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The Clearest Way to Tell Verizon It Sucks [Image Cache]

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The owners of this New York restaurant don’t like Verizon. In fact, they think it sucks. Sucks. So much so that they’ve turned their only window into an angry billboard. Take that! More »


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What It Looks Like When the Sky Crashes [Image Cache]

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

A floating digital billboard programmed to beam up to the sky in Odessa, Ukraine crashed so it transformed into a floating error box. Funny! Or maybe God uses Windows? [Izismile via BoingBoing] More »


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Spotify officially announces apps, opens platform to developers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

We’re live from Spotify’s New York City press conference where CEO and founder Daniel Ek took the stage to announce several new Spotify features, most notably applications. Ek confirmed that Spotify will launch a “truly integrated” application platform inside Spotify that will be “tailored to you and your user tastes.” Third party developers can easily build HTML5 apps using a simple API. The first generation of applications will be featured within the “Spotify platform.” Read on for more.

Examples of the capabilities apps might feature include the ability to automatically find song lyrics from a track that is currently playing, or the ability to find upcoming concert dates and locations without ever leaving Spotify. The company has partnered with Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard and more for additional applications. Rolling Stone, for example, will help users find new music and albums from staff recommendations and even essential daily playlists.

The application platform is just one way Spotify is adding an edge to its software in an effort to compete with services from Apple, Rhapsody, Google and Amazon. Spotify first launched in the United States in June and Ek said his company is adding more than 20,000 new tracks every day. It now has more than 10 million active users, 2.5 million of which are subscribers to its pay-for services. It’s so popular, in fact, that Ek said piracy has decreased by 25% since Spotify launched.

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HP reportedly in talks with major labels over cloud-based service

Monday, June 13th, 2011
We’ve already seen some rumors of a cloud-syncing music store for the HP TouchPad, not to mention talk of “Music Synergy,” and it now looks like there could be some more movement on that front. According to Billboard.biz, HP’s discussions with the major record labels about a cloud-based service of some sort are now “heating up,” although that apparently doesn’t mean an actual launch is imminent. One major label exec told Billboard that the service could be “something like Qriocity for a variety of media, which can be delivered on any HP device,” but added that “we don’t know how serious they are,” which isn’t exactly an encouraging thing to hear. That uncertainty was echoed by other unnamed sources, who were reportedly unsure about how quickly HP could launch such a service (at least six months away, according to some), while one other said that HP is still “trying to narrow down what their service will look like.”

HP reportedly in talks with major labels over cloud-based service originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung’s first Bada phone spotted on a Barcelona billboard, will be called the Wave

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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Ahead of its expected unveiling at MWC 2010, Samsung’s first Bada phone may have been spotted on a billboard outside the MWC venue in Barcelona. According to the promotional display, Samsung’s first Bada offering will called the Wave and, as expected, will be a full touchscreen device.  Whether this handset is the rumored S8200, a Bada-powered Nexus One type, or the S8500, the first Bluetooth 3.0 phone, remains to be seen. Though with MWC 2010 beginning next week, we won’t be making wild guesses about this or other Bada handsets much longer.

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Samsung Wave launching Bada onto its very first handset at MWC

Friday, February 12th, 2010

There’s something nice and unequivocal about a huge billboard popping up in the host city of major tradeshow, and Samsung’s Wave handset is making just such an entrance at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The previously unannounced handset will be running Samsung’s brand new Bada platform, and appears to be a full touchscreen handset from the look of things. Enough touchscreen for a 3.3-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED display? We sure hope so, and we’ll be finding out in just a few days.

Samsung Wave launching Bada onto its very first handset at MWC originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Feb 2010 13:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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