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Report: Apple Is Buying Talk-Radio App Swell For $US30 Million

A report by Re/Code suggests that Apple is buying — and swallowing whole — the talk-radio app Swell for $US30 million. The report suggests that according to “multiple sources” Apple will take control of the startup, currently funded in part by Google Ventures, very soon.


The Uncanny Valley Of Old Futurism

In 1995 Eugene Volokh wrote the most paleofuturish article ever written. By that I mean it’s an incredibly prescient meditation on the future of media and technology. But it has just enough weird anachronisms to remind us that nobody can predict the future with absolute certainty.


You Can Check Your YouTube Stream Quality From Home Now

Man, if you’re trying to watch a YouTube nature video — or any type of YouTube video for that matter — it’s just not the same if it’s not streaming in the full glory of HD. Now, thanks to the Google Video Quality Report, you can check on your stream quality right from home.


Android TV Was Hiding In Plain Sight At CES Three Months Ago

Google TV has been dead in the water for a while now, but rumour has it that a flashy new successor, Android TV, is on the way. There are rumours, and also it was hiding in plain sight at CES three months ago.


Amazon Fire TV Review: A Fast Ride That Will Cost You

Take your pick of streaming devices — there are already plenty out there. Amazon says its new Fire TV can best every Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV in the land on speed, ease of use and a treasure box of extras. In most cases, Fire TV delivers on those promises. But it comes at a price.


Meet The Crazy Camera That Can Make Movies For The Oculus Rift

Gamers love Oculus Rift; the virtual reality system offers a mind-blowing immersive way to experience digital worlds. Jaunt, a new tech company, brings the platform into live-action, cinematic territory. I saw their stuff. It was incredible. And it’s a Pretty Big Deal for movies and media.


Fire TV: Everything You Need To Know About Amazon's Streaming Box

Amazon has kicked off its arrival to the streaming party with the announcement of a new $US100 device called Fire TV in the US. Here’s everything you need to know about it.


The Xbox One Is Turning Your Phone Into The Only Remote You Need

If you have pay TV, the Xbox One’s TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now.


Report: Amazon's Planning A Free Streaming Service For Original Shows

The WSJ is reporting that Amazon has its sights set on an ad-supported streaming media service that would be available outside of its existing streaming offerings on Prime. Think of it as an all on-demand Amazon TV network.


Sony And Panasonic's New Optical Archival Discs Will Store Up To 1TB

Sony and Panasonic announced last year that they had plans to develop a new, high-capacity optical storage disc — and they weren’t lying. New details indicate that a new Archival Disc format will have a capacity of up to 1TB.