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Over the last 18 months or so, we have watched Beats by Dre work to get a Spotify-like music streaming service off the ground, and it appears that it just may happen come January 2014. According to Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, the company is prepared to launch next month, and while he did not mention any specific date, many suspect it to happen during CES.
"Beats Music is real. We're in an internal, private beta with people who know and love music (including a few of my personal heroes). We're providing a few artists and other influencers access to familiarize them with the service and get their early feedback," said Rogers. "We're making improvements based on that feedback. We can't wait to share it with the world, and are set to launch in the US in January."
Rogers also announced that the Beats Music has partnered with AT&T which could see the service pre-installed on iOS and Android phones sold by the carrier. Beats also announced that users can head over to Beatsmusic.com and register their user name now to ensure they get something unique and personally identifying.
WhatsApp is arguably the most popular messing apps on the planet with more than 350 million active monthly users, and today iOS users are beginning to receive an updated version of the service. This morning, WhatsApp released an updated version of its app for iOS that includes new features and performance tweaks.
The first thing users will notice is that the app now has a entirely new look, and the UI has been improved for better efficiency and appearance. The app now also features new "Broadcast to List" functionality that lets users send messages to specific contact list, which means you can now mass message co-workers, friends, family and more. New notification sounds, larger image thumbnails, and image cropping functionality have been added with the update. Head over to the source link below to download the new version of WhatsApp for iOS.
The CM Installer has been removed from the Google Play Store, according to the official CyanogenMod blog. CyanogenMod Installer is an application that allows you to get a custom ROM onto the device. CyanogenMod have said:
Today, we were contacted by the Google Play Support team to say that our CyanogenMod Installer application is in violation of Google Play's developer terms.
They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution.
To those unfamiliar with the application, it has a single function - to guide users to enable "ADB", a built-in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop application then performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.
After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it 'encourages users to void their warranty', it would not be allowed to remain in the store.
When Kim Dotcom first launched MEGA almost a year ago, he said that one day it would become the go-to cloud storage service for everyone, and today MEGA took its next step in that direction. MEGA announced today that it has finally launched an official mobile app for iOS.
While there are many cloud storage services out for iOS, MEGA's biggest draw is 50GB of space for free which is encrypted with 256bit AES algorithms making it virtually crack proof. Additionally, for just $10.99 per month, an additional 500GB of storage space can be added which outpaces Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box by quite a bit. The app is available now in the Apple App Store and can be found at the source link below.
Local radio streaming service app; iHeartRadio has put out a new update for their Android app with some neat new features. Among the new features are lock screen and notification dock players which will make accessing the volume, play and pause buttons much easier since you won't have to go open up the app to do so.
iHeartRadio has also added local news, weather and traffic updates which are accessible through the user created stations. Pages for the iHeartRadio Talk shows can also be found in the app, you can also now set up notifications for news or music. If you want to try out these neat and useful features check it out on the Google Play Store.
BlackBerry Messenger is undoubtedly one of the most popular messaging services in the world, and since its arrival on Android and iOS it has grown even bigger. Today BlackBerry announced that it has partnered up with 12 Android Smartphone OEM's and struck a deal that will see BlackBerry Messenger pre-installed on their devices.
While this may sound like a major leap forward for the Canadian smartphone manufacturer, none of the 12 OEMs on the list are big-ticket names such as Samsung, HTC, LG, or Motorola. The listed OEMs are all respected names in their regions, so this could be a very big deal in getting BBM into more emerging markets.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is making a comeback on iOS, windows phone, android, and kindle. Rockstar has remastered the 2004 PlayStation 2 classic with better visuals. Characters and cars have been updated to have a better overall look and better shadow detailing.
San Andreas for mobile devices has been redesigned to be used with touchscreen devices. The game will also include support for MFi controllers on Apple devices. An improved checkpoint system as well as three different control setups for driving and maneuvering have also been added.
Instagram has shifted from a photo-sharing application, mainly for your food, to a video-sharing app to compete with other apps and social networks, but now there's news that the Facebook-owned company is working on a private messaging function.
According to "well-placed" sources of GigaOm's, the new feature would compete with Snapchat, who is rumored to be worth up and above $4 billion. The new feature would have group messaging functions, and would be baked into the upcoming new version of Instagram, which is expected to hit before the end of tthe year.
We should find this quite ironic, because Instagram is owned by Facebook, and we posted up a story about Facebook trying to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion, but were declined.
We took a look at the Chromecast when it launched, but Google has pushed out an updated Chromecast application, with a redesigned look, and a few new features.
A pull-out drawer makes an appearance, finally, with a link to Chromecast-compatible apps hidden away in that pull-out drawer. In that same drawer, you'll find the settings menu, too. There's a new timezone selector, which shows the relative time to GMT, as well as your Chromecast's MAC address, if you need to do some tinkering around in the networking side of things.
Google Play will be introducing their new tablet section in the Google Play store today. Users will now see a "Designed for tablets" area for your apps. Other apps will be under the "Designed for phones" section, tablet users will still be able to download these.
Developers will be optimizing apps and games just for use on tablets so you can get a better overall experience. Tablet users can set up their tablets much better and not have blown-up phone apps. App developers will need to check and see if their apps work against a tablet optimization checklist and fix them accordingly.