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Posted: March 17, 2015 02:05PM
Author: Brentt Moore
Ed Lee, the Vice President of Content Acquisition at Roku, has announced that ABC News is officially available for Roku users in the United States. According to Lee, the ABC News channel displays a live news feed that runs around the clock after being accessed from the "News" section of the Roku Channel Store, and offers a wealth of on demand video content as well, to include historical video footage from ABC News’ archives. The ABC News channel also broadcasts local news reports from several major markets, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.
ABC News is available on current generation Roku players and Roku TV models, which include those introduced after June, 2011.
Posted: January 7, 2015 12:55PM
Author: Brentt Moore
Neil Young, who has for years complained about how MP3 audio lacks authentic quality due to compression, has revealed at the International Consumer Electronics Show that his high-quality music player, the Pono Player, will be launching this Monday. The player is being marketed towards individuals who truly appreciate audio files that feature no compression, allowing music to be heard with every intended detail. Although a dedicated music player is likely to be difficult to sell in a market so convoluted by music streaming services, Neil Young firmly believes that a market does exist for the Pono Player, which is meant to play songs from the recently launched Pono music store which sells high-quality audio files.
The Pono Player will be available in just 80 retail locations across the United States, including Fry's Electronics, and will cost consumers $399.
Posted: November 1, 2014 06:18AM
Author: Brentt Moore
The team at Roku has revealed that support for Google Play Movies & TV has been officially added to current generation Roku players, which includes those introduced after June 2011. Google Play Movies & TV provides users with access to new releases and iconic classics, catering to users of all ages and types. New users of Google Play Movies & TV can even access a complimentary HD copy of X-Men for a limited time through the "Gift from Google" section, with new titles available weekly.
Roku users in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada who wish to take advantage of what Google Play Movies & TV has to offer can access the service through the Channel Store on compatible Roku devices.
Source: Roku Blog
Posted: September 16, 2014 04:28AM
Author: Brentt Moore
Spotify, an on-demand music service which currently boasts 20 million songs and 10 million subscribers, is now available on Amazon Fire TV. The music service can be accessed through an offering known as Spotify Connect, which allows users to control music through the Spotify application on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. Spotify Connect provides users with the ability to seamlessly switch music from mobile devices to the television while continuing to make calls, use other smartphone applications, and lose Wi-Fi signal, all without interrupting the music playback experience that Spotify offers.
Spotify Connect requires a premium subscription to the music service that currently costs $9.99 per month.
Posted: February 12, 2013 01:59PM
Intel has today announced plans to build its own internet TV service. Erik Huggers, Head of Media at Intel announced these plans during the AllThingsD media conference, however did not comment on any particular details. The company is also designing a set top-box to work hand-in-hand with the service. Rumours have been circulating to this effect for a while now, but, until now, nothing has been confirmed.
From the information currently available, it would appear that Intel's TV service will be very similar to current offerings, but Huggers emphasised Intel's focus on giving users "choice, control, and convenience" with their TVs. This is not Intel's first attempt to gain traction in the TV industry, its processors already feature in a number of early smart TVs. In 2011, however, Intel shut down its TV division, but this may have allowed them to focus on development of their own service.
Posted: November 16, 2012 12:47AM
Spotify users can soon get their music on without having to download an app, as a beta test is currently under way for a new web player. Only a small number of people were invited to the beta test, but it should launch in full next year. Spotify did not provide a specific release date or anything for the web player, but said "more details" will be available next year. Early reports on the web player say it won't require a subscription to use and will be ad-supported, which is exactly how the free version of Spotify's desktop app works. Spotify's web player could be a good option for people at work or school who can't download programs to their computer, as it would at least let them listen to music with ease. Keep it tuned here for more updates on the web player and when it'll go public.
Posted: February 8, 2012 08:32AM
Vinyl lovers out there have probably been lamenting for ages about the sound quality of digital music, especially since the MP3 format took over the rest of the world. MP3s may have a small file size, but contains no more than five percent of a song's original source data, making the format a horrible choice for discerning music enthusiasts. Enter Neil Young, who's more than happy to put the MP3 format to its virtual grave, and lavish our typically ignorant ears the kind of sound quality its not used to hearing. "Steve Jobs was a digital pioneer, but when he went home, he listened to vinyl," remarked Young in a recent interview. Had Jobs lived longer, Young speculated that it's very likely the former Apple CEO would've made a gadget that supported digital music playback in its pure form. Still, Young remained optimistic that another tycoon with deep pockets might be developing something like it.
Unfortunately, having pristine audio in a digital music player does have its drawbacks. For one, high-quality formats like DSD (Direct Stream Digital) amount to 300 MB for five minutes of audio. With that kind of size, a 200-song playlist is going to eat up a lot of space, even on a beefy 64 GB portable music player. Streaming songs online with audio files this big isn't going to make your ISP happy. Go the high quality route, and you also lose the accesibility of a fast download with an MP3. That's assuming you can find an online music store selling a single song with a 300 MB footprint. We're still a long way from matching the sonic clarity of vinyl against the convenience of a bite-sized MP3 file, but surely we'll get there someday.
Posted: January 2, 2012 06:21PM
When considering what noises is so loud it could cause hearing damage, most people would think of loud motors, trains, planes, and jackhammers. A recent study from the University of Michigan and University of California, San Francisco finds there is another major player in hearing damage: mp3 players and other stereo usage.
Researchers have traditionally believed it was noise in the work place which is the major contributor to hearing loss. The focus of the study was actually to find what the average annual noise exposure is for people using public transportation (the study specifically used residents of New York City) and comparing it to that of those who do not use transportation. Surprisingly, the transit system, on its own, only accounts for a tenth of the excessive noise levels transit users would subject to. When considering all noise sources, the primary cause of exceeding the recommended 125 db limit, was mp3 players and stereo usage. Some 90% of transit users and 87% of non-transit users were exposed to these high volumes.
This unexpected discovery does worry some as even momentary exposure to noises above 125 db can cause permanent damage. Persistent exposure can also lead to other health problems including stress, sleep problems, and even heart disease. Might not be a bad idea to turn it down a few notches.
Posted: October 3, 2011 10:24PM
After a relatively short life span for a media player, Microsoft has quietly decided to put an end to its line of Zune media players. After its release in 2006 the player reached moderate success, with many users calling it an iPod killer. Unfortunately, the first generation was plagued by a series of glitches, and sales were never able to match Apple's device. The Zune's death comes by the way of a message on the Zune support site, stating that production of the device will cease. The statement went on to say that all valid warranties will continue to be honored, and the Zune's software and music pass service will remain. Microsoft is canning the device so the company can focus on Windows Phone, and the accompanying media services.
Posted: September 15, 2011 03:57AM
Looking for a decent Android-powered alternative to the iPod Touch? Sony has just revealed its newest Walkman portable: an Android media player called the NW-Z1000. Although Google's Android is typically found on tablets and smartphones, the burgeoning OS should be right at home on Sony's latest media player. The NW-Z1000 will come equipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, armed with NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 chip, 512MB ram, and a generous 4.3 inch display with 480x800 pixel resolution. Adding some punch to the audio is a digital amplifier dubbed the S-Master MX. Sony has promised 20 hours of continuous music playtime, or 5 hours of video playback. There's also Wi-Fi, A2DP Bluetooth, HDMI output, GPS, and DLNA support added in to the mix.
The Sony NW-Z1000 will be priced at $365(16GB), $430(32GB) and $560(64GB). It comes in red or blue exteriors, and is expected for release this Holiday season. A 64GB purple special edition will also be available for $600.
Posted: July 31, 2011 04:44PM
Author: Brentt Moore
Logitech partnered with Google some time ago to try and revolutionize part of the entertainment industry with its Revue product that features Google TV. Sadly, the price tag differed many customers, and it still has until just recently, since the price has finally drop from the astounding $299, to a more pleasant $99. This announcement comes shortly after Logitech released news of its sales being very low in this last quarter, and that returns were somewhat high on the Revue product. Luckily for the company, the returns rates have settled down to the par of what Logitech expects for its products, and is now hoping that more customers will take the plunge into the Google TV universe with the price now being slashed by a third. All major retailers, as well as of the official company website are now featuring the new and updated price tag.
Posted: July 28, 2011 07:11AM
Ladies and gentlemen, say an awkward hello to the iPod Touch with 3G. We're just weeks away from an expected iPod Touch reveal in September, and a leaked image of a 3G-capable iPod Touch mysteriously finds its way into the iTunes website. Coincidence? The promo shot was immediately taken off the US site, but peek into iTunes UK and you'll still see the iPod Touch sporting 3G on the status bar, as of this writing. The rumored product is thought to be capable of supporting FaceTime and iMessage on a 3G connection. This latest discovery, not to mention the fact that cellular toggles for the iPod Touch are clearly visible in iOS 5 beta 4, make the strongest proof yet that we are looking at Apple's next-generation iPod Touch. Now with 3G.
Posted: July 1, 2011 01:44PM
July 1st marks the first day of Apple's annual iTunes Music Festival in London. The month-long celebration will be happening every day, featuring a diverse range of 62 artists including Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Duran Duran, Jimmy Eat World, Moby, and a yet-to-be announced mystery artist for the July 15 date, all streaming live on your Apple devices. If you're in London, you can grab the concert tickets for free, although you might not have long as this week's concerts have all been sold out. For everyone else who can't make it to the live concerts, live streaming is the next best thing to being there, just download the official app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app streams the shows live and provides information on the artist lineup in greater detail. If you have a second-generation Apple TV, you can even stream through AirPlay support. Who knows, perhaps live concert streaming could become the norm as more people spend the bulk of their time in front of computers and even less outdoors.
Posted: June 8, 2011 10:30AM
When we recently reported on the new features iCloud will bring to the table, one wasn’t touched on as thoroughly as the others, and there is a very good reason for that; it’s good enough to get its own post! iTunes in the Cloud is one of the features of the upcoming iCloud service, but while you’ll have to wait for iOS 5 in the fall to use all of iCloud’s benefits, iTunes in the Cloud is available right now. This feature allows iTunes users to download previous purchases, both on their iDevices, and the computer. On iDevices, there is a new button at the bottom of your iTunes app called “Purchased” where you have the choice of viewing either all purchased music, or only the music not currently on the device. On the computer, a choice appears for purchases both in the iTunes store, and on the menu bar on the left in iTunes. Note that the iTunes in the Cloud service is in beta, and requires that you are running iOS 4.3.3, or iTunes 10.3 to take advantage of the new features. This is a departure from Apple’s past policies, as it used to employ a “one download per song” approach, and it almost certainly stems from its recently acquired license agreements with the four major labels for iCloud.
Posted: June 2, 2011 09:38AM
What would you pay for to get your hands on an Apple IPad 2?
A kidney was apparently a small price to pay for "Zheng", a 17 year old boy from the southen province of Guangdong China.
The boy stumbled upon an advertisement online asking for kidney donors, negotiated the price, and had his kidney removed at a hospital in the city of Chenzhou.
His mother wasn't too pleased with the Apple gear her son brought back after he got paid for the kidney. She promptly dragged Zheng to the police to report the crime, but the agents who oversaw Zheng's operation were nowhere to be found.
The hospital where Zheng had his operation denies any knowledge of the surgery. Zheng, however, has suffered from complications arising from the operation.
Posted: May 28, 2011 02:00PM
While Apple has yet to confirm its rumored cloud-based music service, details have come out highlighting its finer features. It is speculated that the new service from Apple is supported by EMI, Sony, and Warner Music, three of the “Big 4” music labels, leaving Apple one signature away from the full support of the music industry. It is also reported that the service will mirror the user’s entire iTunes library and support streaming from the Internet to a range of devices, allowing music lovers to listen to more than what they can store on their gadget. While the ability to stream your music collection to your iPad or iPhone will certainly be cool, it almost certainly will not be free. It is highly likely that Apple has paid a pretty penny to obtain the cloud music licenses, and it is not clear how much of those costs will be passed on to users.
Posted: September 20, 2010 05:11PM
The time has finally come when Microsoft is seeing fit to expand its Zune services internationally as it announced a slew of new features for a variety of countries with the launch of version 4.7 of the Zune software. The software is preceding the launch of Windows Phone 7 and will enable desktop sync on those devices. However, the Zune Marketplace is launching in twenty countries but it gets a bit complicated outside the UK and France. The Zune Pass subscription service will debut in the UK, France, Italy, and Spain for £8.99 or €9.99 a month and will offer unlimited streaming of music. Unlike the US version however, you will not be able to keep ten tracks a month. Music purchases are arriving in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Any music purchased will be in the MP3 format so anything supporting that will be able to play the songs. Video purchases will be hitting the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Playback of the videos will be allowed on any PC, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 devices. Video rentals are hitting even more markets than the purchases as Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Mexico join the already named countries from the video purchase access. Like the purchases, rentals can be played on any PC, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 device.
Posted: May 12, 2010 05:31PM
To coincide with the launch of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on the Playstation Portable, Sony is getting set to launch a custom-painted Walkman W252 based on the game's art. This style of MP3 player is a wearable unit with everything contained by the earpieces. It will hold 2GB worth of songs plus it comes preloaded with six tracks from the game. The W252 model is based on the Walkman W250, so you are getting the same water-resistant ability with a custom MGS theme. It seems like there is a custom code inside the box of the Walkman that allows you to unlock hidden characters in the PSP game, which is a pretty nice bonus. The Walkman can be charged for 3 minutes and give about 90 minutes worth of playback or fully charged and give close to 11 hours of music. The Walkman W252 will launch this June around the same time the new MGS game launches.
Posted: March 31, 2010 05:21PM
Author: allix duncan grant
Earlier this week, we published an article on the spotted 64GB Zune HD. Microsoft has now informed SlashGear.com that they indeed will be releasing a 64GB model of the Zune on April 12 2010. The device will feature a OLED screen and 64GB of storage capacity. With this release Microsoft will lower the price of both the 16GB and 32GB models down to $169.99 and $269.99 respectively. The device will come in Platinum, Black, Blue, Red, Green, Purple, and Magenta, and have the same specifications of the original models. The release price has been set at $349.99. Microsoft promises to release further information later this week.
Posted: March 30, 2010 10:56AM
Author: Brentt Moore
The SlingPlayer has been a very popular application to multimedia users, and especially those that love high-definition content. For the iPhone, the application took a while to develop, and when it was released, it did not have the ability to stream over 3G either which was a letdown to many consumers. With the iPad however, SlingPlayer is being fully developed in a timely fashion so far, and should be out shortly after the device from Apple comes out. High resolution video is planned to be supported, and Sling is also planned to be moving towards H.264 format. The large screen on the iPad is also said to be a plus to the application, and users of it when it comes out should be satisfied with the multimedia aspect of it.
Posted: March 30, 2010 03:13AM
Author: allix duncan grant
Six months ago when Microsoft first launched the Zune HD, many people questioned Microsoft’s decision not to include a 64GB model in its line-up, as it assumed (correctly) that the third generation iPod Touch would include such a feature. It seems now that Microsoft has finally decided to get around to adding this to its series of Zune HD products. Earlier today, Engadget got word that a link to the 64GB variation had been added to the Zune homepage but currently this link is not active meaning that Microsoft is not yet ready to release a public statement.
Currently the MSRPs for the 16GB and 32GB variations are $219 and $289 respectively, though Amazon.com has had both products listed for much lower prices. There is no set date for release or a baseline price.
Posted: March 16, 2010 04:49PM
Author: Brentt Moore
Even though the price of DVD movies are still the best deal for the vast majority of consumers, Blu-ray adoption is creeping its way up, though very slowly. This slow adoption is due mainly to high prices, in both the player market, and in the physical media portion of the market. Though the media is still selling at high prices, and is not yet set to come down at all, the prices of Blu-ray players seems to be dropping quite a bit as the market progresses. Recently, prices for the high-definition media players have gone down from over one hundred dollars, into the seventy, and eighty dollar region. While these players that fall into the lower price range category may not have all of the features or greatest quality of the top models, they still offer Blu-ray capability.
Posted: October 14, 2009 09:54AM
In a move to thwart hackers, Apple is shipping new iPhone 3GS units with a new Boot ROM that prevents the popular 24kpwn exploit from jailbreaking the iPhone. While the attempt to block jailbreaking is not a surprise move on Apple's part, it is amazing that it took this long for something to happen. MuscleNerd from the Dev-Team has confirmed that the current Boot ROM would make it impossible to jailbreak for the time being, and suggest anyone that wants to JB locate an older or refurbished iPhone 3GS.
Posted: October 14, 2009 02:45AM
A new rumor sent to 9to5Mac suggest that Apple is working to develop a radio app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app would offer similar functionality to the radio app included in the 5th generation iPod Nano, and will run in the background similar to or as part of the iPod app. Apple is looking for a way to tie in the radio app with the Mobile iTunes Store, so users can easily see more details about the song/band and even purchase the music.
Personally, I'd like to see Apple either license the technology from Shazam or purchase the company and incorporate the technology. Shazam is currently one of my most used iPhone apps. For those of you that don't know or haven't used Shazam, the app allows you to sample a song that is playing and then get details including title, artist, and album. Shazam can then send you to YouTube for a music video or the iTunes store for purchase. I've had over a 95% success ratio with the app using it to tag music playing at home, in my car, and even some of that odd, easy listening, Indy stuff they play at Starbucks.
The radio-digital media tie-in isn't anything new. Years ago XM Radio partnered up with Napster (the legit version, and subsidiary of BestBuy) to allow you to flag music you liked, and then download it later. Of course, that required a subscription to XM Satellite Radio as well as Napster. The Apple app of course wouldn't be charging for the FM radio access, and iTunes would only charge for purchases.
How would the Apple iPhone app allow FM reception? Easy the iPhone 3GS and the latest iPod Touch include a Broadcom BCM4329 wireless chip which supports a number of nice features, including FM reception. Currently the FM receiver is only being utilized for communication with Nike+ products.
If Apple does integrate an FM radio app into the iPod Touch, that could be bad news for Microsoft's Zune HD which launched last month touting "HD Radio" as a key feature. Contrary to popular belief HD Radio does not mean "high definition" as you see it used in regards to TVs and movies. It is simply a brand name from iBiquity, and describes a technology used to broadcast AM or FM in a digital format.
Posted: September 29, 2009 05:43PM
If you've seen any of Apple's commercials for the iPhone or iPod Touch, you've probably heard Apple's key phrases "there is an app for that" and "there is an app for just about anything". Now that Apple's App Store has passed two billion app downloads, they are out to prove that there really is an app for anything with the new "Apps for Everything" section on their website.
The new website is broken down into "Apps for..." categories, such as Cooks, Music, Fun and Games, managing money and more. Each section is then broken down into more specific areas, and a few apps are listed. Also available are the top 10 free and paid apps for the category.
While Apple says there is an app for just about everything, we know that there are certain things that there are not apps available for. Porn, downloading or managing torrents, Google Voice, Adobe Flash, wallpapers on the home screen or quickly switching system setting.
Posted: September 15, 2009 11:57AM
Author: Ben Grantham
Will the release of the Zune HD see Microsoft able to finally make some serious inroads into Apple's market dominance? While that's not a question I am even going to attempt to answer (I'm sure you can theorise plenty on your own), I can point you in the direction of some of the numerous stories published about the newly released player today. Naturally, several sites have already had hands-on time with the device, including engadget, gizmodo, c|net and ars. Initial impressions are generally pretty positive it seems. It is also now traditional for any big new gadget release to get the full dissection treatment, so you can see just what hardware is tucked away inside (such as that NVIDIA Tegra chip), who assembled it and where it was sourced. As with the recent iPod updates, iFixit has the full teardown posted already. The release of the Zune HD also sees the Zune software bumped up to version 4.0 and some new features added, which you can grab from the official site and give a spin for yourself.
Posted: September 9, 2009 03:39AM
Apple's iPod event doesn't officially start until 1pm EST today, but it looks like Apple decided to start the party a little early. This morning the Apple Store saw a number of price cuts across the iPod lineup. While the move is most likely an attempt to sell off existing inventory to make room for new products rumored to be announced today, it is probably no coincidence that the price cuts now put the 32 GB iPod Touch at a lower price point than Microsoft's high-end Zune HD which will be released next week.
Prices for the iPods are now:
- iPod Touch
- $279 - 32 GB (was $399)
- $249 - 16 GB (was $299)
- $189 - 8 GB (was $229)
- iPod Nano
- $149 - 16 GB (was $199)
- $129 - 8 GB (was $149)
- iPod Classic
- $229 - 120 GB (was $249)
Posted: August 13, 2009 12:20PM
Author: Ben Grantham
Earlier this week prices for Microsoft's iPod competitor were leaked, revealing that Zune HD 16GB and 32GB models would go for $220 and $290 respectively. Microsoft confirmed those prices today along with a release date of September 15th. It also opened up pre-orders for the player starting today. You can head on over to the Microsoft store right now to opt for either the $219.99 black 16GB version or the $289.99 32GB 'platinum' version. Amazon are also taking pre-orders from today. You will also be able to walk into a Best Buy store starting August 16th and place a pre-order in person.
Engadget also has a run through of the more detailed specifications that are now available, including twenty-four of music playback (wireless off), four hours of video and a three hour charge time (two hours for 90%).
Posted: August 11, 2009 01:56AM
The Zune HD has a lot of people talking, and now thanks to some shots of the Best Buy inventory system obtained by Gizmodo we now know what Microsoft's "iPod Touch killer" will cost. The 2 models, 16 GB and 32 GB, will go for $220 and $290 respectively. This puts the Zune HD well under the price tag of the Apple iPod Touch which rings in at a staggering $299 and $399 for those sizes, and a laughable 8 GB version is also available for $229.
The Best Buy inventory system also shows the release date of Tuesday, September 8.
While it is obvious that Apple isn't out to compete with Microsoft in a dollar for dollar battle, all bets are the iPod Touch will see a price cut as early as September. The date of the Apple iPod event hasn't been announced yet, but rumors indicate a major upgrade to iTunes, some kind of netbook or tablet, and the addition of a camera to the iPod Touch and iPod Nano could be some of the headlines at the event.
What are your thoughts on the Microsoft Zune, Zune HD, Apple iPod, and the iPod Touch? Come join the "I'm over the iPod" discussion in our forums. Be warned, the discussion can get a bit heated between fans of both products.
Posted: August 10, 2009 11:04AM
Thanks to a "pretty reliable" informant for The Boy Genius Report we have some rumors as to what features may be included in the next major release of iTunes, Apple's digital media player and storefront.
First on the list is the possible support for Blu-ray Disc. Even though Apple, Inc. pay's $50,000 per year to maintain a seat on the Blu-ray Association's board, Apple CEO Steve Job's referred to the disk format as a "bag of hurt" late last year. This rumor lines up nicely with another rumor from AppleInsider which says a refresh of the iMac desktop may include Blu-ray. If this rumor does hold true, I for one hope that it include exporting / backup of the iTunes library to BD-R. With over 100 GB of music, movies, apps, and more in iTunes those DVD backups just don't cut it anymore.
Next up on the rumor list is a method to visually arrange apps on your iPhone or iPod Touch. This should be a welcome feature to anyone with an iTouch device, and has long been a feature requested by frustrated users.
The last rumor on the list is possible integration with social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Last.FM. We can only assume that this type of integration is going to be a broadcast type service similar to the third party apps often installed with IRC and instant messenger clients (i.e. d3bruts1d is now playing Use Somebody by Kings of Leon). If true, this would be the second Apple product to include support with Facebook. Apple's iPhoto '09 (part of the iLife '09 suite) allows uploading of pictures directly to Facebook.
We could see a new version of iTunes as early as September, which is usually when the program gets a major update. The release could also be accompanied by updated iPods, most likely iPod Touch and iPod Nano models with a built in camera.