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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is well aware that the music streaming battle has just begun, with invites now disappearing because... well, the flood gates are open and it's available to everyone. 6 months free, no subscription required. At the moment, this cannot be fully verified by Spotify, but if it is true, what happens to those who have been paying for Unlimited or Premium subscriptions? The move from Spotify is quite the large one, with previous news fresh from a few hours ago that Spotify will integrate with Facebook allowing people to listen to songs together.
At the moment, the news is a bit hot off the oven, but with competitors MOG and Rdio both recently introducing free or "freemium" plans, it is hard to think how these businesses would be turning in a profit.
With the Battlefield 3 beta less than a week away, NVIDIA have revealed they are working on releasing a brand new, custom driver just in time for the BF3 beta. The new Battlefield 3-specific GeForce drivers are expected to make the beta run smooth, without any driver incompatibilities, something that plagued the Bad Company 2 beta. The new drivers are said to take full advantage of NVIDIA hardware, with the ability to max out features such as tessellation.
The drivers are also expected to bring better performance across the board on NVIDIA GeForce GPUs. There's no news from the red team if they'll be releasing BF3 optimized drivers, but there's still a week to go.
Have a baby at home and use traditional baby monitors? I feel your pain. They are slow, drop out, have limited options and are usually clunky. This is where Evoz have stepped in with the next-generation of baby monitoring. Evoz use a system that works over iOS and will ship on October 4. No separate receiver is required, all you need is an iOS-based device like an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and they can function as both the receiver and monitor.
Alternatively, you could purchase the Evoz hardware monitor and use your iOS device as the receiver. The app alerts you to cries, monitors bubs sleeping behavior to derive patterns and even connects you to a network of experts to help you with your concerns. It works from Wi-Fi and cellular connections because it is based on the iOS operating system, thus it will work anywhere you have Internet access.
In addition to this, the system tracks your child's sleeping and crying patterns, matches the information to the data anonymously collected from others of the same age and shows you where your child fits in. How awesome is that? Evoz has gone as far as partnering with sleep consultants and will be adding additional "baby experts" and behavior specialists to its network, allowing parents to rech out with questions. At first, this will be available over email only, but later down the track over the phone will be added.
Could this get any better? All you have to do to go into the draw to win a free copy of the super-amazing upcoming FPS, Battlefield 3, is to choose which game you think is better: Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3. That's it. Enter in your e-mail address and you're done. You can also post a link to the competition to gain yourself more entries into it, so post it on forums, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere you can think of.
Were HP lurking eBay looking for a new CEO? It could be a possibility. Former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman, is now the CEO and President of Hewlett-Packard. Current non-executive, Ray Lane, will become executive chairman. Whitman is a well-known executive, will replace HP's current Leo Apotheker, who was prodded out of the company just recently. Whitman is an experienced digital executive, has a large task ahead of her.
HP wants to re-direct itself after numerous strategic gaffes, disappointing financial results and probably the biggest issue, stock that has dropped 47-percent in 11 months since Apotheker was head of the ship. The board of HP is hoping Whitman can turn this all around, with ever-increasing pressure from the competition.
Check out the official press release from HP.
The PlayStation.Blog has received some interesting news from Timmy Rydling of DICE, that beginning with the first expansion pack for Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand and all other full-blown upcoming expansion packs for BF3 will appear one week early exclusively on the PS3. This is a shock of a move, considering DICE have been pumping that the PC is the lead development platform. But, the console users have to get some form of exclusivity. The 360 had it's exclusive piece of the pie by having Microsoft delay the Beta for BF3 because of the launch of Gears of War 3.
The PC has the best graphics, 64-players and now the PS3 gets exclusive one-week early access to the expansions for BF3! PS3 owners should be happy with this news!
Police in Canberra suggest that their new point-to-point speed cameras be lined to unmanned aerial surveillance drones and used to track vehicles of interest to authorities. The first of the cameras will sport automated number plate recognition technology to calculate a car's average speed and whether it is within the legal limit, are due to hit the skies by the end of the year. Of course, with unmanned drones flying through the skies, they can be used for other tasks not linked to tracking cars.
Minutes from a Government point-to-point steering committee meeting held in June 2010 show that police recommended a broader range of uses for the cameras. According to the minutes which were obtained by the Opposition under the Freedom of Information Act, a senior police officer said the cameras could be used for other purposes. The minutes stated:
He noted that the use of P2P ANPR cameras to detect unregistered, stolen and other vehicles of interest would provide ongoing and longer term benefits for the project. a specific benefit would derive if the P2P cameras were linked to UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] which could track vehicles of interest.
It was the HP CEO yesterday, now Rick Bergman, head of AMD's Products Group has left the company. CEO Rory Read will take over in the meantime. Bergman joined AMD from ATI after the 2006 merger, where he went from Senior VP of AMD's Graphics Product Group to head of the Products Group for AMD when they combined their graphics and microprocessor businesses in May 2009.
Bergman is leaving to "pursue a new opportunity", which shows this is an actual resignation rather than "here's the door". AMD has also announced that Paul Struhsaker, who was Comcast's former Senior VP of Engineering has joined AMD's freshly formed Commercial Business Division. Struhsaker has the task to "oversee product management and roadmap planning for AMD's server, high performance computing and embedded products".
Alright, we were a little too hasty in our previous news post saying that Spotify would be the provider of music on Facebook.
It turns out that Spotify is just one of the partners that will provide music playback on Facebook. It will be very easy for you to discover what songs your friends are playing and listening to via the ticker notification system. All you will need to do is click on the song and the song will playback on the music service which you use and it will play in the area where you usually see the chat window.
This does make more sense - if Facebook did just use Spotify, it would only work in countries where the service is supported. Mark quickly mentioned that he thinks all music should be free as in his opinion it enables users to discover new music which will encourage them to buy more in the long run. That's an interesting theory since nowadays if you are in the right part of the world; you don't need to pay a cent for the music you enjoy.
Let's just hope in this social web we live in these days, the revenue models used by Spotify and others work and the record companies and music producers are happy with their earnings. We saw it with Napster back in the day and we all know how that worked out.