One-year anniversary of Chromecast celebrated with extended music trial
Google is providing owners of the Chromecast streaming dongle in the United States free access to Google Play Music All Access for 90 days. An extension of an offer which has already been made available in other Chromecast countries for some time, it is being made available to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Chromecast's launch.
Bitcoin added to currency conversion options in Google search
Google has updated its currency-based searches to include results for Bitcoin. Coindesk reports reports the search company is now working with digital wallet service Coinbase to track the price of the digital currency and perform currency conversion functions, just as Google Search does for other currencies. The same conversion can also be performed by the Google Search mobile apps.
Skype rolls out iPhone app update, re-introduces voice-message support
Microsoft has released v5.2 of the iPhone version of its Skype app. Users can now receive recorded messages from when they are offline within a conversation stream, and it can be listened to directly. User profiles can be viewed from one's contacts, displaying status, username, location and more. Additionally, participants can be added to existing conversations through the main menu on the bottom right-hand side. Skype v5.2 is free to download through iTunes.
Google Play Music adds new features for iOS users
Google's music streaming service Google Play Music has released an update for its iOS version. The service features unlimited access to its song database, the ability to create custom radio stations, and more. The latest version of the app includes an improved download experience with the addition of a "Downloaded Only" filter. Users can now edit playlists and select a Shuffle Artist feature. The over-all user interface has also been improved, adding a new, scrollable app header. The Google Play Music app is free to download, and requires a subscription to use.
TLA Systems updates iOS calculator application to Mac version
Calculator app PCalc has been updated for iOS, with TLA Systems' immediate release of v3.2.0. Now sharing identical code with the latest PCalc 4 for OS X, the latest edition includes the ability search functions, conversions and constants, including search by unit abbreviation. Enhanced user functions and conversions with RPN support and bitwise operators are featured, along with separate user functions and constants for the non-decimal modes. New additions, such as a night mode, "Last" key and option to display ticker tape and more are included, and fixes for problems pasting, entering and drawing particular value have been rectified. PCalc for iOS is priced at $10, and can be downloaded through iTunes.
Canadian all access customers registering before June 30 receive discount
Google announced today that Google Play Music has finally jumped the Canadian border. The music streaming service, which features over 25 millions songs across multiple music labels and genres, is finally available in Canada for the first time. The service launched in the US in 2011.
MagicPlay acts as bridge between Google Cast API and AirPlay
Google Play Music on Android can be used to stream music through AirPlay devices, thanks to a release from doubleTwist. MagicPlay: AirPlay for Android, downloadable from Google Play and works with the existing doubleTwist Player, will act as a bridge between Google's Cast API for streaming to the Chromecast and AirPlay, granting the music service AirPlay support.
Google Play Music app on Android can cast directly to Sonos speakers
Sonos is adding support for Google Play Music to its multi-room speaker system, the company has confirmed. While both Android and iOS will gain the extra support, users on Android will be able to control music playback from the Google Play Music app itself, and marks the first time the speaker manufacturer is allowing a third-party app to control the speakers directly.
Play Movies and TV reaches 39 more countries on Android, 32 on iOS
Google has expanded the reach of two of its Google Play services, allowing more users access to its content. Google Play Music and Music All Access has been enabled in four more countries, while the Google Play Movies and TV apps gain increased language support and a service expansion into up to 39 new markets on Android, 32 new countries on iOS.
Touchscreen kiosks to help navigate NYC subway starts roll-out
New York City has started to add interactive maps to help passengers of the subway system. Gizmodo reports that the first 18 MTA On-The-Go kiosks have been installed in the Grand Central subway station, with the MTA and Control Group project using 47-inch touchscreen displays that show train arrival estimates, scheduled departures, and a map which helps plan a route through the system with warnings of potential issues. A wider rollout to more stations is expected to take place by mid-2014.
Pyle Audio's Bluetooth Fitness Scale stores info for ten users, sends data to mobile device
Pyle Audio, manufacturers of outdoor recreational and home, car and professional audio equipment, has introduced its Bluetooth Fitness Scale (PHLSCBT4). The scale is accompanied by and integrated app, designed to provide data including body fat, hydration levels, muscle level and bone level percentages. Using Bluetooth Smart technology, the scale wirelessly sends scale data to the user's mobile device and combines its free Pyle Health Fitness Tracker app to create user profiles and chart progress. Workout data can be shared online, or kept password-protected for private tracking.
Epson adds printer support for Kindle Fire HD and HDX
Epson has announced its printing support for Kindle Fire Printing this week, offering an integrated wireless print function for Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. By adding the Kindle Fire tablets to its mobile printing capabilities, a wide range of Epson Connect-enabled printers can now print with tablets that run Amazon Fire OS 3.1.
Google Play Music app launch marred by streaming glitches
Although it has arrived six months after the launch of the Android version, the Google Play music app for iOS has launched with a bug that stops users from being able to download music for offline listening. A number of user reviews on the iTunes App Store are reporting the issue, while MacNN has confirmed that Google is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. Google Play Music, allows subscribers to download entire albums for offline listening, or stream ad supported music for free, and is a direct competitor to Apple's own iTunes Radio streaming music service.
Includes support for All Access, Radio
Google has released a long-awaited iPhone version of its Play Music app. On a basic level, Play Music lets users listen to up to 20,000 songs uploaded from a desktop or laptop system; the iPhone and Android apps let users cache personal playlists locally for offline playback. By paying $10 per month people can additionally subscribe to All Access, a service with a complete catalog of songs and support for radio stations generated from individual songs, artists, or albums.
Audio additions could attract music fans to Google Glass
Google will be adding the ability to play music through its Glass headwear, as the company makes a wider marketing push for the device. A new "listen to" option will be added to its vocal command lists, with users able to search for and stream the music through Google Play Music, as well as existing music playlists and song recommendations.