Say hello to good music and great road trips this summer! Chevrolet announced at South by Southwest that it will expand its in-vehicle entertainment offerings by integrating the new Beats Music streaming service into the Chevrolet AppShop, which will be available on select models later this year.
Beats Music, which officially launched earlier this year, provides listeners with a blend of digital innovation and human-created playlists from music experts across all genres for a truly personalized and curated experience. The result is a streaming music service that delivers the right song, at the right time, for every listener.
A seamless data connection for the Chevrolet AppShop will be possible thanks to the availability of high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and data plans through OnStar on most Chevrolet vehicles later this year. Chevrolet expects to offer the broadest deployment of 4G LTE connectivity of any automotive brand.
“Our customers are looking for choice and we’re giving them a great opportunity to customize their music by bringing the Beats Music app into our vehicles,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director. “Beats is a well-established brand, and its music service brings unique capabilities to the table that our customers will really enjoy.”
Chevrolet will incorporate a version of Beats Music tailored for in-vehicle use. This includes such staple features as the Just For You personalized recommendations and the Highlights staff recommendations. Users will also have access to all of the playlists they’ve saved or created through their mobile accounts and can choose from dozens of specially tailored playlists for all drive times – from road trips to traffic jams to Sunday cruising and more. A trial or paid Beats Music account will be required. Features that require a large amount of attention – such as those that use a keyboard – will be unavailable while the vehicle is in motion.
The Chevrolet AppShop will begin to roll out later this year on select 2015 models in the U.S. and Canada with MyLink technology from the Cruze to the Colorado. Check out how easy it is to connect with 4G LTE inside Chevy vehicles with our friend Stefan below.
Could Shoes Dsire is the number 1 social app for shoe lovers to see, share, scan, search, and buy their favorite shoe styles all from the comfort of their iPhone? The app’s revolutionary ‘Shoe Recognition’ technology may be the one element that is a game changer. Upload a picture of any shoe to Shoes Dsire. The app will scan the shoes and display a list of nearby stores and websites that carry that particular style, including the current retail price. Shoes Dsire’s ‘Shoe Recognition’ technology also displays related styles to provide additional shoe-spiration and help users find the right pair of shoes at a price that matches their budget.
Shoes Dsire is also a social community where shoe lovers receive discounts and last-minute offers on shoes, share and discuss their favorite styles, and get news and tips on the latest in shoe fashion directly from their iPhone.
To celebrate their recent launch, the team at Shoes Dsire is giving all new users the chance to win in their $3,000 shoe shopping spree giveaway. The giveaway runs from January 22 to April 2, 2014, and each week 1 lucky new user will win a $300 shoe shopping spree. 10 winners, 10 weeks. Simply download and start using the app today for your chance to win.
“Shoe Dsire is a distinctive new approach of looking at shoes,” said Walter Bernacca, founder of Shoes Dsire. “It welcomes users to a completely new retail concept offering today’s aspiring lifestyle-oriented customer the most unique access to shoes.”
Shoes Dsire is free to download, available now on the iTunes App store. Currently available for iPhone users only, Shoes Dsire will launch an Android version in mid-2014.
On Tuesday, February 24th – I along with other NYC tech media got a first hand look at the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit devices at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in NYC. During the unique product experience, guests had the chance to enjoy food, drinks and witness the LIVE Unpacked 5 event announcements from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After the event, I got the chance to get hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smart watch and Gear Fit wristband.
Favorite features thus far:
Samsung Galaxy S5 – Fingerprint sensor. Galaxy S5 has a built-in sensor that will allow users to unlock their phones with a fingerprint scan. The sensor has other security functions as well: it will act as password protection for PayPal payments, according to Samsung.
Samsung Gear 2 - 4G Memory w/ Bluetooth music capabilities. Samsung decided to turn the new Gear 2 into a wearable music player, thanks to its standalone music player with Bluetooth player. Users will be able to go running outdoors or working out at the gym wirelessly by listening to music without the need to carry their smartphones.
Samsung Gear Fit - Heart rate monitoring sensor. The Gear Fit includes a built-in heart rate monitor on its rear panel, allowing the fitness tracker to measure your beats per minute via its onboard app. During the hands-on, the app was able to instantly detect heart rate and display it on the Fit’s screen.
Check out a quick demo of a few of my favorite S5 and Gear 2 features from the fingerprint scanner to built in heart rate monitor coupled with a few moments of in studio shenanigans below…
The Samsung Galaxy Studio is open to the public daily and located in the heart of NYC at 130 Prince Street in SoHo. Discover more on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear fit with in depth reviews coming soon…
Want to create the perfect selfie without having the wing span of a professional basketball player, then the CamMe app was created especially for you.
The iOS app uses gesture controls to help users take selfies from up to 16 feet away — without having to touch their device.
Unlike Snapchat or other photo-taking apps, CamMe relies on gestures to control an iOS device’s shutter. To take a selfie, users simply raise their hand and make a fist, which triggers a three-second shutter timer.
The app is a product of Israel-based PointGrab, a company specializing in gesture-recognition software for PCs, televisions and mobile devices.
“It’s our goal to make gesture control available across all platforms, laptops, TVs and mobile,” PointGrab CEO Assaf Gad said in a statement. “CamMe is just an example of the easy and practical way gesture technology is becoming a part of every consumer-electronics user’s life.”
Users can also take a photo booth-style selfie, which includes three successive photos that are arranged on a film strip, or a “FunShot,” which inserts selfies into colorful cutouts of well-known characters and locations.
Selfie app CamMe won the “most innovative app” award at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Tuesday. The award was one of several given out by MWC organizer GSMA, as part of its 2014 Global Mobile Awards.
CamMe is available in the iOS App Store.
If you’re one of the many Fitbit Force users that have been affected by the recall and looking for an alternative device – move over Fitbit Force, there’s a new wearable in town – the Samsung Gear Fit.
Yesterday we were introduced to the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity.
The Gear family continues to expand with the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go. Whether used as a standalone or companion device, the Samsung Gear Fit puts people in charge of their personal and active lives while staying connected so they never miss a moment.
The Samsung Gear Fit was designed to comfortably contour to consumers’ wrists while offering a vivid Super AMOLED display. It provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping consumers up to date instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, 3rd party apps while consumers are on the move so they can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey will let users express their individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match their outfit or mood for any type of activity. Check out video below.
It’ll receive notifications, track your heart rate, control music, and…well, do all the basic things most people think of when they think of “smart watch.” Will the Gear fit usher in a whole new world of wearables for the future? I sure hope so. What do you think? Would you buy a Gear Fit to replace your current fitness tracking wristband?
The Internet is always changing. There are major strides and trends happening right under your nose that are likely to make an impact in the way we live online within the next few years. No matter if you’re about that startup life or want to identify the next emerging tech to become an early adopter. If you’ve ever been curious about where the Internet is heading or how to get ahead of the curve, this infographic is for you - Seven Shocking Stats & Trends about the Internet.
Which of these interesting online facts shocked you the most? With the world wide web changing daily, are you more likely to research the latest internet news to stay ahead of the curve or just keep up with everyone else?
If at first you don’t succeed, TRY, TRY again. Samsung is keeping the wearable tech trend moving with two brand new smartwatches to follow up the Galaxy Gear from last year. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have dropped the “Galaxy” preface and if you’re a Samsung Galaxy smartphone user looking for more wearable options, you may want to give these smart watches a second look.
Powered by a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, the watches will bring up call, text, social, and other notifications right to your wrist. But, the big upgrades this time around focus on what the watches can do by themselves – without your smartphone. Both watches are also music players with 4 GB of internal storage. Here’s the zinger, with the WatchON Remote app, you can also use the Gear watches as remotes for your televisions!
Just in case you’re still locked and loaded into your new year’s fitness resolution the Gear watches will be stocked with everything need in fitness tracking!
The one key difference between the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo is the camera – the Gear 2 has one, while the Gear 2 Neo leaves it out, to be cheaper and a little lighter. The Gear 2 camera is 2 MP, and is capable of taking shots in 1080p. Both the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo are smartwatches with 1.63” 320 x 320 screens. Both run on the Tizen platform, which has been designed for wearable tech, but these are very much made to be smartphone companions.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are both dust and water resistant, and can come with different colored wristbands – Charcoal Black, Gold Brown, and Wild Orange for the Gear 2, and Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey, and Wild Orange for the Gear 2 Neo. The new Samsung smartwatches will be available in April.
A front facing camera for selfies or a unique social sharing? (You be the judge.) Would you buy into the new wearable tech trend? What do you think?