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Has Microsoft finally found the formula to beat iTunes?

As big companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft each compete to gain supremacy in the “Post-PC” era, a killer ecosystem is thought key to keeping users locked in to one particular platform. While we can grant Microsoft’s gaming and business pedigree, its music services have been lacking thus far, and to address this, the Redmond company is launching a new music streaming service dubbed “Xbox Music,” which will be available from Tuesday October 16 on Xbox 360, with further platforms gaining support soon.  Read More

The BeoPlay A9 is a new disc-shaped streaming wireless speaker from Bang & Olufsen subsidi...

B&O Play could be described as the hip, contemporary arm of Bang & Olufsen. That ethos is certainly reflected in the company’s soon-to-be-available streaming wireless speaker, the BeoPlay A9. Unlike traditional boxy speakers, it’s flat(ish), it’s round, and it’s designed to be looked at as much as listened to.  Read More

The 3M Streaming Projector is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand

The world seems to be moving away from projectors. Almost all of the tech-savvy consumer's content is downloaded digitally and streamed to TVs, tablets and smartphones. The projector is kind of lost in the shuffle of all of this. Enter 3M's Streaming Projector, which merges the massive display sizes that only a projector can produce, with the streaming content for which Roku is known.  Read More

A chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this postcard from NAS...

For the very first time in human history, a human voice was streamed from the surface of another planet and traveled some 168 million miles (267 million km) into space before it was heard on Earth. The audio was a pre-recorded message from NASA administrator Charles Bolden, who sent a congratulatory message to the engineers involved in the US$2.5 billion mission to safely land the Mars Science Laboratory – better known as the Curiosity rover – on the surface of Mars.  Read More

An example of an extreme setup that Dispatch can turn into some extreme bandwidth goodness...

Connectify, a company known for software that can turn your computer into a wireless hotspot, is at work on a new project called Dispatch that will turn all internet connections available to your device into one glorious (and hopefully faster and more stable) stream of high-speed bandwidth.  Read More

Netflix' aggressive strategy sees rapid growth in Europe

Internet movie-streaming service Netflix announced today that it has hit the million-subscriber milestone in the United Kingdom and Ireland within seven months of launching in the region, faster than any other region in which it has launched.  Read More

Google has decided to delay the launch of its Nexus Q media streamer while it retools the ...

When Google unveiled its Nexus Q streaming media player at this year’s Google I/O conference, it claims the device’s spherical form factor was met with positive reviews but that many felt the functionality of the device was lacking. Based on this feedback, Google has decided to postpone the Nexus Q’s launch indefinitely while it works to add to the device's functionality. But it’s not all bad news for the early adopters who pre-ordered the device, as they’ll be getting one of the original models for free.  Read More

Sony snaps up cloud-gaming company Gaikai for US$380 million

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced today that it has acquired cloud-gaming company Gaikai for approximately US$380 million. Sony further confirmed that it is to employ the newly acquired technology to launch a brand new cloud service of its own, perhaps pointing toward the tantalizing possibility of PlayStation Vita integration in the near future.  Read More

The Nexus Q is Google's latest bit of hardware aimed at the living room

With Sony's NSZ-GS7 Internet Player and Vizio's Co-Star, this week has been a big one for Android-based media streamers. Not to be outdone, Google has announced its Nexus Q media-streaming device at its I/O conference. The device, which is powered by an OMAP4460 processor, is something Google hopes will change the way people share their entertainment in the home. Nexus Q will stream HD movies, YouTube clips, music and Google TV content from the cloud.  Read More

The Vizio Co-Star Stream Player is a Google TV-based device that also includes support for...

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Sony’s NSZ-GS7 set-top box, Vizio has unveiled its own Google TV-based device that merges live TV with streaming entertainment in the form of the Vizio Co-Star Stream Player. Connecting the device to a HDTV will turn it into a smart TV capable of surfing the Web full screen using Google Chrome with support for HTML 5 and Flash content, accessing Google Play apps, streaming online video content, and – in a media streamer first – playing games via the OnLive cloud gaming platform.  Read More

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