As Hurricane Sandy looms over the East Coast, there is certainly an urgency for those that are about to feel the brunt of its effects (including myself in New Jersey) to become better-prepared for blackouts, emergencies, and every Sandy-originating issue in between. Smartphones are an essential part of that preparation, although many will overlook necessities that could make a major difference as Sandy hits.
Apple's new iPhone 5 launches this Friday, but the first unboxing of the device has already gone public thanks to Boy Genius Reports and its reader source.
For Christmas this past year my Dad got me one of those charging mats. The idea behind them is so cool but the reality is a bit more complicated. For it to work with the iPhone I had to have a specific case. I didn’t really want their case, I
This year MacWorld seemed smaller than last year but I was told it was bigger, perhaps it was because the new location was more spread out than in the past. San Francisco was amazing! The city has such life, this small town girl from Oklahoma almost didn’t know what to
Over on the app end of things, streaming music service Spotify has announced that the company is aiming to launch in the U.S. by the third quarter of 2010 per a Bloomberg report. Spotify, which had been slated to appear sometime in late 2009, has been bogged down by licensing issues surely tied to fading confidence in the free ad-supported streaming model. The company has offered free streams as well as a premium paid service, though this hasn’t always pleased major-label content owners with its returns.
The U.S. launch may coincide with the rollout of a revamped version of the product. CEO Daniel Ek told a SXSW crowd earlier this month that a “more connected” edition of the product is on the way, with more social and sharing features. Ek also outlined ways in which the service can serve as a platform for selling tickets and merchandise as well as providing a direct-to-fan communications channel.
At CES today, Slacker [App Store, Free] announced Slacker Radio v2.0 for the iPhone as well as the Android OS, WebOS, and BlackBerry devices. The most significant feature of the new version — assuming there are other new features — is the ability to cache stations for offline listening. We're not exactly sure how the caching works, whether you subscribe podcast-style or if it just caches as you listen.
Slacker also announced that ABC News has been added to the Slacker Radio service. We haven't heard a release date for the new version, but we're guessing it's in Apple's hands at this point. Feel free to check out the screenshots below while you wait for the new version!
Last month Real Networks announced that their Rhapsody music streaming service would be coming to the iPhone in the form of an iPhone app. Today the company has announced that the app is now available in the App Store [App Store, Free]. Rhapsody subscribers can download the app and immediately start enjoying their subscription on their iPhones. If you're not already a subscriber, you can sign up for a 7-day free trial, which includes full access to the service.
Spotify, the Sweedish music streaming service, has submitted an application to Apple for approval into the App Store. Spotify is widely viewed as the potential savior of the music industry and main threat to the iTunes music store, offering millions of songs for £9.99 a month (approx. $16 USD) in an easy-to-use interface. [via BBC]
Sirius/XM has released Sirius XM Premium Online for the iPhone and iPod touch has been released to the App Store as a free download. The app lets users stream programming from their online channels over both Wi-Fi and 3G. The app also comes with a free 7 day trial, but will require a subscription after it expires. [via 148Apps]
Business Insider has come across a slightly out-of-focus screenshot of the announced Sirius XM streaming radio application. The image is from a PowerPoint presentation given by CEO Mel Karmazin. It appears based on the presentation that a $2.99 monthly streaming fee will be applied. There is also a shopping cart, implying that users will have the ability to buy something, though what exactly is unclear.