Posts Tagged ‘Music’
Microsoft is tweaking a number of its built-in apps for Windows 8.1, but the Music app appears to include the most changes. A freshly redesigned copy of the Windows Store in leaked builds of Windows 8.1 has revealed the new user interface for Xbox Music. Microsoft previously revealed to The Verge that the focus with the new Music app is on playing songs over surfacing new content, noting you can now play music in two clicks rather than six.
Screenshots of the new Xbox Music update show a two panel interface that appears to improve discoverability of music and the ability to quickly access a collection of songs. Xbox Music originally launched in October for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, with the ability to access songs from an Xbox…
Mobile data caps have been the enemy of Google Play Music for quite some time, but a new update, available in the Play Store today, might provide a quick fix. By default, the service streams music at the highest quality possible on a given connection, so it wasn’t always friendly to users dealing with data limits. With this update, Google is aiming to decrease the amount of overall data the app uses while providing more bandwidth usage settings. Additionally, the update boasts improved search quality and faster music downloads. Hopefully, Google will continue to work out the kinks before its forthcoming iOS All Access rollout. In the meantime, Google Play Music users can mosey on over to the source link below to download the latest version.
Via: The Next Web
Source: Google Play Store
Apple’s partnership with Twitter is set to extend into music with the launch of a dedicated Twitter #Music station in iTunes Radio. Apple’s new music service, which launched yesterday at WWDC 2013, is built directly inside iOS 7′s Music app and will feature trending tracks from Twitter’s music discovery and streaming platform, alongside other curated playlists.
PlayStation Plus offers do come around every now and then, but Sony has just announced a more permanent addition to the service: the option of a $ 10 (or 7 euro) monthly membership to supplement the regular 90-day and annual subscriptions. The lack of commitment comes at quite a price, given that the longer contracts bring the the effective monthly cost down to $ 6 and $ 4 respectively, but it may still make sense for flighty types. Anyway, once you’re in, you’ll find a secondary, time-limited offer: an annual Music Unlimited Premium subscription for $ 42 (42 euros), which is okay, but nowhere near the discount offered in 2012. Those who remain outside of Sony’s inner circle can also temporarily get 12 months of Music Unlimited for $ 60, or half of the usual cost. Lastly, a few more E3 crumbs: the PlayStation Network is now officially called “PSN”, which is pretty much what we called it anyway, and PlayStation Plus also gets a new logo to reflect its heightened status in the PS4 era (shown after the break — not that it’s especially shocking.)
Source: Sony (PDF)
WWDC is an annual tradition, and so is the Wall Street Journal’s pre-show leaking of what the company is set to announce. This year, The Journal is reporting that Apple will be announcing a new, flatter, skeumorphism-free version of iOS — we’ve been hearing those rumors for months. But within this new operating system will also be “new ways to share photos and videos with other iPhones,” and the long-rumored iRadio service.
The change is apparently long overdue, and Apple employees have become worried that iOS is outdated. The original skeumorphic design was apparently designed to help people understand how to use their iPhones, a 2007 concern that doesn’t exist in 2013 — and the Journal reports the iPhone’s look is seen within…
http://cnet.co/11cWSyJ It’s been a busy week for Google, with the company rolling out updates and changes to its services. In this Inside Scoop, CNET’s Kara Tsuboi and Seth Rosenblatt discuss…
Web developer Will Smidlein managed to bypass the six-second upload limit on Vine today, inserting the entirety of Rick Astley’s immortal “Never Gonna Give You Up” into a post that was ultimately taken down by Twitter. “I think I broke Vine,” Smidlein tweeted, along with the full embed of the song. He previously tweeted that Twitter engineers had asked him to take the post down.
The first ever Rickroll on Vine occurred the same day that the app became available for Android. Smidlein, 16, declined to say in detail how he got around Vine’s upload limitations. But he’s not the first to do so: as noted by TechCrunch, in March, the blog OneSoneX described a technique that involves uploading from the camera roll of a jailbroken iPhone….
Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.
We’ve not had a week quite as exciting as this in… well, weeks! Not only has a team of paleontologists discovered mammoth remains with liquid blood, there’s good news for future generations who’d rather put their feet up (while hiding from mammoths, we assume). This is alt-week.
Can you identify Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 after hearing a mere three notes? Probably not, but a group of computer scientists and music scholars have built a machine that can do just that. The team — composed of Pablo Rodriguez Zivic, Favio Shifres and Guillermo Cecchi — has developed an algorithm capable of identifying patterns across distinct periods of Western music based on semi-tones and notes. Beyond its musical application, the machine represents tantalizing possibilities for research into disorders that affect speech. For example, current mechanical methods are already capable of recognizing vocal patterns common in the early stages of Parkinson’s, but the trio hopes to utilize their project for even earlier detection. Such an algorithm could also be instrumental in identifying psychiatric conditions that impact the speech centers of the brain. Unfortunately, the lack of a comprehensive database of different types of speech patterns stands in the way of wider implementation. Even so, the team is hopeful that verbal tests might someday be used in place of invasive diagnostic procedures to identify certain illnesses.