Some new devices out there in the wild and if you're a gamer this week was like early Christmas to you. As we gear up for WWDC, the rumor mill is about to kick in with more "news" about everyone's favorite fruit-based tech company and they're be more tech to go around than you can stand. And Apple puts the kibosh on some iOS-powered hook ups. So let's see what the old news bag has for us this week.
Google may be the enemy in the eyes of many iOS users, but it's hard to deny the search giant has brought most of its coolest toys to Apple's mobile platform -- so why did it take a third-party app to add support for Google Play Music All Access?
Believe it or not, Apple can hold a boring event now and again, and today it was the annual shareholders meeting -- the first with CEO Tim Cook at the helm. Sure, the company has boatloads of cash and its only real drama at the moment is coming out of China, but guys, let’s try to spice things up for next year and at least throw some chairs at each other or something, will you? Thankfully, the rest of the tech world had a more interesting day, so without further ado, here’s all the news that’s fit to print for Thursday, February 23, 2012.
It seemed forever ago that Google announced their Music Beta service. Upload up to 20,000 songs (for free, albeit at a snail's crawl) to be streamed to and downloadable to any computer. Access to the service on iOS devices was limited, for a while, to a clunky HTML-5-based weblication. Eventually, third parties got in on the act.
Most of us are paying our rent or mortgages today now that the clock has flipped over to November, but don’t let that big chunk of dough flying out of your bank account bring you down. There’s good news flying around the internet this fine day, including the resurrection of clipboard manager iClip, rumors of a native Gmail app for iOS and hey, GarageBand now works on your iPhone or iPod touch! Here’s all the news that’s fit to print for this Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
Google today pushed a new release of its HTML 5 equipped web app for iOS users. The Google Music Beta player works with mobile Safari for iOS 4 users and it isn't so bad after all. It's smooth looking and works impeccably, though you'll have to allow it 25 MB of space. You can play any of your songs in your library, shuffle and search within your cloud library. It's also got multitasking enabled so that you can listen to music while accessing other apps. Unfortunately, this means that you still can't download the music within the app and access it offline.
After waiting around for three days for my modest library of music (2,047 songs to be exact) to finally upload to Google's servers, I got a chance to really try out Google Music Beta and see if it's going to be something worth using. In theory, the concept is quite enticing: a cloud-based service that enables audiophiles to access their music virtually anywhere. However, its execution is a little messy. To be fair, it is still in beta, but there are some areas where Google Music could really use some improvement, and some that they do just fine.
Well, it was tons of WWDC news this week. Pretty much iOS 5 and OS X Lion and iCloud were about the only tech headlines anyone noticed. There were a few other things that we took note of, amidst the shuffle, though we must admit, we're pretty stoked about both new operating systems ourselves. But, just in case you missed it, here's a couple treats we couldn't just let pass by without a second look.
Now that Apple has finally played its hand with iCloud at this year’s WWDC keynote, we’ve finally seen the best and brightest of what the major players plan to bring to their streaming music services. One of them, Music Beta by Google, is still an intriguing option -- one you get past the hours of uploading necessary to enjoy it in the first place.