Sky Go adds ITV support just in time for the World Cup

 

Richard Devine:

Sky TV’s popular mobile service, Sky Go, just got more useful for football fans on the go by adding ITV to its list of supported channels just in time for the Fifa World Cup. Or, if you’re just into regular TV, you’ll be well taken care of by the other channels since it includes ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV.

In addition, the Sky exclusive ITV Encore channel will also be available when it launches, and customers also get access to a ton of ITV box-sets and on-demand content. The channels should be added to the service today, so go ahead and fire up Sky Go on your phone or tablet and take a look.

Nice.

Listen to Soundgarden in DTS 11.1 sound on your headphones

 

Mel Martin:

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:

Apple’s Tim Cook & Eddy Cue on the Beats Deal

 

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.

Apple to live stream ‘exciting’ WWDC keynote on Monday

 

Mark Gurman:

Apple has updated its website to announce that it will be live streaming next week’s WWDC Keynote address for all to watch. As per usual, the event will be available on Macs running Safari 4 or later, iOS Devices running iOS 4.2 or later, Windows machines running Quicktime 7, and via an application on the Apple TV. The event kicks off at 10AM Pacific/1PM Eastern time on Monday, June 2nd. Apple says that it has “exciting announcements” in store for the event (as it says for all of its events), which is likely to include talk of iOS 8 with Healthbook, a redesigned OS X 10.10, and new hardware products.

Google Stories: Photos and Videos Find New Life in Automatically Generated Photo Albums

 

WSJ:

As you swipe through, the captions slide out from behind photos, and the pictures move up and down along the timeline, giving the story a bit of motion. Google can add in video or automatically generated “Auto Awesome” GIFs to the timeline as well, as long as they’re in the source album. After the story ends (with a slide that says “The End,” of course), viewers can leave a +1 or a comment, or share the story if you’ve decided to share it publicly.

You can also ad a caption to each photo in your Story—Google calls them “narratives.” Google Inc. If you have any photos loaded into your Google+ account, Google will automatically sort through your pictures and turn them into stories based on when they were taken. Eidelson has photos from as far back as 2005, and the system generated stories for those old photos too.

If it works as good as it looks, Google might be onto a winner here. Automatic uploading of your photos from your iPhone/Android device with the best way yet I have seen of viewing and sharing your photo collection.

Facebook’s iOS app now listens for identifiable TV & music when posting status updates

 

AppleInsider:

Facebook on Wednesday launched a new, optional feature that allows its iPhone application to use the device’s microphone to listen for and identify television and music content when posting a status update.

The new feature will make it easier for users to say that they are watching a particular show or listening to a certain song, then share that information with their friends. Upon updating the Facebook app, users are presented with an explanation as to how the feature works, and are given the option to turn it on.

To utilize the new listening option, users can begin to create a status update, then click the “mood” icon. The app will then begin listening to identify any content playing, and users can then select the song or TV show to quickly share it with their friend.

If a user decides to turn off the feature, they can do so by tapping the audio icon at the top right of the screen. But if the functionality is left on, the audio icon will move and attempt to detect a match when a user is writing their status update.

Shazam!