Like similar tools, Freemake Music Box is supposed to search the Internet for free music, but unlike many of them, it actually works fairly well. It doesn't tell you where the tunes are coming from, though some obviously came from YouTube (skips, scratches, and spinning-record videos are dead giveaways) while others seem to be sourced from Internet radio. It finds plenty of duplicates, but it also found obscure tracks. Some results were mislabeled, though that might not be the program's fault. Tunes often took time to load and play in Freemake Music Box, and rapidly previewing results to … Read more
Amazon's rumored foray into the living room is once again said to be delayed.
The company's set-top box, a much-rumored device designed to stream the company's music, movies, and game services, won't arrive until spring, says AllThingsD.
Citing industry sources, the blog says the device isn't quite ready, with Amazon being concerned with either how different the box is from existing set-top boxes or with its current technical performance.
News of the delay comes about a week after a similar report from The Verge.
Details about the device, which would both complement and compete with … Read more
A tea set, dolls, and a teddy bear set up at a table for a little girl. It would be sweet, if it wasn't in a dark, abandoned lodge filled with spider webs where a little girl named Sarah drowned in the late 1800s.
The toys were presumably laid out by someone trying to contact Sarah's ghost, which reportedly haunts the now-condemned Brookdale Lodge in Northern California's Santa Cruz mountains. In its heyday, the Brookdale Lodge played host to celebrities like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and was a popular getaway for mobsters with its secret rooms … Read more
Amazon's much-rumored set-top box may not arrive in consumers' hands until after the crucial holiday-shopping season, according to a new report.
The box, which is expected to stream Internet-based music, movies, and games into consumers' homes, has been delayed and may not arrive until next year, sources tell The Verge. Although Amazon had not revealed an intended release date or pricing, the box was reportedly considered a fall release.
CNET has contacted Amazon for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
The device, which could possibly be called Firetube, is expected to let users access Amazon'… Read more
Android Video Converter Box offers plenty of resolutions for your video files, but it doesn't offer any unique format support. The program works in a pinch, but it doesn't exceed the features of most video converters.
Android Video Converter Box forces you into a step-by-step system for converting your videos so you can't make any mistakes. You choose your video, select the resolution, and then the app goes to work converting it to the size you want. The application can't change the format of the video, so you'll need a video that already works with … Read more
Amazon's much-rumored set-top box could come with a variety of apps from other companies for streaming music, movies, and games, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
Amazon is expected to release a set-top box this fall that lets users access Amazon's video catalog, including its Video on Demand store and Instant Video service. In addition to Amazon's own video offerings, the set-top box will also feature a variety of apps from other companies, the Journal reported Thursday, citing people "briefed on the company's plans."
Amazon approached a variety of app developers … Read more
The clock is running out on Intel's promise to deliver an Internet-based TV service by the end of the year, and the company might be looking for help from heavy hitters to make its deadline.
The chip giant has approached Amazon and Samsung about providing funding and distribution for the service, people familiar with the service told AllThingsD. The report suggests that the set-top box project could be scrapped if a strategic partner isn't found soon.
An Intel representative declined to comment. CNET has contacted Amazon and Samsung for comment on the report and will update this report … Read more
On the heels of its SteamOS announcement, Valve has confirmed the existence of its living room PC hardware called Steam Machines. To test its early prototype, Valve is giving out 300 machines to eligible Steam users who apply for its beta test.
As for the final Steam Machines, "We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS," Valve says. So it's unclear whether or not the prototype … Read more
Earlier this year, the Roku 3 was released to nearly unanimous rave reviews (including CNET's), thanks to its speedy processor, refined looks, and nifty remote with a built-in headphone jack.
Now the company is bringing some of the Roku 3's improved hardware and styling to the rest of its line. Roku has taken the wraps off three new budget streaming boxes: the $60 Roku 1, $80 Roku 2, and a refreshed $50 Roku LT. These new streamers replace the Roku's old entry-level models (Roku HD, Roku 2 XD and the existing Roku LT, respectively), offering less expensive … Read more