Motorola Testing iRadio in DC, LA
Jun 16, 2005, 2:52 PM by (staff)
Motorola will begin test marketing their iRadio system in two traffic-jam plagued areas as early as next week. Subscribers will be able to download special audio content, or load their own audio files onto new phones using their PC. The new phones will each feature six preset buttons for selecting content from different "channels," enough memory for about 10 hours of music, and Bluetooth to transmit the music to car stereos (it can also play through a headphone jack). Phones are expected to cost around $200, Bluetooth carkits will run around $65, and the internet-based content subscription will be $5-7 per month. The subscription will also include time-sensitive content (traffic updates, news, sports) that will be downloaded over cellular networks instead of transferred from a PC.
Google Refreshes Its Chromecast Products for TVs and Stereos
Google today announced two new Chromecast products meant to help improve the living room experience. The Chromecast 2 TV dongle uses HDMI to plug into television sets and includes dual-band 802.11ac WiFi for improved performance with the local wireless network.
Facebook Talks Up Live Audio
Facebook today launched Live Audio, a way for people to share a live audio feed with followers. Facebook imagines the tool will be used by content creators to share interviews, read books, or broadcast podcasts.
Video Now Playing On Spotify's Android App
Spotify has launched video content in its Android app. Users can now browse through video and audio clips from a wide variety of content providers, such as ABC News, Comedy Central, and ESPN.
Chrome to Support HDR Video Playback
Google today provided an update on the progress it has made with the Chrome browser over the last year and offered a peek at some features that will arrive later this year. To start, Chrome now supports play/pause, rewind, and fast forward controls for audio and video.
YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.
Wow. This is actually pretty cool. I would go for this over XM and Sirius. Hopefully Cingular will be the carrier (or at least one of the carriers) that gets it.
Or, you could just pop in one of ...