Google gives Chromecast owners 90 free days of Play Music All Access

To celebrate Chromecast's first "birthday," Google is giving owners of its $35 streaming stick a free 90-day trial of Google Play Music All Access. The promotion is only being offered to non-subscribers, however. So if you're already paying Google each month, sadly this won't tack three additional months onto your membership. Anyone that's already participated in a free trial of All Access —...


Listening to Level: can Samsung do headphones better than Beats?

Watch your back, Jimmy Iovine. Samsung's coming for you.

Last week, Samsung launched a new lineup of products in the US called Level. Beginning with four products — over-ear, on-ear, and in-ear headphones, and a Bluetooth speaker — the Level lineup is about the least subtle Beats competitor ever created. Even the names are both cut from the same words-about-song-production cloth.

It's a move with obvious incentive: Beats is much-derided but massively popular, and is presumably about to become an integral part of Apple's music offerings. And while there are many Apple-specific headphone options, there’s no real default set for Android. Level devices come with a Samsung-made Android app, and their inline controls don’t work with Apple devices at all; these are Android headphones through and through.

If Samsung can pair better sound with the same stylishness — and the same marketing acumen, at which it's proven quite capable in the past — there's an enormous and proven...

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Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV was always going to be expensive. The only question was how expensive. Today we got an answer: Samsung has priced the set at $119,999.99, a cost that immediately puts it out of reach for all but the most wealthy home-theater enthusiasts. It also makes the $39,999...

DirecTV's new Sunday Ticket streaming service isn't 'football for all,' but it's close

Getting your football fix will be slightly easier in 2014, so long as you're willing to pay for it. For the upcoming NFL season, DirecTV is introducing NFL Sunday Ticket TV, a streaming service that will let certain fans — even those without a satellite cable package — watch every out-of-market game each week. But where you can watch depends on how much money you're willing to give DirecTV, and anyone hesitant about forking over at least $300 faces a tough decision.

Sunday Ticket TV isn't...

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The numbers don’t lie. When Netflix accounts for more than a third of US internet bandwidth, when streaming services are racking up Emmys by the truckload, when cable subscriber numbers dwindle while Amazon Prime Video sign-ups soar, it’s hard to...

Comcast's customer service nightmare is painful to hear

Almost anyone that has tried to cancel cable service, wireless service, or a gym membership knows how difficult it can be to do over the phone, but a recent call to Comcast by one customer might take the cake for the worst of them all. Ryan Block,...

Samsung moves into Beats territory with US launch of $350 headphones

Apple and Samsung are already bitter enemies in the smartphone world, and headphones may be their next battleground. Samsung has just launched its "Level" family of high-end audio products in the United States. Each will be available to purchase from Gilt beginning tomorrow.

The lineup, first introduced in April, is led by Level Over, a $349.99 pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation, NFC pairing, and what Samsung...

Sling launches its smallest and cheapest Slingbox yet

Sling, the company that makes your cable or satellite service available anywhere you have an internet connection, is today announcing the Slingbox M1, its smallest and cheapest set top box to date. The $149.99 M1, available on July 20th, is notably smaller than the $179.99 Slingbox 350 it is replacing, yet it doesn't give up any functionality to its larger predecessor. In fact, the M1 offers Wi-Fi connectivity, which the 350 lacked, making it...

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