TIDAL Now Playing All Over the Home on Sonos

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 30, 2015 by itnerd

TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, is now available on the Sonos Wireless HiFi system after a successful beta program. With a TIDAL music subscription and Sonos smart speakers, music lovers can stream more than 25 million songs from your favourite artists in HiFi quality to any room in the home.

Since launching in October, one in five songs from TIDAL have been played on home audio products – with Sonos representing the majority. TIDAL now appears within the “Add Music Services” menu of the Sonos app. Playing TIDAL tracks on Sonos is simple: just select the service and enter your login credentials. Once logged in, navigation of TIDAL is fully and seamlessly integrated in the Sonos Controller App, available on iOS and Android mobile devices as well as PC/Mac computers.

As an ad-free, lossless, CD-quality music and music video streaming service with extensive curated editorial expertise, TIDAL is available now for a monthly subscription of $19.99 CDN.

To experience high fidelity streaming, visit the TIDAL website at www.tidal.com.

 

 

 

MobileFun Announces New Products

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 30, 2015 by itnerd

Online reseller MobileFun sent me three new products that they’re rolling out.

The Apple Watch is the first true luxury product from Apple, with the most expensive editions costing over £9,000. The 24-carat gold of the Edition looks fantastic, but its price point puts it far beyond the reach of the average consumer. But what if there was a way to make the £299 Apple Watch Sport look like that golden marvel? There is. Introducing the Apple Watch Gold Upgrade Kit.

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Look to the stars or into your neighbours back garden to admire the wonders of nature with the truly impressive magnification of the 100x Magnification Telescope for the iPhone 6.

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And there’s this universal thumb stylus. It’s not a joke and it’s ideal for “phablets”:

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Fido Customers to get Spotify Premium

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 30, 2015 by itnerd

Fido announced today that they are teaming up with the Spotify to bring customers the world of music. Through an exclusive agreement, Fido customers will get a free subscription to Spotify Premium. It’s coming soon on select wireless plans. We’re all looking to our phone for entertainment and Spotify Premium will give Fido customers access to amazing mobile content and music – over 30 million songs, amazing artists and personalized playlists.

So if you’re a Fido customer, would you be interested in signing up for this?

 

Review: 2016 Mazda6 GT – Part 1

Posted in Products with tags on March 30, 2015 by itnerd

This week I have the second of three refreshed models from Mazda which is the 2016 Mazda6 GT. Last year’s model won the IT Nerd Award Winner For The Best Car Under $40K last year. Exterior wise, the changes are subtle:

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It still uses Mazda’s Kodo design language to produce a bold looking car: They have made some tweaks that you would have to carefully look for to notice. My advice is to look at the review for the 2015 model and compare the two. One thing to note is that there’s new LED daytime running lights and fog lights that look really cool.

IMG_1143From the side the wheels that come with the GT trim level really make a statement.

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And from the rear, you get new LED taillights to make a statement with those who are following you.

One thing that I should note is that every person that saw me in this car used words like “stylish”, “bold”, “classy” and “sophisticated.” Clearly Mazda has hit a home run with the design.

I’ll be posting a multi-part review that will cover the following sections:

  • Engine, transmission, handling, fuel economy, and driving comfort
  • Interior
  • Technology in the vehicle
  • Wrap up

Without giving too much away, I can say that all the changes that Mazda made to the Mazda6 really make an already good vehicle even better. But one area they didn’t change is the power train and handling. I’ll be talking about that tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Impression Pi Which Combines Virtual And Augmented Reality Is On Fire On Kickstarter

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 29, 2015 by itnerd

Last week, Impression Pi, a wireless virtual/ augmented reality system (that you can connect to your phone!) debuted on Kickstarter and has made over $135k so far. Impression Pi has an advanced dual camera module that captures and displays the real world to the user, then overlays VR images and virtual objects.

I could spend time explaining why this technology is awesome, but I think you should see for yourself.

Check out all of the details at there Kickstarter page here.

First Apple Watch Band Adaptor Launched On Kickstarter….. By A College Freshman

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 29, 2015 by itnerd

Brandon Hudgens, an 18-year old college freshman, launched a Kickstarter campaign for Click, an Apple Watch band adaptor- and it completely funded in one day. However, if you dig beneath the surface, it shouldn’t be surprising. Not only is it the first Apple Watch adaptor that allows you to use any watch band, but Hudgens was also mentored by Tristan O’Tierney, successful entrepreneur and founder of Square. So clearly that mentoring worked well.

As of today, Click has raised over $66k on Kickstarter and is live until April 17.  If you want to join in this funding effort, take a look at his Kickstarter page here.

BlackBerry Nets Small Profit But Revenue Drops

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 27, 2015 by itnerd

BlackBerry put out their Q4 2015 numbers [Warning: PDF] just a little while ago. Here’s the key points:

  •  The company reported a net profit of $28 million, or 5 cents a share, in the quarter ended Feb. 28. That compared with a year-earlier loss of $148 million, or 28 cents a share.

  • Excluding one-time items, the company quarterly profit was $20 million, or 4 cents a share.

  • Quarterly revenue, however, slid to $660 million from $793 million.

So, BlackBerry made money. At least John Chen was right on that front. The question is, can they keep moving forward to build on this positive news? Though I will admit that investors don’t see it as all that positive as the stock is only up slightly in pre-market trading.

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