August 1, 2014Shazam Now Available on Macs
Shazam's song recognition technology found a new home this week, on your computer. The popular app, which has until now only been available on mobile, was just made available as a desktop function for Mac users. According to Mashable, "once Shazam for Mac is enabled, the software will run in the background and automatically recognize any song played on or near the computer, including songs playing in the background of TV shows or YouTube videos." Read more on Shazam's Mac technology here.
July 31, 2014Foursquare Introduces New "Swarm" App
Foursquare shook things up this week with the introduction of a new app for check-ins, called Swarm. Foursquare is directing users to use this app to check-in, and it offers a bit more in terms of personalization and recommendations than the core app does. Users ...
July 30, 2014AT&T and Netflix Agree to Peering Deal
This week Netflix finally agreed to pay AT&T to speed up their video streams by entering into a commercial interconnection agreement with the carrier. This makes AT&T the 3rd major carrier that Netflix has agreed to pay for a faster streaming connection, also known as ...
July 29, 2014Rhapsody Reaches Milestone
Rhapsody announced a major milestone this week – the streaming music service reportedly has reached 2 million paying subscribers. According to the company's chief product officer Paul Springer, "The growth is really being driven by two things, and that's mobile ...
July 28, 2014Vevo Selling Itself
It was reported this week that the giant online music video site Vevo is preparing to sell itself. According to multiple sources, Vevo is looking for a new investor to control the company - and in order to do so, they have been working to make changes within the ...
July 25, 2014Oculus + Samsung Partner
Big news in the virtual reality industry – it was announced this week that Samsung will be partnering with Oculus to bring virtual reality beyond the living room. Oculus, the Facebook owned virtual reality leader, will reportedly be working with Samsung to bring ...
July 24, 2014iHeartRadio Festival Lineup Announced
Clear Channel just announced the lineup for their highly anticipated iHeartRadio Music Festical, which will be held this year in Las Vegas on September 19th + 20th. As it did last year, the bill this yearr includes top stars like Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana ...
July 23, 2014Spotify Announces MTV/VH1/CMT Partnership
A major partnership was announced this week between streaming service Spotify and music giants MTV, VH1, and CMT. According to Hypebot, the partnership is a "significant marketing deal that makes Spotify the preferred streaming music service across all the MTV/VH1/CMT ...
July 22, 2014Xbox Entertainment Studios Shuts Down
Last week Microsoft announced that they would be firing around 18,000 employees and shutting down their console-based video initiative, Xbox Entertainment Studios. The closing of the studio is said to be related to issues negotiating with content creators, and a lack ...
July 21, 2014Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited
Kindle officially launched their unlimited ebook subscription service last week, which they are calling "Kindle Unlimited". There are 600,000 books currently available on the service, which will cost users $10 a month. While the majority of the content is niche, ...