Category Archives: music

More 4G phones coming to Verizon users

On my blog yesterday, I typed about one of Verizon’s upcoming 4G phones, the DROID BIONIC.  Today’s blog is yet another 4G Verizon phone called the HTC Thunderbolt.

Announced a couple days ago at CES, the Thunderbolt looks pretty impressive.  It has a 4.3 inch touch screen display, front and rear facing cameras and runs on Android 2.2 mixed in with HTC’s Sense 2.0 display.

Looking at the phone, it looks to be a media based smartphone.  A 8 megapixel camera that records in HD is just the tip of the iceberg. Besides this, its wireless DLNA allows the device to stream video and other media to other DLNA devices such as HDTVs.  It also comes with a 32GB microSD card and there is a stand built in the phone to make things more comfortable while watching HD videos.  To top it all off, the phone’s audio is considered surround sound.

All of this on top of a 4G network seems to be pretty impressive.  Looks like we will have a ton of more smartphones on the 4G network coming our way.

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Samsung’s iPod Competition

It has been announced that Samsung will be revealing their own mp3 player based on their Galaxy S phones in order to compete with Apple’s iPod touch at CES next week. The mp3 player looks very similar to the Galaxy S phone but of course will not actually have the phone capabilities. However, it will be running on Android 2.2.

Not much is known about the device yet but reports say that it will be 9.9mm wide with a 4 inch LCD touch screen display.  Besides running on Android 2.2, the device will have a 1GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD video playback.  It of course will have         Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS capabilities and an expandable MicroSD card slot.  And like all Android devices, you will be able to purchase and download apps from the market.

So not much is know yet, but from what is, it looks to be a great competitor to the iPod Touch and the Zune HD.  In my mind, it looks like Samsung is catching on to Apple’s selling techniques with a competitor to the iPhone, iPad, and now iPod.  What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Apple iPad coming to Verizon users?!

Earlier today, Apple announced that one of their latest products, the iPad, will be available to Verizon Wireless users on October 28th. The iPad and its bundle will cost $630 for a 16GB model, $730 for a 32GB model and $830 for a 64GB model.  Besides this, Verizon will also offer a $20 monthly data plan for up to 1GB of data.

Although this is great, Verizon will unfortunatly not be selling 3G versions of the iPad.  To replace this, they will be selling the regular Wi-Fi iPad with their own mobile hot spots which will allow users to connect to the internet anywhere where the 3G network can be used.

Many people believe that this is a start to something great.  With Apple making a “bond” with Verizon Wireless we could start seeing Verizon selling more Apple products such as the iPhone as early as early next year.

What are your thoughts on the Apple-Verizon bond?

Google chrome, G1, G2 now Google TV???

That’s right, as leaks have recently shown, programmers in Silicon Valley are finalizing Google’s newest product, the Google TV.

The company says that this will be no ordinary television.  And I would have to agree with them.  I mean, not many TV’s offer you to not only watch TV, but to access the internet, interact on facebook and twitter, playing online games and listening to music.

With the click of a few buttons on the remote, a user can switch between TV channels, websites, online video, and traditional shows recorded on DVR.  Besides all of this, you will also be able to bookmark your favorite applications, websites and, get this, television channels!

The device will be available to the public later this month that can be attached to an existing TV or a built in feature for Blu-Ray DVD players.

The Google TV already has a competition, the Apple TV, but to me the Google TV looks a lot better.  Which one looks better to you?

Apple announces Ping…FAIL

So a few days ago, at Apple’s release meeting, Steve Jobs announced a new musical social network called Ping.  Two days after the release, over one million people had signed up for the service.  Needless to say, not too many of them liked it.

Ping is a free downloadable software made by Apple that allows its users to view photos and videos of their favorite musicians and artists and also to get updates on concert dates. Not only that, but Ping allows users to connect with friends online to talk about different songs, movies, or albums.

Now that all might seem great BUT there are some pretty big mistakes Apple made here.  First off, Ping is only available for users living in the United States.  What’s with that? Next, when signing up for the network, you are forced to choose what genre of music you would like.  This would be ok if they actually had genres that people listened to. Cabaret, swing, folk song?  Who actually listens to that stuff???  Anyways, besides all of that, Ping is empty.  There are not many artists signed up for users to follow.  I know, Ping was just released, but if it continues to be like this, then it’s definitly not worth signing up for.  And finally, there already is a Ping.fm that works 10 times better than Apple’s,  i guess Apple likes copying good ideas.

What are your thoughts on the new Apple Ping? Comment below.

Playstation 3 owners are in luck…

On Wednesday, September 1st, Sony announced the .release of their new music and video streaming service called Qriocity in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom this fall.

This new service will be available through Playstation 3’s, portable mp3 players, and other devices that can get internet. As the video service was already launched this April in the U.S. it will offer many films from many different companies.  No pricing has been listed so far but this is definitely something to look forward to in the future for PS3 owners.  Not only that, but I am sure that this is getting Apple mad because of the itunes competition.