Today, Spotify announced the acquisition of Echo Nest, which is a “music intelligence” company that determines recommendations for listeners. The key here is that Echo Nest is used by many of Spotify’s competitors like Rdio.
Echo Nest will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Spotify and will honor any existing contracts. A Spotify rep told Engadget,
“In the few cases where The Echo Nest does work with direct competitors we will work with them to understand these relationships and determine the next business steps. The Echo Nest will meet all contractual obligations to all customers.”
Just a couple days ago we reported on QuizUp, the popular trivia game, making the move to the Android platform. At the time it appeared a public release would take place next week. However, beta testing must have gone extremely well as the title is now available in Google Play. The game lets you challenge friends online or take on random players from around the globe in a head-to-head trivia competition. QuizUp developers say there are over 400 topics available with new ones being added every week. Read more
We have seen our fair share of commercials, both good and bad. Then there are some that belong in a completely different category. The ones that make zero sense and are just ridiculously stupid. We are only in the 3rd month of the year, but it might be safe to go ahead and give LG the award for the worst commercial of 2014. I won’t say anymore about it. Just hit the break, watch it, and wonder why you wasted 2 minutes of your life on it.
Just when you thought Samsung was all in on wearables, they might have something else waiting in the wings. A device called S-Circle just cleared the FCC, and it cleared Bluetooth SIG a while back. It’s model number is EI-AN900A, and the paperwork clearly states that it’s an “activity tracker.” How does it fit in with the Gear 2 and Gear Fit?
After going through a couple iterations, Google finally decided to brand their version of an app store, along with music, movies, books and other stuff, as Google Play. It may be hard to believe, but that move to unify their online stores and implement a single brand occurred only two years ago. To help celebrate the anniversary of that change, Google is holding a “Happy Birthday” celebration with deals on a variety of goodies. Read more
If you’re in the UK and the Xperia Z2 is your next phone of choice, than you might want to get your pre-order in at Phones 4u. It will be available from free at £47 per month on contract. All pre-orders will also get the Sony SRS-BTX300 wireless speaker (valued at £119), and get 50% of the new Sony Smartband as well as a free Active Pack. Last but not least, if you pre-order the phone on a 4G tariff, they will throw in a £50 Google Play voucher.
So if the Xperia Z2 is in your future, you might as well pre-order to get these extra special deals. We have a the Phones 4u hands on video and press release after the break.
It’s time for another episode of the Samsung vs Apple war. If you remember, back in December, Apple asked Judge Lucy Koh for a permanent injunction againt Samsung that would ban the sale of over 20 phones and tablets in the U.S. This was after Apple was finally awarded a total of $930 million in damages from the original landmark verdict back in August 2012. Judge Koh denied the injunction, but the future doesn’t look all that bad for Apple.
The two giants will face each other in court again later this month, but it’s on a different set of patents that involve newer devices such as the Galaxy S III. Many industry experts think more damages will be awarded to Apple since these newer products were bigger sellers. Apple and Samsung did try to settle things with a mediator, but unsurprisingly, that didn’t go so well.
Will this war ever end?
LG will be sending the L90 to Russia later this week.While it’s not launching in other areas yet, this is a good sign that it will soon. The device packs a 4.7 inch screen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 2,540 mAh battery. On top of that it sports either a 5 or 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera.
There will be more information released as the device becomes available in other markets. Those of you patiently waiting for when it arrives on T-Mobile, it’s only a matter of time.
source: The LG Newsroom
Mad Catz and OUYA will be working together to bring OUYA content to the M.O.J.O. micro-console. With this content, the console itself will receive a price cut. It will now be priced at $199.99 in the U.S. with a similar price cut heading to other major territories. All existing content will be available on the console later this spring, with more content on the way. Darren Richardson, the President and CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. had this to say about the deal:
“With more than 680 games and 33,000 developers signed up, OUYA features an impressive catalogue of content from AAA developers and independent publishers, all of which are designed to replicate the core gaming experience, taking advantage of the TV and controller.”
So if you’re in the market for a dedicated Android console but can’t decide between the M.O.J.O. or the OUYA this may make your decision a little easier. Hit the source link for the full presser.
Source: Mad Catz Pressor
Remember when the Desire 310 was accidently unveiled? Well it’s officially official now and coming April 10 in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. Pricing is €160 ($220) in Germany, €170 ($233) in the Netherlands, and CHF 180 ($206) in Switzerland.
As you can see, it’s close to the same price as the Moto G, but in many ways is not as good. The Moto G has a better display (1280 x 720 vs 854 x 480) and a dual-SIM option. However, the Desire 310 does offer 1080p video recording and a microSD slot. HTC is betting on buyers wanting the expandable storage. Will it work?