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Wednesday, 04.12.13
UNVEILED: Beats Electronics announces its upcoming Music Streaming Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:55 CET under 01 - General News

Beats Electronics, one of the leading audio brands and maybe best known for its headsets with the red cable, today announced its new and upcoming music service and the appointment of Ian Rogers as CEO. Rogers will oversee the direction, vision and strategy for project "Daisy" and the talented team developing the service. It was long time rumored that Beats has plans for its own music service, especially after it acquired MOG, a streaming music service Beats took over back in 2012. The new service will benefit from the creative vision of music icon and newly appointed Chief Creative Officer Trent Reznor and is set to launch in late 2013 as a stand-alone company under the Beats Electronics umbrella.

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STANDARDIZATION: Next Generation USB Connection Definition Underway - Brings new USB 3.0 Type-C Connector
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 01 - General News

In today's world, there are some essential questions left. Like if you like your eggs over easy or sunny side up, or which side is the top of your USB connector? Well, while nobody can answer what your favorite egg style is, the USB Promoter Group will soon answer your USB question with the upcoming introduction of the USB 3.0 Type-C specification. Today announced by the USB Promoter Group, the development of the next generation of USB connector has begun. The new USB Type-C connector, built initially on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies, is being developed to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB.

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INTEROPERABILITY: LG introduces AllJoyn Smart TV Platform - Designed for Seamless Multi-Device Communication
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:36 CET under 01 - General News

It somehow feels that there are countless standards to somehow connect devices with (smart) TVs. From Google TV to Apple TV, from DLNA to Apple AirPlay; not to count all the other options. Today, LG announced that it will be the first company to incorporate another standard called "AllJoyn"; an open source software framework giving users a new level of interoperability between devices. AllJoyn, developed by Qualcomm Innovation Center, is designed to create a common language that seamlessly connects the Internet of Things, regardless of brand or operating system (OS). This new multi-device environment opens up a raft of possibilities for LG Smart TV owners.

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AVAILABILITY: LG starts Global Rollout of the LG G Flex - Begins with introduction in Key Asian Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 04 - Android News

LG today announced that it soon launch the recently announced LG G Flex, the world's first curved flexing smartphone, globally - starting in Singapore and Hong Kong this week. Key markets in Asia will also announce the availability of this innovative device before the end of the year, soon to be followed by other regions. The LG G Flex has captivated early adopters everywhere as the first smartphone curved to follow the contour of the human face, made possible with the implementation of the world's first curved smartphone battery. With a durable plastic OLED (P-OLED) HD display, the G Flex also comes with a self-healing back cover that eliminates those day-to-day scratches, making it the first smartphone to incorporate such technology.

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Tuesday, 03.12.13
ENTERTAINMENT: Amazon Cloud Player for iOS now available for BMW and MINI - No Android Version on the Horizon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:19 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Amazon today announced the immediate availability of Amazon Cloud Player for iOS in BMW Apps and MINI Connected-equipped vehicles from model year 2011 forward. Amazon Cloud Player customers using and iPhone and iPod Touch can now conveniently access their music using the vehicle's controller and screen. This will allow drivers and passengers to easily access their music playlists stored in the Amazon Cloud Player with the convenience of using BMW and Mini dashboard controls by bringing music in high-quality up to 256 kbps audio.  The launch of Amazon Cloud Player in BMW and Mini Cooper follows the integration in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles earlier this year.

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