The popular music recommendation service Pandora has just announced its proudest milestone today. It has been six years since the service launched and it has now reached a count of 10 billion thumbs. If you're not already familiar, the service works by letting listeners thumb up or thumb down songs as their listening to help the service select what songs to recommend.
Streaming music service Pandora is among a number of smartphone apps subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in New Jersey, over allegations that various apps have been illegally gathering or transmitting personal information without user permission. News of the investigation broke when Pandora revealed the subpoena in an update to its Securities and Exchange Commission filing, though insists that it is "not a specific target of the investigation."
Currently the world’s largest mass-produced rear-projection flat screen, the Mitsubishi 92-inch 3D TV was first unveiled at CES earlier this year. But this morning we got an up close and personal look at the mammoth flat screen along with its 82-inch sibling at the Mitsubishi Mobile Marketing Showroom. It is truly an immersive cinematic experience to be had if you can afford the price, the space, and don't mind looking like a complete dork sometimes---as illustrated below.
Plagued by costly music rights fees, online radio service Pandora looked beyond music in their multi million dollar IPO filing this week. The online service, based on the Music Genome Project, hopes to expand to sports and talk shows to diversify traffic and build a succesful long term business for ad sales. In addition, Pandora is looking to expand into the rapidly growing smart car niche, as well as other online devices beyond iPhone and Android smartphones.
Like the idea of Sony's NGP but not the closed ecosystem? Pandora is now offering its open-source Pandora console for general sale, promising a seven day turnaround on the $499.99 clamshell. Your money gets you a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard, dual analog sticks, an ARM Cortex A8 CPU and PowerVR SGX graphics.
Mercedes-Benz has announced a new media interface for some of its new vehicles that will allow the driver or passenger to connect a smartphone to the car to stream content from the phone to the vehicle audio and entertainment system. The interface is called the Media Interface Plus or MIP.
If you are a big music fan or know someone who is, you might be familiar with Pandora radio. The radio service is a streaming offering that allows the listener to customize their own service with the sort of music that they like rather than just listening to whatever is playing.
The open-source Pandora games handheld project continues, with the latest milestone on the way to actual, shipping products being two "mass production" units with painted cases. Posted by project member Craigix, while the first photo (there's another after the cut) might not make it completely clear, the Pandora on the left has been finished in black and the model on the right is in grey.
With WiFi digital media streamers getting cheaper and cheaper, if you want to charge a premium price then your device needs to offer something out of the ordinary. Grace Digital Audio reckons their Allegro portable WiFi radio/streamer ticks that box by virtue of its sound quality; the Allegro packs a Class D 8 watt digital amplifier, outputting via a single speaker, and can be run off of mains, regular or rechargeable batteries.
As well as over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs and over 35,000 podcasts, the Allegro can access Pandora for streaming audio. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a stereo speaker jack, and you can control Pandora's thumbs up/thumbs down rating system directly from the mediaplayer itself. The company also offers a free iPhone remote control app.
It's taken a while, but the Pandora open-source handheld has finally been given the production green-light. After many months of prototypes and design tinkering, according to the project forum the team have given the go-ahead to their Chinese production partners to begin the initial run.