Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

 As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or (in the case of, say, an ad) a visual fragment, and then takes you to content… Read More

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Facebook Sound Collection lets you add effects and no-name music to videos

 The right soundtrack can make a boring video interesting. So after years of reported discussions with the record labels, Facebook is launching video editing Sound Collection for inserting “songs, vocals, noises, and instrumental tracks spanning genres like hip hop, pop, jazz, country, and more” into Facebook and Instagram clips. What you can’t add is any music you’ve… Read More

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Apple TV finally gets SiriusXM streaming

 A little potential bonus for those thinking of picking up an Apple TV for the holidays. As of this week, streaming from the satellite radio giant SiriusXM is available to owners of the 4th generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K — assuming, of course, you’ve already got a subscription to the service. The partnership brings SiriusXM’s 200-odd stations to the set top box,… Read More

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Netflix posts trailers for each episode of Black Mirror Season 4, plus a release date

 Netflix has been teasing the next season of Black Mirror at an excruciatingly slow pace. But now, we have everything we need to emotionally prepare for Season 4, including a release date. Yesterday, Netflix released the full Season 4 trailer, finally informing a desperate fanbase that the new season will be released on December 29. Ring in 2018 with hope and optimism, right? If you… Read More

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Drake, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Moana’ top Apple’s 2017 most downloaded list

 Over the past several years, tech year-end lists have become as much of an annual tradition as Twilight Zone marathons and going to a bar to get away from the family on Christmas Eve. Apple dropped its big list today and surprise, there aren’t really too many surprises here — though it’s a useful reminder that, at least so far as entertainment is concerned, 2017 wasn’t… Read More

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‘Wolverine: The Long Night’ is Marvel’s first scripted podcast

 Having conquered just about every other form of media, Marvel’s getting into the scripted podcasting game. Launching in Spring of next year, ’Wolverine: The Long Night’ marks the comics-turned-multimedia company’s first foray into the space. The series kicks off with a 10-episode season, premiering on Sticher’s premium service, where it will be an exclusive until… Read More

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Watch Ultrahaptics use ultrasound to let you feel imaginary objects

 Ultrahaptics lets you touch what you see in virtual and augmented reality, or even give a 2D poster 3D feeling. It uses small speaker-like ultrasound wave emitters to give the sensation of pressure and texture when you’re just waving your hands in the open air. Ultrahaptics CTO Tom Carter demoed the technology on stage today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin conference. It feels… Read More

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House of Cards will resume production on final season early next year without Kevin Spacey

 Popular Netflix political drama House of Cards is set to return to production early next year — but it will do so without its embattled star, Kevin Spacey. The news was confirmed by the company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos on stage at UBS’s Global Media and Communications Conference this morning in New York City. This morning’s announcement follows news that… Read More

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Nexto replaces boring audio guides with tourism games

 What if you could play with landmarks instead of just touring them? Nexto is turning audio guides into games to make sightseeing more interactive. Launching today as part of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin‘s Battlefield competition, Nexto is partnering with tourist destinations to help them attract more visitors and earn more money to fund culture. “We wanted to make heritage more… Read More

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Original Content podcast: We ride with the outlaws of ‘Godless’

Godless Some big names — including Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Scoot McNairy — donned cowboy hats and mounted horses for Godless, a seven-episode Western on Netflix. Each episode was written and directed by Scott Frank (A Walk Among the Tombstones), while Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) serves an executive producer.
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