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You can play NPR’s ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me’ on your smart speaker

You can play "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" on Amazon Echo speakers or Google Home devices with the new Wait Wait Quiz. It's hosted by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis and will be updated every week with new questions.

2:22 PM 01/21/19


AJ Dellinger
Digital Trends

How to convert a Kindle book to PDF

Amazon's Kindle is one of the best ebook readers on the market, but it doesn't make viewing proprietary files on other platforms any easier. Here's how to convert a Kindle book to PDF using either desktop or web-based applications.

1:45 PM 01/21/19


Simon Hill
Digital Trends

Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

According to a report, people familiar with Spotify's plans say the company is readying a dedicated in-car music streamer that will cost $100. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled audio system and can be controlled by voice.

12:29 PM 01/21/19


Simon Cohen
Digital Trends

Ikea’s Symfonisk Sonos speaker coming in August, priced to “reach many people”

If details in a newly released video are true, we could be looking at Ikea's new Symfonisk speaker collaboration with Sonos to be in stores as soon as August. And the price? Within reach of "many people."

11:54 AM 01/21/19


Simon Cohen
Digital Trends

How to factory reset a PS4

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.

11:15 AM 01/21/19


Phil Hornshaw
Digital Trends

The Nvidia Shield is On Sale Starting at Just $149

Looking for a great deal? Right now you can get an Nvidia Shield for just $149. (This deal is for the Shield and remote only.) Want the Game Controller with your Nvidia Sheild? Right now you can get the remote and game controller with your Nvidia Shield for just $168.  The Nvidia Shield has long been seen as the […]

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9:54 AM 01/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Abode Systems upgrades its smart home gateway with new chip and Z-Wave Plus

Palo Alto-based Abode Systems is adding an upgrade to its popular smart home starter kit by replacing its central gateway with a second-generation version that supports cellular backup and enhanced Z-Wave support.

9:15 AM 01/21/19


Clayton Moore
Digital Trends

Chromecast Audio Is Dead

Google Chromecast Audio took the Chromecast idea from your TV and added it to your stereo. With this device you could cast music from popular apps to your existing stereo system. Now Google is pulling the plug on the device and is selling off what is left of their stock for $15 each. “Our product […]

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8:50 AM 01/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

A Look Back at Our 2018 Cord Cutting Predictions: How Did We Do?

Every year we make some predictions on what we expect in the year to come. In 2018, we had five predictions, and today we grade these predictions and see how we did. So, hold on as we grade the 2018 cord cutting predictions we made in December 2017. #1 Streaming Services Shutting Down In 2017, […]

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8:03 AM 01/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Legrand’s Smart Lighting touts security, interoperability, and simple setup

Near universal connectivity including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, Ring, and the Internet of Things is the theme of Legrand's Smart Lighting Radiant collection of switches, dimmers, outlets, and plugs.

7:23 AM 01/21/19


Bruce Brown
Digital Trends

Mastercard Is Cracking Down on Free Trials From Services Like Netflix, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, & More

Ever sign up for a free trial but forget to cancel and end up with a bill you didn’t want? Mastercard is putting new rules in place to crack down on this practice. Now before a company can bill your card at the end of a free trial, they must once again ask your permission […]

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7:07 AM 01/21/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The show cost how much?! The priciest original series on Netflix

Netflix has spent big bucks on original series, which might be part of the reason why its subscription pricing is going up. Here's a look at some of the priciest series from the streaming service.

3:15 AM 01/21/19


Christine Persaud
Digital Trends

‘Tech vest’ prevents Amazon workers from colliding with robot coworkers

Amazon workers at its fulfillment centers are using "tech vests" to help protect them from collisions with their robot co-workers. The robots already have obstacle avoidance sensors, but the belt offers another layer of safety.

2:00 AM 01/21/19


Trevor Mogg
Digital Trends

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘American Crime Story’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, and more.

6:15 PM 01/20/19


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

REI drops prices on the GoPro Hero 7 action camera by $50

GoPros have been around for years, and they are still one of the best action cams on the market — though they are usually quite expensive without a discount. Right now, you can save up to $50 on the Hero 7 from REI.

12:33 PM 01/20/19


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

The best new movie trailers: ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘John Wick,’ Ghostbusters,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home and John Wick: Chapter 3.

10:15 AM 01/20/19


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

Right Now You Can Get The Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote With Power & Volume Controls For $14.99

Want to upgrade your Amazon Fire TV to control your TV’s power and volume? Right now you can get the new Fire TV remote that will do just that for $14.99. (A very limited time deal.) About The New Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote With Power and Volume Controls: Compatible with Fire TV Stick (2nd […]

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9:49 AM 01/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best air fryers for 2019

What is this magical mechanism? It's an air fryer, and when used correctly, it can mimic the effects of frying while using just a little bit of oil. You still get that crispy, golden exterior and the fluffy center.

8:45 AM 01/20/19


Erika Rawes
Digital Trends

Cord Cutting This Week 59 – Cord Cutting Costs More Than Cable? & More

Join Cord Cutters News every Saturday as we take a look back at some of the biggest Cord Cutting Stories from the past week. Now, remember these are my opinions on them not an in-depth look at each story. If you would like to learn more about each story check out the links below. (Also let […]

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8:26 AM 01/20/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to choose an iPad in 2019: A practical guide to Apple’s tablets

Selecting an iPad from Apple's lineup can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Our comprehensive guide should put the numbers and specs in practical, easy-to-understand terms. Find your ideal iPad with the help of our guide.

7:45 AM 01/20/19


Simon Hill
Digital Trends

Here Is Everything We Know About The New Disney+ Streaming Service

Back in November, we let you know that Disney had created a website for their upcoming streaming service, Disney+. In the Walt Disney Quarter 3 Earnings Call, CEO Bob Iger gave some insight about what the company has planned for the streaming service. In the call, which was shared with the public through a transcript […]

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7:11 AM 01/20/19


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

How to extend Wi-Fi range with another router

Is there a Wi-Fi dead zone in your home or office? A Wi-Fi repeater can help. Don't buy a new one, though. Here is how to extend Wi-Fi range with another router you have lying around.

6:15 AM 01/20/19


Jon Martindale
Digital Trends

Google’s radar-sensing tech could make any object smart

Computer scientists have shown how Google’s Soli sensor can be used to make dumb objects smart. Here's why radar-powered computing could finally make the dream of smart homes a reality.

3:15 AM 01/20/19


Luke Dormehl
Digital Trends

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

3:15 AM 01/20/19


Drew Prindle
Digital Trends

With focus on interoperability, is Nevo Butler a smarter home hub?

Universal Electronics is the latest company getting into the smart home market, announcing at CES 2019 that it intends to market the Nevo Butler, a new smart home hub with onboard A.I. and voice control technology.

4:16 PM 01/19/19


Clayton Moore
Digital Trends

How to connect your phone to an Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.

4:15 PM 01/19/19


Gabe Gurwin
Digital Trends

How to use iOS 12’s Passwords and Accounts tool to autofill passwords

Keeping track of all your passwords and accounts can be a real chore. If you use an iPhone with iOS 12, then you don't have to. Here's how to use iOS 12's own password manager to autofill passwords.

1:45 PM 01/19/19


Mark Jansen
Digital Trends

My Ultimate Cord Cutting Setup – Devices I Personally Use (Updated January 2019)

I am often asked what my personal at home cord cutting setup is, so I decided to break down what I use. Now remember this list is always changing but as of today this is the list. First keep in mind that I own more than 80 cord cutting devices: every Roku sold since 2011, […]

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6:53 AM 01/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

PlayStation Vue’s Sale Ends Tomorrow

Right now PlayStation Vue is having a rare sale on their Core plan. Typically the PlayStation Vue’s Core Plan costs $49.99 a month, but right now it is on sale for just $29.99 a month for the first month. All new subscribers can get the deal, and it looks like if you don’t have the Core Plan, […]

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4:12 AM 01/19/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Get a Free Month of Sling TV With a $1 Xbox Game Pass

Want a free month of Sling TV? Right now if you signup for a $1 Xbox Game Pass you can get a free month of Sling TV. “Now is a great time to try Xbox Game Pass and discover your next favorite game. For just $1 for your first month, you’ll have instant access to […]

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5:50 PM 01/18/19


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

In defense of smart TV snooping

Let’s award a medal of bravery to Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, who last week delivered a candid explanation for why modern smart TVs—even the really good ones—have become so cheap.

Speaking to The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Baxter acknowledged that Vizio can monitor everything users are watching, then anonymize that data and sell it to marketers or use it to show targeted ads. Those methods, along with the occasional movie rental or TV show purchase, help Vizio make money long after selling the television itself. A dumb TV without internet features, Baxter said, would probably cost more than a comparable smart TV due to the hardware’s slim profit margins and inability to pull in extra revenue down the road.

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5:00 AM 01/17/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

How to watch the 2019 NFL Conference Championships and the Super Bowl without cable

The NFL conference championship games this Sunday will determine which AFC and NFC teams will meet in Super Bowl LIII on February 3. We’ll show you how you can watch the championships and the big game itself without an expensive cable or satellite TV subscription.

Fox will carry the NFC Championship game—the Los Angeles Rams vs. the New Orleans Saints, in New Orleans—at 3:05 p.m. Eastern time. CBS will broadcast the AFC Championship—the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, in Kansas City—at 6:40 p.m. Eastern.

CBS will cover the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3 in Atlanta, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. Here’s how you can catch all the action.

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9:21 PM 01/16/19


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

Amazon's Fire TV Stick gets a much better remote

Amazon is upgrading the remote control for its $40 Fire TV Stick, giving it the same volume and power controls as the company’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube streamers.

The new remote has a built-in infrared emitter and buttons for power, volume, and mute, allowing it to control TVs, soundbars, and A/V receivers. You can also use Alexa voice commands to change channels on cable and satellite TV boxes, and the remote can even pass along commands from a separate Amazon Echo speaker, allowing you to control the TV hands-free.

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10:24 AM 01/15/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

HDHomeRun teases simpler hardware and (maybe) a Roku app

SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun tuners have been great building blocks for over-the-air DVR, allowing users to watch and record free antenna channels at full broadcast quality. Setting things up, however, has always required extra hardware, such as a PC or a NAS box with ample storage space to handle the recordings. Now, HDHomeRun is consolidating with a couple of new products.

The HDHomeRun Scribe Duo combines a dual TV tuner, a recording engine, and 1TB of storage into one box for $199. Plug it into your wireless router with an ethernet cable, and it’ll stream live or recorded TV to the HDHomeRun app on Windows, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, or Android devices.

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5:00 AM 01/15/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Google just might power the streaming box of your dreams in 2019

On paper, Google has all the ingredients to deliver a killer streaming TV player. It has a powerful software platform in Android, a first-rate voice assistant in Google Assistant, and a knack for designing slick software and hardware.

What we’ve ended up with instead is Android TV, a platform that’s gotten some traction on smart TVs and cable boxes, but hasn’t been a hit on standalone streaming players. Devices like the Nvidia Shield TV and the Xiaomi Mi Box S offer some niche appeal, and Android TV has always offered some interesting ideas, but it’s never met its potential as Google put more energy into Chromecast as a consumer streaming option.

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5:00 AM 01/10/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Apple's Airplay 2 and HomeKit are coming to most 2019 smart TVs, but what about existing models?

The TV industry has largely ignored Apple’s Airplay streaming technology and its HomeKit smart home platform—until now.

That all changed at CES when many of the biggest manufacturers—including LG, Sony, Samsung, and Vizio—announced plans to support both technologies. You can find a complete list on Apple’s website. So far, however, Vizio stands alone in pledging such support for at least some of its existing sets, dating back to its 2017 2016 models, when Vizio's SmartCast platform was first introduced.

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4:19 PM 01/09/19


Jon L. Jacobi
TechHive

Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

It’s great what a little competition will do. Ever since cord cutting became a genuine trend, TV networks and pay TV providers have scrambled to bring their channel bundles to the internet.

But with more competition comes more confusion. Between Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Philo, prospective cord-cutters who still want a bundle of traditional TV channels have a lot to consider before making the leap. And while these services tend to be cheaper and more flexible than cable, each comes with its own quirks and caveats.

We created this guide to make your decision easier. It compares the features of all the current TV streaming bundles, lists which devices each one supports, provides a full side-by-side channel list, and provides our bottom-line recommendations. It also shares the latest TV streaming news, and links to our in-depth reviews, where you can learn more about how each bundle works. 

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12:55 PM 01/04/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Philo review: A valuable alternative to the average TV bundle

Philo is a live TV streaming service borne from desperate times. Its main network backers—Discovery, Viacom, and AMC—have to varying degrees found themselves cast out of other streaming bundles, in large part because they don’t carry any sports programming. Rather than sit idly by, they’ve banded together to launch their own bundle, with no sports but a low price tag.

At $16 per month, Philo is one of the cheapest bundles of cable channels you can get over the internet today. If you’re into the reality TV fare that many of Philo’s channels focus on, it could be the only streaming service you need, but it also pairs nicely with other streaming services or with over-the-air broadcasts from an antenna.

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1:05 AM 01/04/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Cord-cutting in 2019: What to expect in a pivotal year

For cord-cutters, this is the year in which everything changes.

In 2019, we’ll see several new streaming services to compete with the likes of Netflix, major alterations to the live TV services that are aiming to replace cable, new ways to sift through an ever-larger array of streaming TV options, and perhaps some interesting new streaming devices. When the year is over, your options for cutting the cable TV cord will look a lot different than they do today.

Here’s what to expect in a wild year for streaming video:

New streaming services

Standalone streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime haven’t seen much new competition over the past few years, but that’ll change in 2019 with the arrival of several important new services.

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5:00 AM 01/03/19


Jared Newman
TechHive

Disney+ streaming service: Everything we know so far

Later this year, Disney will launch its own standalone streaming service to take on Netflix—sort of.

The service, called Disney+, will offer plenty of movies and TV shows from the House of Mouse’s back catalog, along with original programming around hit franchises such as Star Wars and the Marvel universe. But unlike Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and whatever AT&T’s WarnerMedia is working on, Disney+ will focus more on family-friendly fare and probably won’t cost as much.

Here’s what we know (and don’t know) so far about the Disney+ streaming service:

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5:00 AM 01/02/19


Jared Newman
TechHive