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Google announces Chromecast Ultra, a 4K version of its streaming device
During Google's Pixel event today, Google announced the Chromecast Ultra, a 4K version of its very popular streaming device. the Chromecast Ultra will be able to stream 4K content from YouTube Netflix, and Vudu at launch, with films from Google play Movies gaining support in November. HDR content – both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats – is also supported by the Ultra.
October 4, 2016
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Google Chromecast Ultra has 4K resolution, Dolby Vision HDR, available November for $70
4K TVs are getting cheaper every day, and now 4K-capable devices to connect to those TVs are following suit. One of the cheapest so far is Chromecast Ultra.
October 4, 2016
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Google is fixing up Chromecast's 'Cast a tab' feature and you can try the new version now
I've been saying it for a few years now, but I really, really like the Chromecast Google's simple little dongle for streaming Netflix/Hulu/YouTube etc. from your devices to your TV with just a tap or two. It does what it's supposed to do, does it well and doesn't try to do anything more than that.
April 25, 2017
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Google's 4K HDR Chromecast Ultra costs $69, and will launch in November
The Chromecast Ultra is a 4K streaming video player for twice the price of the original.
October 4, 2016
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Google's new Chromecast Preview Program lets you test new firmware
Google today announced the ChromecastPreview Program. the idea is to let users test out new firmware before it's generally available to the public.
September 13, 2016
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Misc. - A

Apple simplifies navigation with iTunes 12.4
Apple has thankfully made iTunes simpler to use.
May 16, 2016
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Archos 604 Media Player
The ARCHOS 604 is the perfect companion for people on the move: its 30 GB hard drive capacity allows you to store up to 130 hours of video encoded with a PC, the equivalent of 85 movies.
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Astell&Kern AK70 high-res digital audio player review: Sweet sound and strong features make it a winner
The AK70 is one of the first hi-res audio players on the market to support aptX HD for high-res music streaming over Bluetooth.
February 3, 2017
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Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player
A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player brings you one step closer to bringing the movie theater experience into the home. Our top pick has all the features most people will need, and it's also the least expensive.
December 23, 2016
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Blu-Ray.com
FAQ - Frequently asked questions.
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Brag about your Chromecast Ultra with this 4K YouTube playlist
You don't have to look any further than YouTube for some great 4K.
January 11, 2017
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Chromecast Audio devices playing out of sync? Here's your fix!
How do I fix my Chromecast Audio devices going out of sync?
December 1, 2016
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Chromecast Audio review:
Affordable, simple wireless music streamer marries phone and stereo
November 29, 2016
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Chromecast snags 35 percent of global streamer market in 2015, says Strategy Analytics
According to some new research from Strategy Analytics, the Chromecast has taken 35 percent of the global streamer market in 2015. Google, Amazon, Roku and Apple account for 8 out of every 10 streaming media players sold, and the demand for these continues to rise. the company claims that the demand has grown 32 percent in 2015.
March 8, 2016
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Chromecast Ultra review: 4K HDR streaming with no frills
Chromecast goes premium, but why?
November 18, 2016
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Chromecast Ultra versus Roku Premiere: Battle of 4K Streamers
These two great choices for 4K streaming, the Chromecast Ultra and Roku Premiere, are affordable and easy ways to find the UHD content you want to watch. see which one is best for you.
October 21, 2016
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Chromecast Ultra versus Xiaomi Mi Box: Which should you buy?
If you want to spend $70 on a Google Cast device, you'll be looking at the Chromecast Ultra and the Xiaomi Mi Box.
December 22, 2016
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CyberLink unveils new PowerDVD 17
CyberLink unveils the World's Most Advanced Media Player: PowerDVD 17
April 11, 2017
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Misc. - D

Does anyone actually use digital audio players?
Does anyone use digital audio players? Anybody? Pioneer and Onkyo are both releasing new DAPs in the UK -- the XDP-30R and the Rubato DP-S1, respectively -- but who actually listens to music on the go on anything other than a smartphone?
March 27, 2017
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Dolby Vision HDR may be coming to a game console near you
Dolby's HDR standard is now available in a software version, which means it can show up on existing TVs and game consoles.
February 24, 2017
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Misc. - E

Emby media center is a worthy Plex alternative for Windows
Emby is another solid media center option for Windows 10 users. But what exactly is it all about? Read on for answers.
March 29, 2017
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Everything you need to know about 4K streaming on Chromecast Ultra
Buying the Chromecast Ultra was the easy part.
November 9, 2016
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'Google Cast' is being phased out in favor of Chromecast for connected TVs and speakers
The change is a bit of an about face for Google, which is opting to bank on its successful Chromecast name for all supported hardware.
November 23, 2016
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Google flip flops on Google Cast/Chromecast branding again
"Chromecast Built-In" branding will come to third-party devices.
November 23, 2016
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Google has sold 30 million of its Chromecast media streaming devices
That's up from 25 million in May.
July 28, 2016
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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers -- now it has a fix
Step one, connect the Chromecast to your broadband modem and... oh... hmm
November 29, 2016
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Google's upcoming 4K Chromecast might ditch the Chrome logo
This time with a G instead of the Chrome logo
September 26, 2016
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Jump the line for the newest Chromecast features with Google's new preview program
Google hasn't said what's coming yet, but if you sign up for the initiative you'll be part of the group that's in the know.
September 14, 2016
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Misc. - K

Kodi is considering adding support for DRM to defeat piracy
Over the last couple of years, Kodi has gained popularity as a tool for piracy, and as you might expect, the XBMC Foundation doesn't care for it very much. the company has already begun going after sellers of set-top boxes that come pre-loaded with the app and unauthorized add-ons, but it's considering another strategy to defeat pirates: DRM support.
April 11, 2017
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Kodi media player launches for Windows 10 via Desktop App Converter
The popular Kodi media player is now available for Windows 10 PC owners in the Windows Store. the version of the app in the store was created with the help of Microsoft's Desktop App Converter tool.
September 20, 2016
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Kodi or Plex: Which media server is best for Android users?
Kodi and Plex may seem similar at a glance, but they offer entirely unique experiences and services.
February 22, 2017
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Kodi or Plex: Which media server is best?
Kodi and Plex share a similar lineage, but have diverged into distinct home media server options.
October 28, 2016
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Microsoft announces Azure Media Player 2.0
Microsoft's Azure cloud platform has quite a lot of facets, with services being added all the time. some of those start out in preview, but slowly and surely make their way to general availability. One piece of the Azure puzzle that has just hit GA is Azure Media Player 2.0.
April 25, 2017
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Misc. - N

Naim updates high-end Uniti range with eye-catching design, Google Cast
Following the success of the mu-so streaming speaker, Naim has announced updates to its high-end Uniti streaming amps, which now include Google Cast capability.
November 9, 2016
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New Chrome feature lets you watch Chromecast holdouts like Amazon Video on your TV
Services like Amazon Video that don't support the Chromecast are now watchable thanks to this experimental Chrome browser feature.
April 26, 2017
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Panasonic just announced a slightly more affordable 4K Blu-ray player
Panasonic already has one 4K Blu-ray player on the market, but at $699 it's not exactly cheap. to help remedy that issue, the company has announced the UB-700 4K Blu-ray player, which will cost around €500 when released, Panasonic announced today at IFA.
August 31, 2016
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Pioneer reveals the first 4K Blu-ray drives for PCs
Home theater PC owners rejoice!
January 26, 2017
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Plex Cloud is now open to all paid users
Anyone with a Plex Pass subscription can now get at their media libraries from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive (personal) with Plex Cloud.
March 10, 2017
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Plex Cloud lets you ditch your media server for the OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive
After a somewhat lengthy beta period, Plex has launched Plex Cloud for all of its Plex Pass subscribers. Now, any Plex Pass subscriber can store their media in a cloud account, rather than on their local network, and still access it anywhere through the Plex app.
March 9, 2017
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Plex embraces Kodi as Plex Media Player becomes available to all
Plex Media Player is now available to everyone, as is the Plex experience which is now on Kodi.
December 1, 2016
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Plex Media Player is now free to all users
Non-Plex Pass holders rejoice -- Plex has made its desktop-friendly media player app for Windows and Mac completely free with the release of Plex Media Player 1.2.
December 1, 2016
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Plex's cloud media server now supports Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive
The beta started with only Amazon
December 1, 2016
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Plex's hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud, opens to all
After a couple of stops and starts -- and some concerns -- media player software maker Plex is opening its online service known as Plex Cloud to all paying Plex users. the service, which was first introduced into private beta in September, eliminates the need for an always-on PC or other network-attached piece of hardware in order to use the Plex media player software for watching your saved TV shows and movies, viewing photos or streaming from your music collection.
March 9, 2017
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Prime Focus
Call to place your order on receivers, 4DTV receivers, DVD players plus other audio and electronics accessories, including surge protectors, cordless phones and more.
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Radio Shack
Personal radios, wireless telephones, batteries, gadgets, adapters, wires and plugs sit alongside computer equipment and stereo components on their shelves. Convenient online ordering also available.
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Replace iPod Battery
Robust Battery Replacement Kits Juice your iPod.
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Roku Express review: a nice gift for your frenemies
Roku's $30 streaming box makes big compromises in pursuit of a low price tag.
October 12, 2016
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Roku Express+ review:
Resurrect an old TV with streaming video for cheap
October 17, 2016
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Roku Premiere+ review:
The sweet spot for streaming in 4K and HDR
November 1, 2016
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Roku Ultra review:
This 4K HDR streamer lets you keep your old AV receiver
January 23, 2017
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Roku's new tools lets anyone launch a video channel without writing code
Roku today is rolling out new tools that will make it simpler for anyone to bring their video content to its media player lineup, without having to write any code. with an update to the Roku Direct Publisher Platform, video creators can instead walk through a few steps, including providing a video feed, then have their new channel go live on Roku. Alongside this launch, the company is also stepping up its advertising options, and will now offer to handle all the video ads sales for publishers.
October 4, 2016
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SongSpy
A graphical peer-2-Peer mp3-only sharing network designed from the ground up by music addicts for music addicts. Earn Karma Points good toward prizes just for sharing.
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Sony announces its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player with 4K and HDR support
We're already in the 4K era: it seems like the majority of new TVs, streaming services, and devices support the higher quality video format. the de facto physical format for 4K is off to a slow start, however. the UBP-X1000ES is Sony's first to support Ultra HD Blu-ray playback, with full 4K and HDR support (although Sony has yet to specify whether it will be using the HDR10 or Dolby Vision standard.)
September 14, 2016
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Sony unveils limited edition Final Fantasy XV Walkman for Japan
It's been a long time coming, but Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV is finally going to launch after being in development for nearly a decade. to commemorate the title launch, Sony is offering a limited edition PlayStation 4 bundle, but will also offer more exclusive items at its storefronts like a Final Fantasy XV Walkman, headphone, and portable speaker.
November 28, 2016
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The best streaming video box for most people is a Roku
Sure, we tend to prefer Android TV around here. But beyond that, the best all-around streaming video box for most people absolutely is the Roku.
March 21, 2017
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This is probably Google's 4K Chromecast "Ultra"
If you've been waiting for a Chromecast with 4K video support, good news: it's looking more and more real with each passing day.
September 26, 2016
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Throwback Thursday: the Samsung i70, a portable media player
CES 2007 was much like the CES' of its day: plenty of compact cameras were announced, Wi-Fi photo frames were all the rage and memory cards grew faster with higher capacities (Class 6 cards of 16GB were on the way!) Digital technologies also continued to converge, as evidenced by a camera Samsung announced that year: the i70.
January 5, 2017
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Misc. - U

Using Google Chromecast Audio as a whole-house audio alternative to Sonos
Great-sounding music is made easy with a Chromecast Audio. and you'll save a fistful of dollars, too.
September 28, 2016
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Misc. - W

What is Kodi and how do you use it?
Have you heard folks talking about this "Kodi" thing, and you're wondering what it's all about? Here's a quick beginner's guide.
May 1, 2017
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Misc. - X

Xiaomi launches a new media router and an updated Mi TV 4, but just for China
Will they ever come to the United States?
January 5, 2017
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Zenith

Zenith
Sure, you can browse through every kind of television imaginable, but check out the new cool products like Z-Trak, DVD and HDTV. Job and company information also available.
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Zune HD made me wish I never bought an iPod
Microsoft's Zune never really took off. and that's a crying shame.
March 3, 2017
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