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Rhapsody enters the song-match game with ‘SongMatch’ app

If you’re already tired of SoundHound, and you feel Shazam is a little too antiquated, then you’re in luck. Rhapsody has entered the song-match app game with their new app called – wait for it – ‘SongMatch’. While the app is free and does not require a Rhapsody subscription for the basic app which gives you tracks, artist info, and track listings, the real upside is if you do have a subscription. If you’re rocking a Rhapsody subscription, you can instantly launch playback of the song or album when a match is found. Rhapsody also creates a special SongMatch playlist in your account based on your prior matches. Anyone out there tired of the other song-match apps willing to give this a try?

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Google Now Updated With More Cards And Faster Results

 

Today’s update to the Google Search app brings some much needed speed tweaks to Google Now and adds even more scarily useful predictions to its “cards.” The update will probably continue to freak out those of us who are constantly surprised by how much the Goog knows about us but it’s also likely to help holiday travelers. It can now bring up your boarding pass (currently United only) when you need it, give you a heads up about the weather at your intended destination and let you know about events nearby. It will also let you search via the camera presumably in much the same way as Google Goggles.  The update also adds new voice actions like “what song is this?” and “scan a barcode!” And it now officially lets you know your monthly walking and biking distance totals.

I guess no one is going to accuse Google of resting on its laurels, eh?

Source: Android Official Blog

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Testing the Google Now ‘what’s this song’ feature

whats this song.  whatsthissong.

With the big update to Google Search today, there were a few really cool features dropped into Google Now. They're all pretty useful, but the "what's this song" feature is one we can have some fun with. Since Phil and I like really cool hipster stuff you've probably never heard of pretty crappy music, we decided to give it a test.

You might not know it to look at us, but Phil is a headbanger at heart, and I'm that guy from high school with the blue mohawk and leather boots. We like music that most well-adjusted people don't and decided to see what Google could do with it. The results were a mixed bag.

To get started on an experiment of your own, just fire up Google Now (yes, you need Jelly Bean) and tap the voice search button. Lean into the mic and ask "What's this song?" It will register for a sec, then tell you it's listening. Let it hear the music for a few, and it will come back with either an answer or tell you it has no clue what you're listening to.

On the surface, it looks like indy metal music and 1970s hardcore punk really trips up the service. We went about 50-50 with the less-that-socially acceptable stuff. After further investigation, it seems like it only finds music that Google sells in the Play Store. Makes sense, as they have all those tracks digitized for the "coming" music match style service.

We had a little fun with it, but really for the most part it's gonna find what you're listening to. Hit the break and see just how deep it can go if it needs to. Find a failure? Sing out in the comments.

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Rhapsody enters the song-match game with ‘SongMatch’ app

If you’re already tired of SoundHound, and you feel Shazam is a little too antiquated, then you’re in luck. Rhapsody has entered the song-match app game with their new app called – wait for it – ‘SongMatch’. While the app is free and does not require a Rhapsody subscription for the basic app which gives you tracks, artist info, and track listings, the real upside is if you do have a subscription. If you’re rocking a Rhapsody subscription, you can instantly launch playback of the song or album when a match is found. Rhapsody also creates a special SongMatch playlist in your account based on your prior matches. Anyone out there tired of the other song-match apps willing to give this a try?

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Google Now Updated With More Cards And Faster Results

 

Today’s update to the Google Search app brings some much needed speed tweaks to Google Now and adds even more scarily useful predictions to its “cards.” The update will probably continue to freak out those of us who are constantly surprised by how much the Goog knows about us but it’s also likely to help holiday travelers. It can now bring up your boarding pass (currently United only) when you need it, give you a heads up about the weather at your intended destination and let you know about events nearby. It will also let you search via the camera presumably in much the same way as Google Goggles.  The update also adds new voice actions like “what song is this?” and “scan a barcode!” And it now officially lets you know your monthly walking and biking distance totals.

I guess no one is going to accuse Google of resting on its laurels, eh?

Source: Android Official Blog

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Rhapsody takes on Shazam with their new app ‘SongMatch’

For all the music lovers out there we have a brand new song identifying or song matching app for Android available today, absolutely free. If Soundhound, Shazam, Google Ears and more weren’t what you’re looking for then give the all new app from Rhapsody a try. They’ve just introduced a new app neatly called SongMatch and it’s available right now.

Obviously they’ll be integrating this into their own Rhapsody music services, but they’re marketing their new song recognition app by saying “Hear it. Match it. Play it.” Just like all those other apps that are available (do we really need another) this will listen to the music, identify it, and neatly let you save and enjoy it for later.

The cool thing here that they have over the others is the fact that SongMatch won’t just tag and recognize the song, but your Rhapsody account will have a playlist dedicated to SongMatch tags. You’ll easily be able to fire up Rhapsody and stream all these awesome songs you’ve been tagging with ease. Here’s what to expect from their new app:

● Match any song against Rhapsody’s library of 16 million tracks
● View information about each artist including top tracks, full albums, bios, and similar artists
● Start a free 14-day trial from directly within the app
SongMatch users who are Rhapsody members can:
● Match any song against Rhapsody’s library of 16 million tracks
● Launch full length playback for any matched song
● Launch full length playback for any matched album
● View information about each artist including top tracks, full albums, bios, and similar artists

The service is absolutely free, but Rhapsody isn’t. Just like Spotify they offer a music streaming service that requires a monthly payment, but if you’re already into the Rhapsody music world this will be the perfect song recognition app for your Android smartphone or tablet. Give it a try today by clicking here.

[via Android Police]

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Google Search update improves Google Now suggestions and voice actions

Today Google has just updated one of the many improving and awesome features of Android. That being Google Search, or Google Now for those running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above. Google Now has just received some awesome new features that will make your holiday travel easier, better suggestions, and even improved voice actions for all types of goodness. Read on for full details.

It appears that the update is for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices (enjoy you RAZR HD owners) and it brings some much improved features. I’ve been a huge fan of Google Now since its birth, and today it got a lot better. Previous updates allowed Google Now to pull details from Gmail. Info such as flight information, hotel reservations and more but this update takes it even a step further.

Now with Google Now you can actually get your boarding pass (United only) right to your smartphone thanks to Google Now when it finds flight reservations in Gmail. Optional of course, as well as tons of suggestions while traveling, local places to take photos, the time back home and more. Here’s the full change log right from Google themselves:

New cards:
- Events nearby
- Suggestions to help with your research
- Boarding passes from Gmail (United only, more to come)
- Search by camera when at museums or shops
- Weather at upcoming travel destinations
- Approximate monthly summary of walking and biking activity

New voice actions:
- Post to Google+
- Say “What’s this song?” to find the song you hear
- Say “Scan a barcode” to find product info

With Google Now you can instantly ask “What’s this song?” to find details of a song. Just like Shazam and others only now Google does it for you with a simple voice command. This should be great while driving, not that I use my phone while driving. All the new cards mentioned above are quite nice too. Being able to see the weather at a travel destination before you get there is nice. Some users have already been seeing the monthly summary of walking or biking activities, but now it’s official so all users should see that if the option is enabled.

Google’s continuing to make search and Google Now one of my favorite must have features, and this update is no different. Grab it right this minute from the Google Play Store.

[via Android Blog]

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Google Now updated with more travel-minded features, expanded voice search

Google Now updated with more travelminded features, expanded voice search

It’s already been a fairly big year for Google Now, but the folks in Mountain View have at least one more update in store before we roll into 2013. The company’s today released an updated version of its Google Search app for Android that adds a number of new features designed largely with travellers in mind. That includes the ability to tell you the weather at your destination, automatically pull up your boarding pass at the airport (albeit only for United flights at the moment), inform you about nearby events, and offer more information about things like artwork at museums using Google Goggles. Alongside those updates are a number of additions to the voice search component, including the ability to search for the name of a track that’s playing by saying “what’s this song?” or look up additional information on a product by saying “scan this barcode.”

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Google Search update brings new features to Google Now, including post to Google+

Google Search and Google Now update

Android's Google Search app just got a pretty good update, and that means we've got new features for Google Now as well.

Of note are improvements for travelers. If Google Now knows you're going somewhere (and there's a pretty good chance it will), it'll show you weather information for your destination. And if you're flying on United Airlines, you'll even be able to get to your boarding pass right from Google Now. (Of course, that might be the least of your worries on UA.)

Voice search is beefed up, too — it can listen for a song playing in the background, find product info and post to Google+, all without typing a thing.

Hit the link above to get your update on.

Source: Google Android blog

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Official Gangnam Style Live Wallpaper, Easily the Most Disturbing App Ever Made

We know this song has been a huge success on YouTube and radio, but dang, how long will it last? Recently, an “official” PSY Gangnam Style live wallpaper hit Google Play for your Android device, perfect for those that just can’t get enough of those sexy Korean dance moves. On top of a live wallpaper, [...]

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TuneTangler 1.1 Adds Enhanced User Interface for iPhone 5

TuneTangler  
Developer: Bryan Luby  
Price: $1.99   Download

Bryan Luby has released TuneTangler 1.1 with an updated user interface enhanced for the 5 and iPod touch (5th Generation). TuneTangler now displays extra metadata for genre, play count, and star rating for the currently playing song. The increased screen size also allows for the time slider control to be persistent. TuneTangler 1.1 also adds an updated graphics and color scheme.

TuneTangler is a player app for people who like to shuffle by album. Upon launch, the app will automatically a shuffled playback queue from the user’s iTunes music library that keeps songs properly grouped according to album order. The user can also navigate between albums with a swipe gesture, or play an unheard random album by pressing the shuffle button.

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Review: Humm Together is a Humdinger of a Social Gaming App for Name That Tune Fans

Humm Together Pro  
Developer: Above the Clouds, Inc.  
Price: $0.99   Download

Just when you thought that networking had all the bases covered along comes a new one. Forget about spelling out words, forget about drawing pictures, it’s time to get musical. Enter Humm Together – a that challenges players to hum (or la-de-da or dum-de-dum) tunes for friends and random strangers to guess. Humm Together is a bit like Name That Tune, because that’s exactly what you’re trying to do, and it takes the tried-and-true concept of turn-based social networking games and throws in an unexpected twist.

Basically, Humm Together has essentially the same interface as Draw Something. Players select a song to hum and then have a short amount of time in which to make a recording of themselves recreating the tune. The recording is then sent to the other player for them to guess the song from a multiple-choice list. Players can alternately earn points to “buy” different genres and eras of music as well as sound filters to “enhance” humming.  (more…)

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SONOS Black Friday Blowout [CONTEST]

It’s that time of year: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, great deals, and great contests. To celebrate the huge Black Friday sale our friends at SONOS are having – you get a FREE SONOS Bridge when you buy a Play:3 or a Play:5 – we’re doing a little contest of our own. Over the next few days we’ll be giving one lucky reader/winner a free SONOS Play:3 and SONOS Bridge to get their house rockin’ for the holidays.

I’m a SONOS customer myself and couldn’t be happier with the product and service it provides. My bridge player sits on top of my router, I’ve got a PLAY:5 in my kitchen/living area and another PLAY:5 in my bedroom. It’s absurdly easy to turn on the tunes remotely with either my laptop or phone and the selection is amazing.

Check out my full review of SONOS but keep in mind, I conducted this a couple years ago and the products and services are even better now. I’ve grown to love SONOS and it’s a convenience that has more or less become part of my regular routine.

Sometimes I dig into my personal library, which has a wide range of genres, but definitely deep in the alternative rock and rap/hiphop areas. Most often, I’ll toss on Pandora or Last.FM and set the station to one of my favorite artists; three stations I’ve grown to love are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, and Jazzyfatnastees.

If you’re looking for gifts for music lovers, look no further than SONOS (they’re in our 2012 holiday gift guide). If you love music yourself, you definitely need to give SONOS a shot. It’s not cheap, but if you like listening to music while you cook, clean, hang out, do laundry, party, play poker, or whatever else it is you do indoors, you’ll get much more out of it than what you put into it.

So how can you enter to win a SONOS PLAY:3 and BRIDGE? Easy.

  • Leave a comment below that includes TWO things: (1) A link to black friday, cyber monday, or any holiday gift deal you think our readers will enjoy, and (2) The name of an artist or song you’ve currently got on heavy rotation that others may not know and want to check out.
  • We WILL NOT be picking the winner based on thumbs up/down, please ONLY use this feature to help other readers find good deals and good music. That’s the point of the comment contest!
  • Comments will remain open until Monday night at 11:59PM Eastern
  • We’ll randomly pick one comment to win, make sure they included a link and artist and/or song, and they’ll be selected as our winner!
  • Must be 18+ to win
  • If selected winner does not meet criteria or respond within 24 hours, Phandroid reserves the right to randomly select another winner
  • Winner will be chosen at the sole discretion of Phandroid and entrants may be disqualified by staff at their sole discretion for any reason, including but not limited to: multiple entries, excessive use/spamming of upvotes and downvotes, etc…
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Pandora rolls out version 4.0 update with a new feature set

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We got a look at the press images of a new update to Pandora — version 4.0 — a couple weeks ago, and now it has finally gone live for everyone to get their hands on. The app got a pretty substantial UI facelift in the previous update, and now this one brings extra features to fill out the entire experience. After linking the app to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you can share the current playlist or song directly to each network. On the listening side, you can create and manage your different playlists, and add variety to current ones.

You can also now create a "music profile" for yourself, making a central repository for everything you do in Pandora. You can browse and follow other users' music profiles in what's being called the "music feed" as well. The update has just gone live in the Play Store, and you can grab a download at the link above.

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Beat Hazard Ultra arrives on Google Play Store

If you’re need of a mobile game to play this afternoon, then we have to suggest that you check out Beat Hazard Ultra. The game arrived on the Google Play Store today, and boy is it one wild ride. At first, Beat Hazard seems like your typical twin stick shooter, you’ll soon realize it’s much more than just floating around a battlefield and shooting enemies.


That’s because Beat Hazard uses the music that’s playing to adjust the intensity of the game. In the mood to relax and just have fun playing? Go for a slower, more laid back type of song. Want an intense game that will have you fighting for survival every second? Play the game with a fast-paced soundtrack. It won’t be easy if you opt for fast songs with driving beats, but it sure will be fun.

Beat Hazard Ultra comes with a selection of songs pre-installed, but you can also play to the music that’s stored on device – easily one of Beat Hazard‘s coolest features. Even better is that the game is free, though upgrading to the full version will let you unlock perks as you play and use Internet radio stations as your backing track. The developers of Beat Hazard are currently holding a launch sale and selling the full game for $1.99, so it might not be a bad idea to pick up the full version and experience all of what Beat Hazard has to offer.

Before you jump in, we have to warn you that this game is not easy, especially when you’re playing with a particularly loud and fast song. You’ll have plenty of power ups to take advantage of while you’re playing though, which should help even the odds a bit. Beat Hazard Ultra is now available on the Google Play Store [download link] – will you be checking it out?

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Official Gangnam Style app for Android features live wallpaper, catchy ringtone

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For those that aren't absolutely sick of the Gangnam Style fad yet (we know at least a few that still aren't), Cellfish has launched an officially-licensed Android app. It includes a live wallpaper that features a now-famous elevator scene, the ability to turn your ringtone into the that of the popular song, and even includes a soundboard for those times that you really want to beat a meme to death. Finally, a cartoon version of Psy can also pop up on your screen and dance whenever a new text or e-mail comes in. 

I love Gangnam Style and all, but small doses, people. For those that have yet to get enough of it, you can find the Psy Gangnam Style live wallpaper and ringtone app in Google Play for $1.99. 

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Nexus 7 Catches Fire while Charging. Take a Look at the Aftermath

Shield your eyes if you have a weak stomach. It is definitely not pretty. Seems that an owner of a Nexus 7 left his little tablet charging like normal, and it suddenly caught on fire. He then took it to the local burn unit, but the Nexus 7 did not make it out alive. I blame Apple.

Anybody have a sudden craving for s’mores? Kind of looks like burnt marshmallows, huh? According to the Chinese forum where the pictures were published, the owner used the factory OEM charger it came with, and left it charging for about 3 hours. It then got all hot and bothered, and started to sing the Doors song, “Come on Baby Light My Fire.” ASUS immediately jumped on this, and sent that owner a brand new Nexus 7, and apologized for the grief that was caused.  It is not like this has not happened before with other devices, and there are going to be more cases of this happening in the future. Let us know if your device has ever blown up. Also, I am going to buy some marshmallows and roast them over a fire pit that I do not have.

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Brussels Philharmonic Replaces Sheet Music with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1

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It looks like the Galaxy Note 10.1, despite our review, has found a higher purpose after all – as a digital sheet of paper. Looking for a solution for more quickly distributing sheet music while cutting down on waste, the Brussels Philharmonic has adopted a fleet of Note 10.1s to act as dynamic digital song books.

In the Philharmonic’s search for efficiency, they initially turned to neoScores, whose software allows for quick, easy sharing, discovery, annotation, and use of digital sheet music. Samsung will be providing one hundred Galaxy Note 10.1 units to the orchestra members, all pre-loaded with neoScores’ app, and all with their own S-Pen to quickly flip pages.

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[Deal Alert] Official Samsung Infuse 4G Dock (Fits the Galaxy S III Too) On Sale For $5 At AT&T

infuse dock smallDocks are hard to come by for Android hardware, where very few individual models rise above the pack. But if you’re one of 30,000,000 people sporting a Galaxy S III, or one of the considerably smaller number using AT&T’s Samsung Infuse 4G, you can pick up an official vehicle mount for a song. Assuming that you can sing a song that’s worth five American dollars.

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The Infuse 4G dock is currently $29.99 on Amazon, but some wary forum poster over at SlickDeals spotted the same dock at AT&T’s online store for just five bucks even. This particular model has been a favorite on XDA for a while, where user “ookba” (who had upgraded from an Infuse 4G to a Galaxy S III) noted that the larger phone fit in the dock just fine, thanks to the gently rounded corners.

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Review: ProShow Web Creates Slideshows Quick and Slick from any iOS Device

ProShow Web Slideshow Creator  
Developer: Photodex Corporation  
Price: free   Download

I’ve been on a mission recently to find a really good app for making photo-to-video slideshows. Of course it had to be simple, so stylish templates were a pre-requisite. And, I’m a bit of a control freak, so I wanted to know that themes wouldn’t be overly restrictive either.

ProShow Web is the latest in this long line of slideshow making apps and I think it may finally be the one! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and the more I explore its options the more I like it.

Make a Slideshow with ProShow Web

With ProShow Web, making photo slideshows on an or iPad is quick and slick. Themes are categorized by style or occasion but I found it helpful to scroll through the whole library because many of the templates fit multiple scenarios. Tap a theme, then tap the right arrow to see a sample or tap the Create button in the upper right corner to start making your slideshow. (Tip: If you make a mistake and want to change your theme later, go to the Details section to edit your template choice.)

Now it’s on to Imagery. The next screen says Add Photos, however you will actually have the option to add photos, videos and title frames. This is one of ProShow Web’s truly standout features. When it comes to playing nice with others, ProShow Web connected with more photo services than any other app I’ve tested. If you’ve been online awhile, chances are your life is spread out all over the Internet. I really appreciate that ProShow Web works with how I store photos and doesn’t require me to keep my images organized in one place. You can currently grab photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad library, Photo Stream, Facebook, flickr, Instagram, SmugMug, 500pixels and your ProShow account online. I’d love to add my Shutterfly account since that’s where the soccer photos go, but overall I was able to add images from 5 different accounts into the same slideshow. So, not bad.

Whether you’re making a simple video for the last day of school or a slideshow of wedding photos, the right music is critical. ProShow Web has two options: choose from your music or choose from their music library.

As expected, choosing your own music results in limited options because any music with DRM enabled is unavailable. All of the music on my iPad comes from iTunes, so although my Music Library showed the titles of my songs I wasn’t able to use any of them as background music. The error message simply said the song “was unavailable. Maybe it hasn’t been downloaded yet.” Frustrating.

Thankfully, WebShow Pro has an extensive selection of quality music. Just like the themes, tap a song then tap the right arrow to listen to a sample. By default only the top 24 songs are displayed so to see additional songs, tap the button on the bottom of the screen which opens a new menu to browse by category, tempo, or length.

After adding music to your slideshow, the Details screen offers a last chance to go the settings before viewing your creation. If you’ve chosen the music carefully, then Sync to Music should keep the images moving along at an appropriate pace to match the mood you’re going for. Toggle this off and it’s easy to speed things along or slow it all down. (Tip: Show Title will be the name used when saving or sharing your slideshow, if you want a Title Slide, go back to Imagery and choose Title from add content screen.)

ProShow Web is my App of Choice for Making Slideshows

This is the barebones version of how to make a slideshow with ProShow Web and the result is beautiful. The whole thing can be done in less than 15 minutes and that includes connecting your accounts the first time. If I was in a high-noon showdown to make the fastest slideshow, my app of choice would be ProShow Web.

More importantly, for those that want to express themselves creatively ProShow Web has so much more than I could touch on in a single review. There are and slide transitions, non-destructive editing tools for trimming video, drag-and-drop everything. Although a lot of it seems hidden, it’s not unintuitive. As soon as you find a feature you’ll think, ‘Oh, that makes sense.’

With ProShow Web you can build great photo slideshows on your iPhone or iPad using the pre-set themes. With a little more time, ProShow Web has everything you need to create slideshows on your iPad that turn heads and make desktop users green with envy.

ProShow Web is free for personal use, with a cap of 15 photos per video. Unlimited, full-length videos start at $4.99/ month.

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Rdio launches new beta app for Android

Rdio, one of the more popular competitors to Spotify and Microsoft’s new Xbox Music, has just launched a new beta version of its Android application. This new app is not available on Google Play yet, so if you are interested in being a beta tester, you will have to join Rdio’s Google Group and download the application for yourself. Rdio has not announced when the final version of its new app will hit Google Play with a final version.



The new app has some cool features that should intrigue Rdio listeners. The most obvious one is a new look and feel to the user interface. The player has been completely redesigned player and a new sidebar navigator has been added, designed to make playing and finding your music a bit smoother and easier.

The beta of the app also includes a new remote control feature designed to make controlling your music easier. They also added a new feature that syncs your music across the browser and mobile app, so you can pick up a song right where you left off. You can also choose the play later option and have it sync across multiple devices.

As this is a beta, they are looking for user feedback on the app. They plan on issuing frequent updates based on user feedback before they release the final version of the app on Google Play. Installing the beta will replace the current version of Rdio, so keep that in mind if you install the beta on your device.

[via Rdio]


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Xbox Music heads to Xbox 360 first tomorrow, PC / tablets on Oct. 26, WP8 soon after; we go hands-on

Xbox Music heads to Xbox 360 first tomorrow, PC  tablet on Oct 26, WP8 soon after we go handson

When Xbox Music goes live tomorrow on the Xbox 360, console owners will be the first to access the Spotify-esque service from Microsoft. Well, some of them will at least — existing Zune Pass subscribers (now an “Xbox Music Pass”) and folks willing to pony up $9.99/month or $99.90/year who also have an Xbox Live Gold account gain access to Xbox Music’s 30 million global song database via data stream (18 million songs for those of us in the US). Okay, okay, a free trial is available for 30 days. After that, though, 360 owners lose access unless they pay up.

Then, on October 26, Windows 8 PC and tablet users get the service for free — with or without the Xbox Music Pass — albeit with ads laced in. Windows Phone 8 is in the same boat with Xbox folks: no song-specific streaming without an Xbox Music Pass. That won’t arrive until some time “soon after” the PC/tablet version. Microsoft says the ad-supported free streaming is unlimited on PC and tablet, but that’s only for the first six months, after which it becomes time limited. A bummer for sure, but Microsoft’s banking on you digging the service enough to snag an Xbox Music Pass. But will you?

Like with Spotify and Pandora, some basic artist info, album/song info, and images garnish playing tracks, though not all artists are created equal — some artists had no images, while others had a detailed dossier. Microsoft says it’s adding more all the time, though. Xbox Music Pass holders can hang on to tracks for offline listening as well, which show up in your library and can be added to playlists. And should you wish to listen to a “Smart” radio station based on an artist/song/album, you can employ the “Smart DJ” (previously “Smart Playlist”) to create just such a station. The whole shebang is tied directly to your Microsoft login, mirroring settings and library data on all your devices (Xbox 360 included) accross the cloud. That same concept applies to playback, as you can pause a song on one device and pick it up right where you left off on another. Songs can also be purchased through the streaming service with or without the Xbox Music Pass, should you really want to hold onto that Barry Manilow track.

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Review: OrganiDoc HD Makes File Management a Snap for iPad

OrganiDoc HD – Your best file manager and PDF viewer on iPad  
Developer: Wenjoy Technology Inc.  
Price: $4.99   Download

There is no doubt that the iPad and other tablets have become an integral part of our daily lives. And rightly so since you can store photos, edit documents, create movies or crank out a song programs like GarageBand. This has also led to an abundance of files scattered throughout your device. One company taking on the challenge of organizing all of this data is Wenjoy. Their OrganiDoc HD app offers an intuitive user interface and is a solid file management option for your iPad.

Out of the box, OrganiDoc HD comes with the capability to a litany of files such as MS Office documents, iWorks, PDFs, text files, web files (htm, html, etc.) as well as zip and far files. Offering access to all of these documents is an essential key to making this a worthwhile download. The unzip support can prove useful on the fly. And all files are automatically categorized between documents, photos and video. Handy for quickly finding the doc you need. They are easy to sort by date, size and type as well.  (more…)

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Google Music Fall Flash Sale offering fresh albums for $2.99

Is it just us or does it seem like Google is having a sale on music on a daily basis? Every time you head to the Play Store you’ll be greeted with a few new albums for $3.99 and sometimes even less. This time around the sales are impressive though. Their Amazon approach offering free daily songs, good deals, and low prices should hopefully be helping Google Play Music grow. Today they’ve announced a new “Flash Sale” offering fall classics for just $2.99 per album.

Like we said above, Google’s been busy putting up great deals and sales for music almost weekly. However, today they just dropped us a quick note in our inbox that they’ve got a whole slew of deals where you can get entire albums for $2.99, and many for just $3.99 too. Sure beats $1.29 per song that iTunes is asking right?

The image above is just 4 of around 50 deals going on right now. Sadly I already own the first three listed or I’d get them. Oh and if you don’t have Makaveli and are a 2Pac fan — you should certainly snag that deal. For sure! If those few choices don’t do it for you musically, they’ve got about 50 entire albums on sale for $2.99 so surely you’ll find something you like.

If 2Pac and Rap music isn’t your style, don’t worry because Google has you covered. They’ve also got some U2, Beck, David Bowe, Pink Floyd (yes please), Toby Keith, Stevie Wonder, Fun., Sting for all you Poison fans and more. Google’s seriously offering a pretty wide variety here. It’s hard to say no to awesome music deals when it costs less than a Starbucks — music lasts forever folks!

Google Play Music Fall Sale Link

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Via Licensing assembles an LTE supergroup to share standards-essential patents

Via Licensing assembles an LTE supergroup to share standards-essential patents

Dolby spinoff Via Licensing has shone a signal into the night sky and assembled some of the world’s biggest telecoms players to form a patent supergroup. AT&T, NTT DoCoMo and Telefonica are some of the names that’ll pool their standards-essential LTE patents to prevent getting embroiled in litigation over FRAND licensing. While there are some notable holdouts to the team, we suggest company president Roger Ross coax them over by hiring Michael McCuistion to write them a rockin’ theme song.

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Via Licensing assembles an LTE supergroup to share standards-essential patents originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 04 Oct 2012 01:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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[Rumor] Google May Be Revealing Next Nexus Device in the ‘Next 30 Days’

It is that time again my Android friends. Time for the rumor mill to start spinning like crazy. In the past couple weeks, we have been hearing rumors about the next Nexus device to be released. LG was being talked about with releasing a flagship Android device, which is what the Optimus G is suppose to be. HTC also was briefly talked about with the Droid Incredible X being a possible candidate for Nexus glory. Samsung also started making some noise about releasing the Nexus 2, as random pictures and a mysterious model number hit the interwebs. The same old song and dance we go through when an anticipated device is looming in the distance.

Numerous sources have been mentioning that Google will indeed be revealing the next Nexus device in the month of October. Some of these sources have also mentioned that the device has already been leaked, which means in the slew of rumors and pictures, someone might have gotten it right. It is also mentioned that the Android software on this device will be only an iterative step up, which means its that it will not be Android 5.0, but more likely 4.2. Now Key lime pie for us? I guess that would depend on if Google wants to continue down the dessert list, or just do what they did back when it was Eclair’s time. Time will tell on that one

Again, these are only rumors so do not get to excited quite yet. I know we all love the news about new flagship devices running the next Android OS, but we still got to be patient and sift through the garbage of rumors and get some hardcore evidence. We will definitely keep you guys posted.

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Apple’s Pandora-like service rejected by music publishers

Pandora would have seen its rival sooner as early as last week if negotiations between Apple and Sony/ATV had not failed, a report said.

The Pandora-like service was not launched together with the release of iPhone 5 as Sony/ATV, owned by Sony and the estate of Michael Jackson, failed to agree on pricing that can be played, according to a published report from the New York Post.

Apple announced earlier this month that a music service like Pandora was in the works to allow users to stream music via an online radio functionality. A music distributor usually will pay only the statutory rate set for playing songs on the Web radio and will not need to reach an agreement with individual rights holders. Pandora is using this scheme.

However, Apple hopes to do more than what the statutory agreement stipulates, demanding from Apple to arrange a special licensing deal. Basically, the iPhone maker wants to allow its users to play a “selected artist more times” than what is allowed for Pandora than what the statutory agreement covers, said the Post.

Industry sources and experts think music labels are not that enthusiastic about how Pandora works. The service does not bring in a lot of revenue for the music labels, and many managers believe that the service cannibalizes sales. They welcome Apple’s bid to enter the market to bring in more dollars.

This makes Apple’s plan an easy model to accept for music labels. It is clear that Apple intends to make money by streaming music and right now, it is more beneficial for them to get aboard the Cupertino giant’s plan than oppose it. Industry insiders revealed that Pandora has a Buy Now button that nobody uses.

Potentially profitable as it may seem, music publishers still share some reservations about Apple’s aggressive behavior like the 2010 event, when the company bypassed them in initial negotiations during Apple’s attempt to showcase song samples.  The music companies threatened to sue Apple after it planned to extend song samples at a media event unless Apple reached a fee deal with them.

Additionally, music label don’t want Apple to launch a similar service to Pandora. If an agreement could not be reached with Apple, it push the company’s leaders to just pay the statutory rate, like what Pandora is paying right now. Such a scheme will not be beneficial for both parties although Apple has the advantage of waiting for the publishers out. This can translate to less money for music publishers than what they are getting right now.

The new iOS 6 has reportedly just recently allowed music streaming in its iTunes Match, just like what Amazon is doing with its Cloud Player, which does not demand from users to download the tracks to listen to them.

source: cnet

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Poweramp Music Player Updated With Expandable Notifications And FLV Audio Support

poweramp-music-player-updated-to-2-0-6-build-505-now-supports-the-htc-one-x-and-brings-action-bars-support-to-honeycomb-and-ics Poweramp, the popular music player app, has been updated to provide expandable notifications for users running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), as well as a few other improvements.

This latest update allows you to easily control tracks from your system notifications, whilst viewing information about the track currently playing. Also, the notification controls no longer disappear when you pause a track, so you don’t have to dive back into the app to continue listening. In addition to this, support for FLV files has also been added, and there is improved WAV and WMA support too.

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What’s in this version:

- new “rich” notification support for Jelly Beans (Android 4.1)
- improved .wav and .wma support
- audio in .flv
- Music Folders selection can be 10 levels deep now
- fixed missing last song in iso.wv
- few other improvements and bug fixes

The update is live on the Play store right now, so if you own the app you can grab the latest version immediately.

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Hey Shareholders! Here’s Google’s Eric Schmidt Doing It Gangnam Style In South Korea

schmidtgangnamIf seeing a company’s executive chairman performing a vaguely-sexual, somewhat-equestrian dance for a room full of South Korean employees doesn’t make stock prices soar, I honestly can’t fathom what would. Eric Schmidt, seen below getting his white-boy groove on Gangnam style, was in Korea to discuss Google’s new product Google Pelvic Thrusts. Unbeknownst to the former-CEO, while inside Korean borders, if a person discusses any form of lower abdominal movements, the entire room is legally required to break out in the trendy song and dance.

Once the chairman was finished riding invisible bareback, he informed the team that they would be hiring Korean Demitri Martin to bring the fledgling Google Pelvic Thrusts product to fruition.

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Eric Schmidt goes Gangnam Style on South Korea

By now everyone is familiar with the YouTube sensation that is South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” The catchy tune is accompanied by an equally catchy dance that has spread like wildfire, getting people everywhere to jockey up and ride an invisible horse to the pulsing bass of the song. Including Google chairman Eric Schmidt. Without further comment, we present his take on the dance captured during a recent visit to South Korea.


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