New Sonos Playbar cuts the cords, not the sound, for home theatres

RF12072SON-BMA_LivingRmSub_V2I hope my fiance doesn't read this post.

Guys like me who enjoy their home theatre systems have had to battle it out with their significant others for space – and money – to put a plethora of speakers and wiring in their living rooms for an ear-pleasing home theatre.

That's because most TV sets ship with crummy stereo speakers that were just good enough to produce noise that matches what you're watching. A home theatre, by comparison, produces sound, music and a Hi-Fi pleasure.

Some companies offer all-in-one solutions known as sound bars. These devices simulate a surround experience from a thin row of speakers crammed in a bar that usually sits under the TV. Space-saving, yes, but none have blown me away.

So I was skeptical when Sonos called me out to experience their new wireless home theatre solution – a sound bar called the Playbar.

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Browser plugin lets people use U.S. music, video streaming sites

HuluA new website and their web browser plugin appears to easily let anyone outside the United States use certain services, such as Hulu and Pandora, that were previously geo-locked to America.

It’s called Media Hint, their slogan is “Access you deserve,” and they claim to give users access to Hulu, Pandora, Rdio and Netflix.

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Live: Microsoft's Xbox media briefing from E3

Join us for live coverage from the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles as Microsoft gives us a sneak preview of what's coming to the Xbox 360 this year. And don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments below.

UPDATE: The event is over so we've removed the video feed. If you missed the live coverage you can scroll through the ScribbleLive archive below, and check out the full wrapup from Peter Nowack, who was in the audience.




Walmart gets ready to digitize discs

South of the border, Walmart launched its much-rumoured ‘Disc to Digital ‘service this week, that it says will enable people to transfer their old DVD movies to an online service. But will it move people any closer to getting rid of their physical media?

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YouTube releases acclaimed, free, user-generated movie

A highly-acclaimed movie made exclusively from user-generated video clips is being released to the public for free on YouTube.

‘Life in a Day’ is a documentary directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott, which opened to accolades at the Sundance Film Festival.

What makes this film so special is that it is entirely from user-generated clips, essentially, stuff sent in by random strangers.

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Oops! Netflix spinoff looks like pot-smoking Elmo

Elmo After being on the receiving side of much backlash for changes to its DVD via mail rental service, Netflix has decided to re-brand its physical-delivery movie rental service as Qwikster. Except there is a slight gaffe.

Had the team at Netflix done some research to check the availability of a “Qwikster” account on Twitter, they may have found that the handle is being used by quite the odd character.

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Are fewer DVD sales killing the movie industry?

Diminishing sales of DVDs, once the film industry’s most important revenue stream, and a lack of online sales is hurting Hollywood.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

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Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.