Pulkit ChandnaFreelance Contributor, TechHive

A freelance writer, law grad, terrible entrepreneur, closet satirist and a man of a few other incongruous talents, Pulkit has been writing on technology since 2007, and plans to do so until a few days before his ultimate fate: cryogenic preservation. If resurrected, he is likely to go back to writing on technology.

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Pizicato lets starving musicians set up virtual tip jars

Could donations be the answer to music’s sustainability problem? Pizicato thinks so.

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Panasonic reveals which of its 2015 4K TV models will run the Firefox OS

First announced at CES, with few details, Panasonic’s 2015 Viera line will be the first smart TVs to use Mozilla’s operating system.

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World’s first Bluetooth- and NFC-enabled padlock coming in March

The Quicklock Padlock appears to have recovered from its failed Kickstarter campaign.

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Major League Baseball might spin off its video-streaming operation

When it comes to media streaming, MLB Advanced Media is definitely in the major leagues. Now its proud parent is considering spinning it off as an independent entity.

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The Beam smart projector doubles as a light bulb

This hybrid device made short work of its $200 thousand Kickstarter goal.

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YouTube to unveil paid subscription model in next few months

News of the bold new move comes from YouTube’s head of content and business acquisitions, Robert Kyncl.

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Pandora to let musicians send audio messages to fans

Pandora is piloting an audio-messaging service In a fresh bid to placate musicians demanding higher royalties.

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This pirated movie brought to you by Pampers

Online movie piracy is moving rapidly toward streaming, according to advocacy group Digital Citizens Alliance; a trend accelerated by online advertising from major brands.

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Hulu’s new Watchlist makes it easier to access your favorite movies, TV shows

Watchlist tells you what you’re likely to watch next based on your streaming habits and favorited content.

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PGA Tour to launch an online golf network aimed at millenials

Skratch TV to target young golf enthusiasts who like their content bite-sized.

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Proposed changes in copyright law could render online music streaming more expensive

Music copyright law is a mess, but the changes the U.S. Copyright Office is proposing might not help.

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Streaming to blame as decline in U.S. live TV viewership accelerates

January was the eighth straight month of double-digit declines in live TV ratings, according to research firm Nomura.

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YouTube begins testing multi-angle videos

A new YouTube feature lets users switch camera angles on the fly during video playback.

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GE to offer retrofits for some older appliances to render them smarter

GE teams with connected-home startup Wink to retrofit thousands of older refrigerators with Wi-Fi modules.

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The Hive Trio smart system promises to make connected homes more vocal

Too few connected-home systems take audio into consideration. Hive doesn’t make that mistake.