Is Beats Audio Preparing to Release A New Streaming Music Service?

As if creating the most popular and arguably the best sounding personal audio equipment wasn’t good enough, Beats Audio co-founder Jimmy Lovine revealed to Bloomberg Businessweek that the company is looking to attack the streaming music market next. Lovine told BB that “subscription music online is culturally inadequate” and “it’s not satisfying right now.” He feels that a new streaming service done in the proper manner could provide something far beyond the downloading experience that iTunes currently provides. Make no mistake, he is not looking to compete with Apple and even says the company’s music service is “very, very good.” Lovine merely wants to create a streaming service that attracts hundreds of millions of subscribers, making the business model more viable and more successful than the services we currently have available.

As it stands right now, Lovine isn’t saying what will be different with this theoretical service but something must be in the works as he tells BB, “I can’t show the magic trick, but right now the services are utilities. We only see things in a complete thought.” As far as the previous rumor of a MOG buyout goes, we have heard stories that the deal is complete but we have yet to hear any confirmation from either company. Who knows, maybe HTC’s next flagship phone will not only have Beats Audio integration, it could have some sort of Beats streaming music player as well.

source: Bloomberg Businessweek
via: Electronista

Sprint Begins Rolling Out the Official ICS Update for the Nexus S 4G

It wasn’t too long ago that the official and final ICS build for the the Nexus S 4G was leaked and we knew it was only a matter of time before Sprint began to rollout the update to all devices. We just received word that the IMM76D update has began rolling out today and we even have a change log to go along with it. This will be the first Sprint phone to receive the illustrious Android 4.0 update and users can expect the following enhancements.

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
  • Redesigned camera, which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement and a powerful photo editor
  • Data Usage helps you avoid data overage charges by allowing you to instantly see your data usage for any period of time or any app – and get notified before reaching your limit; you can even restrict background data for individual apps
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendar™ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Sprint says the rollout should reach all devices within a month but if you are the antsy type who doesn’t like waiting for the finer things in life, then you can visit our how-to guide to snagging the same update right now. If you’re the type who likes to read the official stuff, jump past the break for the full changelog and a link for those who may have further questions.

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Next Issue brings Netflix-like service for magazines to Android tablets

If you love to read magazines, you might want to take a look at Next Issue. It’s basically Netflix for magazines. You pay a monthly fee and get unlimited access to a library of magazines. The service starts at $9 per month, which will give you access to monthly magazines. If you want access to weekly magazines, it’s $15 per month.

These aren’t just PDF’s, they are enhanced digital editions and custom designed for tablets. You will find enhancements like videos, bonus photography, and interactive features.

I don’t know about you, but this price seems a little steep. Netflix costs $7.99 per month and allows you to stream its entire library. The $9 per month plan is already higher, and I feel like Netflix offers so much more. They are offering a free 30 day trial so it doesn’t cost anything to give it a try. Hit the break for the full list of titles, a demo video, and the download links.


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Motorola brings the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 media edition tablets to the UK

Motorola announced they are finally bringing the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Family Edition to the UK via the Carphone Warehouse. These are the same tablets as the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and XYBOARD 8.2 that are available now in the U.S. Starting today, Carphone Warehouse will have 3G and WIFI variants starting at just £299.99 ($475).

Both the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition feature a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 10.1-inch (XOOM 2) or 8.2-inch (Media Edition) (1280 x 800) display, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, 16GB of internal storage, Gorilla Glass, splashguard coating, and Android 3.2.

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Best Buy is offering an extra $50 on top of the normal trade-in program on select Motorola smartphones starting April 8

If you’re in the market for a Motorola Atrix 2, Photon 4G, or the DROID RAZR you might want to consider Best Buy’s latest deal. As you might already know, they have a trade-in program in which you could receive up to $200 in the form of a Best Buy gift card for the value of your old mobile phone. To top it off, starting April 8 they’re also offering an additional $50 discount off the smartphones listed above as long as you trade in any mobile phone. So it’s basically a double dipping sale, Grab $50 off the purchase price plus get a Best Buy gift card for whatever the value is of your old phone that you’re trading in. The deal ends on May 5.

They also have another deal in which they’re giving $50 off of any Sprint smartphone, plus an additional $50 for trading in an HTC EVO 4G. This might be a good deal, but I would only trade my EVO 4G for the new EVO 4G LTE that was just announced yesterday. Unfortunately pre-orders for that one don’t start till May 7, and it’s unknown if they would honor it or when this particular deal ends.

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U.S. Cellular releases their first 4G LTE smartphone: The Samsung Galaxy S Aviator

On the heels of the U.S. Cellular’s first 4G LTE tablet (The Galaxy Tab 10.1), they just announced that their first ever 4G LTE smartphone is now available. The Samsung Galaxy S Aviator (aka DROID Charge) is now available for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. According to the presser, it will only be available in select markets covered by 4G LTE. What are those markets? For now they are Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. They are expecting to expand coverage to Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia in the second half of the year. Some of the specs include:

  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Front facing webcam
  • HDMI port
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread

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Update for Google Play Books adds new features for Froyo and Gingerbread users

Google has just released a new update for their popular Google Play Books app that will add a little finesse for those of you still rocking Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread. Version 2.4.3 will bring a new UI along with 3D page-turn animations. Some other nifty tweaks include new home screen shortcuts for single books, the screen will now stay on during text-to-speech (TTS) and the in-book search function will now work offline. Hit the Play Store link below to get the goods.

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The Google Play Store has ran into one or two teething problem since it replaced the long-standing Android Market. Google has already pushed out a couple of updates in a short space of the time with the most recent seemingly causing more issues than it fixed. Frustrated users have been reporting a series of force closes, glitches whilst browsing and disappearing paid apps.

Fret no more as Google has started rolling out v3.5.16 which promises to fix the reported issues. There doesn’t appear to be a major overhaul here, it’s primarily just bug fixes. Paid apps are back, force closes fixed and early feedback suggests that navigating the menus is quicker and smoother.

If you don’t want to hang around until Google gets round to pushing the update then why not fetch it yourself. Click any one of the links below to get going.

 

source : Android Police

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500 Paramount movies coming to Google Play and YouTube thanks to a new licensing agreement

Google just announced a new licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures, which will bring approximately 500 new movie titles to both Google Play and YouTube. Paramount is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and has been responsible for titles such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hugo, Transformers, and the Godfather.

With the addition of Paramount, Google now has five of the six major studios and has a nearly 9,000 movies available for rent. They plan on continuing to add more titles and hopefully open up shop in more countries this year.

As far as the new Paramount movies goes, some of the titles are already available, but it might take a couple of months for all of them to show up.

source: youtube

 

Pre-orders for the ASUS Padfone start tomorrow in Taiwan

When ASUS finally unveiled the Padfone at Mobile World Congress, they promised an April release. Looks like things are on track because it’s going up for pre-order tomorrow in Taiwan with a mid-April release. If you want to buy the phone on its own, the cost will be NT$17,990 ($610). This is where things get really expensive. If you want the tablet set which would include the phone, tablet dock, and bluetooth stylus/headset combo, the cost is NT$24,980 ($850). Now if you really have some money to burn you could throw in the keyboard dock for a final price of NT$28,901 ($980). For those that pre-order, they will throw in an extra battery.

We knew this bad boy wasn’t going to be cheap, but please understand these are “no contract” pricing. If you really think about it, the tablet dock is $240 which isn’t bad considering that you will have full connectivity with the carrier at no extra charge. You would have to pay upwards of $600 (off contract) for a tab with carrier connectivity, not to mention you would have to pay for data. What do you guys think?

source: engadget