Beats Music Launches For iOS, Windows Phone, And Android

beats-musicWith much excitement? Well, not really, but no matter how late Beats Music is to the music streaming game, it brings with it new features, design, and publicity that might just be enough to have it enter into the main race against the like of Rdio and Spotify.

The human-curated music service went live in the US this morning, and besides being usable on mobile platforms, a web version exists as well. It costs $10 a month from the get-go, or $15 for a five-user family plan on AT&T.

Let’s see what you’ve got, right Beats?

Via: Beats Music

Starting Off Monday: iOS 7.1 Beta 4 Is Upon Us

iPhone 5SiOS 7.1 beta 4 is now available as an over-the-air update for all iPad, iPhone, iPad mini, and iPod Touch users/developers.

Of course, hardcore developers will get the update off of Apple’s servers via a desktop, but if you’re part of the program, an OTA update is all you need to get the periodical dosage of bug fixes and improvements to the next iteration of Apple’s mobile OS.

Changelog, after break.

The LG G Flex For AT&T Costs $300 Like The Sprint Version, But Pre-Orders The 24th

gflexatt1The LG G Flex. The first curved smartphone to grace most major American carriers, will make its AT&T debut for $300 with a two-year contract; the same price tag affixed to the Sprint version. If you’d rather get it on a Next plan, you can do so by paying $27 per month (on an 18-month plan) or $35 per month (on a 12-month plan) — but we’re not fans of any of the aforementioned payment plans. Regardless, pre-orders begin the 24th” of January.

Next up: the arrival of T-Mobile’s pricing for LG’s new curvy friend.

Via: AT&T

*Editor’s Note: Corrected to pre-order, not launch date.

Intel Will Be Cutting 5,000 Jobs To Start 2014 Structuring


Despite chipmaker giant Intel stating that tablet and laptop PC sales have been recuperating over the past few weeks, that still doesn’t stop the closure of 5,000 jobs to kick off 2014 (not the neatest thing, is it?).

Apparently, Intel thinks the following of the matter: “This is part of aligning our human resources to meet business needs,” spokesman Chris Kraeuter told Reuters. Sacrifices are required for some sort of advancement, it seems.

Via: Reuters (Yahoo! News)

President Obama Announces NSA Reforms And Changes

obama-leadThere were many things said during President Obama’s livestream about the National Security Agency’s criticized practices on surveillance of enemies of the state, but more specifically the American people.

The collection of phone records, text messages, computer security and social networks — all things the NSA has proved to bypass time and time again, thousands of times on thousands of individuals, all in the name of security and intelligence.

Well, there are changes, and Obama has ordered them. First of all, there will be:

  • New presidiential directive for signal intelligence
  • Reforms to programs and procedures to provide greater transparency from the intelligence community
  • New reforms to restrict amount of information collected on foreign targets overseas under Section 702 (a big one)
  • National Security Letters secret for a limited period of time in order to increase transparency (to avoid all the leaks)
  • End Section 215 bulk collection of telephone metadata program in favor of “a new mechanism” (no word on what the new method might be

Obama made it clear that he, along with the rest of his administration, would work towards the reestablishment of belief in the United States on a worldwide scale, while still staying fully alert and critical, but with reason. Mr. President also took care to mention what role surveillance has on companies in the United States: that the NSA does “not collect intelligence to provide a competitive advantage to U.S. companies, or U.S. commercial sectors.”

Indeed. The full text of his speech is at the source link.

Via: WPost

Google’s New Smart Contact Lenses Monitor Diabetics’ Health

contactlensIn another round of Google wearable technology, comes the smart contact lens. By utilizing miniaturized electronics, the contacts can measure the levels of glucose in your tears, offering diabetics an easier way to monitor their condition without the use needles drawing blood.

Aesthetically speaking, the contacts feature a tiny wireless chip and glucose sensor, which are wedged between two layers of “biocompatible” contact lens material; but not stopping there, Google says that they’re working on embedding tiny LED lights for notifications as well.

To move this project forward, Google is consulting with medical field experts and is “in discussions with the FDA”. It’s an interesting development, especially since Google is toying with just about every conceivable smart product category, but with a good primary purpose. Just how far it goes, however, remains to be seen.

Via: Google

LG G Flex Arriving In The United States On The 31st



The LG G Flex is arriving in the States, straight from its South Korean homeland. Costing a hefty $299.99 in comparison with other high-end Android, Windows Phone, and iOS phones, the pricing will be applied to Sprint customers.

An identical price tag will most likely be applied to the AT&T version, and T-Mobile’s monthly payments to pay off the device in full will be the alternative.

Via: Sprint


Google Now Finally Arrives In Experimental Desktop Form

google-now-chrome-macGoogle Canary build users (in other words, the alpha build), will finally receive a feature tested and rumored for over a year: Google Now functionality.

By implementing context-aware notifications to the desktop, Chrome Canary users (and maybe even beta and final users at some point), will have access to weather, stocks, web topics, and travel info, much like Google Now on mobile.

ViaGoogleGoogle Operating System