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Pono woes: Neil Young bemoans "lack of resources" for expanding the reach of the lossless music player

Despite a hardcore audience in the tens of thousands, Pono may have trouble expanding its brand of better-than-CD-quality tunes.

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Swatch CEO needs to stop talking and start shipping

Nick Hayek’s provocations of Apple are looking increasingly sad as Swatch fails to ship or even demonstrate the product it’s been talking about for months.

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Amazon reportedly beats Apple TV in 2014 as streaming video gets serious

Amazon quickly made its mark on the media streamer landscape in 2014, but this year could look a lot different.

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Sideclick is shaping up to be a killer remote control for streaming video

For $30, Sideclick adds TV controls to Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV remotes. Hands-on with a prototype shows plenty of promise.

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Report: Force Touch Stylus could turn iPad Pro into a serious sketching tool

The pressure-sensitive pen would be an optional feature in Apple’s long-rumored larger tablet, now expected to begin production in September or October.

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Apple Music retention is actually not too bad, says Apple

Apple is eager to prove that a subscription-only model is the way forward for streaming music.

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Amazon Dash Button hack goes beyond mindless consumption

With a few lines of code, Amazon’s magical buy button goes from purchasing fresh diapers to tracking the number of dirty ones.

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Misfit brings a Speedo-branded swim tracker to the Apple Store

The $80 Speedo Shine counts laps and syncs to Speedo’s swim tracking app, though it lacks the smart home controls of Misfit’s cheaper activity trackers.

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Sprint fires back at T-Mobile with perpetual iPhone upgrade program

Limited-time deal lets you get an iPhone 6 now for $15 per month, and upgrade to the next iPhone at no extra charge

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Simple Matters Ditto review: This minimalist wearable is too simple for its own good

For $40, Ditto clips onto clothing and buzzes when your smartphone rings. It’s clever in theory, but not useful enough in reality.

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AT&T’s new wireless plans: More data, sometimes more dough

Subscribers with 10GB of data can get an extra 5GB at no charge, but other price tiers aren’t as generous.

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Hands-on: Google’s iOS app paves the way for smarter searches

Ask for more information when viewing a web page, and Google will speak it back to you. Useful? Not yet, but it’s still impressive.

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Apple Pay rival CurrentC could be delayed again as retailers jump ship

The backers of CurrentC want to take the time to “do it right,” but it’s hard to see what else could go wrong at this point.

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Hulu says it won't release its new original shows in binge-watch form

While Netflix and Amazon release entire seasons at once, Hulu is sticking with weekly releases for its original programming.

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Plex for iOS gets a modern makeover for streaming your media files

The new app adds some free features, plus much-improved offline playback for Plex Pass subscribers.