They're the latest breed of digital music services, offering that early Napster feeling of being able to listen to nearly anything -- instantly -- but for a small monthly fee. You're in total control of what you're listening to with these services, making them feel entirely different from streaming-radio services like Pandora and iTunes Radio, which are free (with advertising), but pick which tracks to play based on your preferences. And … Read more
Handsets with the Google Experience Launcher, like the Moto X, allow you to launch Google Now by simply saying "OK Google." To add this functionality to most Android phones, you'd have to install the Google Launcher, which would override the launcher currently in use (even custom ones).
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you don't have to override your current launcher to get convenient access to Google Now; the always listening feature is built-in, it's just pointed to the wrong app (S Voice). By using one app, S for Switch Voice, you can use the … Read more
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh, Apple has added a special "Happy Birthday, Mac" section to its App Store.
The section offers quick links to Apple's App offerings, such as OS X, iPhoto and iLife programs, and its Pro suites like Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X. In addition, it offers a selection of popular "Amazing Apps" and "Great Games." All of these are special selections by Apple to "capture the spirit of what makes [the Mac] so extraordinary."
In addition to app offerings, the birthday section … Read more
Looking for a cool video to watch online in under five minutes? A new mobile app tries to point the way.
Released this week for iOS and Android, 5by acts as your own personal video concierge service. The app starts by asking a series of questions to learn who you are. For example, would you rather bungee jump, take a trip to space, or go to the Super Bowl? Are your friends geeks, jocks, or weirdos? Is your dream vacation shredding the Rockies, exploring San Francisco, or attending Comic Con?
The app then offers you a choice of videos based … Read more
Between the success of "The Sing-Off" and "Pitch Perfect," it's fair to say that a cappella is making a comeback. Pentatonix, a five-piece vocal group fresh off a well-attended European tour, has been reaping the benefits of the increased interest. The group has garnered 4.5 million subscribers and 300 million views on the Pentatonix YouTube channel; has released a top 10 album, "PTX Volume 2"; sold out its entire North American tour, which runs from February 4 to April 10; collaborated with Lucky Charms cereal on its 50th anniversary commercial, which premieres … Read more
Microsoft has added a type of "your wish is my command" feature to its Office Web Apps.
Described in a Microsoft blog post Wednesday, the online version of Office now sports a "tell me what you want to do" field in the top toolbar. Want to run a certain command but don't know how or where to find it? Simply type the action in the field, and Office displays a list of possible commands.
For example, type the phrase "double space" in the field. Office responds with a line spacing menu from which … Read more
Tara Summers, the daughter of socialite and British Vogue editor Nona Summers and gallerist Martin Summers, was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She had her first taste of success in the UK with an autobiographical play, "Gypsy of Chelsea," about her childhood with a socialite mother who counted numerous celebrities as personal friends. In the US, the actress first gained attention with a two-year turn on "Boston Legal." Now she hopes to find greater fame co-starring with Greg Kinnear on the new Fox series "Rake", Thursdays at 9 (8 central). Prior … Read more
The official list of apps, or Glassware, as Google refers to it, on the Glass Web site offers a decent list of services. But it doesn't go far enough for those Glass Explorers who want to get the most out of Glass, especially with apps starting to show up that are built with the official GDK to take advantage of some of the core features in Glass.
Explorers can browse through the Glass Community forums looking for developers who want feedback on beta versions of apps, or they can turn to a shared Google Drive spreadsheet, which lists over … Read more
In your desktop browser, YouTube allows the modern equivalent of channel surfing: browsing related videos while you watch a clip. Unfortunately, the YouTube app for iPhone doesn't match that enviable capability.
Enter Youtopia, which gives you a more complete (and entertaining) YouTube experience by letting you "channel surf" while the current video plays on.
With a tap of the screen, the app toggles between two modes: full-screen video viewing and an overlaid interface. The latter displays various options (Featured, Channels, Search, and so on) in a toolbar down the left side and a scrolling thumbnail list of … Read more