Jay-Z Buys Music Streaming Service Tidal and WiMP for $56M

It looks like Jay-Z is getting into the music streaming game, as a company owned by Jay-Z, has purchased music streaming service Tidal and also WiMP which is based in Norway.

Jay-Z’s company S. Carter Enterprises LLC has purchased Aspiro AB, which own Tidal and WiMP, the deal is worth around $56 million.

On 30 January 2015, Project Panther Bidco Ltd (“Panther”), indirectly owned by S. Carter Enterprises, LLC (“SCE”), has, through a press release, announced a public offer to the shareholders of Aspiro to tender all shares in the Company to Panther for a consideration of SEK 1.05 per share in Aspiro (the “Offer”).[2]

Source Venture Beat, Techmeme

OctoFire 8 Port USB 3.0 Fast Charging Hub

Finding a decent USB charging hub can sometimes be a little tricky especially if you want to connect many devices that will be using large amounts of power, such as when charging mobile devices and tablets.

Skiva Technologies think they have the solution and have create the OctoFire 8 Port USB 3.0 that is capable of providing a massive 2.4 amps per port and offers data transfer speeds of upto 5 Gbps.

The OctoFire USB hub also provide users with fast charging and 8 ports to connect all their devices to supporting iPhone, iPad, Android and other USB Devices. Siva explain a little more :

“It’s a USB 3.0 Hub with lots of power for rapid charging. In-fact it delivers more power than any other Wall Charger currently available in the market. OctoFire-Hub delivers whopping 2.4 Amps per port (12 Watts) of power to rapidly charge your devices. It is built on strong foundations of earlier successful Kickstater project.
OctoFire-Hub acts like a standalone charger when not connected to host/PC/laptop. Intelligent device detection makes it possible to deliver optimal power to any device you connect to it. It has built-in over-heat, over-charge, over-current & over-voltage protection.”

Source: Kickstarter

iTunes 12.1 Updated With A New Notification Widget

Apple has released their first major update to iTunes since the release of OS X Yosemite, the latest version of Apple’s music software is iTunes 12.1.

The iTunes 12.1 update brings a range of new features to iTunes, including a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center in OS X Yosemite.

This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite. See what’s playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio — right from Notification Center. This update also improves performance when syncing when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

The latest iTunes 12.1 software update is available to download from the Mac App Store.

Source MacRumors

ZTE Blade L3 Android Lollipop Handset Announced

The ZTE Blade L3 is an Android 5.0 Lollipop handset and the device is equipped with a 5 inch display that has a qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels.

The handset features a quad core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582M processor and it also comes with 1GB of RAM, there is also 8GB of included storage.

Other specifications on the new ZTE Blade L3 include a 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calls and an 8 megapixel rear camera for photos and videos, The handset also comes with a 2000 mAh battery.

ZTE have not revealed any details on how much the ZTE Blade L3 will cost and there are also no details as yet on the exact launch date for the handset.

Source Ubergizmo

Asus VivoMini Barebones Mini PC Launches

After being unveiled last year and showcased at this years CES 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Asus has now made their new Asus VivoMini Windows mini PC available to purchase for $160.

The first in the Asus VivoMini range to launch is a barebones mini PC powered by a Celeron 2957U processor and no storage or memory, but has 2 SODIMM slots for up to 16GB of memory and an mSATA SSD connector for storage.

The VivoMini mini PC measures 5.2 x 5.2 x 1.7 inches and weighs about 2.2 pounds and will be offered in a range of system equipped with Intel Core i3 and Core i5 Haswell processors, together with an Intel Celeron 2957U options, from $149 installed with Windows 8.1 with Bing software.

Other features of the VivoMini mini PCs range include support for up to 16GB of RAM together with options for either 32GB or a maximum of 256GB mSATA solid state disk (SSD) storage for your desired operating system and applications.

The four Asus VivoMini mini PC versions will come equipped with SDXC card readers, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort output as well as connectivity provided by Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet.

Source: Liliputing : Newegg

CamCarry Luxury Italian Leather Camera Case

Photographers that carry a camera everywhere with them, might be interested in the new luxury camera case called the CamCarry that has been “handcrafted with passion” say its creators.

The CamCarry has been designed to provide a more elegant way to carry your camera and includes plenty of storage for cables and extras when required. Watch the video below to learn more about this luxury leather camera carry case.

- Unique design. The CamCarry is designed to stand out through its simplicity. As designers and architects, the design of everything we do plays a very important role. Furthermore, we believe that the leather goods we design must not only be visually appealing but also smart, practical.

- Hand crafted. What is an object without a character? Our artisans with over 30 years of experience take the leather goods through every step, paying attention to detail and producing a rich, unique leather case. When we say unique we really mean it because every CamCarry is handmade so each is different to the one before, each is imperfectly perfect.

- Premium genuine leather. Over the long run leather outlasts almost any other material. The cases are hand crafted using vegetable tanned leather. We pick and select one leather hide a time to ensure it is up to our high standards.

- Wholesale price. We want to say no to mass production and offer you a set of premium leather goods at up to 40% less. By offering you this project on Kickstarer, we cut out the middleman, avoid retail markups and therefore offer you a high quality collection at a great value. The CamCarry will retail after the Kickstarter project at £99.

- Our experience. Our first three successful Kickstarter projects received over 250 backers from around the world which today proudly carry Chivote goods. This has allowed our artisans and us to learn a lot. We now have the know-how and we are confident in the quality of the goods that have a Chivote logo.

Source: Kickstarter
Thursday, January 29, 2015

GoPro NHL Partnership To Transform The Way You Watch Ice Hockey

This month GoPro the action camera manufacture has announce d anew partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) that will provides ice hockey fans with a new way of viewing GoPro NHL hockey.

The new GoPro NHL partnerships allows ice hockey team members to wear the action camera allowing fans to see the game from a whole new perspective.

Beginning with the NHL All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, the NHL will use GoPro cameras to deliver fans watching the games never-before-seen perspectives of hockey as it is played on the ice.

In the video below see the action from the perspectives of Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall, Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist, TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, PK Subban and Jonathan Toews.

“The National Hockey League (NHL) and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) are happy to announce a North American partnership with GoPro. Step on the ice with a few of the NHL’s best as they give you a rare glimpse into their unique skill sets during the Player Media Tour in Newark, NJ. “

Source: GP

Mitsubishi PHEV Concept To Debut At Geneva

Mitsubishi has announce that they will show off a new concept car at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show which takes place between the 5th and 15th of March.

The company has said that their new Mitsubishi PHEV Concept is a high output electric vehicle with low emissions.

“A future-oriented attitude: powerful, fast and dynamic”. This is the theme of the 85th International Geneva Motor Show official poster in perfect synergy with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s (MMC’s) confident presence this year; from a new dramatic booth design to the sharpness of an all-new concept car.

A world premiere in Geneva, the striking concept car is a ‘declaration of intent’ for MMC’s future directions -a powerful embodiment of its next generation 2WD plug-in hybrid electric (“PHEV”) technology as well as its bold design renaissance, all contained in Mitsubishi Motors’ favorite format of the SUV crossover.

Source Mitsubishi

USBduo Wooden Ended Multi-purpose USB Cable

The Neoya Team have created a very stylish multi-purpose USB cable that they have launched over on the Kickstarter website this week looking to raise $20,000 in pledges to help it go into manufacture.

The USBduo takes the form of a wooden ended USB cable for smartphones, tablets and PCs that is equipped with a reversible USB connector together with a dual head flash drive and card reader.

Watch the video below to learn more about this premium multi-functional USB cable that could be the perfect addition to your gadget bag. The Neoya Team explains a little more :

“In this smartphone era, smartphones are everywhere and most of us have at least one USB cable at hand. However, as one of the most important accessories, the USB cables not only function the same but look the same. “Why can’t USB cables be more special?” We were struck by this simple thought and began to think what makes a special USB cable.
We suppose a special USB cable should have substantial advantages in its material, design, and functions. Through countless times of design, test, heated discussion and redesign, the USBduo is the final outcome of the team, a USB cable that is special to look, to feel and to use.
We adopted wood material and minimalist design on the USBduo. It not only has reversible USB connectors but it functions both as a dual-head flash drive/card reader and a USB OTG cable connecting smartphones to USB devices.
These are all very useful functions especially at critical moments. Imagine, when you are taking pictures during a trip and all of a sudden, the memory space in your smartphone is running low. That’s when you will need the USBduo for its immediate supply of extra space!”

Source: Kickstarter

Jawbone Marketplace For Third Party Apps Announced

Jawbone has launched a new marketplace for third party applications called the Jawbone Marketplace, and these new apps are designed to work with their range of fitness trackers.

The company has a number of popular fitness trackers on the market, which include the Jawbone UP Move and the Jawbone UP3.

The new Jawbone Marketplace lets you unlock the best of UP with a curated selection of devices and apps to put you on a path to a better you – whether that means moving more, eating better, improving your sleep, or creating a more streamlined home through automation.

We’re thrilled to announce that the following best-in-class launch partners – whose products span categories across Fitness, Sleep, Food, Lifestyle, Smart Home and more – are now available for purchase on Jawbone.com.

The Jawbone Marketplace has a range of apps and accessories which work with the Jawbone range of device, you can find out more information at the link below.

Source Jawbone

Samsung Galaxy J1 Smartphone Announced

The Samsung Galaxy J1 is powered by a dual core 1.2GHz processor and the device comes with a 4.3 inch display that has a WVGA resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

Other specifications in the new Galaxy J1 smartphone include 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built in storage, the device also features a microSD card slot that can take up to 128GB cards.

For cameras the Samsung Galaxy J1 is equipped with a 2 megapixel front facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, the handset will feature Android 4.4. KitKat.

The device comes with 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth and it features 1850 mAh removable battery, it also comes with a dual SIM card slot and will be available in three colors, blue, white and black.

Samsung have not revealed any details on the pricing of the new Galaxy J1, it looks like the handset will be available in Malaysia, as yet there are no details on whether it is headed to the US or Europe.

Source Samsung

Microsoft Outlook Launched For Android And iOS

Microsoft has released new versions of Microsoft Outlook for Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android platform.

The new Microsoft Outlook applications for Android and iOS are based on Acompli, the email startup that Microsoft acquired at the end of last year.

Outlook is a free email app that helps you get more done from anywhere with one unified view of your email, calendar, contacts, and attachments. Outlook automatically surfaces your most important messages – across all your email accounts. Swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages you want to handle later. Easily view your calendar, share available times, and schedule meetings. And attach files from your email, OneDrive, or Dropbox with just a few taps.

Microsoft intends to use these new apps to replace their current range of Outlook apps some time in the future, the existing apps are still available at the moment.

You can find the new Microsoft Outlook application for iOS and Android at the link below, both applications are available as a free download,

Source TechCrunch

Downloads: iOS, Android

PlayStation Music coming to PlayStation Network

Spotify and PlayStation are working together toward a common goal, to roll out a brand new service known as PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music will arrive on the PlayStation Network later this spring, so keep eye and an ear out, if this is a feature that interests you.

With this new feature, the old version will be on it’s way out. It means the end of PlayStation’s previous offering, Music Unlimited, on March 29. It’s sad, but we all have to move on. Chin up. PlayStation users will be able to link up their accounts to Spotify and enjoy playback of its free, ad-supported streaming music, or they can spend $10 a month for the premium service that will run without those irritating and annoying ads, and will even be playable when there is no Internet connection.

Additional features will be announced soon enough, but we can tell you that you can have Spotify’s music playing in the background when you are gaming. The new PlayStation Music will be available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Sony’s Xperia smartphones and tablets, although sadly, it does not look like the PlayStation Vita will be getting it anytime soon.

Source Ubergizmo

Who Did Sell More Smartphones In Q4 2014 - Apple or Samsung?

Apple had sold a massive 74.5 million smartphones in their first fiscal quarter of 2015, this basically covers Q4 2014 sales.

Now it looks like Apple may have sold more smartphones than Samsung in Q4 of 2014, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Back in 2011 Samsung took over from Apple as the top smartphone maker, selling more handsets than the company, and now things could have changed.

Samsung has not released any specific details on how many smartphones they sold in quarter four, although the company did tell re/code that they sold a total of 90 million mobile phones for the quarter, and the smartphone percentage of these devices was in the ‘high 70 percent’ range.

That would mean that Samsung sold somewhere between 71 million and 75 million smartphones in quarter four of 2014.

Samsung has seen its smartphone sales fall over the last year, with stronger competition from other Android manufacturers like HTC, LG, and also more competition from Apple with their larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

Source re/code, Techmeme

Moment Case - iPhone Case for Mobile Photography

Apple iPhone owners who take their mobile photography seriously might be interested in the new Moment iPhone case that has been created specifically for Apple’s latest iPhone 6 smartphone.

The Moment iPhone case includes a shutter button, lens, and camera strap and keeps your iPhone handy and within easy reach to capture those events that are sometimes missed when need to take your smartphone out of a bag or pocket.

The Moment iPhone case is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $100,000 in pledges and has already raised over $88,000 in the first few days. Its creators explain more about the iPhone 6 cases inspiration.

“A year ago we asked for your help. We wanted to create the best lenses in the world for mobile photographers. Thanks to your support, we did it! Moment lenses are now being used by thousands of customers around the world, capturing some of the most epic adventures imaginable.Now we want to take the next step with you in making it even easier to take better pictures with your phone.

Even with these amazing Moment Lenses we are still missing important shots with our phones. By the time we reach into our pocket, access our phone, unlock it, adjust the scene, and take a picture, we’ve lost valuable time. Especially with a moving subject, by the time you tap the screen you missed the shot.

So we decided to solve this problem by making the first iPhone 6 case that truly brings the best features of a traditional camera back to your phone. Introducing the Moment Case; the fastest way to take better pictures with your phone.”

Source: Kickstarter



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