Spotify Adds Free Tablet Streaming And Led Zeppelin To Its Arsenal

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Thanks to a New York City press event at company headquarters, the Spotify music streaming service has added two great things for the world is enjoy: Led Zeppelin and free music streaming on tablets on both Android and iOS.

Spotify’s CEO, Daniel Ek, also revealed some new statistics about the service: 1.5 billion playlists created (with one and a half million made each day) with a solid 4.5 billion hours of music streamed last year.

Also, don’t forget: Led Zeppelin and American Hustle make a great mix.

Via: Spotify

The Xbox One Receives Its First Post-Launch Update, Tweaking Multiplayer And The Start Screen

xbox-oneThere have been few console-breaking issues with the Xbox One’s multiplayer and Start screen since its launch, but that doesn’t mean there’s a kink (or two) that don’t need fixing. Enter, the first Xbox One update, which becomes mandatory for all Xbox one users starting tomorrow.

Aimed towards SmartGlass, multiplayer matches, notifications, network compatibility, dashboard performance and the TV guide features, these first few fixes are just the beginning in Microsoft’s quest to making sure the Xbox One is in good form, going into the holidays.

Via: Major Nelson

Another Play(ful) Addition For Google: The Sony Z Ultra

HERO_IMAGE_Sony_ExperiaDropping the “Xperia” brand name from Sony and slapping a clean-slate version of Android on top, the Sony Z Ultra is the next unlocked smartphone from a top-tier manufacturer to the get the cleansing treatment from Google.

By taking a great device that was cluttered with software additions, then converting it to something pure, Google has quite a great operation on its hands.

The Z Ultra retains all of its existing specs from beforehand, but is instead $649 off-contract and is fully-unlocked on LTE, HSPA+, and GSM/EDGE bands, so you can use it with a micro-SIM card, worldwide.

Via: Google

LG’s G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Is Quite A Statement

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Available exclusively at the Google play Store for $349.99, the LG G Pad 8.3 is the South Korean company’s answer to the ASUS Nexus 7, the Android tablet that reigns supreme in sales, arguably.

An 8.3-inch full HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 1.7GHz processor, expandable microSD storage up to 64GB, and a big 4,600 mAh battery, and of course, a fresh vanilla version of Android 4.4 KitKat.

Imaging-wise, there are 5MP back and 1.3MP front facing cameras adorning the 8.3mm-thin tablet, which for all that Google and LG are talking about it, is a decent package in comparison to the tried-and-true Nexus 7.

Via: Google Play Store

Samsung Will Launch The World’s First 1TB mSATA SSD This Month

Samsung-Introduces-Industry’s-First-1-Terabyte-mSATA-SSD_02This changes a lot for ultrabooks on the market: for quite a while (512GB) was of some of the largest-capacity mSATA SSDs formats available, but Samsung is taking it a step further, with finally bringing a 1 terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) 840 EVO mSATA SSD to the market, later this month.

Specs-wise, it’s accomplishing this with 16 layers of 128Gb chip, all of which is just .85mm thick — about 60% thinner than an average hard disk drive — and weighs only 8.5 grams. The cost? Unavailable, as of yet, but it will cost a considerable amount, indeed.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts On Xbox One Is The Closest You Get To PC Graphics

cod-ghosts_federation-day-rappel-next-genActivision sent us not one, but two copies of Call of Duty: Ghosts to mess around with. So, since we’ve already reviewed the PC version extensively, with its graphical beauty and amazing fluidity, then played the Xbox 360 version and came back somewhat disappointing, what else was there to do? Well, probably write a short post about the Xbox One version, of course.

Play it on Xbox One, of course. Turns out, it’s a fluid experience, with plenty of detail, and runs at a basic HD resolution, so it actually plays and looks like an up-to-date title in comparison with the souped-up PC version.

Priced the same as pretty much every other next-gen console title, at $60, I’d definitely suggest it as your next-gen introduction to a first-person shooter — unless you prefer Battlefield 4, in which case I’m going to tea apart your squad with suppressive fire.

So boss, go get this game, you know?

Livescribe 3 Smartpen Review: Writing Like This Can Be Pretty Nifty

livescribe-2Designed to resemble a Mont Blanc pen, the Livescribe 3 smartpen is either something you never thought existed or probably wanted but didn’t think it was possible.

See, what Livescribe has done here is create a pen that connects to an iOS device via Bluetooth Low Energy, and transcribes whatever you’ve written into a digital document, adding to the physical paper copy that you already wrote on. This includes meetings, addresses, and contact information, so it can fully understand and make use of what you’re writing.

Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, let me tell you what it’s like using it.