Motorola announces Moto Stream, makes a speaker wireless for $50

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With today’s announcement of the Moto Stream, Motorola is offering a cheap option to have a wireless music streaming experience with a stereo or speakers. The Moto Stream is a little device that hooks up to a stereo and uses Bluetooth technology to play music from mobile devices. Since the Moto Stream can connect to five devices simultaneously, Motorola threw in Heist Mode. If you are not enjoying the current song, walk right up to the little Nexus Q-like device and tap it and NFC technology within your device will switch the song. Or, of course, you can just use Bluetooth to change songs.

The Moto Stream by Motorola is available today online and in stores at RadioShack on June 6. The price is just $49.99 to pick one up.

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Shazam announces update that brings more television and music content

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Right now, everyone is working to have a greater presence in the living room. A second-screen is the target thanks to how much time we all spend on our mobile devices rather than looking at and doing other things. Shazam is no different and has expanded its television recognition to 160 channels. Displayable content from television shows includes show, cast, and music information. The design is getting adjusted to match a users preferences.

On the music front, Shazam will continuously push new content to the user, music videos and interviews included. So now when a song is recognized, fans can be connected to their favorite artist instead of having to go elsewhere.

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Best Android educational apps and games for kids [May 2014]

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We all know how hard it is to hand over your brand new tablet to your wide-eyed kid or younger sibling, but when we do, why not make sure there are age-appropriate applications on the device? Instead of  having them stare mindlessly into a game of Angry Birds, why not have them play something educational?

Fortunately there are plenty of great apps for kids available on the Play Store, and many are even free. Whether you’re looking for an enjoyable experience learning to read or an exciting game to teach your kids math, these apps open up a new world of learning through technology.

To help you weed out the apps that won’t entertain and enrich kids, we’ve created a list of my top five educational apps and games that kids are sure to enjoy. Be sure to let us know about what apps your kids enjoy in the comments!


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The 5 Best Android music player apps [May 2014]

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Last year we covered some of the best apps available on the Play Store for playing your locally stored tunes, and even though a ton of music listening has gone in the streaming direction, many people still prefer keeping music on their phone or tablet. If you’re dealing with low monthly data caps or you’re going somewhere without an internet connection, solid music players are still fantastic to have. We figured now would be a good time to update our previous guide with some newer apps along with updated info on the apps that made it over to this year’s list. Hit the break to get started.
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Samsung’s Milk Music will soon implement ads, $3.99 monthly to remove them [Updated]

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All good things must come to an end. Samsung’s Milk Music service is no different. In fact, it was sort of given that this day was coming. Samsung will be splitting Milk Music into Basic Service and Premium Service packages. Basic Service keeps everything free, but has advertisements prior to a song playing. The Premium Service package keeps everything ad-free with some unannounced exclusive features. This, however, costs $3.99 per month.


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YouTube’s subscription music service has been delayed…. again

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All the way back in October of 2013, we heard that YouTube was working on a subscription music service. At that time, it was believed that it was just a few months away from launching. But just two months after that report, it was delayed due to some disappointment with the overall product. That pushed the launch to early 2014. It is now April and there has been no chatter from YouTube on whether or not this service exists. Now it looks like YouTube has pushed its subscription music “debut to the second quarter or beyond,” according to Billboard.
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Turntable.fm shuts down, founder launches ‘Ketchup’ social app

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Last November, Turntable.fm made an announcement on its blog that its shutting down to focus more on the ‘Live experience’ and develop its new Turntable Live service. “For over 2 years, we’ve improved and evolved the turntable.fm experience. We made rooms expand to unlimited sizes, made thousands of UI improvements, launched GOLD, built a mini-player, designed tons of avatars and listened to our community, trying to make the experience as wonderful as possible. Over those two years, the community has played over 400 million songs in about a million rooms.”

Now, a few months later, the company is shutting down that service as well. As for the future plans, the company’s CEO, Billy Chasen, is going to start small. A month ago, he released a social app, Ketchup, designed to allow users to keep their friends and families updated on their status without having to spread it on their wider social network.
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HTC working on a “music-centric” smartphone, could arrive by summer

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The HTC M8 may not be the only device the company plans on releasing in the near future. According to @evleaks, we should be on the lookout for “a music-centric handset from HTC this half.” This is the first time we have heard of such a device. What could be so special about this device? Right now, no one knows. But if I had to guess, I would say HTC’s BoomSound audio would be a major component. Also, HTC could release special headphones with the device. Or maybe, just maybe, they would create their own music streaming service? I don’t think the latter is very likely.

Let us know in the comments what you think will make this device so special.
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