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New Apple TV: Siri and the App Store are the stars of Apple's new set-top box

Apple’s set-top box is getting its long-awaited overhaul, with a proper App Store, a major role for Siri, and a serious emphasis on gaming.


Instagram ads are about to get longer, more prominent

Three years after Facebook’s acquisition, Instagram gets serious about appealing to advertisers.

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Nest's Dropcam outage reveals the downside of online-only IP cameras

For a few hours last night, Dropcam users couldn’t access their camera feeds at all.

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21.5-inch iMac could get its Retina 4K upgrade in November

At 4K resolution, Apple’s smaller all-in-one would match the 27-inch 5K iMac in pixel density.

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Latest Apple TV rumor suggests skimpier storage, reiterates lack of 4K

A new report says Apple’s set-top will top out at 16 GB of storage, and may include just half that.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.