The ‘Explorer Edition’ of Google Glass is very much in beta, as evidenced by a range of recent updates for the wearable device, the latest of which appears to have ended the need for a dedicated tethering plan to equip Glass with Internet access when away from a WiFi connection.Engadget reports that a new firmware update now lets the device tap the MyGlass companion Android app for data, eliminating the need to configure Bluetooth tethering and soak up the cost of an additional (tethering) data plan from an operator.
Subscription music service Rdio plans to create an ad-supported free music service as part of a new partnership with radio broadcaster Cumulus Media that could help it keep pace with Spotify and other competitors. The deal is expected to be announced on Monday, according to The New York Times, which first reported the news.As part of the agreement, Cumulus, which owns more than 500 radio stations, will take a "significant equity" stake in Rdio's parent company, and in exchange will sell advertising for Rdio's new free service, the Times reported.
Cloud storage platform Box today unveiled a new feature designed to allow its customers to create content right from within its service. Called Box Notes, this feature mirrors what you might find with Google Docs, Evernote, and Quip, allowing users to jot down thoughts and ideas right from within the Box framework.Unfortunately it’s not going to be available for a while, with a planned general release in 2014. However, the company is planning on opening it up to a select few with a limited private beta.
Amazon could find itself struck off Rockstar Games' Christmas card list after it delivered GTA V preorders to customers in the UK in advance of its September 17th release. Some customers reported receiving shipping notifications over the weekend, with additional reports suggesting the game had made it to some doorsteps as early as Saturday. Games Industry says that the company is already investigating these early sales
AMC is developing a second companion series to cable's biggest hit, The Walking Dead. The scripted series will hail from Walking Dead comics creator Robert Kirkman and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, AMC announced Monday.
The new companion series, which like the flagship effort hails from AMC Studios, will tell a brand-new story and feature a new cast of characters and again be based on Kirkman's long-running comics. The spinoff will mark the third effort AMC has tied to the comics and join the flagship series as well as its Chris Hardwick-hosted gabfest The Talking Dead. The series has a target on-air date of 2015.
After raising nearly $20 million and becoming one of the most downloaded mobile apps but never finding real revenue, Bump Technologies has been acquired by Google. It’s namesake app let you physically tap phones together to share contact information and more, and it will continue to run and be available for download.Bump’s David Lieb writes “We strive to create experiences that feel like magic, enabled behind the scene with innovations in math, data processing, and algorithms. So we couldn’t be more thrilled to join Google.”
Sales of Vinyl records at Amazon are up 745 percent from five years ago, the company said this morning. "Vinyl is the fastest growing music medium on Amazon," the company stated.Amazon also said that vinyl is the most popular medium within AutoRip, the feature that provides customers with free MP3 copies of select vinyl albums or CDs they purchase from the online store. Amazon's reported growth in vinyl sales is consistent with an industrywide trend. Nielsen SoundScan estimates that vinyl unit sales will grow to 5.5 million in 2013.