The popular Swedish music-streaming startup, Spotify, has just purchased The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company in the business of synthesizing billions of data points and transforming them “into musical understanding to power smarter music applications for our customers”.
And just who those customers might be? Well, the startup powers a myriad of music services, among them Spotify rivals like Rdio, iHeartRadio, Nokia MixRadio, Twitter Music and others so this is clearly a well played move on Spotify’s part.
While The Echo Nest will meet all contractual obligations to all customers, Spotify’s Graham James made it clear his company will scrutinize these relationships and “determine the next business steps”… Read More
Sunrise Calendar [review], a free iOS calendar alternative, has finally introduced long-expected support for Microsoft Exchange accounts for corporate calendars, making it on par with the stock iOS Calendar app.
Now available free in the App Store, this much-expected feature in the new Sunrise Calendar version 2.2 makes it easy to connect your Exchange account directly in the app to access your work-related tasks and events on the iPhone and iPad.
Support for Exchange accounts is in addition to the existing iCloud and Google calendar integration. Before linking your Exchange calendars with Sunrise, you must first add an Exchange account to your device in iOS Settings under Mail, Contacts, Calendars… Read More
Rumor has it that Apple’s so-called iWatch will be capable of reading your blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs. But you may not have to wait until its release to purchase such a device. Meet the ‘Wello,’ the all-in-one health-tracking iPhone case.
The Wello has built-in sensors that can give you a picture of your overall health after holding it for just a few seconds. It measures heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and blood oxygen levels—and can even test your lung function via a small attachment… Read More
According to some recent SEC filings, Eddy Cue, Phil Schiller and other Apple executives have been awarded restricted stock bonuses that will vest over the next 3 years. The bonuses consist of more than 30,000 shares, worth in upwards of $19 million at today’s prices.
Restricted stock units, or RSUs, are typically given as an incentive to stay with a company. Additionally, since they convert into shares of stock upon vesting, they encourage execs to put their ‘best foot forward’ as their value directly correlates to the firm’s performance… Read More
Folks who use eBay’s PayPal payment service will be happy to hear that the company updated its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 5.4. The update brings about an important new security feature as well as various other improvements.
The new security feature allows you to attach your mobile phone to your PayPal account so that they can be sure it’s you authorizing activity. It does this by linking the phone number(s) of the device(s) you use PayPal on to your 4-digit security PIN code… Read More
Creating a group email can be a real time saver as you don’t have to manually enter each recipient’s email address manually. Instead, you can quickly type in the name of a group of contacts that you want to send an email to and have the “to:” field of your email client populated for you automatically.
In this post, we will show you how to send group emails from your Mac. As you will soon be able to verify, sending messages to a group from your Mac is a fairly simple and quick process… Read More
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently touring the United States this week for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, is planning a swing through the Silicon Valley, the first California visit from an Israeli prime minister since 2006.
Of all the smells you can wake up to in the morning, I would have to say that Bacon is perhaps the most alluring. Obviously, that’s not the case for everyone, but if I could, I would create an automatic bacon-cooker that I could program to start cooking bacon at 9am every morning.
Fortunately, thanks to Oscar Mayer, all of that may not be necessary. The company has created a new device, aptly-named ‘Wake Up & Smell the Bacon,’ which pairs with your iPhone to create an alarm clock of sorts that can wake you up to the sound and smell of sizzling bacon… Read More
Once flying high on its $1.8 billion valuation, OnLive eventually crashed and burned, having sold out to Lauder Partners in 2012 for just $4.8 million – despite the true value of its patents estimated at the time in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars. For those unfamiliar with OnLive, it’s a cloud-based service that streams games over the Internet.
Launched in 2009, it offloads code execution from a local device onto the OnLive cloud, where powerful computers render action based on your input, encode individual frames into a video stream which then gets delivered back to a thin client running on your end.
By virtue of the Internet itself, this allows for more or less smooth gameplay. As games actually run on servers, you don’t need to own a ninja PC or install anything – the service automatically applies game patches, add-ons and updates, with the company upgrading its cloud when games push the performance envelope. As a result, you can play latest cutting-edge games on some rather pedestrian hardware.
On the downside, players complained about video artifacts and a slight but noticeable delay, dependent on a number of factors like your geographical location, server load, your Internet connection speed and so forth. After hiring former IGN boss Mark Jung as executive chairman, OnLive has now unveiled a new subscription-based game service, dubbed CloudLift… Read More
Earlier this year, Tim Cook traveled to Turkey to meet with the country’s president, to reportedly discuss the opening of a retail store in Istanbul, research and development and other matters. The store opening is of particular significance, as it would be Apple’s first in the region.
Well it looks like the talks were successful. According to Turkish Apple blog ElmaDergisi, Apple is set to open a retail store in Istanbul’s Zorlu Center on April 4. And as proof of the gravity of the event, both Cook and Turkish president Abdullah Gül are expected to be in attendance… Read More
AdAge is reporting this afternoon that Apple is looking to roll out new video iAds for iPhone and iPad later this year. Citing people with knowledge of the company’s plans, the outlet says that these ‘interstitial’ ads will automatically play in full-screen on iOS devices.
The way it works currently, iAds are much less obtrusive: a user must click on a mobile banner for a brand’s ad video to play. Under the new format, developers could opt to display TV commercial-like ads during moments of transition, like in between game levels… Read More
Apple’s iCloud is a great way to keep your content synchronized across any number of Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
It keeps your photos, calendar items, contacts, passwords and more up to date across devices, including Safari items like bookmarks and open tabs.
This useful feature, called iCloud Tabs, unfortunately is limited to the Apple ecosystem and only works with the company’s own Safari browser for the Mac and iOS. As a result, people who rely on a non-Apple browser such as Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome are unable to access the tabs they have open on their other devices.
That is, unless they consider CloudyTabs, a nifty little utility by Josh Parnham that puts iCloud Tabs right in the Mac’s menu bar… Read More
Flipboard has announced this morning that it has acquired popular news reader app Zite from CNN. The company didn’t disclose pricing details, but word has it that it went for $60 million and part of the deal is that Flipboard will begin syndicating CNN content inside its apps.
For those unfamiliar with the app, it’s billed as an ‘intelligent magazine’ that helps you discover interesting things to read. Almost like a Pandora for RSS feeds, Zite analyzes millions of articles each day to offer you content on over 40K topics based on your habits and preferences… Read More
Vertex, the awesome jailbreak tweak that combines app switcher and control center into one convenient page, is now available for download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. The tweak, developed by Ian Burns and Timon Olsthoorn, and is based on Bill Labus’ popular Mission Control concept.
The team bills Vertex as a sort of one-stop-shop for all of your app-switching, music-controlling and Settings-toggling needs. The tweak is well-designed with customizable aesthetics, and in our initial walkthrough, Jeff said it’s ‘definitely worth trying.’ Check out our hands-on video below… Read More
Google’s free Gmail app for the iPhone and iPad is being continuously improved and that’s a good thing.
Now, I myself am a Mailbox convert so the only reason for keeping Gmail on my device is to occasionally check out new features. If anything, today’s Gmail update gives me two new reasons to reconsider handling my email in Gmail more frequently. Now available, Gmail 3.0 brings out two major improvements.
Firstly, the app now uses Background App Refresh, a new iOS 7 technology which lets apps ask the operating system to retrieve new content even if they’re not running. As a result, switching from one app back to Gmail immediately serves up-to-date inbox, negating the need to manually refresh content.
And secondly, it improves the experience by signing you in automatically using the same Google Account defined in Google’s other iOS apps, such as Maps and Google+… Read More
According to a new report by The Information, a technology blog former WSJ writer Jessica Lessin started recently, Apple will open up Siri to third-party developers.
Such a move would let folks use the smart personal assistant to control their favorite apps. The development is believed to be closely tied to Apple’s work on its rumored wearable project, the iWatch.
This would mark a significant advancement for Siri, which since its October 2011 inception has been expected to allow for spoken commands and interactions in third-party iPhone and iPad applications… Read More
After reportedly making the decision to axe the iPad 2“in the near future”, now comes word that Apple’s non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro model is next on the chopping block. If true, this would streamline the company’s notebook offering after the non-Retina production winds down in the second half of 2014, in time for a refresh around Intel’s forthcoming Broadwell processors.
Episode 47: It’s been a big week for the jailbreak community as highly anticipated tweaks like IntelliScreenX 7 and Vertex are reviewed. We also discuss the upcoming release of Auxo 2, along with our observations from Sentry’s recent teaser videos. Finally, we chit-chat about Polus, PowerBanners, and Unread.