Media & Entertainment

Twitch’s Primetime Viewership is Higher Than CNN and MTV

Twitch’s Primetime Viewership is Higher Than CNN and MTV

On Monday, Amazon said it would spend more than $1 billion for Twitch, a website for watching video games. The site, which started three years ago, was never supposed to exist. Today, thousands of players are broadcasting, or streaming, their games on the site at any given moment, with many amassing a loyal audience. ...

A Music Streaming Boom is Spelling Trouble for Music Sales

A Music Streaming Boom is Spelling Trouble for Music Sales

It took a long time to get going, but streaming music is finally mainstream. It’s a business, too, generating more than $1 billion a year. That sounds like good news for the music labels, which have been waiting for digital music sales to replace the ones that disappeared after CD sales peaked 14 years ago. The problem ...

TiVo’s Roamio OTA DVR is its First Box for Cord-Cutters

TiVo’s Roamio OTA DVR is its First Box for Cord-Cutters

For the past eight years, a CableCARD and a TiVo DVR have gone hand-in-hand. No more! Within the next few weeks, the limited edition TiVo Roamio OTA DVR will be available from select Best Buy stores for an initial price of $49 (plus $15/month service with a one-year commitment). That's $150 cheaper than the existing base ...

7 Ways Other People Are Productive While You Play Candy Crush

7 Ways Other People Are Productive While You Play Candy Crush

Look, I know you love Candy Crush. We all do. But every time I receive this Facebook notification… [Facebook friend] invites you to play Candy Crush Saga. …I think, “Man, what a time sucker that game is.” The super-addictive app and its red, orange and yellow candies steal precious seconds from our ...

Wolfie (iPad) Helps You Learn to Play the Piano Through Your Tablet

Wolfie (iPad) Helps You Learn to Play the Piano Through Your Tablet

Piano practice and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have entered the 21st Century through a brand new iPad app. Tonara Wolfie for Piano offers tools and dynamic scores to enhance the student/teacher dynamic during (and between) lessons. Featuring a score-tracking cursor, digital score playback, teacher and student recordings and ...

N3twork (iOS) Collects Online Videos Into TV-Like Channels

N3twork (iOS) Collects Online Videos Into TV-Like Channels

I have a confession: I don’t know how to use YouTube. Not that I don’t know how to upload a video, or watch one, or even embed one in a blog post. I don’t know how to use YouTube to find anything I’d actually want to watch. No doubt, it’s a sign of creeping middle age, but YouTube feels like an overwhelming, ...

‘Xfinity on Campus’ Delivers TV Over Wi-Fi to Students

‘Xfinity on Campus’ Delivers TV Over Wi-Fi to Students

Comcast on Thursday formally announced a new service that will let college students at seven universities stream live TV and video on-demand programming across their personal laptops, smartphones, and tablets while connected to campus Wi-Fi. Dubbed Xfinity On Campus, the service is included as part of each student's room ...

Netflix’s Hack Day Leads to Three Very Awesome Ideas

Netflix’s Hack Day Leads to Three Very Awesome Ideas

As it sits right now, Netflix is one of the better streaming experiences available. Every couple of months, the company holds a “Hack Day” where the product development and technical teams fool around with the innards of Netflix in order to try out fun new things. The last couple of events like this have yielded some ...

A Primer on Educational Tech: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

A Primer on Educational Tech: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

This back-to-school season, students more than ever are arriving to classrooms equipped with digital devices and learning tools. Apps, videos and other online resources that can be accessed from iPads, Androids devices, Chromebooks and the like are profoundly impacting the learning process. While many elementary, middle ...

SoundCloud Now Incorporates Advertising to Give Artists Royalties

SoundCloud Now Incorporates Advertising to Give Artists Royalties

SoundCloud is the ubiquitous wild child of the digital music world. Without paying artists or record companies, it lets people freely upload and stream any kind of audio, and musicians have embraced it as a way to share their hottest work with fans. Lorde, the teenage pop star from New Zealand, rose to fame after posting ...