BaseJump's software updated for Mavericks, including headphone detection
Twelve South has announced that its portable sound system, BassJump, has received a MacBook software update for OS X Mavericks compatibility. BassJump offers users additional audio speakers for one's MacBook, powered by a USB cable.
6008, 7008, 8008, 9708 now have Smart TV accessibility
Philips today announced that it has brought the Spotify streaming music service to a select range of its televisions in Europe. Additionally, the latest software update to many of its televisions has activated the "Cloud TV" service, allowing viewers to stream hundreds of channels over the Internet to recent model Smart TVs
Rumor claims Google dissatisfied with current state of the service
YouTube's long-rumored music service has allegedly been delayed until sometime in early 2014. The subscription music offering is said to be preparing for a first-quarter launch, though an exact date has yet to be set, and it is thought that the delay itself has been caused by Google's dissatisfaction with the service as a whole.
New devices have 37 velocity sensitive keys, expandable with sustain pedal
Mobile music-making apps developer IK Multimedia has announced the expansion of its iRig Keys line with two new products for mobile musicians: iRig Keys Pro and iRig Keys with Lightning connector, compact MIDI keyboard controllers with 37 velocity-sensitive keys.
Revenue shared based on stream popularity
Following criticism from musicians, Spotify has defended its business model by providing an in-depth look at its royalty payment framework. In a lengthy blog post, the company claims to have paid out more than $1 billion USD in royalties to-date, including $500 million from this year alone, with 70 percent of overall revenue being shared with the artists.
Win an Acoustic Research: ARS60 Bluetooth speaker
Our Giveaway Blitz continues with our Cyber Monday giveaways. Today we have the Acoustic Research ARS60 Bluetooth speaker to give away to one lucky reader. This speaker is the result of a cooperative effort between SuperTooth and Voxx to create a portable and powerful sound system that is compatible with any Bluetooth device.
Does the headset impress, or is it a case of form over function?
Headphones make a statement. Whether the listener is an unabashed audio fiend or someone that cares more about the outer coolness than the quality of the sound, there are a lot of considerations to put into a product. Velodyne has created a line of headphones that looks great on paper and in design across all of their offerings. The vBolds, the newest to hit the market, continue to carry Velodyne's stylish yet simple design. As great as the vBolds look on the outside, will the sound quality and everyday use match the meticulously sleek design? Check out our review to find out.
Gives Apple 10 days to reply over currency usage or face fine
The government of Brazil has asked Apple to explain why the company charges for items in the iTunes store in US dollars instead of Brazilian reals. The Consumer Protection Secretariat of the Brazilian ministry has given the company just ten days to respond to the query, which aims to find out whether Apple's practices are lawful or not.
The Pop earbuds by Coloud Headphones
It's Thanksgiving, and nothing sounds better than stuffing ourselves with unhealthy amounts of turkey and passing out during the football game in front of the TV while gearing up for Black Friday tomorrow -- but first, we need to get on with our Holiday Giveaway Blitz, so next up are "The Pop" earbuds by Coloud Headphones. These headphones provide direct sound and powerful bass while eliminating noise pollution. We have two sets to give away to our readers.
Black Friday, holidays offer good deals on wide range of pop gear
Black Friday is just around the corner, and it's entirely likely that there's a particular loved one you've been unable to think of something special: your resident musicophile. Fortunately, they're secretly among the easiest of all the people on your list to shop for. Normally we'd be a bit quieter in saying something like that, but your house audiophile is probably off somewhere wearing a pair of high-quality headphones, vibing to Bishop Nehru or Tame Impala -- don't worry, they'll tell you about those bands sooner or later. In the meantime, click through and check out the Music Lover edition of Electronista's Holiday Gadget Gift Guide, and we'll hip you to some tech gifts you can give them that will make them take pause -- and even press pause -- in surprise and delight.
Jambox, Mini Jambox can have Liquipel coating applied for $50
Jawbone is giving customers the ability to make their portable speakers water-resistant, when extra protection via a hydrophobic coating is bought from its website. The Jambox and Mini Jambox now lists an option to add Liquipel 2.0 to the devices as a $50 extra, making the regular-sized version cost $200, and the smaller model $230.
Custom streaming protocol developed for low latency streaming
Thin. Thin gadgets are in. We blame Steve Jobs. Regardless of the source, thin devices are prevalent and popular in the speaker marketplace, and with them comes generally tinny, lightweight sound. Bluetooth streamers are everywhere, but can introduce a delay in the audio signal, making them unsuitable for some uses. Core Brands' offshoot Korus has a solution -- a plug-and-play wireless audio solution catering to any computer with a USB connection (or an assortment of Apple iOS devices) in the Korus V400 and V600 Wireless Speaker System. Electronista has been headbanging for a month with the pair from Korus -- check to see what we thought about the system!
Tech eliminates need for intermediary streamer
A Danish company, GN ReSound, has collaborated with Apple to develop the first Made for iPhone-certified hearing aid, Reuters says. The LiNX is capable of connecting directly to an iPhone using Bluetooth Low Energy, instead of first connecting to an intermediary "streamer" that bridges Bluetooth devices and regular hearing aids. The LiNX will let people stream music and make phone calls, as with a dedicated Bluetooth headset; a companion iOS app will let people configure device settings.
AT&T now selling new Moshi case for iPhone 5c, earbud headphones
Moshi, a mobile accessories company, announced the availability of its two new products - Mythro earbuds and the iGlaze Remix case for iPhone 5c - that are now available on ATT.com and in select AT&T stores. Released in anticipation of the holiday shopping season, the new product additions join the already existing Moshi offerings available through AT&T, such as its origami-style iPad case and bubble-free iPhone screen protector.
New Wren V5BT's 3-inch throw drivers and four layer voice coils produce realistic bass
American audio company, Wren Sound Systems, is now shipping its latest speaker product, the Wren V5BT portable speaker. Powered by Intersil's classic D2 50-watt DSP-controlled class D amplifier, the V5BT is able to deliver room-filling sound in a compact design.
French music streaming service avoided US because of intense competition
Paris-based Deezer will finally offer its music-streaming service in the United States. The service, which has launched in a number of other countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and across Europe, will be available to use in the US sometime next year, though the company is reluctant to provide a final launch date until it can find another company to provide extra support.
Live 9.1 features simultaneous windows for improved workflow, new rendering algorithm
Ableton has announced the release of the latest version of the company's flagship music software, Live 9.1. Designed for music composition and editing, Live provides users with instruments, sounds, kits and loops for creating music, as well as many effects for processing and tweaking recordings. Live 9.1 offers new displays, improved sound, and the ability to record automation into clips and edit automation with curves. Now featuring dual monitor support, Live 9.1 can run multiple windows on one monitor, or across two.
Winamp media player closure after long lifetime
AOL will be shutting down Winamp on December 20, after operating for 16 years. AOL, which acquired Winamp parent company Nullsoft in 1999 for $80 million, will be closing the Winamp.com website and associated web services, something which will affect existing Winamp installations, and will stop offering the media player for download.
The Jackery Fit features three LED charge status indicators, built-in flashlight
Jackery, a producer of rechargeable battery products, has released its latest product: the Jackery Fit. A high-capacity 2.1-amp fast-charging portable battery, the Jackery Fit can charge a variety of tablets and smartphones. Featuring three LED charge status lights that indicate when the battery is fully charged, its 7500mAh provides up to 160 hours of additional operational time for a charged device. The Jackery Fit can be purchased online at the current sale price of $40, and is available in orange and silver.
Windows Phone app updated with new name, new look
Nokia has rebranded its music streaming service for Lumia smartphones, and has updated its Windows Phone app at the same time. Nokia MixRadio operates in a similar manner to the advertisement-free Nokia Music service it is replacing, this time with a greater emphasis on the downloadable mixes, as well as introducing a personalized mix.
PlayOn announces availability of PlayCast channel in Roku channel store
MediaMall Technologies, owner of PlayOn media server software for streaming
video content, has announced the availability of its new PlayCast channel in the Roku channel store. PlayCast allows users to send any video from a PC browser to a Roku-connected TV, much like Google's Chromecast service. When used with PlayOn, PlayCast gives users the ability to cast videos from an Internet browser. PlayCast is available in the Roku channel store; PlayOn, which can be accessed through subscription, is available in monthly, annual and lifetime payment options, starting at $9 per month.
Will the crowdsourced design on the M-100 satisfy?
Headphones are made these days with just about everyone in mind. Sets can be found for the people that love head-rattling bass or guitar twanging treble, and in configurations geared towards a true audiophile. So how does a company create headphones that rise above all of the individual options, yet keeps consumers in mind when constructing them? V-Moda has chosen to crowdsource them with audiophiles, musicians, and other folks who make sound quality a daily part of their lives. The result of the group effort is V-Moda's most ambitious outing to date, the Crossfade M-100, and Electronista has examined them in detail.
Leaked images claim Android, iOS platform support on the way
Nokia Music could be heading to the iPhone in the future, according to an allegedly leaked graphic. The app, which currently provides streaming music to Nokia Lumia and Asha smartphones as well as through Windows 8, 8.1, and RT devices, may end up on both iOS and Android devices as Nokia expands the reach of the service.
Crescent-shaped Boomerang Wireless Audio Dock released
Favi Entertainment has launched its latest mobile accessory, the Boomerang Wireless Audio Dock. A Bluetooth and NFC-enabled speaker, the Boomerang can pair with a mobile device from up to 33-feet away, or rest on the outside edges of a device to create a portable home-theater experience. Its expansion sleeve design is adjustable, accommodating desired viewing angles as well as varying sizes of devices, with its curved shape allowing for wearing around the neck. The Boomerang can play audio for up to ten hours, and is available in two sizes: the original Boomerang, which has two 6-watt speakers, and the Boomerang Mini with two 4-watt speakers. Featuring up to ten hours of audio play, both Boomerang speakers are available in a variety of colors. Currently available for pre-order, the 6-watt Boomerang dock is priced at $80, and the 4-watt Boomerang mini is priced at $60.
Audioengine announces USB headphone amp
Audioengine this week announced the release of its D3 Premium 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, an amplifier that plugs directly into a computer's USB port. The D3 sports both a USB connection and a headphone-out port, allowing it to bridge the gap between a computer or other device and a user's headphones. Audioengine says that the D3 streams bit-perfect native 24/96 HD audio, with users needing to install neither drivers nor software. It also allows users to directly control the volume of the output with their computer's own volume controls. The D3 24-bit USB amplifier is available from a number of retailers, with a price tag of $189.
HBO Go appears on support page for Chromecast
Google appears to be preparing to add an HBO Go app to its Chromecast HDMI dongle. The addition has already surfaced on Google's support page, which was spotted by Droid-Life. The app, which is already available for other Android and iOS devices, enables HBO subscribers to stream shows and movies.
Small but powerful addition to the Play lineup
Improvements in wireless technology over the years has made it increasingly easier to offer music playback in every room of the home. Involved in this "music everywhere" movement since 2002, Sonos has long prided itself on providing customers with audio products that not only sound great, but are also incredibly simple to use. In our full review, we will test to see if the latest addition to the Sonos lineup, the Play:1, fits right into this plan -- while still remaining an affordable option.
Soundmatters' wireless, 'pocketable' speaker DASH7 now available
Audio accessory maker Soundmatters has announced the availability of its wireless pocket-portable speaker, the Dash7. The new Daah7 is three-quarters of an inch thick, and offers omnidirectional sound in a size that fits in a slim bag or pocket. Featuring extended Bluetooth range, the Dash7 can also be used as a noise-cancelling speakerphone. Available in red, white and black, it can be purchase for $250 through various online retailers, and the Soundmatters website.
Device grows on Contour design lineage, adds Lightning and Airplay
Audio hardware vendor Pure has unveiled the Contour i1 Air, a music system featuring Apple's wireless streaming technology AirPlay. The device offers wireless audio streaming from iOS devices or iTunes on Macs and PCs. Additionally, the device has a revolving dock with clip-in adapter that accommodates iPod, iPhone, and iPad models with either a 30-pin or Lightning connector.
Master Fader 2.0 incorporates user feedback, adding new features and enhancements
Mackie's Master Fader app for its DL Series Digital Live Sound Mixers with iPad Control has received an update with the release of Master Fader 2.0. The Master Fader iPad app works in conjunction with a Mackie DL1608 or DL806 digital live sound mixer. Master Fader 2.0 offers input channel and aux send linking, which provide true stereo operation and a single set of controls for linked channels. Other features include an expanded Aux/FX send configuration, with a pre-DSP option, and LR mute and pan options for stereo auxes. Master Fader 2.0 has iOS 7 support, and numerous bug fixes in areas that previously caused crashing. Compatible with iOS 6 or later, Master Fader 2.0 for iPad can be downloaded for free from iTunes.
Pebble releases iOS 7 app update with greater notification support
Pebble has updated the iOS version of its smart watch app, one which introduces support for iOS 7 notifications. The update, which allows for updates from a host of watched services to be pushed to the Pebble display, also introduces support for Bluetooth LE, which will lower the amount of power used by the smartphone and the Pebble when communicating.
Google Nexus to be released on T-Mobile on November 14 online, November 20 retail
T-Mobile has announced the upcoming launch of the Google Nexus 5 with its service. The Nexus 5 is to be powered by the latest Android OS, with a 2.26 GHz quad-core processor and LTE capabilities. Soon available with the company's Simple Choice plan, consumers pay $40 up front and $20 per month in a two-year device payment plan. The Nexus 5 will be available for purchase November 14 online, and November 20 at T-Mobile retail locations.
Harman Kardon speakers pack NFC setup, Bluetooth compatibility
Harman Kardon has announced a new set of desktop speakers, the Nova stereo system. The new speakers are compatible with virtually any device, with an array of wired and wireless inputs that allow it to accompany Roku set-top boxes, standard HDTVs, Apple TV systems, and more. Harman Kardon packs these capabilities into a small, versatile form factor that can be placed on a desktop or in an entertainment system.
New speaker uses eighth-inch jack, Bluetooth inputs
Music creation apps and accessories developer IK Multimedia has announced that the iLoud, the first portable stereo speaker that claims studio-monitor quality on the go, is now available from music instrument and consumer electronics retailers worldwide. The iLoud battery-operated speakers combine power, frequency response and boosted low end in an ultra-portable design that makes it an alternative to studio speakers for music creation, composition and playback.
New model uses same user interface as higher-end DDJ-SX, SR
The Pioneer Electronics Sound and Visual Division today unveiled a new addition to its "DDJ-S" Serato based line of controllers, the DDJ-SB, which features similar operability as Pioneer's DDJ-SX and recently announced DDJ-SR. The DDJ-SB 2-channel DJ controller is designed for the entry-level DJ who wants the same look and feel as the two higher-end models but with more basic operability and at a lower price point.
Addonics' Wi-Fi Drive Adapter enables wireless sharing of USB drive, micro SD card
Addonics Technologies has announced its network device for wireless sharing of a USB drive or micro SD card, or for use as a wireless hotspot. The Wi-Fi Drive Adapter can share drive or card content upon insertion into the adapter. To share an Internet connection, a hotspot can be created by connecting the Wi-Fi Drive Adapter to a Local Area Network with an Internet connection. Including one RJ45 socket for 10/100Mbps Ethernet connections, the Wi-Fi Drive Adapter supports the 802.11b/g/n standard with a range of up to 150 feet. Priced at $50, the Addonic Wi-Fi Drive Adapter can be purchased online.
Fixes minor bugs and addresses user issues
On Wednesday, Apple offered a minor tweaking of its recently-revamped GarageBand, bringing the new version up to 10.0.1. The update is said to address "a number of minor issues" along with minor tweaks and performance enhancements. GarageBand v10.0 was released alongside OS X Mavericks and other reworked iLife and iWork apps, and included an all-new sound and sample library and the addition of a "virtual session drummer" tool.
Audio specialist Onkyo has announced two new sets of headphones aimed at iOS users, the ES-CTI300s and the IE-CTI300s. The ES-CTI300s use an over-the-ear design, and come in black or silver. Built into the cable for them is a three-button iOS remote with volume, play/pause, track skip, and call answer/rejection functions, and a microphone for calls, recording, and voice commands. The set uses two 40mm titanium drivers, with bass chambers to improve low-end sound.
Sceptre HDTV home theater bundle for $347 and more
Get ready for the holidays with early bird online savings at Walmart.com. The Sceptre 40-inch LCD HDTV with RCA home theater system bundle has been cut by 42 percent from $600 down to $347. That price is $186 less than buying these items separately anywhere else. This HDTV features 1080p resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The RCA home theater system includes an up-converting DVD player, four speakers, a subwoofer, and center channel that pump out 250 watts of sound.
Larger version of Pill portable speaker gets tested at FCC
A new speaker from Beats has been spotted going through certification at the FCC, one that appears to be a more stationary model. The filing for the Beats Pill XL reveals a larger version of the company's portable speaker, suggesting that the company may be celebrating its break-up from HTC by preparing to sell an upscaled model in the near future.
Livesurface's Context introduces photorealistic previewing into Adobe Illustrator
Livesurface, a design development company, has launched its full version of Context. The program is an integrative app that allows users of Adobe Illustrator to display projects on a wide variety of real-world objects and scenes. While working, users can preview designs in Context without leaving Illustrator, and see 3D renderings to help better predict a finished, implemented product. Featuring photorealistic 'inks' for adding printing effects to a project, surfaces to select for previewing, and access to direct tools that allow for quick visual implementations, Context can create professional, high-resolution output renderings. Context can be downloaded as a free test version for access to low-resolution surfaces, and as a $10 monthly subscription or $90 annual subscription, providing full access to high-resolution content. Software requirements include Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, and Adobe Illustrator CS4 through CC.
Ematic releases Genesis Prime XL tablet, runs Android
A producer of "value" tablets, Ematic, has launched the Genesis Prime XL, an Android-powered 10-inch tablet. Utilizing the Google Play store, users can access Android apps, books, movies, music and more. The Genesis Prime XL has built-in Wi-Fi, supports 1080p HD videos and features 4GB of internal storage along with 5GB of cloud storage. Available for $130, the Genesis Prime XL can be purchased at various online retailers, such as Amazon.
2.0 software gets tag-based browser, new audio engine
Native Instruments has released two new products, Maschine 2.0 and Maschine Studio. The first is an update of the company's beatmaking software, incorporating a new audio engine with support for multi-core processors, sidechaining, and unlimited groups and insert effects. The user interface has simultaneously been redesigned to improve control and offer better visual feedback.
Pandora updates Android app with tablet UI, Chromecast streaming
Pandora has updated its Android app with a new design specifically for tablets. Aside from offering an interface made for a larger display, Pandora 5.0 for tablets retains most of the features the smaller-screen version currently offers, with more details for stations available to read, lyrics and artist information, and improved social sharing. The update also introduces Chromecast streaming for the first time.
Model M Wireless, Model L Wireless, and Model XL Wireless stream with Bluetooth
High-end sound system company Geneva has added three new models to its lineup of standalone speaker docks. The new models, the Model M Wireless, Model L Wireless, and Model XL Wireless, eschew the physical dock in favor of wireless streaming enhanced with FM tuners, a mini-jack input, and a CD player in the larger models.
Device provides 24-bit conversion, delivers 150mW
Boutique audio device manufacturer Cambridge Audio has introduced the DacMagic XS, a pint-sized Digital to Analog Converter. The 24-bit converter delivers 150mW of power to headphones, boosting both bass and volume for listeners.
Series branded as Immaculate Wireless Sound
Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first wireless speakers, taking advantage of the 24bit/96kHz WiSA standard. The lineup can be used as separate modular components, or as a complete set comprising the compact BeoLab 17 bookshelf speakers, the BeoLab 18 floorstanding columns, and the BeoLab 19 subwoofer. Electronista attended the company's Manhattan launch event to hear if the new set fulfills its promise of "Immaculate Wireless Sound."
Compliments existing iOS client
Amazon has released a native Cloud Player app for the Mac. The software lets people both play and buy music from the Amazon MP3 Store. It can also automatically import music from iTunes or CDs, though, and be used to export libraries to other music players. Any music stored in Cloud Drive is accessible on other platforms with a Cloud Player app, including Windows, iOS, Android, Roku, Sonos, Samsung TVs, and the web.
Dock being sold in limited numbers before wider availability in 2014
Microsoft has started selling a docking station for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, with sales said to be in limited quantities before wider availability next year. The dock's appearance is accompanied by Microsoft demonstrating one of its recently-announced Surface covers, one which is dedicated to music creation and playback.
Updated version of Cyberduck adds support for multipart uploads, bucket lifecycle config
Cyberduck has announced the availability of its latest version of its FTP/SFTP/WebDAV file server client software, Cyberduck 4.4. Featuring a complete refactoring for improved performance and testability, Cyberduck has accommodated developments in cloud storage by adding support for multipart uploads. Bucket lifestyle configuration has also been added in Amazon S3 to archive objects in Amazon Glacier and multi-region support for OpenStack Swift. Other improvements include bug fixes and improved file transfer reliability for higher throughput. Its version for Mac now does not require Java Runtime for installation. Available for Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, and Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Cyberduck can be downloaded from Cyberduck, and is soon to be updated in the App Store.