Lyric’s biggest bullet point is its use of geofencing. In basic terms, when a person leaves their home with their smartphone, the Lyric senses when they depart and adjusts the temperature inside to a level designed to save money. When that same person makes the return trip home, the Lyric again detects when the person is getting close and adjusts the temperature again to make sure that the home is comfortable again when the home owner enters.
So we have Nest, Hive and now Honeywell’s Lyric battling to be king of the thermostat. It’s like this – whoever opens up their API’s so that they may work with other applications like SmartThings and now Apple will get my cash..
Amazon’s official Kindle app for iPad and iPhone has been updated to include integration with audio versions of titles when purchased through the service Audible, as well as cloud syncing with Whispersync for Voice.
Kindle for iOS, as well as Google’s Android, now allows users to switch between reading and listening without leaving the app, as long as they own both the Kindle and Audible versions of a title. The free update is now available.
Nice update from the Kindle team there.
Apple is done with its WWDC keynote, where they introduced a bunch of new features for iOS 8, plus a new version of OS X called Yosemite. We poked fun at a handful of them already, but believe it or not, we are also capable of giving props when we see something cool or that we would like to see on Android at some point. I know, I know, you are probably wondering what I have been drinking over the last couple of hours, but hang with me for a second. You have to admit that Apple is really doing a great job at making all of the experiences seamless from iPhone to iPad to computer. They are also doing a pretty impressive job when it comes to making it easy to get in touch with or share things with the people you chat with the most.
So here we go – these are the iOS 8 features that were introduced today that we actually found to be pretty cool. Feel free to agree or disagree, of course
Interesting that Apple can still impress the Android Fan boys. Those guys from Cupertino might be doing something right after all..
The music is the 20th anniversary release of Soundgarden’s Superunknown album from 1994. You can listen to album samples by downloading the free app at the iTunes store. The idea behind the DTS Headphone: X format is to let you listen as a producer would.
I gave the new mix a listen via the app that is available today. I used the Beyerdynamic headphones I just completed a review of, and the sound really was terrific. The app lets you select the way you are listening; ear buds, over ear, on ear headphones, or speakers. You can hear the spatial cues move with each setting. I didn’t have the plain old 2 channel mix to compare, but the sounds of the DTS 11.1 channel mix did seem to be quite different than standard headphone listening. Rather than hear the music “in my head,” there were instruments in front of me, and arrayed to the sides and behind me. I also felt some instruments originated above me. I thought the DTS 11.1 mix did a good job of sounding likes I was listening to speakers with the instruments in real space. I’d love to hear more music released this way, as hard rock is not always the best way to judge sound quality. I’d prefer to hear some acoustic instruments to really judge the effect.
You can download the app here to test for yourself:
Gadget Lab | WIRED
Wired has a nice piece on what was announced and what is new from the WWDC keynote yesterday.
Apple’s Eddy Cue via Mark Gurman’s Live Blog:
Cue said Apple bought Beats because “music is dying. It hasn’t been growing.” He said combining the two companies will help it grow again […]
Cue said what makes Beats good is that it provides users with curated playlists.
He said: “When you bring what Beats has got and what we’ve got it’s not two plus two is four. It’s something much more than that” …
Getting your music via subscription is the future and Cue alludes to iTunes stagnant position and a new direction.
Peter Kafka Talking to Tim Cook:
We get a subscription music service that we believe is the first subscription service that really got it right. They had the insight early on to know how important human curation is. That technology by itself wasn’t enough — that it was the marriage of the two that would really be great and produce a feeling in people that we want to produce.
It’s not about the headphones. It’s about the streaming service and the talent.