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Wednesday Wrap: New HTC One, Pro-Ject turntable upgrade, Ultra HD alliance

It's Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC that gets our latest round-up started, with the news that its brand new flagship device for 2015 is now a matter of days away from being unveiled – in fact, 11 days is the wait.

Using its Twitter feed, all that the company has revealed to this point is that "the new HTC One" will be making its debut on 1st March. But will it be called the M9? We'll not have long to find out...

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Pro-Ject's new power supply upgrade

If you're the owner of a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable, the manufacturer has now announced a new power supply upgrade and speed control device with you in mind: the Speed Box DS Strobo.

It's not just Debut Carbon turntables that it'll work with; it can work with any Pro-Ject turntable that has a 16V or 230V AC motor. It's priced at £199 and allows for automatic switching between 33, 45 and 78 rpm records.

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Sony to form new Ultra HD alliance

Japanese tech giant Sony is reportedly looking to position itself at the forefront of the Ultra HD 4K TV revolution, with DigiTimes suggesting the company is looking to form a new alliance called the IP Life Consortium.

Cisco and German company Rohde & Schwarz are rumoured to be among those who will join the consortium and look to boost Ultra HD video broadcasts – something that will help TV stations set up 4K infrastructure.

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iPad launch for Google Play Music

A nugget of useful news has reached us from The Verge – if you're a Google Play Music user and an iPad owner, that is. And it comes in the form of an updated app (opens in new tab) that's built for the iPad.

Both the iPad and iPhone versions of the Google Play Music app have made use of the Material Design language, with new artist and album pages; immersive Now Playing design; and a range of smaller visual upgrades too.

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Amazon Fire TV expands with new services

Amazon's move into live TV streaming continues apace in the US with the news that the number of services and channels it offers has now increased five times since its April 2014 launch thanks its latest additions.

Sling TV, the newly-launched over-the-top online streaming platform, is one of the latest services to go live on Amazon Fire TV. It is joined by Fox Sports Go, TED and others, though only for those in the US just now.

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Pay-TV subscription numbers increase worldwide

It seems as if the worldwide pay-TV market remained in rude health during 2014, with the sector expected to grow 5 per cent in 2014, taking the total number of subscription numbers up and over 924.4 million.

This growth has been driven by Asian-Pacific and Latin American markets, according to industry analysts ABI Research. And it's also being boosted by video streaming services including Netflix and TiVo.

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Samsung and LG lead LCD TV market

Korean rivals LG and Samsung might have reported differing fortunes in the smartphone market last year, but it seems like there was far greater parity when it came to the global LCD TV market, according to TrendForce.

New data has revealed that Samsung retained its place at the top of the pile, with a 22.8 per cent share of the global market – up from 21 per cent in 2013. LG came in second, up to 14.9 per cent from 13.7 per cent.

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Pete was content editor on What Hi-Fi?, overseeing production and publication of digital content. In creating and curating feature articles for web and print consumption, he provided digital and editorial expertise and support to help reposition What Hi-Fi? as a ‘digital-first’ title; reflecting the contemporary media trends. He is now a senior content strategist.