Samsung on Thursday made its latest push into the smart TV market with a new "Smart Media Player" that lets users access both apps and live cable content.
The product, model No. GX-SM530CF, includes more than 100 smart TV apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. It also allows viewers to access live cable content without having to pay the expensive monthly rental fees associated with a cable box.
The media player will retail for $149.99 and will be available October 23.
Earbuds have long had a way of tying us down, whether through tangled cords, behind-the-head connectors, or Bluetooth requirements. The Split earbuds on Kickstarter are looking to do away with all that fuss.
Split from Greenwing Audio works by acting as a stand-alone audio player, kind of like miniaturizing and shoving an iPod Nano in your ears. A tiny crystal clock in each earbud synchronizes the music without the need for a wired or wireless connection.… Read more
Devine Lu Linvega -- aka Aliceffekt -- is a prolific sort of fellow. The Tokyo-based French-Canadian industrial artist works in interactive media as a developer, fantastical linguist, and musician.
His oeuvre includes his very own massively multiplayer online game, an exploration game about alienation in its purest form (and one of the most interesting games so far this year, mobile or otherwise). He also invented an entirely new language.
He also performs as DJ Aliceffekt in Tokyo clubs, and it was this that led to the creation of his upcoming album "Telekinetic" -- made on a Leap Motion Controller input device. "Tired of carrying MIDI controllers with me, I got myself the small Leap Motion device and used it to perform the 'Telekinetic' album," he said on his Web site. … Read more
Every day, users of Smule's Sing Karaoke sing 480,000 songs, and users of its Magic Piano play 1.2 million songs. And until now, all those songs have only been available to hear and interact with via the hit apps.
But Smule wants the content its users generate to be available to everyone, not just those who have the apps, and today, the San Francisco startup launched a Web-based social network that it says is the largest social network of music makers in the world.
Smule's giant network of music makers and fans has been around for … Read more
One isn't quite sure what to expect going into ACO Virtual, the "virtual orchestra" created by multimedia company MOD Productions alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The lights dim, the spotlights fall, and one by one, panels on the wall are populated with 15 string instrumentalists sweeping out the first movement of Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G."
These aren't, however, the musicians themselves, but virtual representations being simultaneously streamed from 15 projectors strung from the ceiling. In the middle of the room, MOD Productions Director Michela Ledwidge stands in front of an iPad mounted on a stand. As she taps the screen, musicians fade in and out, allowing visitors to hear the music of specific players in focus.
Congrats to a very lucky Stace B. of Tempe, Ariz., for winning a 50-inch Seiki 4K/Ultra High Definition TV in last week's giveaway. We'll all be meeting at Stace's place Monday night to root for Bill Nye on "Dancing with the Stars," OK? If you'd rather tune that ruckus out, you can do so using this week's prize.
We're giving away a pair of full-size over-ear HE-400 headphones from HiFiMan. While most headphones of this sort have drivers that work like miniature cone or dome speaker drivers, the HE-400s use thin-film, flat "planar magnetic" drivers that produce clearer and more dynamically alive sound. Those drivers do add a bit of weight to the headphones, making them better-suited for at-home use with a receiver or headphone amplifier than for portable music players or phones. … Read more
Michael Bublé might be one of the most charming singers in the music industry -- and footage of him taking a fan's smartphone and recording himself at a recent concert probably won't hurt that perception.
A brief video clip that quietly emerged last week shows the moment from the perspective of the unidentified smartphone-carrying fan at a concert attended by thousands.
Bublé, walking nearby and singing "To Love Somebody," unexpectedly (but politely) grabs the young woman's smartphone and -- without missing a beat -- continues to sing while recording himself. Bublé looks directly into the camera and sings a few lines, then passes the phone back to its rightful owner. As expected, the young woman's priceless expression conveys an extreme level of excitement over the surprising act. … Read more