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Sony has announced a wireless audio system with one-touch near field communication (NFC) c...

Thanks to the growing number of wireless speaker systems, those of us who have a good-sized digital music collection on our smartphones or tablets no longer have to concern ourselves with docking our device to hear our favorite tunes. Sony is aiming to make complicated wireless setup and fiddly pairing a thing of the past too, with the introduction of a streaming audio system with one-touch near field communication (NFC) connection.  Read More

The diffused LED light is simply dazzling

I think it's fair to say that if you want a Bluetooth loudspeaker to stream music from your phone or player, the marketplace is somewhat generous with its choices. To stand out and be noticed, manufacturers need to add something extra to the pot – such as being able to change shape like the novel Transformative Bluetooth Hi-Fi System or really feeling the beat with the ONBEAT-X1 portable speaker. Taiwan's Yantouch has taken a decidedly more visually-stimulating route with its third-generation Black Diamond speaker, and Gizmag spent the last few weeks being mesmerized by its stunning light show.  Read More

Roku has launched the Roku 3, featuring a new interface and improved remote

Roku has just launched an updated version of its popular line of stream boxes called the Roku 3. The company cites this as the most powerful box it has ever created. The feature that gives credence to that claim is that this is one of two available Roku devices that has support for 1080p video streaming. Roku also touts a faster processor in its latest box. The Roku 3 is also the first to include dual-band Wi-Fi, an ethernet port, and USB.  Read More

Google is reportedly set to turn YouTube into a Spotify rival with ad-free subscriptions

YouTube, whether intentionally or not, is the new MTV. Not long after the network once known as Music Television stopped playing music, Google’s video streaming service took its place as the preferred music video source for teenagers. According to a new report, Google is now ready to take the next step and sell subscriptions for its service.  Read More

The TV Play also features Ethernet, HDMI, Composite A/V, built-in Wi-Fi and Optical audio

Western Digital has expanded its range of streaming boxes with the TV Play, a device that aims to compete with popular products like the Roku 2 XD. The low-cost TV Play offers access to a wide range of streaming services, as well as the user's own media library.  Read More

SOUL Elctronics has announced the immediate availability of its feature-rich Party in a bo...

Florida's SOUL Electronics, probably best known for its SOUL by Ludicras premium headphones, has announced the immediate availability of its Party in a box P910 boombox. Originally launched way back at CES 2012, the multi-speaker wireless music streamer features a built-in iPhone/iPod/iPad dock, has an FM radio, both USB and aux inputs, and can also be used as an instrument and vocal amp, a karaoke machine and PA system. It also sports twin analog VU meters, so that party guests can see exactly how much sonic oomph this baby is pumping out.  Read More

The UK's Pure has announced plans to release three new affordable multiroom wireless speak...

Being able to wander from room to room throughout the house and enjoy one continuous streamed audio experience can, unfortunately, be a very expensive luxury indeed. Happily, the UK's Pure is getting ready to launch a new range of wireless speakers that promise quality audio at a much more attractive price point than similar multiroom systems offered by the likes of Sonos. The first of the new Jongo series to hit the market will be the S340B portable speaker, followed by the A140B hi-fi adapter and the T640B stereo speaker.  Read More

The complete Pocket Playlist package

With video rental stores going the way of the dodo, it’s fast becoming the norm to download movies and TV shows from online services such as Netflix and Hulu. But what if you want to take a downloaded movie with you somewhere? You could pack up your big ol’ DVR, or you could use HP’s portable new Pocket Playlist drive that can stream media over Wi-Fi to up to five devices.  Read More

The new Discover and Collections tabs aim to create a more personal user experience

Music streaming service Spotify announced this week that it now has an impressive one million paid subscribers in the United States alone, a significant milestone for the company. A number of improvements to the service were also announced, including the new Discover tab and expanded social features.  Read More

Launched today in the UK, music service Bloom.fm takes a different approach to on-demand a...

Though there may be no shortage of free and subscription-based music services, London-based startup Bloom.fm is counting on there being room for one more. It has a trick up its sleeve: a mobile-first approach to market. Not beholden to translating desktop functionality and UI features to the smartphone, Bloom.fm has delivered a distinct take on the mobile music experience. Out today for iOS in the UK, Gizmag takes the first look at the app, and talks to the team hoping to take on the big guns.  Read More

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