We reported last week that Apple was still finding it rough going in its attempt to convince major record labels to come on board its planned “iRadio” streaming music service. Sony and Warner were reported to be holding out, even though market king Universal had agreed to terms. Now, many are wondering how did Google announce its own music service ahead of Apple?
For starters, Google chose to offer a standard subscription music service very similar to those built by Spotify and Rdio, and that meant the terms had largely been established, according to multiple sources close to the talks. Apple, on the other hand, is pioneering a hybrid web and radio service — one that resembles Pandora but melds it with some on-demand features, the sources said. The licensing agreement had to be created from scratch.
The report’s sources also claim that number four music publisher BMG is also holding out on agreeing to Apple’s terms. Although there is still significant momentum behind iRadio, and many parties involved would like to get everything signed and sealed as soon as possible, it’s quite possible Apple may not be able to kick-off the service at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
There is simply no doubt in terming Google I/O as the most anticipated tech event of the year. It has been awaited by many fans worldwide. Google has kept on its promises and it keeps revealing the devices and softwares it will launch at …
Google announced huge changes for Google Maps at their Google I/O keynote today, revealing a completely redesigned web version of the service for desktop, complete with improvements to rerouting in transit, Google Earth integration without additional plugins, and more. The new web platform also features public transit information, a new schedule view, and more.
In particular, the new 3D mapping features look pretty incredible – and I can’t wait to try them out. More exciting, however, is that they also announced a new, revamped version of Maps for iPhone and Android, as well as Google Maps for iPad, which will be launched sometime this summer.
The new desktop version is rolling out soon, and Google has launched a preview page for users to enter their email address to request early access. More details are available at TheNextWeb and The Verge, as well as on Google’s Preview page. Check out the below video to see the new Google Maps for desktop in action!
One surprising device that captured people’s interest in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was NVIDIA’s Project Shield, a project that showcased the company’s foray into gaming consoles. But now, that project has become an eagerly anticipated product. Now officially called the NVIDIA Shield, it’s a very handy and portable 5” Android game console & controller that can run games that are available on Google Play, TegraZone and Valve’s Steam.
The Shield is NVIDIA’s crack at giving gamers a superior gaming experience, and it might have succeeded. Unlike other portable game consoles, the Shield boasts of a 5”, 720p HD screen, a powerful bass reflex speaker system, a d-pad, two analog sticks and the usual buttons. The clamshell shaped console runs on Android 4.2.1 and is powered by NVIDIA’s new, high-end Tegra 4 processor. It also has 2GB of RAM, a GPS chip, and a mini-HDMI output.
The flagship console has a price tag of $ 349 and will be carried by retailers Canada Computers, GameStop, Micro Center and Newegg. The product is admittedly more expensive than the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS XL and time will tell if there’s a niche for it. Pre-orders for the Shield will start on May 20 but those who sign up for NVIDIA’s email list can pre-order earlier than the rest. Shield units are expected to be shipped by June.
HTC has been having rough times in the market over the last year and the revenues were suffering a great decline before HTC One came as the rescuer and uplifted the revenue of the company. The revenue reports for April month are very positive …