Google to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red

Google plans to shake up its music offering and ad-free video service, according to statements made by Lyor Cohen, the head of Google Play Music. As it stands today, Google Play Music is available to a single person for $10 per month and families for $15 per month. YouTube Red allows people to enjoy an ad-free YouTube experience for $10 per month. Purchasing YouTube Red, however, gives people access to Google Play Music at no extra charge. Google also offers YouTube Music and YouTube TV, which are separate services for music videos and live TV, respectively. Moving forward, Google Play Music and YouTube Red will be offered together. “The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering,” said Cohen. Cohen didn’t provide any details on what the merged service might look like, but he did say Google will give customers plenty of warning. “Music is very important to Google and we’re evaluating how to bring together our music offerings to deliver the best possible product for our users, music partners and artists. Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made,” said Cohen in a statement provided to The Verge. YouTube TV is the newest of these media services and is only available in 15 markets around the country. It costs $35 per month and will continue to stand on its own.

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LG Pins Mobile Hopes On Forthcoming High-End Phone

LG today reported second quarter earnings and the news was mixed. While three of its four business units saw growth, its Mobile Communications Company saw flat income and an operating loss of $117.4 million. LG blamed its quarterly performance on weaker than expected sales of its flagship smartphone, the G6, and an increase in component costs. LG showed off the G6 at the Mobile World Congress event in February and the device reached world markets in April. It’s a premium metal-and-glass smartphone with a unique 18:9 display and dual cameras. LG said its mobile unit did see a 13% increase in sales across North America thanks largely to strong performance of its mass-tier handsets, such as the K20 and Stylo 3. LG hopes things will get better. “The introduction of the new Q series and the rollout of a new high-end device in the weeks ahead are expected to bolster the company’s performance in the second half of 2017,” it said in a statement. The high-end device in question is likely the V30, a follow-up to last year’s V20. LG has a press event scheduled on August 31 during the IFA trade show, which will take place in Berlin.

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Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver – Review

Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver   Review

This little gadget is going to be ideal if you have a big hi-fi or speaker system which doesn’t have Bluetooth capability. Likewise, it’s going to be ideal if you’ve got a TV or another non-Bluetooth device and you want to push the output to a Bluetooth speaker. It’s on Amazon for £30.99.

Confused? Well, don’t be. This gadget can accept a 3.5mm audio input or an SPDIF digital optical cable, then it’ll send the resulting audio out to a Bluetooth speaker… or two Bluetooth speakers as you’ll see in a moment. Before I get started, I’d advise reading the manual. Although there’s only one button to operate the thing, it’s worth reading the setup instructions, especially if you’re going to hook up two Bluetooth speakers.

Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver   Review

Something else I should point out? Well, below I’ve taken the optical audio output of my TV and I’m sending it out through two Bluetooth speakers. So far so good, but I should point out that – if you want to turn off the TV, go out and then come back again tomorrow, you’ll need to power most Bluetooth speakers on again. It’s a bit of a faff and in NO WAY anything to do with this gadget, but most Bluetooth speakers have a power-saving feature which means that they’ll shut down when there’s no audio going through them.

However, if you want to connect your Bluetooth speakers to your TV and enjoy an orchestra in HD with beautiful sound, just whack the digital audio output (cable supplied) or the 3.5mm output (cable supplied) into the TV, put the other end into the Etekcity gadget and then plug in the USB power (cable supplied, and you can steal the power from your TV).

Here’s me trying out that setup with two speakers …

This features aptX Low Latency technology, reducing the lag time, meaning that you can watch TV shows without the lips going out of sync with the sound. Plus, although I mentioned the power requirement, you can charge it up for a couple of hours and then enjoy 15 hours of use, adding to the portability. The device also remembers the devices you paired with previously.

Using the thing is simple enough after you’ve read the instructions, and there’s a couple of switches on the side which are self-explanatory. One will flick between sending the audio out over Bluetooth or receiving Bluetooth (obviously you need to wire the outputs on the back of the device to suit) and the other switches the input / output from SPDIF to AUX.

Etekcity Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver   Review

On the back here you’ll see the various ports, again pretty self explanatory. If you have a car with a 3.5mm audio input then you can put this gadget in your motor and plug it into a USB outlet. Pop your 3.5mm audio cable in, then simply connect your phone and you get to listen to your music on your car stereo without a problem. It’s worth noting though that this device doesn’t have a microphone, so no hands-free calling.

Likewise, old stereo systems and your favourite 3.5mm headphones can get in on the Bluetooth action. Just plug in your posh headphones, switch it to “RX” and “AUX”, then pair your phone and, with this Etekcity device in your pocket, you can listen to music while your phone sits on a cupboard or table.

Etekcity give a two-year warranty and lifetime support on this one.

Here’s me trying it in the car..

Overall

I really couldn’t find an issue with this. If you’ve got two Bluetooth speakers which don’t auto-power off then, by pairing with both and not turning the device off, you can instantly have your phone or tablet pumping music out in two different rooms. Likewise, this has a range of uses, and I like the fact that your big and expensive headphones can suddenly be converted into Bluetooth headphones with a rugged and rubberised device which is only around 6cm square. A great little device which does exactly what it says.

Get the Etekcity Bluetooth Sender / Receiver on Amazon.

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  • Vodafone Smart V8 Unboxing

    Newsflash.

    I have a problem. Once upon a time we’d get budget, network-branded phones delivered to the Coolsmartphone HQ and they would be.. for want of a better word.. crap.

    Now they’re not. They’re really not, and when I see someone walking around with a “big name” budget phone it puzzles me a bit. You know the phones I’m on about. It’ll be a Samsung JK3, an LG Y1 or a Motorola “Youth” or an Alcatel Basic. It’s bonk. What have you bought that for? You went ahead because the nice man at the shop said it was a “big name” and, although the screen is 4″, it takes terrible photos and has the screen resolution of a calculator, you bought it because he seemed nice, it was from a big manufacturer and it was cheap.

    Mistake.

    Vodafone Smart V8 Unboxing

    Have a look at this Vodafone handset. It’s £159 on Pay As You Go or you can get it on contracts for as little as £23 per month. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm 1.4GHz Snapdragon 435 CPU, has 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage and you get a microSD card slot for more.

    Vodafone Smart V8 Unboxing

    All good so far. Then, then you get a 16 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash. It takes good pictures too. Up front, an 8 megapixel camera. The screen is a 5.5″ IPS LCD unit which has a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. That’s full HD.

    Vodafone Smart V8 Unboxing

    It’s won awards for the design. It looks nice, really nice, and I can walk around with it for less than £160.

    Sure, there’s a little bit too much border at the top and bottom of the screen, but .. come on.. I’m picking at flies. I’m picking at smaller flies than I used to back in the day, when we were being sent network-branded phones with low-res screens and “plastic fantastic” build quality. This is solid, well designed, with a snappy fingerprint sensor, a great screen and the very latest version of Android.

    Vodafone Smart V8 Unboxing

    Vodafone Smart V8 Unboxing

    I’m writing the review for this one. I’m literally in the middle of it, but during this video unboxing I noticed just how terrible my garden table looked, so I ended up getting a tin of paint out and I’ve re-painted the whole thing. You’ll see the difference between the photos and videos 🙂 Nice eh?

    See? That’s what a very good, but very cheap, network-branded phone can do. It can take good photos, it runs relatively quickly and it’ll even make you re-paint your garden furniture. Boom.

    Yes, I need to de-weed the patio too. There’s just not enough hours in the day..

    If you’re interested in the Vodafone Smart V8 on contract or on Pay As You Go, just head to the Vodafone website.

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  • Foxconn Commits to Building Wisconsin Factory

    Foxconn today said it will build a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, where it will make LCD panels and employ up to 3,000 people. The company previously announced it might invest up to $10 billion in the U.S. Today’s news, shared by the White House, demonstrates Foxconn was serious about the investment. The facility will be approximately 20,000 square feet and may eventually employ up to 13,000. Foxconn, based in Taiwan, is chiefly known for manufacturing iPhones for Apple, though it has other consumer electronics customers. Foxconn said Sharp will be first to use the LCD panels made in Wisconsin for its television sets. Foxconn is weighing similar investments in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

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    Cochlear Debuts iPhone-Compatible Cochlear Implant Processor

    A new product from Cochlear Limited will allow iPhone owners to stream sound from their device directly to their cochlear implant. This is made possible by the Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, a behind-the-ear sound processor that bridges the iPhone and the implant. Cochlear says the processor makes it possible for iPhone users to not only stream audio to their implants, but to also control, monitor, and customize their hearing via the associated application. The app can help people record coil-offs time, as well as time in speech environments, including time spent listening to FM radio or streaming music. It also offers a tool for locating lost processors if they happen to fall off. Cochlear says the Nucleus 7 was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month and should be available in September for those looking at new implants. The Nucleus 7 will support some of Cochlear’s older implants through an upgrade beginning in October.

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    Switch Sales Success Bolsters Nintendo Quarterly Profit

    Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. has reversed into profit for the April-June quarter from losses the previous year, boosted by the popularity of its Switch hybrid game machine.

    Kyoto-based Nintendo reported Wednesday a profit of 21.26 billion yen ($190 million) for the fiscal first quarter, improving from a 24.5 billion yen loss for the three months through June 30 last year.

    Quarterly sales more than doubled to 154.1 billion yen ($1.4 billion) from 62 billion yen the previous year.

    Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games, left unchanged its full year forecast through March 2018, for a 45 billion yen ($402 million) net profit on 750 billion yen ($6.7 billion) sales.

    Nintendo sold 1.97 million Switch machines during the quarter, for cumulative sales of 4.7 million units since March. It left unchanged its estimate of selling 10 million Switch machines in the fiscal year through March 2018.

    The Switch is a new kind of machine for Nintendo, which allows for playing both at home and on-the-go.

    The challenge for Nintendo has been to keep the sales momentum going for new consoles, as they are snatched up in the initial years, but then interest tends to wane.

    Nintendo said its Switch game software sales have been solid, with demand strong for “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, “ARMS” and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”

    Its Splatoon 2 has just gone on sale and “Super Mario Odyssey” for the Switch will launch in October.

    Nintendo, which also makes the 3DS portable console, has also scored success in offering games for smartphones and other devices that aren’t Nintendo machines — a move the company had resisted for years, but an area that appears to offer great growth potential.

    The recent release on smart devices of “Super Mario Run” and “Fire Emblem Heroes” games has met with success, boosting quarterly income from…
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    New York Eyes 'Textalyzer' To Bust Distracted Drivers

    New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer” that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving.

    Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he would direct the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology, as well as the privacy and constitutional questions it could raise.

    “Despite laws to ban cellphone use while driving, some motorists still continue to insist on texting behind the wheel — placing themselves and others at substantial risk,” Cuomo said in a statement provided exclusively to The Associated Press. “This review will examine the effectiveness of using this new emerging technology to crack down on this reckless behavior and thoroughly evaluate its implications to ensure we protect the safety and privacy of New Yorkers.”

    The device is called the “textalyzer” because of its similarity to the Breathalyzer, which is used to identify drunk drivers. It would allow police to see if a motorist had been texting, emailing or otherwise using his or her cellphone before a serious crash.

    The “textalyzer” is still some months away from being ready, according to Cellebrite, the Israel-based tech company developing the device.

    Privacy and civil liberties groups already have questioned whether the technology’s use would violate personal privacy, noting that police often must obtain search warrants before looking at a person’s phone.

    The committee will hear from supporters and opponents of the technology, law enforcement officials and legal experts before issuing a report, Cuomo’s office said. Particular areas of focus will include the effectiveness of the technology, constitutional and legal issues as well as how the device would be used in practice.

    “We were the first state to adopt a motorcycle helmet law, a seat belt law for front-seat passengers and a cell-phone law,” said Terri Egan, executive…
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    Android Auto Can Now Navigate with Waze

    Google today made Waze available within Android Auto. The new integration means those who prefer Waze to Google Maps can take advantage of Waze via their car’s in-dash infotainment center. In order to use Waze, Android users will need to download the latest version of Android Auto and Waze, and then connect their phone to their car via USB. Waze is a popular alternative to Google Maps because it provides real-time information about accidents, construction closures, and other events that may impact navigation. It relies on crowd-sourced data to provide the most up-to-date information. Google says Waze fans will be able to navigate to their favorite destinations saved in Waze (work, home, etc.), receive visual and audio alerts about hazards, check the estimated time of arrival along with alternate routes, and of course help other Waze users by sharing information about accidents and traffic jams. Google said it is working on a version of Waze that works within Android Auto directly on smartphones, but for now Waze integration is limited to in-dash access.

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    Apple Must Pay U. Wisconsin $506 Million Over Patent

    Apple was ordered this week by a U.S. judge to pay $506 million to the University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) thanks to patented technology found in Apple’s A7, A8, and A8X processors. The patent involves increasing the efficiency of chips by predicting what instructions the user will give them. WARF originally filed the lawsuit in January 2014 and was granted a jury victory in October 2015. The original judgement was for $234 million, but the judge more than doubled the damages because Apple has continued to use the patented technology in its iPhones (A9 processors) during the course of the lawsuit. Apple sought to have the patent declared invalid, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Apple’s bid. Apple is appealing the ruling. WARF sued Apple again in 2015 over the same patent, which it claims is being violated in newer versions of the iPhone. That second case is still winding its way through the courts. The patent, originally granted to WARF in 1998, expired in December 2016. Apple maintained its innocence.

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