Sonos owners can get their Google Play on with the latest version of the Android app. Image: Google

Sonos owners can get their Google Play on with the latest version of the Android app. Image: Google We’re fans of Sonos’ smart, wireless home audio equipment. They integrate with a host of streaming music services, like Pandora, Spotify and Beats Music, and now Sonos can check off one more: Google Play Music. Google Play Music launched almost a year ago at Google I/O, and became the fastest growing music service of 2013, according to IFPI (the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). Not only does it let you store up to 20,000 songs online for free, but you can also buy songs directly through the platform for a monthly fee. Now, Google Play Music will be available as an option to Sonos owners via the Sonos controller app (iOS,…

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Image: Courtesy of Sony The field of cameras and camcorders that are capable of shooting 4K video just expanded by one. And this one has the biggest sensor of any sub-$10,000 model. The new Sony Alpha A7S packs a full-frame sensor and uses the company’s E-mount lenses, making it the second mirrorless camera to venture into 4K video territory. The A7S shoots 3840 x 2160 video at 30fps or 24fps, and Sony says the new camera uses the entire width of its full-frame sensor in video-capture mode. That’s a trait that separates it from the $10,000 Canon EOS-1D C — another full-frame, 4K-capable camera that uses a smaller portion of its sensor to capture video. Image: Courtesy of Sony Sony is also touting the lack of visible noise and moire…

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Microsoft

Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella struck a more humble tone at Build 2014. Photo: Eric Risberg/AP Microsoft today is friendly and approachable. It’s peculiar and self-aware. It makes fun of itself. When Terry Myerson, an executive vice president in its OS group, took the stage at its Build developer conference, he joked that he should have come out chanting “Developers, developers, developers.” It was a friendly jibe at the company’s recently departed CEO Steve Ballmer, but it was also revealing look at where the company’s head is at: a formerly all-business organization, known for bullying even, that’s learned from its past and is trying really hard to be everyone’s friend. It gave a free Xbox One to everyone attending Build, plus a $500 gift card to the Microsoft Store so…

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The Dash

Amazon announced a new stand-alone gadget today called the Dash. It’s basically a remote control for buying groceries. The small, handheld gadget itself is free, but the catch is you can only use it to order food and other goods from Amazon Fresh, the company’s same-to-next-day delivery service. Dash automates the task of creating a shopping list. It looks like a little wand, and you can speak into it, or use it to scan a barcode. Dash then adds those items to your Amazon Fresh account. When you’re ready, all the items you’ve added are there waiting for you to schedule a delivery. You have to be an Amazon Prime Fresh customer to get one (Prime Fresh costs $300 per year, and is only available in a few cities) and,…

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