Laura Sydell

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Game Console Ouya Lures Buyers With $99 Price Tag

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sony and Microsoft are preparing to launch their latest gaming consoles this fall with price tags from $400 for the PlayStation 4 and $500 for the Xbox One. But this week, a $99 game console went on sale and sold out at Target and Amazon.

The Ouya was ...


Pandora Buys A Radio Station, Songwriters' Group Calls It A 'Stunt'

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This week, the Internet radio broadcaster Pandora made what seems like a backward move — technologically speaking. Pandora purchased a local radio station in Rapid City, S.D. The company says it's aiming to get the more favorable royalty rates given to terrestrial broadcasters, but the move has songwriters and composers ...


With New Xbox, Microsoft Makes A Bigger Play For Living Room

Monday, May 20, 2013

Microsoft hasn't exactly had a great couple of years.

Its new Windows 8 operating system was held responsible for the drop in PC sales last quarter. Sales of its Windows Phones lag far behind both the iPhone and Google's Android phones.

The light in the darkness for Microsoft has been ...


Google Launches A Streaming Music Service

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The competition for your ears — and dollars — just got a little tougher. On Wednesday, Google launched a paid music subscription service that will put it in direct competition with other streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. The announcement may just be the beginning for Google.

As it gets ...


Consumers Facing Subscription Service Overload Will Only Get More Choices

Thursday, May 09, 2013

YouTube is expected to announce in the coming days that it will launch paid subscription channels, a first for the online video platform that's been around since 2005. But, with the growing number of subscription services available for entertainment, shopping and news, some consumers say they're reaching digital subscription ...


Blazing The Trail For Female Programmers

Monday, April 29, 2013

This story is part of our series, The Changing Lives of Women.

Sarah Allen has been the only woman on a team of computer programmers a few times in the more than two decades she has worked in the field. Most notably, she led the team — as ...


Crowdsourcing Creativity At The Cinema

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

These days, if they can't find a producer to fund their latest film, a lot of artists turn to crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter to raise money for production.

But here's a new twist: a project headed up by director Ron Howard that is crowdsourcing the inspiration.

Directors get a lot ...


'Bioshock Infinite': A First-Person Shooter, A Tragic Play

Monday, April 01, 2013

In a first-person shooter video game, your targets range from zombies to soldiers, aliens or any other variation of "enemy." Most people wouldn't call that art. But BioShock Infinite creator Ken Levine says he's aiming to transform the genre.

Back in 2007, in the first installment of BioShock, Levine created ...


On Its 7th Birthday, Is Twitter Still The 'Free Speech Party'?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's hard to believe, but seven years ago no one had ever heard of a tweet. Thursday is the anniversary of the first tweet from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. It wasn't profound. He wrote:

Since then the social media company has been an important communication tool in everything from the ...


Arhoolie Records: 50 Years Of Digging For Down-Home Music

Saturday, March 16, 2013

For the past 37 years, Down Home Music Store has sat on a lonely block in El Cerrito, Calif. For all that time, Chris Strachwitz has stocked the store with a treasure trove of American roots music. He produced many of the records filling Down Home's bins.

Strachwitz's Arhoolie label ...