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Ever the copycat, Samsung announces new “premium” headphones

I like to imagine that somewhere deep within the bowels of Samsung’s headquarters there is a person suspended in a mysterious liquid whose job is to predict the future in time for the company to develop an innovative product ahead of its competition. The problem with this imaginary fortune teller is that reality tells a very different story. [...]

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Verizon promises to improve upload speeds as it pretends Netflix and YouTube don’t exist

  Verizon is planning to increase the speed with which its FiOS Internet subscribers can upload content to the Web to reverse the service’s slowing expansion, the Wall Street Journal reports. The speed bump is expected to be finished by the end of this Fall, and Verizon told the Journal that 95 percent of consumers will receive the [...]

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Now YouTube Is Shaming ISPs For Slow Streaming Video

Sometime in the past few days, YouTube started showing a new error bar on slow-loading videos. "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why," it implores. Clicking through takes you to Google’s Video Quality Report page, comparing streaming quality of your local ISPs. If your provider’s slow, Google wants you to know. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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Digital music sales are in a free fall, as Spotify does to iTunes what iTunes did to CDs

Why would you pay $9.99 or more for one album on iTunes when for the same price each month you can hear millions of songs on a streaming music platform like Spotify? The concept of digital downloads is something more and more listeners are questioning, as new numbers from Nielsen Soundscan show that album and track sales [...]

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This Could Be Our First Look at Mozilla’s Chromecast Competitor

Ever since Chromecast and Roku hit the market, rumor has said that Mozilla was working on a more open, tinkerer-friendly type of streaming dongle. This week, Mozilla developer Christian Heilmann tweeted a photo that sure looks like a nearly-finalized product, and GigaOM got to play with a prototype. Casting’s about to get open-sourcey. Read more… [...]

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Oyster heads to Android to make Amazon, Barnes and Noble quiver

The so-called “Netflix for books” is thumbing its nose at the competition. Oyster today announced that its all-you-can-read subscription service is now on Android devices like the Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD. Oyster says in its announcement that an Android application was the most-requested feature for its previously iOS-exclusive service. What it doesn’t say is [...]

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