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Aerosmith — ‘What It Takes’

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

I just really like this song.

And I think I’ve decided once and for all that Steven Tyler has a bigger mouth than Mick Jagger. It’s official.

Samsung SM-C1010 hits Bluetooth SIG, rumored to be next Galaxy Camera

DNP Mysterious Samsung smartphone hits the Bluetooth sig, rumors say it could be a new Galaxy Camera

Slapping Android on a point-and-shoot worked surprisingly well for Samsung with the Galaxy Camera, but the device did have flaws — not least its size and inability to make phone calls. A rumor that originated on SamMobile a few days ago suggested that the South Korean handset maker is working on a sequel called the SM-C1010 (or possibly “S4 Zoom”) that adds an ear piece and shrinks the screen down to 4.3-inches from the original model’s 4.8-inch display. Another rumor at Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru hints at a smaller 10x zoom, instead of 21x.

Now, this very same SM-C1010 model number has cropped up on the Bluetooth SIG’s website, leading us to believe that something is up. The rumors also point towards this mysterious handset having a 16-megapixel sensor, qHD AMOLED display, 8GB of built-in storage along with a microSD card slot and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy support. At first glance, a smaller screen with fewer pixels may not sound too appealing, but if it results in a cheaper, longer lasting and more pocketable device, then we might be persuaded.

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Via: Unwired View

Source: Bluetooth SIG, SamMobile, Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru (translated)

Samsung Galaxy S 4′s storage claims to be investigated by BBC Watchdog

We’ve seen Microsoft’s Surface RT face similar accusations, but this time it’s the turn of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and how much space you’ll actually get from that advertised 16GB of storage. The BBC’s consumer rights show, Watchdog, will be focusing on the smartphone in next week’s episode, and the fact that almost half of the phone’s memory is already occupied by Samsung’s own software and apps. According to UK retailer Clove, there’s just 9.5GB of storage left for customers to fill. It’s not the only Android phone with storage space less than advertised — visit our More Coverage link to see how the Droid RAZR Maxx’s 16GB of storage magically transforms into 8GB of usable space. While the smartphone maker argues that the phone does offer an expansion option in the form of a microSD card slot (up to 64GB, no less), some apps still seem to prefer to reside on built-in storage over anything removable — Amazon’s Cloud Player comes to mind.

Host Anne Robinson hints at the end of this week’s episode: “It [Samsung] claims that its brand new Galaxy phone has an extra-large memory, but what did it forget to mention?” Although we might have spoiled that question for you already, check the teaser after the break. Brits can tune in for the show at 8PM GMT next Wednesday.

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Via: SlashGear, Clove

Source: Videolan (YouTube)

RIAA now counts online streams in Gold and Platinum Digital Single Awards

After years of fighting against the digital tide, the RIAA announced it’ll now factor online audio and video streams when considering tracks for its Digital Single Award. The certification has heretofore been given to digital tracks that have gone Gold or Platinum, but only for downloads: 500,000 for Gold, 1,000,000 for Platinum and 2 million-plus for multi-Platinum. But under its new policy, 100 streams count as one download, meaning that it could reach those thresholds with a mix of streams and downloads, not just the latter. The new approach is “an approximate barometer of comparative consumer activity; the financial value of streams and downloads were not factored into the equation.”

All told, these include streams from services like MOG, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify and Rdio along with video sites like VEVO, YouTube and MTV.com. Under the new system, 56 titles have already gone Gold and beyond, with 11 receiving their first ever digital song cert. A couple of first-timers include Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” which went Platinum and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” that went multi-Platinum. While we can’t say if music services will make everyone happy, it’s clear streaming’s here to stay. Hear that, iTunes?

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Via: The Verge

Source: RIAA

Facebook Home official on the HTC One, unofficial on Galaxy S 4 (but you can use it anyway)

Facebook Home official on the HTC One, unofficial on Galaxy S4 but you can use it anyway

When it first announced Home, Facebook said that it would support the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 as soon as they arrived. But unless you were into sideloading, any attempt to actually run it on either of those two handsets was greeted with a “not supported” message — at least until now. Though the app version hasn’t changed and there’s no mention of support for new handsets, the HTC One now appears to be officially supported, and after bypassing a warning (see the image above), you can now download and run it unofficially on the GS4 as well. That requires the main Facebook app to be up-to-date, however, and we noticed that Home (which has a tiny download size) leans on its much bigger brother for most of the heavy lifting — updating Facebook actually changes features in the Home app.

Android Central noted that it also worked in that way for other previously unsupported devices it tried, namely the Sony Xperia ZL and HTC One X. However, we still couldn’t even download the app on the Nexus 4 or LG Optimus G, although it worked just fine via a sideload — producing the same warning and allowing us to “use home anyway.” That jibes with what Facebook told us yesterday — namely, that it would change permissions so that sideloaders would get all the updates and not be saddled forever with version 1.0.

Myriam Joire contributed to this report.

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Via: Android Central

Source: Facebook Home (Play)

The 2013 Playboy Playmate Of The Year Gets A Jaguar F-Type, Of Course

The thing about Jaguar you have to respect is that they looked at the Mad Men plot about themselves, laughed, and then said: Well, we still got to sleep with Joan! Thus, your Playboy Playmate of the Year gets a Jaguar F-Type. For free!

Spoiler alert: This was more predictable than Don Draper falling into the hands (and other parts) of a woman other than the one he’s supposed to be with. Remember that time we went partying with Playboy model Raquel Pomplun on Jaguar’s dime? Yeah, it’s her!

Congrats. She’s a lovely lady. And can you do any better than a Jaguar F-Type as a reward? In our History of the Cars of Playboy Playmates we determined… not much better (full list here).

You could argue Conni Kreski’s 1969 Shelby GT500 fastback has become, over time, the most valuable. India Allen was probably the worst off, having been given a Lamborghini kit car.

An F-Type is lovely and joins a pair of XJ-S coupes and an XJ6 as the fourth Jaguar to be given such an honor.

Pioneer’s Cyber Navi units crowdsource traffic photos, watch for crosswalks (video)

Pioneer Cyber Navi GPS crowdsources traffic photos, looks out for crosswalks

Pioneer’s nicer Cyber Navi GPS units already revolve heavily around cameras that dish out augmented reality. That clearly wasn’t enough for the company, though, as its new tilt-screen AVIC-VH0009 and fixed-screen AVIC-ZH0009 models wring even more value out of that front sensor. Their new Smart Loop feature automatically snaps photos at traffic hotspots that it shares with fellow drivers, giving them a crowdsourced glimpse of any trouble that lies ahead. Other upgrades don’t depend quite so much on collective wisdom, however. The AR Scouter Mode is now smart enough to spot upcoming crosswalks, and the voice search lets drivers freely speak keywords rather than follow a strict syntax. Pioneer isn’t divulging pricing ahead of the Cyber Navis’ June release, but their Japan-focused location services hint that we won’t see either navigator reach the US anytime soon. We can at least live vicariously through the (very detailed) video after the break.

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Via: PCWorld

Source: Pioneer

Mozilla offering free phones in hopes of bolstering Firefox OS app development

DNP Mozilla offering free phones in hopes of bolstering Firefox OS app development

Attention HTML5 virtuosos: Mozilla is thirsty for your talents. So much, in fact, that the outfit is baiting developers with a free smartphone in the hopes they’ll return the favor with fresh Firefox OS apps. In order to qualify for a device, you’ll need to submit a proposal to Mozilla outlining the app you wish to build or port to its new mobile platform. If your pitch is accepted, the company will hook you up with a free Geeksphone Keon to thank you for your labor. Sure, the device’s 3.5-inch HVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, 512MB of RAM and 3-megapixel rear-facing camera are entry-level at best, but remember you’re getting this handset gratis. The program is set to close at the end of the month or when supplies run out, whichever comes first. So, if you’re interested in adding “Firefox OS developer” to your resume, hit up the source link to apply.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Mozilla

The Daily Roundup for 05.09.2013

DNP The Daily RoundUp

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

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The Crazy New Way You Can Catch Some Shut-Eye At The Abu Dhabi Airport

I hate just about every aspect of air travel. Long lines, invasive security, bad food, cramped seats, and the general awfulness of other passengers can all make for a miserable and exhausting experience. Fortunately, if you get too tired, the Abu Dhabi International Airport has you covered in an interesting way.

Literally covered, actually. This week they announced that they are the world’s first airport to carry "GoSleep" pods, which are Finnish-made chairs that convert into enclosed beds so you can take a nap at your leisure. 10 have been installed already and 35 more will be added this year.

For a mere 45 AED per hour — about $12.25 — you can catch some shut-eye in a pod that also has Internet access and storage for your luggage. They say it’s completely isolated from outside noise.

As CNBC notes, several airports already offer micro-hotels with accommodations you have to crawl into, and many cities including New York and Tokyo have pod hotels for travelers who don’t require a ton of room. This seems to be the natural evolution of those two things.

Who wants to give airport sleeping pods a try?

Photo credit Abu Dhabi Airports Company