In some unfortunate news, Turntable.fm will be shutting down its social DJ service due to high costs and a lack of visitors. Instead, Turntable.fm will focus on their Turntable Live platform that allows for the streaming of live concerts. If you have tracks left behind with their DJ service, don’t worry. The service will be shutting down on December 2. Turntable.fm says “all your playlists and songs can be exported to Spotify or CSV” before then. For its final day, the company will be handing out commemorative t-shirts as well as hosting a party.
The social network giant Instagram, a company recently acquired by Facebook, is rumored to have a private messaging system incorporated sometime in an update before the end of this year. With the company just recently incorporating videos a few months ago, looks like the next step is having the users being able to directly contact each other.
I for one don’t think this is a great move. I think part of the reason that a lot of people love Instagram is how basic and simple it is compared to Facebook and others. I feel adding messaging into it will just start turning it into another mini Facebook of sorts. Either way, it looks like it’s going to be implemented no matter what our idea on it is.
What do you guys think, any Instagram users out there happy that this is? Or would you rather keep Instagram the way it is?
American consumers will undoubtedly be rushing to the stores next Friday to buy, buy, buy, and buy. Black Friday is one of the biggest business days in the country— mainly because of amazing deals like the ones below.
U.S. Cellular has outlined its Black Friday promotions for customers one week before all of the madness begins.
Android 4.4 KitKat is taking the Moto X by storm, as the device is the first non-Nexus device to receive the update. T-Mobile and Verizon’s variants got the update just a few days ago, and Motorola announced today that AT&T’s variant would be getting the update today.
Motorola has been extremely impressive thus far with the update, and let’s hope the new DROID line won’t be far behind in receiving KitKat as well.
If you’re on AT&T, keep checking your phone for the update and let us know below if you’ve received it.
Source: Motorola Blog
Google Glass is mainly focused on the technology aspect of the eye-wear that should be taking the world by storm when it launches in 2014.
However, new information suggests that Google is currently speaking with VSP Global to manufacture more fashionable frames for the device, and also to develop special prescription lenses. Nothing is set in stone just yet, but if Google doesn’t end up getting the deal done with VSP, expect it to happen with someone else.
Google is certainly trying to expand the niche that Glass already fills to make it a much more appealing device for the general public. The market for the technology is sure to grow, but it’s really just a matter of how exactly they’ll make it happen.
Source: Wall Street Journal
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The recent trial between Apple and Samsung has led to Samsung now owing Apple an additional $290 million in damages, bringing the total amount that Samsung owes Apple to $930 million. In this trial, Apple used many of the same lawyers, arguments and witnesses as it did in the trial last year. There was however one new damages expert, Julie L. Davis, who was added to the team.
Jury forewoman Colleen Allen explained that “Ms. Davis was on it”, saying that she was a “superstar witness” and that she remained composed even while being cross-examined.
Remember HTC’s Desire lineup of phones? Looks like they’re planning on bringing them back and announcing a slew of Desire phones come November 27th in a press event. Don’t expect any high end devices being announced as HTC is aiming for the mid range market for their Desire lineup. With high powered budget phones such as the Moto G and Nexus 5 being very popular at the moment, HTC looks to dip their feet in that market with this lineup.
What do you think of a budget HTC device, would you grab one over the others that are already available?
As the “Black Friday” and “Cryber Monday” deals are around the corner, several great Android games have gone on an sale a little early:
With smartphones quickly becoming a full extension of ourselves, certain etiquettes start to form as to when it’s appropriate or inappropriate to use them. For example, in a survey (100 sample size) done by eBay Deals, 73% of people disapproved of playing mobile games at work, 89% would not pop out their phone in a movie theater, and 94% were adamant that texting while driving is a big no-no.
Check out the huge infographic below after the break and let us know where you fall within the study!