Samsung’s new music streaming service is totally free, comes completely chock full of songs

Technology manufacturer enters online music streaming competition

Hey iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and Songza — watch out, here comes Milk Music.

samsung-milk-music

The oddly named new music streaming service comes from technology giant Samsung. At present it’s only available on Galaxy phones in the US, but for those rocking the company’s flagship device, users have free access to over 200 radio stations and some 13 million songs that they can stream right into their ears or over their Bluetooth portable speakers.

1392601643

As mentioned in the first line of the story, the play area for music streaming services is already crazy crowded with some really big names. What’s more, these services can be streamed on any smartphone device on the market.

32800_1_microsoft_releases_xbox_music_apps_for_android_and_ios_devices

Despite this competitive advantage, the South Korean-based company is confident their particular product will attract users.

“We feel that while the music space is very competitive there is room for improvement,” said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.

Worth noting is the fact that this is not Samsung’s first venture in to music streaming—the company launched a service called Music Hub back in 2012.

Also worth noting – it was recently shut down.

:-/

Google Translate Now Works Sans Internet on Android Phones

Popular language translation program offers offline language packages for use in the web-less areas of the world

Today, Google launched offline language packages for “Google Translate on Android”. The new program will support fifty different languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and more.

 Google Translate

The program is an incredibly convenient feature for travelers in a foreign country who need to convey a quick and simple message without the need for a language dictionary or Internet connection.

Continue reading

iPhone 5 case protects phone, includes hand crank to power battery up in emergencies

A little manual labor is all it takes to extend battery life

iPhone 5 Gridcase Reactor

If you’re not afraid of putting in a little elbow grease and some manual labor, then you’ll love the Gridcase Reactor — it’s a new iPhone 5 case that’s looking to get some funds via crowd funding site crowdsupply.com and is definitely worth checking out because the case not only protects the phone but also features an internal 400mAh battery and crank-powered 500mAh generator that allows the user to power their phone before it completely fades out (longest sentence everrr).

Gridcase Reactor for smartphone

Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day — Here’s My Heart

Mobile app built for Hallmark holiday walks fine line between creepy and cute

Re:Beat mobile app

You could go with a dozen roses, box of chocolates, awesomely loud portable speaker, or you could go mobile app and download Re:Beat. It records and animates a person’s heartbeat to share with loved ones no matter how far away they might be.

Re:Beat heartbeat screenshot

The app was created by Swedish mobile VoIP service Rebtel and is free on both iOS and Android. The way it works is pretty straightforward: it uses the device’s camera to sense a person’s average heart beat per minute. The user simply presses their finger against the camera and it detects the rate by measuring subtle changes in the user’s finger color.

If the sensor doesn’t work, the user taps the rhythm of their heartbeat against the phone. The screen will then animate the rhythm into a digital beating heart while at the same time vibrating and making sound.

Re:Beat tap screen

When the recording’s ready to go, there are five types of message to choose from, ranging from “I’m just a heartbeat away” to “My heart beats for you”. The message can be sent via Facebook, Twitter, or text message.

Video promo of the app below:

Creepy? Cute? Still need a better idea? Check out the promo we’re running for Valentine’s Day:

Boombotix coupon code

Soup bowl makes it cool to eat alone

Bowl holds phone in place, doubles as a speaker amplifier

MisoSoupDesign Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl

The digital age has brought about plenty of great gadgets. The smartphone. The tablet. The Boombot. It’s also, unfortunately, brought about a degradation of people’s social skills. Everywhere you go, you see people in the familiar pose — hunched over their device, oblivious to the world around them. It’s a lonely behavior that makes walking past them in a hallway awkward, driving dangerous, and eating together with them downright annoying.

Well, it appears as though we’ve got at least one of these problems solved: introducing MisoSoupDesign’s “Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl”. It was designed by Daisuke Nagatomo and Jan Minnie and as you can see, it’s a ramen bowl that comes equipped with a rim slot to fit a smartphone.

Different MisoSoupDesign Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowls

Rolling your eyes at the fact that this bowl encourages the anti-social to be more, well, anti-social? Take comfort in the fact that the slot also doubles as a sound amplifier. Granted it’s nothing near the sound you’ll get from a high quality portable speaker, but it is enough to allow the soup guzzling loner to blast their Bon Iver for all to hear.

Listening to music with MisoSoupDesign Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl

According to MisoSoupDesign’s Facebook page, their “Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl” is still in the prototype stage, but they will be available soon.