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Hulu without ads arrives for $12 per month (or more with Apple billing)

For $4 more per month, subscribers can get the same lineup of streaming shows, but mostly without commercial interruption.

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Apple TV report claims universal search, $149 starting price

The next Apple TV may get universal search like every other media streamer, and could cost $149.

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Amazon Prime adds offline video for iOS and Android, while Netflix makes excuses

Amazon solves a major problem for streaming video services, while Netflix makes excuses.

Apple’s rumored original programming push included bid for Top Gear stars

Apple could prop up its streaming video offerings by producing new movies or TV shows, but not anytime soon.

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New update makes Amazon Echo more family-friendly

Amazon Echo update adds support for multiple accounts, BART departure times for San Francisco residents.

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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.