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Bob Seger: The Music That Made Me

Stars reveal their musical DNA in our playlist special<p>1. <b>"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover," Art Mooney,</b> 1948<p>The first song I ever sang for my …

Bob Seger

10 Xbox One Features You Might Not Know About

Raumfeld is bringing its multi-room wireless speakers to the US this fall

A higher-end wireless speaker system<p>When you think of wireless, multi-room audio systems, there's really only one name that comes to mind. Sonos has dominated this market in the US for years, even as other wireless technologies such as AirPlay, DLNA, Play-Fi, and soon Google Cast have debuted. …

Apple to Push Paid Streaming Music Service With Free Trials and SoundCloud-Like Sharing

Ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's upcoming streaming music service, <i>Re/code</i> has shared several details on the initiative, sourced from industry insiders. As we've learned previously, Apple will charge $9.99 per month for the service and will not offer a freemium streaming tier as other music …

Music Industry

Carrie Brownstein: The Music That Made Me

Stars reveal their musical DNA in our playlist special<p>1. <b>"Carey," Joni Mitchell,</b> 1971<p>There's something strange, when you're a kid, about a song that …

Joni Mitchell

Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More

As we head into the second week of May, deals on Macs and Apple accessories continue to be good. It's an excellent time to buy a newer MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro, or pick up an older 2014 model at a cheap price.<p>There are some limited deals on iPads this week, and we've also rounded up plenty …

IPad Air

Olloclip Debuts iPhone 6 and 6 Plus 'OlloCase' Compatible With Lens Accessory Line

At CES, popular iPhone lens manufacturer Olloclip showed <i>MacRumors</i> an upcoming iPhone case designed to work with its line of lenses, and at the time, we were highly impressed with the design. As of this week, Olloclip is now accepting pre-orders for the case, called the OlloCase, which we were able …

Mobile Photography

Tidal refutes leaked documents, says it's paying four times the royalty rate Spotify does

But paying more per stream doesn't necessarily add up to more money<p>A royalty statement from Tidal supposedly leaked last week, and it showed payments that were roughly double the average paid by competitors like Spotify. Reached for comment, Tidal said this statement was false, and that it actually …

Mysterious group relaunches Grooveshark (Update: not really)

Quasi-legal music streaming service Grooveshark shutdown earlier this month as part of a settlement agreement with major labels. But the internet wouldn't let it die. A mysterious team has resurrected the service. One of the team, an individual who calls himself Shark, told <i>BGR</i>, "well, I started …

Oculus Rift goes mainstream early 2016

Quarter one 2016. It's the answer to a question we've asked basically every time we've spoken with Oculus VR since 2012: "When does the consumer version of the Rift come out?" Aside from that revelation, we're also getting our first look at the final design of the headset, but that's it! No word on …

Prince Books Rally 4 Peace Concert in Baltimore

Rocker will perform at Royal Farms Arena on Mother's Day, encourages fans to wear gray for Freddie Gray<p>Now that the curfew has been lifted in …

Justice

FTC Also Investigating Apple's Upcoming Music Streaming Service

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Apple's efforts to set up deals with record labels as it prepares to launch its new music streaming service, a rebranded version of Beats Music, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. This would make the FTC the third government body to look into the new music service …

Music Industry

Xbox One will reportedly include TV DVR feature soon

Microsoft might be killing off Media Center in Windows 10, but the company is reportedly bringing one of its key features over to the Xbox One. Paul Thurrott reports that a TV recording solution for the Xbox One is coming soon, and most likely this year. Microsoft currently supports TV tuners in …

Hot Chocolate Singer Errol Brown Dead at 71

Singer co-wrote and sang hits "You Sexy Thing" and "Brother Louie"<p>Singer Errol Brown, who fronted the pop and disco group Hot Chocolate from the late …

Prince Charles

Billy Corgan Wants to 'Change Conversation About Veterans' on Tour

"If we don't serve all our communities — and veterans are an integral part of our communities — we're not really doing service as artists or as …

Smashing Pumpkins

Apple Releases Safari 8.0.6 With Security Improvements

Apple today released Safari 8.0.6 for OS X Yosemite, bringing new security fixes to the browser. Apple has also released Safari 7.1.6 for Mavericks users and Safari 6.2.6 for Mountain Lion users. According to a security support document, the update addresses several WebKit vulnerabilities that …

IT security

Here's Lots More Info On Destiny's House of Wolves

This afternoon, Bungie shared a bunch of new info on the next expansion for <i>Destiny</i>, a video game about the great galactic battle between talented …

Gaming

Closest thing to 'Star Trek' replicator makes meals in 30 seconds

An Israeli company has developed an instant-baking "Genie" that can grant your culinary wishes in under a minute.<p>Have you ever put one of those fancy K-Cups in a coffeemaker and wished you could just as easily choose and prepare a chocolate souffle, or even an entire meal?<p>Your caffeine-addled …

Watch Snoop Dogg Share Final Advice He Got From James Brown

Watch the L.A. rapper reminisce about his long relationship with Pharrell and 'ultimate funk moment' with the Godfather of Soul<p>Two years ago, Snoop …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Apple's Award-Winning Accessibility Features Help Bring Gaming to the Blind on iOS

Apple today was honored as a recipient of a Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for the company's accessibility efforts, particularly VoiceOver's ability to give vision-impaired users access to iOS devices. With the advent of the Apple Watch, many of those …

Gwar to Tell Band's History in 'Let There Be Gwar' Book

In the works for nearly 20 years, the book will cover all aspects of the band's history, from their concerts to ephemera<p>The bizarre, gory history of …

Books

iOS 9 leaked details allegedly point to redesign for Siri

With iOS 9, Apple's voice assistant on the iPhone and iPad will borrow the more colorful design of the Siri that shows up on the Apple Watch, says 9to5Mac.<p>Siri may look more colorful when Apple unveils the next edition of iOS.<p>As expected, Apple has been mum about which changes and new features …

Apple Launches New 'Everything Changes With iPad' Site

Apple today launched a new microsite focused on the iPad, exploring the way the iPad can "change the way you do things every day." The site offers up a selection of apps and usage ideas for the iPad, organized into several categories: Cooking with iPad, Learning with iPad, Small Business with iPad, …

IPad Pro

Microsoft turning phones into PCs feels like the future

One of Microsoft’s big announcements at its Build developers conference last week was the ability to turn a smartphone running Windows 10 into a PC. Dubbed Continuum for Phones, it’s designed to take advantage of new universal apps that run across Windows 10 on phones, PCs, tablets, and the Xbox …

When will Tesla's home battery make financial sense?

Tesla's home battery is a long-term bet, and it needs new regulations and markets<p>Last week, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla Energy, a line of batteries that can store power for utilities, businesses, and homes. It’s the home part people were most excited about, and coupled with solar panels, it’s also the …

Sony Yanks Adele, Hozier and More From SoundCloud

Negotiations for a pay structure between the label and service have reportedly broken down<p>Sony Music has pulled music by more than half a dozen …

Music Industry

Watch Ryan Adams Cover Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of ’69” In Callback To Infamous Heckling Incident

Back in 2003, Ryan Adams was playing Nashville’s fabled Ryman Auditorium, and one fan wouldn’t stop requesting that he cover Bryan Adams’ cheese-rock …

Entertainment

José González

There's a quiet and a calm from José González that amplify his words. This has never been truer than on his new album, <i>Vestiges & Claws.</i> The songs are full of abstract imagery — more paintings than stories. He performed this song, "With The Ink of A Ghost," at my desk.<p><i>Idle as a wave</i><i><br>Moving out at</i> …

Time Warner CEO 'Pretty Confident' Apple Will Launch Streaming TV Service

During a recent earnings call relayed by <i>CNET</i>, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes said he believes Apple will launch an Internet-based television service and that Apple is "very forward-thinking" when it comes to TV.<p>"We think Apple is very forward-thinking about television," he said, noting the computer …

Smart TV

Apple Watch in Short Supply Due to Taptic Engine Bottlenecks

The Apple Watch has been available in extremely limited quantities since pre-orders for the device launched on April 10, and a new report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> sheds some light on why supplies have been low. A key component of the Apple Watch, the Taptic Engine, was made by two separate …

Smartwatches