The cat is out of the bag and Google announced it’s out of beta and in the production mode with Google Music. Accompanying the Mountain View-based search giant was T-Mobile and it is offering free music every week until the end of the year to celebrate the new digital music store. Featured artist giving away the free tunes include, “Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Ryhmes, and others,” per the T-Mobile email we received, in it’s entirety below.
So, if you’re on T-Mobile, enjoy. If not, hey, maybe this is your reason to move over, music fan.
Today, T-Mobile joined Google at a press conference in Los Angeles to launch Google Music, a new platform where you can upload your personal music collections for free, discover and purchase songs from your favorite artists, and stream your music to your devices and the Web.
To celebrate the launch of Google Music, T-Mobile will offer millions of T-Mobile customers using smartphones and tablets running on Android 2.2 and above exclusive free Google Music content from featured artists including Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Ryhmes, and others.
Each week through the end of the year, T-Mobile will introduce new, free tracks via the Android Market Music Store – look for the T-Mobile Free Tracks section to find them. Free content for T-Mobile customers will also be shareable with friends via Google+.
Additional details on today’s news along with stats on the increase we have seen for streaming music on 4G devices among our customers is available on T-Mobile’s blog. As reference, I’m attaching a screenshot of the T-Mobile Galaxy S II device with Google Music.
Hey travalers, Navigon is giving away its MobileNavigator iPhone GPS app and iPhone Design Car Kit every day for ten days starting tomorrow March 3rd. If haven’t installed the best looking GPS application on your iPhone yet, then here’s your chance to do so for free…and dock it. Read the deets on how below.
Navigon Press Release
NAVIGON, a global leader of navigation applications, is about to launch a spring travel giveaway. The contest starts on Thursday, March 3rd, and will run for 10 days. NAVIGON’s iPhone navigation app MobileNavigator is the perfect travel companion, for international, domestic and even local travel. NAVIGON is giving away 10 ultimate travel packages that consist of an iPhone app version of choice (including all international versions for destinations that span the globe) and the new iPhone Design Car Kit.
How to enter?
It’s easy! Follow @NAVIGON_US on Twitter and Tweet #navigontravel.
Why is NAVIGON MobileNavigator the optimal travel companion?
MobileNavigator has many features that are tailored for travelers finding their way that make this app indispensable for getting around on foreign territory. The app offers maps for many countries around the globe and support of a wide range of languages, travel guides, local points of interest, speed warnings, no roaming fees when getting directions abroad (other than off-board navigation apps), social media integration and much more. MobileNavigator lets you leave your guidebooks, maps, and worries about getting lost at home.
NAVIGON will announce a winner every day at 5PM EST on Twitter between March 3 -12, 2011. We also have a dedicated page on our website that outlines details and terms & conditions. NAVIGON Contest Page.
I often marvel at people today. What happened to my generation? I won’t even ask about the younger ones from Gen X and down. Where did manners go to? I can’t believe how many people yawn without covering their mouth. Dude, major rude! Forget elbows on the table, we have people talking with food in their mouth! How about opening a door for a lady? I know I live in California where the liberals live heavy and some women can be confused for men by their look, but still, manners people.
Well, if you’re curious or just needing help yourself, then I would suggest you head over to the App Store now for your free download. Yes, there’s an app for that. Thankfully Lisa Gaché, CEO of Beverly Hills Manners (BHM), has released a free application that will help you with social graces, dining (forks AND knives please!), business, and even childrens etiquette. There’s even a spot for first impressions. Etiquette Tips fills brings news bits to the app keeping it fresh and fun to use.
Take a read of the Press Release for more deets.
Leading etiquette expert Lisa Gaché, CEO of Beverly Hills Manners (BHM), announces the launch of the first “BH Manners” application for the iPhone and Android phones, currently available as a free download.
Gaché says, “Good manners are on the rise. People seem to be realizing that good manners and behavior are becoming a lost art, as ill-mannered celebrities are so frequently glamorized in the media. Releasing this manners app is our contribution to the many people seeking guidance for healthy personal interactions in the world.”
Having quickly established herself as the go-to-gal for all things manners—especially for parenting—Gaché’s straightforward and insightful commentary offers not only enjoyable entertainment, but also helpful tips and suggestions to improve one’s own presence and behavior.
The Beverly Hills Manners app is the ultimate etiquette coach for people who demand on-the-go expert advice. Chock-full of information for both personal and professional use, app topics include: first impressions, social graces, dining, party, business and children’s etiquette.
Gaché adds, “This app provides users with timeless education on a modern device. It’s perfect for someone in a pinch that needs that last minute coaching before a job interview or a hot date!”
Gaché’s guidance covers everything from dating do’s and don’ts, to email etiquette, interviewing skills, the art of apologizing and the rules of re-gifting. She also frequently offers new advice on her popular blog, Protocallout (http://protocallout.blogspot.com/) and on her Twitter (@Protocallout) and Facebook(http://tinyurl.com/bhmanners) pages.
For more information, please visit www.beverlyhillsmanners.com.
Readers know that SvenOnTech are huge fans of Zinio, the eMagazine reader for every platform you can think of. We told you in our review of Zinio’s iPad app last year that it was the reason to purchase an iPad alone. We still feel strongly about it and to give you another push toward trying it, we’re passing on a great deal for you all. Zinio – the app is free – is giving you a free try with its VIV magazine. Filled with multimedia as well as your standard magazine content one comes to expect off the news stand, VIV will give you a great feel for what Zinio is. Try it out now before the offer ends on the 31st!
MediaFriends today announced that its HeyWire™ real-time social messaging hub, which simplifies real-time communications for people around the world, is now available on the iPad via the App Store.
iPad users can now take advantage of the fastest and most reliable free text messaging (SMS) service for both local and international texting, while allowing for seamless social network interaction with friends through HeyTweets (Twitter via SMS), Facebook Chat, and GTalk. HeyWire, which adds unique messaging to the elegance of the iPad experience, is optimized with HD Graphics and works over Wi-Fi or 3G.
“We are very excited to be releasing HeyWire for iPad just in time to simplify messaging for new iPad owners this holiday season,” said MediaFriends CEO Meredith Flynn-Ripley. “With thousands of users already downloading HeyWire daily onto their iPhones and iPod Touches, we expect our service to find a special place on many iPads as well.”
HeyWire is a free download and is the only app-service that gives iPad users a real phone number to text for free with friends, family or business colleagues around the world on any mobile phone in 114 countries across 360 mobile operators. The service also works between HeyWire users reaching the far corners of the earth through HeyWire-To-HeyWire messaging. Since launch, millions of messages have been sent around the world via HeyWire at no cost to the user. The service’s popularity is in tune with a consumer shift towards a more simplified, connected lifestyle. HeyWire has been ranked a top Social Networking App on 58 iTunes App Stores worldwide and has made it to the CNET “download immediately” list.
The iPad is the latest device to join the HeyWire multi-screen platform that currently includes the iPhone/iPod Touch as well as a Browser-based offering. HeyWire will soon be available for Android.
Creating a new way to help kids develop good money management skills, Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) worked with Scholastic to develop an interactive game and free classroom materials for middle school teachers, students and families.
Intuit develops innovative software applications to help simplify personal and small business financial management. Scholastic is a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media.
“Today’s economic crisis underscores the need for financial education and the importance of budgeting and planning ahead,” said Aaron Patzer, general manager and vice president of Intuit Personal Finance and founder of Mint.com. “I remember Scholastic from my own school days for its engaging lessons. We’re developing materials that teachers and parents can use to teach young people life-long money management skills contributing to their future financial security. And making it easy and fun.”
The materials include lesson plans for teachers, family activities and worksheets for parents to continue the lessons at home and an interactive game. The program connects math to everyday life, emphasizing the importance of money management, budgeting and goals. Children will learn common words associated with personal finance, and solve sample problems that explain concepts such as compound interest in easy-to-understand terms.
Students who use the material will learn how to set goals and budgets with real life examples, such as getting a babysitting job to save for a bicycle.
“Interactive activities are a great way to engage children in learning,” said Ann Amstutz-Hayes, vice president of Scholastic InSchool. “This program with Mint.com makes lessons on financial literacy interactive and fun and offers a fresh approach to educating the next generation about the importance of carefully managing money.”
The program is based on responses to the Intuit Town Hall Money Matters Consumer Survey, in which 46 percent of parents responding said that schools should have the most responsibility for teaching kids about financial literacy. Patzer said the survey shows a clear need for free classroom assets and resources for teachers to augment their lessons with engaging materials that meet established standards.
The materials are expected to be available online for teachers at www.scholastic.com/mint beginning Dec. 20 and distributed in 30,000 classrooms nationwide early next year. They also will be available publicly at www.Mint.com/Blog/Education.
“Intuit is uniquely positioned to take on the challenge of financial education. Our tax, small business and personal finance offerings help tens of millions of American households and give us real insight into the economy,” said Patzer. “At the same time, our expertise in delivering online tools and content helps us make it easy – and even fun – for people to learn more about managing their money.”
As part of this initiative, Intuit’s Personal Finance Group and the Financial Freedom Foundation are creating a comprehensive online resource repository for financial literacy lesson plans, information and educational materials. Financial education groups and partners may contribute to this online information hub by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’re committed to improving people’s financial lives,” said Susan Mason, director of the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation. “That means finding new ways to fuel financial literacy and economic empowerment. This is the first step toward creating a repository of financial knowledge that educators and parents can use at school and at home to give kids, and encourage our partners to use what we’ve built however they see fit and to add to this universe of teaching tools.”
Can this be the easiest contest ever? All you have to do is read our review and leave a comment of what you liked best of the review and what you liked the least. That’s it. The first five comments win a copy of DVD Ripper for Mac or PC. So don’t forget to enter your email address (we won’t give it to anyone) and which platform you prefer the license for. Plain and simple, huh? Oh one hitch, you can not start leaving your comments until 12:00 am PST tonight. All comments left prior to this time will not be qualified for the win.
Sonos, Inc. today announced that the Sonos Controller for iPad is now available as a free app in the iTunes App Store.
Building upon the success of the highly rated and very popular Sonos Controller for iPhone, the Sonos Controller for iPad is a new, dedicated music controller that is optimized for the iPad’s large touch screen. From the comfort of your couch, you and your friends can view your rooms, your music and what songs are playing – all at once—in landscape or portrait mode. Quickly search for your favorite artists by typing on the virtual keyboard and browse through albums by pointing and flicking. The Sonos Controller for iPad allows everyone in the home to play DJ. You can browse, search and drag and drop to create the perfect playlist. Get a complete view of what’s playing in every zone, complete with full-color album art, elapsed time of a song, and more. Group your zones together or play different songs in different rooms – without interrupting music playback.
“The iPad, with its large, vibrant touch screen, provides an excellent Controller user experience for music in the home,” said John MacFarlane, CEO, Sonos, Inc. “In keeping with the tradition of getting better over time—and, at no cost to our customers—we’re thrilled to provide another free app that makes it fun and easy to search, find and play music in any and every room of their home.”
Sonos gives you instant access to millions of songs and stations, including your iTunes collection. And because Sonos ZonePlayers connect directly to the Internet, you can access a world of music without ever turning on your computer. All you need is a Sonos ZonePlayer such as the Sonos S5 all-in-one wireless music system and a Sonos Controller such as the free Sonos Controller for iPad. Now you can play any track you like, anytime you like, in any room you like. Wirelessly play the same song in every room of the house – perfectly synchronized. Or, mix it up and play different songs in different rooms. And control it all anywhere you like, right from your iPad (or iPhone). Just pick a room, pick a song and touch play.
In conjunction with the new Sonos Controller for iPad, Sonos released Sonos System Software 3.3, a free one-button software update to the Sonos Multi-Room Music System. With Sonos 3.3, Sonos now supports AAC radio stations – adding to the more than 100,000 radio stations, shows and podcasts you can stream directly on Sonos. In addition, all Sonos customers in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK now have instant access to ten million songs and all of their playlists on Spotify. Sonos Controller for iPhone 3.3 has been submitted to Apple and is pending approval. For more information about Sonos 3.3, please visit http://www.sonos.com/support/software_update.aspx.
To learn more about the Sonos Controller for iPad, please visit www.sonos.com/iPad. To place an order or to locate an authorized Sonos dealer, please visit www.sonos.com or call 877.80.SONOS.
Upon launch, ivi offers more content than Hulu and a 30 day free trial to watch major broadcast channels including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, The CW, PBS, and others from a growing number of local affiliates, all available via a downloadable app at ivi’s website, ivi.tv.
“The cable industry has spent countless millions of dollars on so-called ‘TV Everywhere’ solutions in a blind effort to prop-up outdated technology and business models” said Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of ivi, Inc. “However, ivi empowers its users to experience TV Anywhere, offering them major broadcast channels delivered live to their laptop or desktop, anywhere on the planet. Whether eventually integrated into Google TV, Apple TV, or meshed with an existing platform’s digital strategy, ivi makes the set-top-box and any ‘Web to TV’ products obsolete. Instead of attempting to bring the Web to the TV, ivi intuitively brings TV to the Web.”
The ivi TV player transforms a computer into a television, containing multiple channel offerings that viewers can select from the user-friendly channel guide or by simply changing the channel. ivi TV is a stand-alone, simple application that allows users to seamlessly watch broadcast television on their computer without sacrificing the user’s ability to run other applications simultaneously. The ivi TV player is currently available for download to any Windows, Apple, or Linux computer, and will soon be available on other platforms, including mobile devices, tablets, and set-top-boxes.
As consumers devote more time to the Internet, the proliferation of new devices is driving them to seek OTT and cord-cutting options. ivi offers the first cross-platform, live TV application allowing both place and time shifting in a single software solution. The basic ivi Air package contains over 25 major broadcast channels for $4.99/mo USD, after the 30 day free trial, with more air channels to be added each month for no additional cost to the base package price. In addition, an upgrade offering time-shifting DVR functionality is available at an introductory price of $0.99/mo USD.
ivi’s launch is bolstered by recent published findings from multiple renowned research firms validating this shift in consumer behavior. Leading research organization, SNL Kagan reported that, for the first time, cable companies lost a staggering 711,000 subscribers in the second quarter of 2010 alone—the biggest quarterly loss in cable TV’s history. Yankee Group recently issued a report indicating that the broadcast and cable industry stubbornly clings to a belief that their pay TV revenues continue to increase when, in fact, they decrease, as consumers become gradually more educated and word-of-mouth spreads about OTT as a viable solution.
In spite of prolonged economic pressure on consumers, cable TV subscription rates have increased 5-7.5% each year while the quality of cable service has steadily decreased, with consumer dissatisfaction soaring.
ivi offers a fresh, innovative and affordable approach to live television by providing an online cable system for those consumers who are increasingly expressing discontent with cable’s antiquated content delivery methods, limited options, and high subscription costs.
Weaver continued, “Recognizing the fate of the landline telephone and the digital debacle experienced by the music industry, ivi offers the broadcast and cable industries innovation they do not have time to build. Consumer-friendly features like a la carte are built in the ivi technology and are available as a turn-key solution to shift cord-cutting losses into online paid views for content owners, offering consumers the choice they have long demanded, with a compelling solution to a multi-billion dollar problem. Forcing consumers to pay for undesired content did not work for the music industry, and it is equally unsustainable for the cable and satellite industries. There is no incentive to fight us, when they should simply join us.”
The ivi TV player allows the consumer unparalleled flexibility in their live television viewing experience. ivi TV moves across devices and locations, allowing users to watch programs at home on a desktop computer or on their laptop while at their favorite cafe–the ivi subscription travels with the user.
Fast Facts About ivi
· No buffering – ivi’s proprietary technology solves frustrating buffering problems typical with watching video content online. ivi offers continuous TV programming, just like traditional TV, but online.
· ivi’s nimble technology allows easy installation and requires minimal system requirements.
· ivi plays in different quality levels, depending on your broadband connection, so anyone can enjoy live TV anywhere they are connected to the Internet, regardless of its speed.
· ivi allows users to watch local content anywhere in the world, such as viewing New York City broadcast channels anywhere from Paris to Perth to Peru.
· Offering a la carte channels, channel packages, and subscription services gives consumers more options and control.
· Priced at $4.99/mo, ivi is significantly less expensive than traditional cable TV, which averages $71.00 per month, according to research firm Centris.
· ivi TV is cross-platform, working identically on Windows, Mac and Linux systems.
· America’s favorite pastime of channel surfing remains alive and well with ivi, which compiles (aggregates) channels into one viewing format allowing the user to discover, select, and watch their favorite channels.
· ivi is in talks with Nielsen, providing valuable analytics to help the existing advertising business model of channels and broadcasters.
Aji, LLC has announced that iRead PDF, an elegant and free PDF reader that offers annotation viewing on the iPad, has received over 15 thousand downloads in its first week on the App Store. Based on iAnnotate, the developer’s powerful PDF annotation app for the iPad, iRead PDF is a full-featured PDF reader that supports tabbed reading, bookmarking, comprehensive library search, and gesture-supported browsing for PDFs. In addition, it provides support for viewing notes, highlights, underlines, or drawings added to documents using iAnnotate or other standard annotation tools like Adobe Reader or Preview.
iRead PDF shares iAnnotate’s advanced interface, dynamic file-transfer features, and simple organizational tools. Users can transfer PDFs via email, from other apps, via iTunes sync or even by clicking any PDF web link in the integrated web browser. Reading and sharing PDFs couldn’t be easier!
The intuitive drag and drop interface offers customizable toolbars, easy to access contextual menus, and tabbed document browsing. Users can search their entire library by keywords, add bookmarks and view which documents are “new”, “unread”, recently viewed, or “annotated”.
“While annotation has always been our core focus, we’ve also built up a top-notch PDF reading app along the way. So we’ve decided to release that independently, especially due to the lack of annotation support in other iPad PDF readers.” says Jim Brink, Founder of Aji. “We already have a ton of users who love iAnnotate’s UI, custom toolbars, and functionality, so we feel we’re in the optimal place to offer the perfect free PDF reader that also brings annotation viewing to everyone.”
Use iRead to carry your entire PDF library or access documents from mail and the web on the go. Anyone who works with PDFs will love it!
Full-featured PDF reader:
Continuous-scrolling page display with all standard scroll/zoom gestures supported, and full screen reading mode.
Easy transfer of PDFs:
Send and receive PDFs via email, through iTunes sync, and by browsing to any PDF link.
Tabbed PDF Reading:
Quickly switch between multiple open documents. Tab setup and page locations are always remembered, whether switching tabs or quitting and returning to the app.
Document and full-library search:
Search your entire PDF library to instantly find all documents with any keyword. Tabs sort new, unread, and annotated documents.
Fully Customizable Toolbars:
Reposition and resize toolbars, and drag-and-drop to configure tools.
Comprehensive PDF support:
View existing PDF annotations, internal and URL links, and PDF outline/bookmarks support. View fully integrated, standard annotations, just like Preview or Adobe Reader.
APS (Aji PDF Service):
Free companion desktop application for easy sync with your existing desktop PDF collection. Recommended for large libraries of documents.
iRead PDF is available for free in the App Store on iPad or at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iread-pdf/id378450857?mt=8