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Spotify has been quietly killing your SSD’s life for months

Ars Technica was able to replicate the problem, discovering that the app wrote anywhere from 5GB to 10GB of data in less than an hour, even when left in idle. Leaving Spotify running for periods longer than a day results in data writes amounting to 700GB. – Chris Smith, BGR http://ift.tt/2fCvYzz

Music streaming players Spotify and Pandora look to turn media buying conversations from radio…

New data from comScore, measured across Australian users’ desktops and mobiles, shows global giant Spotify as the biggest service locally with 2.985m “unique monthly visitors” for December. German audio distribution platform SoundCloud is second with 2.059m and internet radio service Pandora third with at 976,000, while internet radio app TuneIn and iHeartRadio are at 484,000 and 468,000, respectively. – Nic Christensen, mUmBRELLA

Why Tech Needs to Move Away From Its Upgrade Culture

In the modern tech world, success is measured by product attributes such as speed, size and efficiency, and in order to remain competitive, companies feel they must constantly upgrade their products. When browsing the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide, you’ll see that it advises consumers to proceed with caution when thinking about purchasing an Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display because it’s nearing the end of its cycle — even though the newest version came out less than six months ago. We’re talking about a device that costs thousands of dollars — yet consumers can only expect it to remain relevant and supported for less than a year. – CEO John Horn, Ingenu via Re/code

HP Is Launching A Streaming Service In Europe To Entice Millennials Into Buying Laptops

Hewlett-Packard has announced that it is getting into the streaming music business, though it’s not looking for as massive a user base as companies like Spotify, Pandora or Apple Named HP Lounge, the streaming service will only be available to those who buy a new HP computer, […] The move is part of a marketing plan to make HP computers seem more appealing to a younger demographic. Streaming music is extremely popular with millennials, and HP knows that music is a great way to reach the group, which is often difficult to market to. – Hugh McIntyre, Forbes

Webcam of This Couple Got Hacked While Watching Netflix

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A unknown hacker sent a 27-year-old Toronto woman intimate photos of herself and her boyfriend watching Netflix from the previous night. Chelsea Clark was surprised to see the video of herself and her boyfriend in intimate position on her Facebook timeline. […] Remote Access Trojan (RAT) are being sold openly on the Internet and these allow the hackers to take control of targeted electronic device by just injecting a piece of malware on the victim’s PC. One of the ways to protect yourself from such kind of spying is to cover your webcam with a tape or a piece of cloth. – Vijay Prabhu, Techworm

How to use your 4K TV as a monitor

photo: Panasonic/Microsoft

As far as computer setup goes, swapping in a 4K TV as a new monitor is pretty easy, with only a few settings to check on both sides. If you’re sitting 10 feet away, though, you’ll really need a huge screen to be able to see what’s going on with content designed to be viewed up-close on a monitor. And of course, most 4K TVs are too big to fit comfortably on your desk. Just something to keep in mind. – Geoffrey Morrison, CNET

I hate iTunes. And I think Apple does, too

iTunes went from being a svelte piece of software to an octopus of an application—and with that, an array of problems began popping up. iTunes 7, for instance, saw 18 updates in less than 12 months. Likewise, iTunes 10 (with Ping!) had 19 updates in a year. iTunes 11, meanwhile, needed 17 patches in its 11 month life. On the bright side, things are looking better for iTunes 12—with only three releases since its rollout in October […], it’s fair to ask if iTunes is any better. All this history sidesteps the injection of the App Store into iTunes. With the launch of iOS 2, iPhone owners needed somewhere to download their various digital goodies from, and someone in Cupertino thought it would be a great idea to make iTunes that place. – John Patrick Pullen, Quartz

The best HDMI operating system sticks

MK903V TV stick: The real selling point in the MK903V is its 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 quad-core CPU, ARM Cortex-A17, quad-core processor. It ups the video ante with its ARM Mali-T764 graphics and 4K video output. It also comes with a wireless remote control. For its operating system it uses Android 4.4 KitKat software.

Rikomagic V5 TV stick: It uses a 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 quad-core processor and comes with 2GB of RAM and 8GB to 16GB of built-in storage. That’s nice. But, what makes it special is that it supports Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as the usual 802.11b/g/n. […] In addition, the Rikomagic V5 isn’t limited to Android. While you can put a desktop Linux on any HDMI stick with work, this one comes with an edition that includes Android 4.4 KitKat installed and another unit with Ubuntu 14.04. – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet 

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John Deere Thinks People Will Pirate Music With In-Car Computers

Did you know that it’s illegal to tinker with the code in your in-car computer? Thanks to the nuances of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), you’re not even supposed to inspect the inner workings of your vehicle’s circuitry. This is absurd, which is why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is fighting for a better policy. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo
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