goods Bang & Olufsen announced that its youth-targeted B&O Play imprint has collaborated with up-and-coming artist DJ Khaled.
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Antennas Direct offers free antenna and more to bummed-out Aereo customers

Antennas Direct has stepped up to the plate to offer a free antenna and a few other necessaries to the first 1,000 Aereo subscribers who make the request.
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Goldman Sachs figured out what parents have known for years: Netflix’s future lies with kids

Children's content might currently be Netflix's most underutilized sector, but the service has set itself up to become the central hub for kids' content.
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Xbox 360 gets Showtime Anytime app, while Xbox One must wait a while

Showtime announced that it has a new Showtime Anytime app for Xbox 360 that is available for free to users subscribed to both Xbox Live and Showtime.
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SMS Audio drops its Carmelo-backed Sport headphone line

50 Cent's headphone imprint SMS Audio has released its new Carmelo Anthony-endorsed Sport Collection with four can offerings made for the active listener.
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Just don’t ask why: This artist cuts grooves into CDs to make them play like LPs

A London-based musician has figured out a way to transform CDs into miniature, turntable-ready recordings by using a modified 1950s-era recording device.

Ditch your batteries for candles with this flame-powered Bluetooth speaker

The Pelty is a unique kind of Bluetooth speaker that uses the thermal energy of a single candle's flame to elegantly amplify music without clunky wires.
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Netflix goes down under, plans Australian launch in 2015

Netflix is finally expanding to Australia, according to Graham Burke, the co-CEO of Australian film distribution and production company Village Roadshow.
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Chromecast will soon add ultrasonic sound as a new way to ‘cast’

We've learned a bit more about the vague "various technologies" Google has claimed it will use to integrate casting without a Wi-Fi connection this week.
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JBL expands Synchros headphone line with lifestyle and sport options

JBL has expanded its Synchros line with the lifestyle-oriented E-Series and the athlete-ready Reflect, both of which have Bluetooth-enabled options.
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Mohu’s Channels fulfills ‘dream machine’ promise to cord cutters, ships today

After more than quadrupling up on its funding goal and gathering important feedback from backers over at Kickstarter, Mohu is close to releasing Channels.
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Mozilla is not secretly working on a Chromecast of its own, but someone else is

Is the Chromecast a little too Google-y for your liking? You might soon be able to pick up a Firefox OS-powered alternative, but it won't be made by Mozilla.
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Adidas and Monster launch line of World Cup-themed headphones

Adidas and Monster have spiced up their "adidas Originals by Monster" headphones with new limited edition World Cup-themed color schemes for four teams.
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Nocs reveals new edition of NS2 speakers with Bluetooth and Spotify connect

Nocs announced today that its next "v2" run of the speakers has been made more versatile by integrating Bluetooth compatibility and Spotify Connect support.