A paid subscription to Google Play Music is something I generally believe that I can’t live without going forward. I use it every single day. I listen to music streamed from the service while working, while in the car, if I’m cooking, and while I workout. I am constantly streaming music. My playlists change often. New music enters my rotation regularly (that I don’t have to pay extra for). And I often find throwback tunes to my wilder and much younger days that bring a smile to my face today. Streaming music services like Google Play are awesome.
Which brings us to today’s poll. Are you using a streaming music service? If so, which one?
There are countless services to choose from at this point. In fact, I narrowed the list down to what I would consider to be the nine most popular, half of which I myself haven’t even been able to try. From Google Music to iTunes Radio to Beats Music to Spotify, you have so many options that all offer somewhat different experiences. As I mentioned above, Google Play Music works for me, but there may be another service that fits your needs.
Let us know – which streaming music service do you use?
As anyone who has paid for Dropbox storage can tell you, the cloud company has not exactly been competitive when it comes to pricing, at least comparatively. With the abnegation of an incumbent, Dropbox has left its expensive tiers unchanged in recent months, while competitors like Google and Amazon have drastically undercut them.
Historically, the service has defended its pricing, arguing the included features more than justify the added cost. If this morning’s announcement is any indication, though, the 300 million+ user service is starting to feel the heat. (more…)
“Something really cool” is getting worked on, as announced by Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit, a not-so-new startup focused entirely on mobile devices and cloud computing. Nextbit’s team is comprised of former Google (original Android team engineers), Dropbox, Amazon, and Apple employees, and last night, the company announced they are to bring on former HTC Senior VP Scott Croyle as Vice President of Design and Product. (more…)
Google News and Weather, remember that app? No? Don’t get down on yourself if you know nothing of this app, a news and weather distributor that was a part of the stock Android experience, yet hasn’t seen an update in years. Today, though, it has risen from the dead with a massive update from Google.
The update turns News and Weather into a modern app, with slideout navigation and a fair amount of Material Design stylings. (more…)
Starting July 1, 2015, smartphones sold in the state of California will be required to be sold with theoretical “kill switch” software baked in. Thanks to the bill, which was signed into law today, buyers who have their phones stolen will be able to remotely render their device unusable, with the ultimate goal being to help drastically cut down on theft of smart devices. (more…)
This morning, the official Android Twitter account posted a question to its followers that we loved so much, we decided to steal it. Well, sort of. They asked, “After you’ve hit snooze for the last time, what’s the first thing you use your #Android phone for in the morning?” Our question has been tweaked slightly, asking for your typical Android routine in the morning, but they are similar. We want to know what apps you use before anything else or how you get ready for the day with technology, that type of thing. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, Coin – the credit card to replace all credit cards – told us that it was ready to ship to backers and that its companion Android app would arrive by September 25, about a month after the iOS app. Today, things have changed drastically, with Coin announcing to a small group that it has essentially delayed the product as it works out kinks, manufacturing issues, and most importantly, gets card swipes up from its current 85% success rate.
Coin will now only invite 10,000 people to test what they are calling “Coin Beta.” The rest of its thousands and thousands (potentially in the hundreds of thousands) of backers will have to wait until Spring 2015 to get the “Gold Standard” edition, almost a year after it was promised. (more…)
Fragment, a prismatic art wallpaper app that was introduced on iOS some time ago, is now available on Android. To say that this app is “awesome,” is probably not doing it justice. If you like wallpapers, custom ones at that, and prisms, you should probably grab this app.
The app allows you to start with new photos taken from your camera, grab images currently stored on your device, or ask the app for inspiration before creating your own prismatic masterpieces. Once you have an image ready, the app’s all-inclusive set of editing tools are at your fingertips. There are over a dozen frames, shapes, and patterns to get you going, options for rotating/resizing/framing/dragging/zooming/etc., and even sliders that will let you adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and more. The possibilities for creating a new wallpaper are practically endless.
If that all sounds like too much work, there is a shuffle button that will attempt to pair shapes and color adjustments for you on the fly. Tap it as many times as you would like until you find a combination that looks amazing. (more…)