Pandora still the top streaming service, Spotify drops to fourth

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A couple years ago leaders in technology, including the late Steve Jobs, thought that music streaming would never really take off. Despite that, streaming is now many people’s preferred method of listening to music. Much of this is because of the improvement in mobile data speeds, making music streaming much more possible than it was before.

New statistics only recently released show that Pandora is still at the forefront of music streaming, which really isn’t surprising considering they are one of the oldest and most well known services still available. One surprise in the statistics show that iTunes Radio has taken third place, ahead of Spotify.

Source: Statista
Via: PocketNow

New Samsung patents point the way to flexible display devices

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New patents from Samsung were recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealing a little bit about some of the ways the company sees flexible displays being deployed. One such device appears to resemble the slap bracelets that were popular back in the 90’s. The display when rolled out is flat, but can be wrapped around a person’s wrist forming a bracelet or, depending on what is displayed, a watch. In their patent application, Samsung describes how such a device could perform a variety of functions, like playing music when touched or moved in a certain way or tracking health information using biosensors. The possibilities will probably be limited more by the sensors and power source that can be packed into such a device as opposed to the display since the whole device could become the display. Read more

Samsung, Microsoft join the Wireless Power Consortium to adopt Qi wireless charging

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Both Samsung and Microsoft today have announced that they are joining the Wireless Power Consortium. In doing so, the companies will adopt the Qi wireless charging standard. Samsung already belongs to, and in fact co-founded, the Alliance for Wireless Charging group; however, the A4WP agreed to work with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) last month in order to make wireless charging a less fragmented system.

For Samsung, this is interesting as it shows they are willing to utilize another wireless charging standard. For Microsoft, however, it is a no-brainer since Nokia’s handsets utilize the WPC’s Qi wireless charging system. The WPC, A4WP, and PMA all have different standards, but this deal can move the three closer together in creating an overall cohesive experience for wireless charging.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 4 adds three more games to the mix, brings the total to nine

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Didn’t jump on Humble Mobile Bundle 4’s deal last week? Well now is your chance to get an even better deal and give some money to charity. Last time around there were four games that came with any donation and two if the donation exceeded the average. Now, three additional games have been thrown in to stir the pot for above average donators. Gunslugs, Color Sheep, and OLO are the newest entrants. At the time this post was published, the average donation was $3.71 and it seems to be creeping up over time.

Here is the full list of games:

  • Catan
  • Vector
  • Riptide GP2
  • Zombie Gunship
  • BADLAND Premium *above average donation
  • Breach & Clear *above average donation
  • OLO *above average donation
  • Color Sheep *above average donation
  • Gunslugs *above average donation

Hit the source link to donate.

Source: Humble Bundle

Lawsuit filed against Google over in-app purchases by minors

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against Google by a New York mother who alleges Google is unfairly profiting from in-app purchases by permitting minors to make them without parents’ knowledge. The action is similar to an issue that Apple just recently resolved over a similar business model. According to one of the attorneys representing the plaintiff, Google has failed to incorporate reasonable controls that results in minors racking up excessive charges for “worthless in-game currency.” Read more

Google’s first physical retail store to open in downtown Manhattan

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It’s no secret that Google has been flirting with the idea of opening it’s very own retail store, much like what Apple offers. If you’ve walked in your local Best Buy store, you’ll see a small Google stand that sells Google’s products that are available in the Play Store, thus the idea has always been there for Google. Now there are reports that Google may finally take the plunge into opening an actual store as they are finalizing a lease on a venue  in downtown Manhattan, which just happens to be a mere block away from an Apple store. Residing on 131 Greene St. the venue offers 4,100 square feet of space. We have more pictures below after the break.

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Dong Nguyen, creator of Flappy Bird, is considering bringing back his wildly popular game

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Thought Flappy Bird was long gone? Think again. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Dong Nguyen said that the game may be making a return in the near future. When asked, Nguyen said “I’m considering it.” But due to the stress and addictiveness of the game, he clarified that it would have a warning urging users to “Please take a break.” Read more

HTC’s All New One specs and sales guide leaks

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When it rains, it certainly pours. This can certainly be said with HTC’s not so kept secret, the All New HTC One. Today a sales guide leaked of the device giving short descriptions on several of its features and also confirmed most of the specs. The new One will weigh in at 160g with the dimensions being 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35, that’s a tad thicker than its 2013 predecessor. As previously rumored, the screen size will indeed be a 5″ 1080p LCD paired with the Snapdragon 801 processor. While there’s not much else regarding the camera, we do know that the front-facing lens will be upgraded to 5MP’s. As to the battery, it will come in at 2600mAh. For more info, check out the sales guide below after the break!

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Google Docs and Sheets get official add-ons in Chrome

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Google is ramping up their productivity suite by bringing add-on extensions to Google Docs and Sheets. This means users will now be able to browse different extensions for Docs and Sheets that can do things like add a built-in bibliography to a paper, or create labels within a document, all through several third-party add-ons. These add-ons are synced through your Google account, so they’re carried across all of your documents automatically.

Currently, there’s just a handful of add-ons available, but Google expects that to increase pretty quickly. Among the first few available are Avery, an extension for making and printing labels, EasyBib, an easy way to create a bibliography for your paper, and Merge, which allows users to send customized emails from Docs. They’re pretty useful and you can start playing with them right away.

source: Google Drive Blog

Instagram receives a new update, brings a refreshed user interface and faster performance

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Instagram, the world’s largest and most popular social networking, photo and video sharing service, released a new version (5.1) of its app that brings many new changes.

Among these changes is a revamped user interface bringing a more flatter look to the app. In addition, the developers have reduced the size of the app by half in order to increase the overall speed. In addition, navigating through the app is much easier now as the buttons have been re-arranged to be within easy reach of the user. Read more