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How to watch DVDs for free in Windows 10

Microsoft wants to charge you $15 to spin your old movies. Fortunately, there are freebie alternatives.

By August 6, 2015


Save battery life when YouTubing on Chrome with this extension

A change of video codec can not only save battery life but can also make YouTube videos play more smoothly. And your laptop won't get so hot and bothered.

By September 10, 2015


The five biggest changes to media playback in Windows 10

With Windows 10, Microsoft has made some big changes in the way the operating system deals with your media files. Here are four reasons to cheer, and one to boo.

By August 9, 2015


Adobe adds some slick but important tools to its Creative Cloud video applications

The company's NAB announcements for upgrades and new products look like some really useful features.

By April 8, 2015


VLC returns to iOS, now spans desktop, Android and Windows Phone

The "plays everything" media player is back on the Apple App Store, and this latest release adds new features such as better support for Ultra HD content.

By February 27, 2015


Hard-rockin' radio station to broadcast from London tube, using public Wi-Fi

TeamRock Radio will broadcast from 10 train stations during rush hour -- on Friday the 13th. What could possibly go wrong?

By February 12, 2015


Griffin Twenty is a sleek Bluetooth amplifier

Connecting to a whole range of devices from smartphones to game consoles, the Griffin Twenty is a digital amplifier with 20 watts per channel.

By January 4, 2015


Sonos now supports multiple Spotify accounts, improved Playbar sound

Version 5.2 of the Sonos software adds support for two or more accounts on many music streaming services.

By November 4, 2014


Vimeo tech chief takes on 'terrifying' online video challenges (Q&A)

Andrew Pile has to make sure his service works with everything from phones to smart TVs, even as video-streaming technology constantly changes.

By October 24, 2014


Patent holders cut streaming fees for next-gen video tech

HEVC, a new standard for compressing 4K video, will be cheaper for many companies to use than its industry-dominating predecessor. Maybe Google's competition helped.

By September 30, 2014