Certainly a coincidence with the recent acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, Apple has this week revealed a new MFi specification for Lightning Headphones. The Made for iPhone program allows businesses to release their electronics with a fancy stamp that also potentially allows them to have said products in Apple Stores. In this case, Lightning Cable MFi specifications connect with headphones for high-quality audio.
You want a wireless, connected speaker system, but don’t want to spend a lot to get there. You might also have an existing home theater system that produces amazing sound, but alas — no connectivity. Motorola has introduced a new product, the Moto Stream, which aims to help get your current system connected via the existing audio jack.
The acquisition of Beats by Apple was not about shutting down a rival company, nor was it about grabbing patents. Apple didn’t intent on purchasing Beats because they wanted good designers or because they didn’t already have good enough headphones themselves. Instead, this purchase was the first in Apple’s public transformation into a company that isn’t forced to retain its excellence by strict regulation of hardware and software. Now begins Apple’s diversification.
Before we edged our way into digital music, there were the Billboard charts. Those ranking relied on album sales to rank popularity of music. since going digital, Billboard’s ranking system has diminished a bit, as we looked to iTunes sales charts to find music we wanted to try. With their partnership with Twitter, Billboard is putting themselves back on the map.
Those of you using Spotify on Android this week will likely be seeing a prompt to upgrade your app to its newest edition. This prompt comes after a single user’s security was breached, and Spotify discovered said breach. At this time, it does not appear that any other users’ data was accessed.
Back in February, Bem Wireless introduced a unique wearable, the Speaker Band. As its name suggests, the Speaker Band is a wrist band that, at first glance, appears to be a boxy smartwatch. Over the face is positioned a grille, however, and beneath it sits a little portable speaker.
With Apple’s alleged purchase of Beats hanging in the air, a rogue third-party has interjected. David Hyman, founder of Mog, is suing Beats ahead of an Apple takeover. According to him, Beats owes him quite a bit of money, or stake in the company.
Those of you familiar with the internet - and how removing things from the internet go - will understand how odd the following bit of news will sound. Back a year ago, NASA and/or Chris Hadfield himself received permission from David Bowie and his labels - Philips, Mercury, RCA - to play and record the song Space Oddity. This resulted in a YouTube video sensation.
The slightly larger edition of Google Play Music may very well be headed for the iPad sooner than later. Hidden in the code for the iPhone version of the software is mention of the larger edition, this week looking nearly ready for release to the iPad and iPad mini. This version of Google Play Music is very, very similar to that of the tablet-based edition for Android.