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The Technology of Coachella

The Technology of Coachella

I just spent three days in Indio listening to a whole bunch of my favorite music. From Queens of the Stone Age to Lorde to ZZ Ward, everything about my first festival was memorable. But from a tech perspective, one thing trumps all else: the festival’s wristbands. (If your guess was the two-minute voiceover about ...

Aereo at the Supreme Court: Everything You Need to Know

Aereo at the Supreme Court: Everything You Need to Know

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will spend one hour hearing the latest arguments in an old, important debate that affects everyone watching television in the US: who owns the airwaves? ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and others use the broadcast frequencies our TV antennas pick up, the government regulates those frequencies, ...

Netflix Announces Price Increase for New Customers, Plans to Come to US DVRs

Netflix Announces Price Increase for New Customers, Plans to Come to US DVRs

Our latest update on how Netflix is doing is here, and buried within the earnings details the company revealed two announcements that have been a long time coming: it's raising prices for new customers, and it is (after years of rumors) going to offer service on cable-provided DVRs in the US soon. The price hike later this ...

Apple and Google are Now Vying for Exclusivity in Mobile Gaming

Apple and Google are Now Vying for Exclusivity in Mobile Gaming

A long-running battle between Apple and Google for mobile dominance is spreading to the most lucrative genre of apps: videogames. The two Silicon Valley giants have been wooing game developers to ensure that top-tier game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating systems, people familiar with the ...

Yes, Netflix And Hulu Are Starting To Kill Cable

Yes, Netflix And Hulu Are Starting To Kill Cable

Cable companies, you've been put on notice. Cord cutting -- ditching your steep monthly cable or satellite bill and instead watching video online -- is on the rise, according to a new report from Experian Marketing Services. In fact, some young adults may never even pay for cable TV in their lifetimes. The number of ...

Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple’s App

Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple’s App

Apple has a crazily powerful digital store, used by hundreds of millions of customers. But if you want to sell something there it will cost you: In almost every case, Apple keeps 30 percent of the purchase price on whatever its users buy. Beats Music, the new subscription music service that launched in January, figures ...

Shelly Palmer Talks About Google Glass, iPhone 6 and Yahoo on Fox Business

Shelly Palmer Talks About Google Glass, iPhone 6 and Yahoo on Fox Business

Shelly Palmer chats with Melissa Francis on Fox Business Network about Google Glass, iPhone 6 rumors and Marissa Mayer at Yahoo. ...

Why Social TV Has the Power to Change the Media World as We Know It

Why Social TV Has the Power to Change the Media World as We Know It

Social TV is poised to become one of the most important global forces in advertising over the next 10 years because of its ability to challenge our industry’s fundamental notion of information overload. The term information overload was coined 40 years ago by media visionary Alvin Toffler. However, we tend to think of ...

Amazon is Building a Custom Kindle Store for Samsung Galaxy Devices

Amazon is Building a Custom Kindle Store for Samsung Galaxy Devices

Samsung seems to be on a roll with bagging media partnerships for its Galaxy line of phones and tablets. First music streaming service Deezer, and now it's getting a custom-built Kindle book store in a deal with Amazon. Announced Thursday morning, the service also gives Galaxy owners referred to the service (starting with ...

Report: Apple is Building a Shazam-Like Feature Into iOS 8

Report: Apple is Building a Shazam-Like Feature Into iOS 8

Apple wants to help you name that tune. The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t ...