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It's hard to compete against Apple. A few years back, SanDisk's CEO stated that no one could "out iPod the iPod," and to this day, everyone that has tried hasn't succeeded. Even Microsoft has let the Zune family die down, despite spending tons of cash marketing it as a major iPod competitor. Apple has just been on fire over the last decade, and hardly anything from Cupertino has been more successful than iTunes. It didn't take long for iTunes to trump Wal-mart as America's largest seller of music, and now that it is expanded internationally, who knows what record iTunes will grab next. It's clear that digital downloads are the future of music distribution, but with today's announcement about... Read more...
There are plenty of applications and websites that can translate text to other languages, but if you're looking at a sign or something, you'll have to type it into a translation app. What if, instead, you could take a snapshot and have an app translate the text in the image? That's the idea behind Word Lens, and it seems to work. The caveat is that for now, the app only works from Spanish-to-English and vice versa, and it is also an iOS only app. It took 2 1/2 years for founders Otavio Good and John DeWeese to develop the app, which is free. However, each language pack is $4.99 (as an in-app buy), and that means to have it work both ways it would cost $9.98. Using OCR, the app translates the... Read more...
doubleTwist has unveiled an updated Android app and desktop client. The announcement came shortly after Winamp's announcement that its own Android app has exited beta, and doubleTwist added a feature that Winamp just added as well: wireless sync. doubleTwist is a company founded by Monique Farantzos and Jon Lech Johansen (or DVD Jon). DVD Jon famously cracked the AACS DVD encryption system, as well as Apple's iTunes FairPlay DRM. doubleTwist desktop app makes no bones about wanting to be the "iTunes for Android." The desktop app has access to the Android App Store as well as Amazon MP3, and a directory of Podcasts. The wireless sync feature treads close to Apple's naming convention for "AirPlay;"... Read more...
Sling Media has become a massive force in the home entertainment realm. Their Slingbox units have allowed people to watch television all over the world, and with the explosion of smartphone adoption, consumers have been yearning to watching Slingbox material right on their phones and tablets. And since day one, the iPad looked like a great candidate to watch Slingbox material on. And now, it can finally do so. Sling Media has just revealed that the SlingPlayer Mobile player for Apple iPad is now available, enabling Sling SOLO and PRO-HD owners to stream material from their television onto the tablet. The revamped program guide uses the iPad's intuitive native interface, and a recent channels... Read more...
You would have thought every person who loved the Beatles already took their CD collection and ripped it to their hard drive, and that huge iTunes sales would need to wait for a new generation. Apparently not: with the Fab Four is on iTunes, consumers purchased two million Beatles singles, and another 450,000 albums, in the first week. According to Billboard, the best-selling album in the U.S. was "Abbey Road" and best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun." Of course, as Media Memo points out, the Beatles on iTunes are far more valuable for Apple to use in ads, than actual sales may indicate. Clearly, that is why the Cupertino, CA company is blasting numerous ads about the Beatles being exclusively... Read more...
Earlier in the week, Apple promised an announcement that the world would never forget. They probably shouldn't have said that, because by the end of this week, we suspect most people will have completely forgotten about this. There have been rumors over the years that Apple was considering a "subscription-based" iTunes plan similar to Microsoft's Zune Pass or the Rhapsody service. It would be a great move for iTunes; as of now, people have no monthly content rental options from Apple, and many would likely consider using a similar service from a respected company such as Apple. But that's not what Apple revealed. Instead, Apple has delivered something that has been available for decades upon... Read more...
In early September, Steve Jobs took to the stage and unveiled the new-and-improved Apple TV. What was once considered a “hobby” device was reworked, streamlined, made more affordable, and aimed squarely at the masses. It enters an increasingly crowded market of devices that offer near-instant access to libraries of recent movies and TV shows, as well other online streaming media content from the likes of Netflix, YouTube, and Flickr. Not to mention the ability to also stream media you already own—videos, music, and photos—from your computer to your TV and audio system. The Apple TV comes with a consumer-friendly price tag of $99, which is sure to give the likes of Roku,... Read more...
In early September, Steve Jobs took to the stage and unveiled the new-and-improved Apple TV. What was once considered a “hobby” device was reworked, streamlined, made more affordable, and aimed squarely at the masses. It enters an increasingly crowded market of devices that offer near-instant access to libraries of recent movies and TV shows, as well other online streaming media content from the likes of Netflix, YouTube, and Flickr. Not to mention the ability to also stream media you already own—videos, music, and photos—from your computer to your TV and audio system. The Apple TV comes with a consumer-friendly price tag of $99, which is sure to give the likes of Roku,... Read more...
Have you heard of AirPlay? Chances are you have, but not much about it. Apple recently talked about the new technology when talking about the forthcoming iOS 4.x update for the iPad. Basically, AirPlay is an Apple-branded wireless streaming service that will allow users to stream their iTunes music remotely from their PCs and Macs across their home networks without any extra setup. If you buy an AirPlay-certified device, you'll be able to stream iTunes music directly to it without buying any extra hardware so long as you already have a Wi-Fi network setup. Denon and Marantz are two high-end names in the home entertainment business, and Apple announced that both of these guys were partners from... Read more...
Apple's clearly a big player in the music market. In fact, they sell more music in America than Walmart! It's pretty amazing how fast iTunes has become the go-to source for music, but it's clear that Apple has no intentions of slowing down. In an effort to battle the variety of ad-based free music streaming services (not to mention subscription services like Rhapsody and Zune Pass), reports are flying that say that Apple is considering a fee-based music service. Right now, the only way to get music from Apple is to purchase either a song or an album via iTunes. There's no subscription, all-you-can-listen model available. Reuters is reporting that Apple is currently "in talks with major record... Read more...
Location, location, location is the mantra for real estate. Donnie and Kathy Fulbright, from Maiden, NC, know that well. Apple just paid them $1.7M to move out of the house they lived in for 34 years. After the couple rejected two offers, Apple told them to put a price on the single-story house built on less than one acre of land, and they did. That property was purchased for $6,000 when they moved in 34 years ago. Now, the Fulbrights live in a 4,200 sq. ft. house on a 49-acre property. Not only that, the house includes a Jacuzzi in the master bathroom, as well as a manmade pond stocked with catfish and bass. Why the big payout from Apple? The Fulbright's former property is next to the location... Read more...
Apple's diminutive A4 processor has been the subject of much debate and interest since it debuted earlier this year. Now, multiple analysts and industry pundits are quietly hinting that we might see the chip in servers, set-top boxes, or other content servers. Much of this last is presumably drawn from the CPU's inclusion in the next-generation AppleTV, where a combined A4+PowerVR SGX535 allow for 720p output. In some ways, this is a very timely rumor—when we attended the GlobalFoundries Tech Conference (GTC 2010) last week we talked with ARM reprensentatives about the future performance of ARM-based products and GlobalFoundries decision to use the dual-core Cortex-A9 as a technology qualification... Read more...
One of the less hardware-related announcements Apple made last week was iTunes 10. It's the double-digit beginning for a piece of software that has been a staple of iLife for years, but something beyond that it making news now. A tiny piece of iTunes 10 has emerged first on this new version: "Ping." What exactly Ping is has remaining up for discussion. It's sort of a fusion between Twitter and MySpace, but it's directly integrated into iTunes 10. It can help you find other music you may like, and it can show off what you do like to friends around the world. Many may have assumed that Apple's first real push into social networking was little more than an afterthought. But it's pretty clear now... Read more...
Apple has done it: a new, refreshed Apple TV. Steve Jobs has called the Apple TV a "hobby" for some time, but it sounds like that hobby may be something more now. With the introduction of iOS, it seems that the Apple TV has new life. For the longest time, the Apple TV truly was a sore thumb in the company's lineup, using a completely different UI and software build than any of their other devices. But now, the same UI you're used to on the iPhone and iPod touch will be coming to the revised Apple TV, and it will sell for a very seductive $99. And that price point isn't the only price point worth mentioning. Somehow, Apple has managed to also get users a library of HD movies to rent, including... Read more...
The real question is: what isn't Google planning to tackle? The company has evolved heavily since their beginnings as a search company, now dabbling in Internet, flight searches, FCC proposals, image searches, and probably a few things we're overlooking. And now, the company may just be ready to play ball in the same field as Rhapsody, Napster and iTunes. According to a new report from All Things D, Google is actively searching (no pun intended) for a higher-up to run a music service business that doesn't actually exist yet. Unspecified sources have confirmed that Google has been speaking with numerous digital media executives in hopes of landing the perfect candidate, but as of now, no one has... Read more...
So, the question is: who's not in the music business these days? Apple has their iTunes Music Store and just recently acquired the LaLa streaming service, and HP just shelled out around $30 million to purchase a music streaming site of their own. Microsoft has their Zune subscription service, and then there's Rhapsody, Napster and a whole host of smaller alternatives. No matter where you look, there's plenty of options for digital music lovers to get a hold of new tunes. With that said, one has to wonder if the market really has room for another player. But when your name is Google, the market tends to make room no matter what. While Google entered a particularly uncrowded smartphone OS market... Read more...
Apple's iTunes service has revolutionized the music industry. There's little debating that. Since it was introduced in 2003, CD sales have continued to slide, while iTunes sales have continued to soar. Apple has somehow managed to not only beat out Wal-Mart in overall music sales in the United States, but trounce it. Currently, iTunes accounts for 28% of all music sales in America, while Amazon and Wal-Mart are tied for second place with 12% each. That's domination. But that domination brings eyes, and now the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether or not Apple's music practices are all within the realm of the law. These inquiries aren't uncommon; many huge corporations are investigated... Read more...
The music industry as we know it is undergoing serious turmoil. Technology has advanced far more quickly than music labels have, and it feels like they're still grasping for a new business model. A lot of things are moving in various directions; there's iTunes, there's the various subscription services, there's the CD business and there's the mobile music business. iTunes has obviously done well for itself, overtaking Wal-Mart as the largest seller of music in the United States. Rhapsody and Zune subscription services also have great value, but one area that's struggling mightily is the mobile download avenue. It's odd to think that a mobile service would be struggling given the explosion in... Read more...
Cloud-based services have come a long way recently, with tons of companies looking to faraway storage portals in order to host applications, files, media, you name it. Google's entire office suite is hosted in the cloud (you save a Gdoc, it saves "somewhere" that can be accessed only via the Internet), and Microsoft's new KIN feature-phones save all images, etc. to a storage server off in the air. There's no question that cloud storage will be a huge part of our future, and while being able to stream your iTunes or Windows Media Player playlists around the home is sure nice, wouldn't you love to do the same to your phone while out or traveling? mSpot, which is a company already delivering digital... Read more...
Well that was fast. According to Opera Software, the company's Opera Mini browser for the iPhone was downloaded more than one million times on its first day of availability in Apple's App Store. Three days later, the Safari alternative ranked as the number one iPhone app in the 22 featured Apple App Stores on their site. "Today iPhone users have a choice, and, as the numbers show, they are eager to explore new and faster ways to surf the Web on the iPhone - especially during heavy Web traffic," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. "With any widely available and frequently downloaded Opera product, we are appreciative of all the feedback we are getting, as it helps us to continually improve... Read more...
Bang & Olufsen is extending control of home automation and home entertainment to your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad via the new BeoLink application. This new app gives you access to audio and video controls as well as the home automation system. The BeoLink application sends commands via Wi-Fi. The interface is customizable to show the scenes and commands requested by the customer. The app is free and currently available in the App store. Bang & Olufsen Announces BeoLink Application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Offering total smart-phone integration of home entertainment and environmental controls - even when one is not at home ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bang... Read more...
Disney is jumping on the iPad bandwagon with a slew of new apps and content. First up is the ABC Player app which lets you watch your favorite ABC shows over a Wi-Fi connection or purchase episodes through iTunes. Next up are two new interactive Toy Story read-along apps as well as a custom version of Disney.com. The new Marvel Comics App includes over 500 of Marvel’s greatest comic books. There are a number of other apps as well including Fairies Fly on iPad, ESPN ScoreCenter XL, and FamilyFun Craft Finder on iPad. DISNEY, ABC, ESPN AND MARVEL TO OFFER NEW APPLICATIONS AND CONTENT FOR APPLE’S IPAD New ABC Player App Enables Users to Watch Full Episodes of ABC Programming Disney to Launch New... Read more...
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