It’s a big change in the rather new cloud music land. Amazon lead the pack first with the Cloud Player, then Google followed with the less interesting Music Beta. In the latest developments on Amazon’s end, the Cloud Player now has full support for the iPad (in the form of an iPad web app) along with a new plan, besides the free one: $20 a year gets you unlimited storage of your .mp3 and .m4a files, including all music bought on Amazon. However, this offer is available for a “limited time”, according to Amazon. But who cares? Amazon Cloud Player and cloud music competition just got a lot more fierce — and better. Via: Amazon
The music service that has made Europe oh-so-happy for so long is finally coming to the United States, and invites to the service are available now at the source link. Keep in mind Spotify is a music streaming service that works on a desktop or on your smartphone, with different streaming tiers available. At the same time I guess our UK readers don’t care about this post. Via: Spotify
This time on “The Word of Notch”, Markus’ personal Minecraft blog, Minecraft Beta 1.8 has been detailed more than ever, including a new logo for the Adventure update. According to Notch, 40+ new things are pl111anned for Minecraft Beta 1.8, some of which may get leaked and some which will stay unknown until the release date, which also is being kept under wraps.
New features which have been outed in Minecraft Beta 1.8 are:
Randomly generated dungeons
New biome code
Fully working Creative Mode (and individual admins can enter Creative Mode on a Survival Mode server if they choose)
Is this — the PlayStation Phone? Yeah, pretty much. Although I think an actual PlayStation Phone from Sony (not Sony Ericsson) would have been a better idea, the Xperia Play is “PlayStation Certified” by Sony and built by Sony Ericsson. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, dedicated PSP-like controls, CDMA 3G service on Verizon Wireless, a 4-inch WVGA LCD, and front with back-facing cameras, the Xperia Play should have been the gaming phone of the year, right? Not so much. Let’s see why in the review, after the break.
Today’s confirmation with FierceWireless is a sad day for data hungry users of today’s age of 4G LTE and 3G smartphones. Verizon Wireless will be killing unlimited data for all new customers on July 7th, while existing customers will be able to upgrade and continue using their current unlimited plans without issue. Keep in mind Verizon has been saying for almost a year now that they would pull the plug, but it is until today that details have openly been discussed about the matter.
There will be four tiers of pricing: A mere 75MB for $10, $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB. Tethering will cost an extra $20 and includes an additional 2GB of data monthly. So while you will be paying the same amounts (or more) for less, it was all expected, so don’t say VZW didn’t tell you so (hopefully). On the flipside, Sprint and T-Mobile still offer unlimited data plans on all their 3G and 4G smartphones and tablets.
Hooray for Sprint over-the-air updates! At least this time, anyway. Sprint Galaxy Tab owners will get a notification over the new four days regarding a Gingerbread build upgrade called “GINGERBREAD.EF17″. According to Sprint, it’ll take 5 minutes for the update to download and install and afterwards you’ll be in sweet Android 2.3 Gingerbead land. Via: Samsung
According to Erica Joy, a Google employee and very well possibly a Google+ team member has stated that the Google+ app for iOS has been submitted for approval some time ago. Since it only is a social networking app, you can be pretty sure we won’t have another Google/Apple scandal when it comes to apps (read: the Google Voice app saga), but you never know with Apple’s app approval policies. In the meantime, did I mention I’m enjoying Google+ on Android? Android users have had an app ever since the service launched.
For this fine morning, Sony would like to provide you some entertainment in the form of a teaser video for their upcoming Sony S1 and S2 Honeycomb tablets. Heck, with all of the crazy things going on in the video, you may have to pay extra attention to actually see one of the tablets. Enjoy. Via: Sony (YouTube)
Ready for some software “enhancements” from Samsung? I thought so (or not), because Touchwiz, a new app drawer, Samsung Media Hub, Swype, several new widgets and unlocks are headed to the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 soon. Once updated however, there isn’t a stock way to go back. However, there will be an iPad 2-esque remote wipe and tracking function. Check out all the details on the upcoming update, at the source link. Via: Samsung
As in software engineering, any software that has reached “Gold” or “Gold Master” status means that it is ready for primetime, and all or any bugs have been squashed (until more are inevitably found). Well, if you’re waiting for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion later this month when it launches on the Mac App Store for $29, then you’ll be happy to know that some of your favorite applications will probably be taking advantage of the new OS X by the time it launches.