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iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming

iHeartRadio partners with Napster for on-demand music streaming

The streaming music market is already a crowded one, but that isn't stopping iHeartRadio, the conglomerate behind over 800 US radio stations, from jumping in. With updates to both its iOS and Android apps this week, the service has debuted two new paid subscription plans that allow users to stream music on-demand, thanks in part to a new partnership with Napster.

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NewLight backlit wall portrait Review

NewLight backlit wall portrait Review

NewLight is a company that prints light-up portraits suitable for hanging on walls. They're a relatively small company, run by a fellow by the name of Joe Brychell. His aim is to bring the ability to deliver photographs to your eyes with light, but to do so without a computer screen. The result of the work the NewLight company does is a portrait that uses both projected light and reflected light to create a rather unique product.

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Metallica Lemmy tribute sends Motorhead up with Gorillaz

Metallica Lemmy tribute sends Motorhead up with Gorillaz

Gorillaz animator Robert Valley has been enlisted by Metallica to animate their latest music video, a tribute to Lemmy Killmeister. The dark god of rock and roll and founder of Motorhead died earlier this year, a year that'll forever be known as one of the worst years in the modern history of mankind. The music video is one of a collection of videos made for Metallica's newest album "Hardwired… to Self-Destruct."

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Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

The app Primitive has been released today for OS X, turning photos (or whatever other images you like) into arrays of shapes. The process begins with a single image, provided by the user. The user selects bounds within which the program must operate - circles, rectangles, quadrilaterals - then the fun begins. This app selects shapes that best fit all areas of the image - size, color, placement - and fits them in, one at a time.

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Vinci smart headphones offer Alexa and standalone Spotify

Vinci smart headphones offer Alexa and standalone Spotify

Forget Apple AirPods: properly smart headphones should be able to stream your music all by themselves, not to mention throw in Amazon Alexa and act as personal DJ depending on what you're doing. That's the promise of Vinci, anyway, cutting the cord - physical or metaphorical - with your phone and instead using voice control and onboard smarts to stream from Spotify and other services. I tried a set out to see if headphones, not watches or eyepieces, really are the next big thing in wearables.

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Freedrum lets you make real drum beats by air drumming

Freedrum lets you make real drum beats by air drumming

A new product called Freedrum promises to take air drumming to a whole new level, allowing anyone to create beats using a pair of smart drum sticks. You don’t need an actual set of drums to play them with Freedrum — rather, each stick is equipped with sensors and smart tech that works with your smartphone and a mobile app. The best part? You can put a pair of earbuds in and won’t have to hear anyone complain about your skills.

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Roli Blocks make electronic music creation modular

Roli Blocks make electronic music creation modular

Roli has taken the wraps off Blocks, a new modular system for creating electronic music. Roli calls its creation a “modular music studio,” one that is as suitable for beginners as it is music experts. The company is releasing three Blocks at launch, the Lightpad Block on which one taps and swipes glowing squares to create sounds, as well as the Live Block and Loop Block. The setup is joined by an iOS app that serves as the sound engine.

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PS4’s anticipated ‘Last Guardian’ gets collector’s vinyl soundtrack

PS4’s anticipated ‘Last Guardian’ gets collector’s vinyl soundtrack

The Last Guardian, a game from the makers of PlayStation 2 hits Ico and Shadow of Colossus that's spent more than 10 years in development, is finally getting released on the PS4 in a few weeks. Like the previous titles, music and sound plays an important role, contributing to both atmosphere and the expression of emotions. To highlight this, Sony is giving the Takeshi Furukawa-composed soundtrack a special edition release, as well as a special PS4 music app.

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WhammyPhone is a bendable smartphone that makes music when bent

WhammyPhone is a bendable smartphone that makes music when bent

Flexible phones aren't exactly a new concept as they have been seen in demonstration and prototype form several times. The last flexible smartphone that we talked about was from Lenovo and the flexible phones it showed off were cool. Over at Queen's University's Human Media Lab some of the researchers have developed a device called the WhammyPhone. It's being called the world's first musical instrument for a flexible smartphone.

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Pandora Plus now available to all users as Pandora unveils rebranding

Pandora Plus now available to all users as Pandora unveils rebranding

Last month, Pandora revealed Pandora Plus, a new paid subscription service that lets users drop ads and listen offline for $5 a month. When Pandora Plus was announced, the company said it would be rolling out all Android and iOS users over the "coming months," but today, it's announcing that the service is available to everyone.

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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Shazam Lite for Android targets those with modest data, storage

Shazam Lite for Android targets those with modest data, storage

Shazam has announced the launch of a new app for Android called “Shazam Lite.” As with Facebook Lite and other similar apps, Shazam Lite does not require as much storage space on the device, and it doesn’t use up as much data, making it ideal for those with low-end handsets and limited data plans. The lite version of the Shazam app requires less than a single megabyte of storage space.

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