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iHeartRadio hits 10 million users

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment just took eight months to reach a milestone that took longer for popular entertainment and communication platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Spotify and Instagram to touch. The digital radio platform iHeartRadio reached 10 million registered users in a time span of eight months.

What is iHeartRadio?

iHeartRadio is a custom radio offering that is available to only registered users. Registered users can personalize their listening experience and create free Pandora-like stations. The service/mobile app provides U.S. users with an instant access to more than 800 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created Custom Stations.

From where to get iHeartRadio?

You can currently pick the app up for both Android and Apple’s iOS via each of their main app stores. Visit Google Play’s download page for a smartphone application for Android or head to iTunes for the iPad download or the iPhone / iPod touch version.

Image credit: iHeartRadio

Wireless speaker for Windows® launched

Oregon-based Aperion Audio has announced the launch of a wireless speaker that allows Windows-using music fans to listen to their favorite track from anywhere where there is a home network connection.

How it functions?

Named ARIS wireless speaker, the unit is developed to work with Windows 7’s ‘Play To’ feature that makes it easy to stream content from a PC over a home network. ARIS uses the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol, which is supported on many new HDTVs and Blu-ray players. Once connected to a home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, the unit will show up as a device on a networked PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Featuring a single-piece brushed aluminum enclosure, the ARIS measures 6.5 inches high, 6.5 inches deep, and 14.75 inches wide, and weighs in at 11.3 lbs. The ARIS wireless speaker for Windows is priced at US $499 and is scheduled to ship mid-June 2012. Pre-orders are presently being taken on the company website.

Internet TV on rise in the U.S.

According to the recent survey of Nielson, around three million Americans had cut their cable television subscriptions last year as an increasing number turned to the Internet.

The Nielsen survey released last week found that some of those getting rid of cable moved to packages from telecom provider or satellites, but overall subscriptions fell by 1.5 million, or around 1.5%.

Findings of survey

But still the survey proves that American TV watching is not dead. Approximately 98% of video programs watched are on TV sets, and the number of high definition TVs has grown by eight million. But the TVs are increasingly connected to the Internet or devices such as game consoles, allowing streaming of the content.

“After several years of consistent year-over-year growth, traditional TV viewing declined one half of one percent or roughly 46 minutes per month,” the Nielsen report said.

The usage of video programs on handsets has changed very little in the year, at around four hours per month, the survey found.

Transform your 1080p YouTube® videos to 3D

A move that can be termed as futuristic, Google has added a new feature that will help you to turn your 1080p YouTube videos to 3D with just a push of a button. The company has now introduced this option as a Beta feature that will let you transform your high-definition 2D videos in various 3D modes.

This amazing feature will work for all 1080p YouTube videos of less than 15 minutes duration. So, even if you have uploaded a high-definition 2D video a year back, you can still convert it into 3D with just few simple steps.

You may also need inexpensive, colored 3D glasses to watch your favorite YouTube videos in 3D. You can make an appropriate selection from ‘Red / Cyan’, ‘Green / Magenta’, and ‘Blue / Yellow’ depending upon the color of your glasses. And if you own active shutter glasses, you can opt for the ‘Interleaved’ option.

So, what are you waiting for? Just choose a YouTube video and turn it into 3D.

Groove on the move with Plantronics® BackBeat Go

If you have been waiting long for an intelligently designed, lightweight, and convenient wireless headset, then Plantronics BackBeat Go is what all you need. It is the most lightweight wireless headset released by Plantronics till date; just 13 grams to be exact.

The Bluetooth-enabled Plantronics BackBeat Go headset includes two earbuds, connected with a tangle-free cord. So, you don’t need to waste your time in untangling it again and again. The cord also features volume controls, as well as an integrated microphone to help you answer calls. You can easily connect this wireless headset with your smartphone or tablet through a Bluetooth and enjoy your favorite music and make calls with ease.

Plantronics BackBeat Go offers superb sound quality with digital noise reduction. The wireless headset takes just 2.5 hours for a full charge and can give 4.5 hours of listening and talk time. You can own the headset at a price of $100 only.

Enjoy Kit Kat® break with its latest application “Break Time Friday”

How about taking a Kit Kat break? Kit Kat has always reminded us to take a well needed break amid anything (to quickly have a Kit Kat). Now Kit Kat is offering to take a fun-filled break and enjoy their latest application “Break Time Friday”.

Happening every Friday on Facebook, Kit Kat’s “Break Time Friday” application has been produced by an agency called JWT Italy. This event invites Kit Kat’s fans to get a live caricature portrait made of their favorite profile pictures by an available live artist.

To enjoy this event, all you have to do is take a break from your demanding schedule, go to Kit Kat’s Facebook page, like it, and wait to see if you are one of those lucky Kit Kat’s fans, who get hand-picked for this unusual Kit Kat break. Then you can submit your profile picture and wait to share your comical caricature made by a live artist with all your friends and give them a smile too. Don’t forget this event happens every Friday on Kit Kart’s Facebook page and is offered throughout March. So hurry, and take your worthy break with Kit Kat!

Kara: Video Games meet Reality

The virtual world of video games is about to meet the reality. Gaming experience will never be the same, as it will soon blur the line between virtual and real world. A prelude to such a revolutionary prospect is presented by video game developer David Cage when he introduced “Kara”.

Kara is the next level of gaming experience that uses performance-capture technology. David Cage unveiled his innovative concept during a presentation at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. His seven-minute non-interactive demonstration called Kara showcases the groundbreaking technology to capture and digitize the performance of an actor in the gaming world.

The unbelievable footage presents an android named Kara, who is being assembled by robotic arms. Actor Valorie Curry portrays emotions of the android during her complex process of attaining self-awareness. Kara could express life-like emotions when she converses with an unknown operator.

Cage used about 90 sensors to capture the expressions on the actor’s face. He used performance-capture technology that is much faster and less expensive, compared to one used in Avatar movie. The technology does not require mounting a camera on the actor’s head and could easily capture both audio and video at the same time.

Although Kara is just a demo, but it has opened the doors to the new possibilities of gaming experience. Watch the video below and get amazed by the overwhelming technology.

Britain’s biggest video game festival to take place this summer

The date for the biggest UK video game festival was announced at Sheffield Hallam University by UK Interactive Entertainment chairman Andy Payne OBE. Games Britannia, which will be held this summer starting from 2 July to 8 July, is organized by Sheffield Hallam University, UK Interactive Entertainment, Rotherham Council, and Replay Events Ltd.

The game festival was announced at Sheffield Hallam University, and during the event organizers gave out free Sony PlayStation 3 lessons to the students. The Games Britannia festival is aimed at addressing the importance of the video game industry. It pays special focus on kids aged between 5—18 years.

“It’s vital to our future economy that the next generation become creators of technology and software, not just consumers of it. And it is exciting events like Games Britannia that will help to lead the way in redressing this imbalance,” said Chairman of UK Interactive Entertainment, Andy Payne OBE.

During the Games Britannia festival, students will get to attend many workshops where they can learn the large opportunities that lie in the video game industry. Students from different schools will also compete against each other in re-designing the character of Monty Mole from the game Gremlin Graphics. The main objective of the organizers for the game festival is to create the importance of video games in children at an early stage. It is to show them that programming for a video game can make their dreams come true.

“We want to engage children with the exciting opportunities that the video game industry offers. Making games is a fantastic way to challenge and inspire students to study programming, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – as well as art, English and music – by applying them all creatively to a finished product,” said Dr. Jake Habgood, senior lecturer on Sheffield Hallam’s game development courses.

Games Britannia, which will take place this summer, will be held at the Magan Science Adventure Center in Rotherham.

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Google™ dedicates webpage for United States President Election of 2012

Quickly grasp the facts on candidates, know about the current political stirs, glance over popularity graphs, the Iowa caucuses, highlights, and insights

As the 57th United States Presidential Election is scheduled for this November 6, the heat of political campaigns is turning up gradually. Dedicated to this, Google has launched a webpage that would feature analyses, discussions, information on candidates, and other stuff. The voters can browse through different candidates and look up for political issues as well. There are sections like Trends, Results, and On the Ground to give an overview of the latest information related to the election.

The Trends section shows the viewers different popularity parameters to let them analyze the existing probabilities. It has three subsections to help determine the trends. The Search simply shows the volume of searches being conducted by the online users on the candidates. Google News Mentions subsection lists stats for the number of times a candidate would feature in various articles and blog posts. YouTube Videos Views shows the graph for number of watchers for a particular candidate on the most popular video hosting site. The information can be sorted by day, week, and month as well as by a region.

The Results section shows the candidates’ lead and position according to locations. On the Ground section showcases the series of latest developments, comments, Q&A videos, news, updates, etc. The whole webpage is very resourceful. Not only information, Google has designed it in such as way that it can be used for networking among people and campaigners or to raise funds. Journalists can also utilize the webpage as an advantageous tool for their research. While Internet is all set be become a hub for the political debates, debacle, and debriefs sometime soon, Google has laid one of the stepping stones.

To get started, visit the Google webpage for United States Presidential Election of 2012.

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Celebrate Michael Schumacher’s Birthday with this Apple® app

He is the Sultan of speed. He was born to the tracks. He keeps our pulse racing. He is a man who needs no further introduction. You guessed right; we are talking about Michael Schumacher. This Formula One driver is celebrating his birthday today. Here is an Apple app to add to the celebration of the man who according to official Formula One website is, “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen”.

Michael Schumacher app
The app is a tribute to the champion. It traces his story of speed in 90 pages with high resolution photographs. It’s a must have app for every Schumacher fan.

This app tells the tale of Schumacher from where he began his love story with the fast lanes. It all began when he was four year old and his father gave him a Kart that had a small modified engine. It eventually drove him to the tracks and he won his first Kart championship at the age of six. The journey continued and he stepped into Formula One in 1991 with Belgian Grand Prix. A man who flirted with fast lanes was born.

This app further takes you to his first years in Formula 1/1992-1993. It features his days with Benetton, the Portuguese Grand Prix, where he won only one race. After this, this app drives to his The World Champion/1994-1995. The app also talks about his first Driver’s Championship. Later, he won six of the seven races in the Spanish Grand Prix. Finally, he had to settle for the second place. These years were also marked with penalties and fines. In 1995, he took over the Benetton title successfully. This part of the app also details his performance at Italian and Belgium Grand pix.

Then the app fast drives to two new chapters A new beginning/1996-1999 and The most successful driver with the most successful team/2000-2004. These are the dream years of Schumacher’s life. In 1996, he joined Ferrari. Ferrari had been going through low patches since early 1990s. Jackie Steward, the three times world champion says that the turnaround of the Ferrari team was Schumacher’s biggest success. During these years, Schumacher went on winning World Championships and rose as a World Champion.

Next, the app takes you to the chapters A new rival/2005-2006 and Retirement/2007-2009. These two chapters take us to the decline of the Star. It was in 2005 when the rules were changed, Schumacher’s only win came in 2005 came at the United States Grand Pix. His Ferrari career saw its end in 2006; and in 2007, he declared his retirement. The last chapter Schumacher returns/2010, tells about his comeback and his life on the tracks again.

This app is a beautifully weaved story of the life and rise of Schumacher, from the driving his Kart at four to becoming a World Champion. You can download this app from iTunes. As he celebrates his 44th birthday today, here is to the Sultan of Speed, to the man who held our pulses with his wheels.
Happy Birthday Michael Schumacher!!!

Developer: Goodbook
Version: 2.0
Platform: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Price: $ 1.99

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