Xbox Music Launch Confirmed By Microsoft

Microsoft has today announced the launch of Xbox Music, a new Spotify style “all-in-one” music streaming service that will be available across multiple devices.

The cloud-based service offers streaming of more than 30 million songs on PC, laptop and tablet devices running Windows 8 and Windows RT, including Microsoft’s own Surface line of tablets, along with the Xbox 360 console and Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

Alongside a free streaming service supported by adverts, Xbox Music also has a music subscription pass for unlimited playback of tracks, both online or offline, and an iTunes-style music store.

Microsoft feels that digital music is currently too hard to manage across multiple devices, and so it has created Xbox Music as a service offering “immediate and comprehensive discovery across the different types of devices you own”.

Users of Windows 8 or Windows RT tablets and PCs can stream tens of millions of songs for free, supported by adverts, as well as create an unlimited amount of playlists. However, Microsoft said that it will limit the amount of free streaming after the first six months.

Users can instead opt for the Xbox Music Pass, giving them unlimited access to the songs without adverts on Windows 8 devices, along with Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 8 smartphones, including while offline. This costs £8.99/$9.99 a month and also includes a range of music videos on the Xbox 360.

Also launching is Smart DJ, an artist-based radio feature that offers personalised and off the peg playlists of music based around favourite artists or genres.

The Xbox Music Store is an MP3 marketplace offering single tracks or entire albums for purchase on Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 devices.

As Xbox Music is based around cloud technology, Xbox Music Pass subscribers can create playlists and then have them synced across all their compatible devices.

Microsoft will also soon launch an iTunes Match style service that allows the user to upload their music collection to the cloud and any available tracks will be replaced with better versions from the Xbox Music catalogue.

“The launch of Xbox Music is a milestone in simplifying digital music on every type of device and on a global scale,” said Don Mattrick, the president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.

“We’re breaking down the walls that fracture your music experiences today to ensure that music is better and integrated across the screens that you care about most – your tablet, PC, phone and TV.”

Free Xbox Music streaming launches on Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs on October 26 in 15 markets worldwide.

Xbox Music Pass will be available for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 in 22 markets worldwide as devices become available, but it will begin rolling out tomorrow (October 16) on Xbox 360 in the same markets.

Xbox Music Store will also be accessible on Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 in 22 markets worldwide as devices become available.

Microsoft said that it will continue introducing Xbox Music in new regions around the world throughout the coming year.

It is also in talks to expand the platform, although it is unclear whether that will include rival operating systems such as Apple’s iOS and Google Android.

Microsoft told The Verge that existing Windows Phone and Windows 7 users will not get access to Xbox Music, but instead continue to use the Zune Music service, which will give access to the same catalogue of songs as Xbox Music.

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Angry Birds Star Wars to Launch November 8th

Rovio has announced that it will release a Star Wars edition of Angry Birds on November 8th.


On November 8, the Angry Birds and Star Wars universes will collide, in our best game to date. http://angrybirds.com/starwars

It doesn’t stop there though, we’ll have a whole host of toys, animations and other Angry Birds Star Wars goodness to enjoy!

So, watch the video a few times, follow our http://angrybirds.tumblr.com page and check back *every* day – this is just the beginning.

First Info on the 5″ Xtreamer Mobile With ICS

Xtreamer has just announced there First Mobile Phone from the Xtreamer Brand Xtreamer Mobile.

Information so far for the New Device from Xtreamer is as follows called Aiki. No Date or Price of the new Mobile just yet.

5″ Screen

Dual Sim

Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS 4.0.3)

Root Access Enabled

Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen

Essential Apps Pre Installed

Smooth Runner

Powerful Battery

Clockworkmod Based Updates

Multilingual Rom

Read more at Xtreamer Mobile

Standalone Youtube App Released For iOS

Today YouTube released a standalone YouTube App Released for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and the iPad. After it was pulled from the new iOS 6 releasing soon.

YouTube’s touting the app’s fresh channel guide that lets users swipe from left to right to reveal a screen with easy access to their channel subscriptions. A iPad version of the iOS app will be released in the coming months.

Credit iTunes, The Official YouTube Blog

UK Made Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Blog today posted that the Raspberry Pi is going to be made in the UK (South Wales) after original being made in China.

Back at the beginning of April, Eben and I paid a visit to Sony’s UK manufacturing plant in Pencoed, South Wales. Several meetings, a factory tour, a lot of phone calls, some PowerPoint and sandwiches, and an up-close-and-personal with a wave soldering machine later, we were able to introduce our manufacturing and distributing partners to Sony’s Welsh facility, where, as well as making Sony products, Sony’s team undertakes contract electronic manufacture (CEM). It’s an incredibly impressive affair; the quietest, pleasantest plant I’ve ever been in, all comfortable lighting, ergonomic workspaces, cool air and relaxed staff. Sony’s quality control system is legendary, their ability to manufacture fast and cleanly is superb, and they’ve already invested in adding PoP (Package on Package – the fiddly stuff where the Broadcom chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi is stacked beneath the RAM chip) hardware manufacture ability and expansion capability just for us. They’re also able to take on the huge task (currently undertaken by RS and Farnell) of ensuring the parts used are sourced ethically and to the highest ecological standards – every component has to pass standard compliance via Sony’s Green Management programme.

The upshot of all this? Element14/Premier Farnell have made the decision to move the bulk of their Raspberry Pi manufacture to South Wales. Moving manufacture like this is an enormous undertaking; from the start of the process, it’s taken us (especially Pete), Farnell and Sony nearly six months to get all our respective ducks in a row. The initial contract will see the Pencoed plant producing 30,000 Raspberry Pis a month, and creating around 30 new jobs.

How do you know if you’ve got a UK-made board? Easy. Look next to the power jack; you’ll see the words “Made in the UK”. We couldn’t be prouder.

Raspberry Pi Blog

Nokia Announces the Lumia 820 and 920

Nokia yesterday announced the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820, the first devices in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, including the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging innovation. Using advanced floating lens technology, the camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 is able to take in five times more light than competing smartphones without using flash, making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. It also compensates for hand movement while the photo is being taken.

“Nokia PureView continues to deliver cutting-edge technology to make it possible for a smartphone camera to take the kind of images usually only seen on a standalone SLR camera,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. “With the Nokia Lumia 920 we have made it possible to shoot pictures and video at home, outdoors, in a restaurant or even at night, and come out with professional-looking results.”
“We view imaging as a core area for differentiation in the smartphone space,” said Crawford Del Prete, Executive VP WW Products and Chief Research Officer, IDC. “Low light photography has been a weak point for smartphones. Nokia has addressed this with PureView to create real customer value. By applying its rich expertise in imaging Nokia has created a best of breed experience for everyday use.”
The Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite. By pointing the camera at a city street, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings, for the most intuitive way to explore surroundings. Nokia City Lens is the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps, making it possible to move between maps view and augmented reality view to help people check their direction and surroundings. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia’s largest ever battery (2000mAh) and, for the first time, built-in wireless charging for an easy, convenient way to get more out of every day.

The Nokia Lumia 820

The Nokia Lumia 820 is a stylish, mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact package. While the Nokia Lumia 820 has the same unibody look and feel as the high end Lumia smartphones, it comes with an exchangeable shell design. Exchangeable shells not only make it possible to select from a range of colors, but also to add wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.

Powered by Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 provides a more personal smartphone experience, with a start screen that can be more easily rearranged to reflect individual priorities and new animated Live Tiles for real-time updates on the things that matter most. The ability to sync content between Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Windows 8-based PCs and tablets or Xbox means files, music, pictures and video can be accessed in whichever way is most convenient. With Internet Explorer 10 for faster, safer browsing and Microsoft Office apps built into the platform, Windows Phone 8 is also the easiest way for getting things done.

Wireless charging partners

Nokia also announced a range of wireless charging accessories and partnerships. The Fatboy Recharge Pillow provides a fun way to recharge, while JBL introduced the JBL PowerUP, a wireless charging docking station with high quality audio in retro styling. Deals with Virgin Atlantic to put wireless charging stations in the London Heathrow Clubhouse lounge and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to put charging plates on tables in some of their cafés, were the first of many deals Nokia intends to sign to take wireless charging outside the home and office.

Availability

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in yellow, red, grey, white and black. The Nokia Lumia 820 comes in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black. Both phones will be available in pentaband LTE and HSPA+ variants and are expected to start shipping in select markets later in the year. Nokia will announce pricing and specific roll-out dates country by country when sales are due to begin.

Watch the [TEChBrits] Nokia Lumia 920 First Look Thoughts and Opinions

Xtreamer Ultra 2 Raw Video Released

Xtreamer just released the first footage of the Xtreamer Ultra 2 running OpenElec running from a 32 gig SSD.

The new generation of Xtreamer High End Model. A compact PC that was built for portability, HD playback and is utilizing the latest intel Atom Cedar Trail CPU with 4GB DDR3 RAM, SSD 32GB module and Geforce 520m. Now on sale. Comes Pre-Installed and ready to work out of the box with XBMC OpenElec Eden 11 and PVR

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