Verizon announced today that starting on January 17th, Apple Music will be offered for free to “Beyond Unlimited” and “Above Unlimited” plan subscribers. Previously, the company offered six-month subscriptions to Apple Music with its unlimited plans, but now, that is given to the lower “Go Unlimited” plans at no additional cost. Just to be clear, that this is not for a isngle Apple Music subscription per account, but rather one for each line that has either the “Beyond” or “Above” unlimited plans. Read more for another Apple Music video and additional information.
Does this device look familiar? If so, that’s because it was featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. That’s right, Sony’s metal-cased blue-and-silver Walkman TPS-L2 is the world’s first low-cost portable stereo, and went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979, priced at around ¥39,433.58 (or $150.00), or ¥57,109.02 (or $498.66) adjusted for inflation. The company predicted it would sell about 5,000 units a month, but actually sold more than 50,000 in the first two months. Read more for more cool facts.
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Yes, there’s a real Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Christmas album, the one that Peter Parker jokes about in the opening scene. Sony officially released the A Very Spidey Christmas EP, an album with five holiday songs that are sung by the cast with a geeky twist on the classic Christmas tunes. You’ll hear “Joy to the World” is sung by Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), who complains about the cost of being a superhero, “Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament), and a few more. Read more to stream previews for all of them.
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Rapper Soulja Boy managed to hit number one on the Billboard charts back in 2007 with “Crank That,” but ever since then, he has dabbled in many businesses, including hoverboards. Now, he’s selling two different video game consoles on his website, the self-branded SouljaGame Console as well as the SouljaGame Handheld, and they’re not what you think. The former allegedly runs “PlayStation / NEO GEO / PC / SEGA / Game Boy Advance / NES Video Games” and comes with 800 preinstalled games, while SouljaGame Handheld supports “Nintendo Switch / 3DS / Vita / NEO GEO / Game Boy Color / Game Boy/ Game Boy Advance,” including the 3,000 built-in games. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Musician Rob Scallon wanted to make a video that appealed to both guitar and video game fans. So, he asked Reverb, an online marketplace for musicians, to ship the craziest instrument they could find, and the “Guitendo” happened to be it. It’s made from an original Nintendo Entertainment System that was converted into a guitar and then made into a functional console of sorts capable of playing emulated games by Echo Canyon Guitar Co. Read more for another video about the guitar and additional information.
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Spotify is currently beta testing its Apple Watch app, and The Verge’s Tom Warren was able to get some hands-on time with it ahead of its official release. Currently, it only includes basic functions, and unfortunately, there’s no offline support for playing songs away from your iPhone, nor can you stream songs to an Apple Watch over LTE. Simply put, the current iteration is basically a Spotify Connect controller to let you change music on any device playing Spotify content and linked to your account. Continue reading for a short video and more information.
Have you ever wondered what lies outside the album cover frames? If so, Photoshop guru Igor Lipchanskiy is an expert at showing you just that, starting the The Offspring’s “Splinter” (2003) and Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” (1979) covers. “Half a year ago I published a post about how I place myself into near-cult covers of musical albums. Since then, I have created new images and I want to share them with you,” said Igor. Continue reading for more.
Finally, after 1.5-years of waiting, Spotify has revealed that it plans on releasing an official Apple Watch app, and is currently beta testing a version of the iOS client. For now, users are able to control playback from your phone, but an offline playlist function could be in the works, so you can workout smartphone free. Continue reading for hands-on pictures and more information.
Magneta, a Google research team, has developed Piano Genie, an artificial intelligence-powered interface that lets anyone improvise on the piano using just eight buttons. The researchers were inspired by Konami’s Guitar Hero, a rhythm game, and rather than have users play actual songs, they wanted them to create their own melodies in real-time, which is made possible by an AI trained on a large data bank of classical piano music, thus enabling the AI to predict what notes follow each other. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.
Boston Dynamics has just released a new video of its SpotMini robot dog, and not only can it perform basic tasks around the house, but also groove to your favorite tunes, like “Uptown Funk”. For those who haven’t seen this robotic wonder, it’s all-electricm weighs 66-pounds, and can run for 90-minutes straight on a single charge. The robot’s 17 joints and slightly creepy arm with five degrees of freedom enable it to move smoothly. Continue reading for another video and more information.