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Samsung’s Smart Speaker Reportedly Planned For First Half Of 2018

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Following the successful launch of the Amazon Echo, it really wasn’t surprising to see many companies follow suit with their own offerings, like the Google Home and the Apple HomePod. It also did not come as a surprise to learn that Samsung might have something up their sleeves as well.

However despite hearing about the speakers for a while now, there is still no specific release date in sight or an official announcement, but according to a report from Bloomberg, apparently Samsung is targeting the first half of 2018 to launch the device. Details are scarce, but for the most part it sounds like it’ll be like most smart speakers where it will feature a built-in digital assistant (presumably Bixby) that can help users control their connected devices, like lights and locks.

The report is also claiming that the device will have an emphasis on audio quality, which we suppose is largely thanks to Samsung’s acquisition of Harman International. We have no idea what the speaker might look like, but Samsung has launched speaker products in the past, so perhaps those could be used as a frame of reference.

In any case we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung might have planned for us. Perhaps the announcement of the speaker could be made alongside the upcoming Galaxy S9.

Samsung’s Smart Speaker Reportedly Planned For First Half Of 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung’s Smart Speaker Reportedly Planned For First Half Of 2018

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Following the successful launch of the Amazon Echo, it really wasn’t surprising to see many companies follow suit with their own offerings, like the Google Home and the Apple HomePod. It also did not come as a surprise to learn that Samsung might have something up their sleeves as well.

However despite hearing about the speakers for a while now, there is still no specific release date in sight or an official announcement, but according to a report from Bloomberg, apparently Samsung is targeting the first half of 2018 to launch the device. Details are scarce, but for the most part it sounds like it’ll be like most smart speakers where it will feature a built-in digital assistant (presumably Bixby) that can help users control their connected devices, like lights and locks.

The report is also claiming that the device will have an emphasis on audio quality, which we suppose is largely thanks to Samsung’s acquisition of Harman International. We have no idea what the speaker might look like, but Samsung has launched speaker products in the past, so perhaps those could be used as a frame of reference.

In any case we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung might have planned for us. Perhaps the announcement of the speaker could be made alongside the upcoming Galaxy S9.

Samsung’s Smart Speaker Reportedly Planned For First Half Of 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Bragi To Unveil ‘Contextually Aware’ Earphones At CES 2018

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

If you think about it, headphones are basically speakers that you put in your ears, and for the most part that’s what they’ve been all this while, with different models offering different sound quality. However these days headphones are starting to evolve to do more than just playback audio, and some headphone makers such as Bragi are starting to put AI inside of them.

In fact it seems that Bragi’s enhanced headphone efforts don’t just stop there, because according to the company’s partner Audio Analytic (via Engadget), Bragi is expected to unveil a pair of contextually aware headphones at CES 2018, where these headphones can recognize sounds around them and react accordingly.

So what does this mean? For starters it can recognize when someone is speaking, which means that the headphones can then automatically adjust the volume so that the wearer can listen to what’s being said to them without having to remove their headphones. They also cite examples of how the headphones can pick up and recognize sounds, like those of an emergency vehicle, or cars, and can notify the wearer to them, which can come in handy if you love running outdoors.

Bragi is expected to demonstrate this new feature with the Dash Pro which was announced earlier this year. Whether or not the feature will be rolled out to the headphones or launched on a pair of newer headphones remains to be seen.

Bragi To Unveil ‘Contextually Aware’ Earphones At CES 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Report Alleges That Tidal Only Has Enough Money For 6 More Months

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

When Tidal launched, one of the ways it set itself apart from the competition was that they offered listeners supposed audiophile grade music, although it came at a rather steep cost, a cost that might have set them back in the game because according to a report from Norwegian publication Dagens Naeringsliv, Tidal is running out of money.

The report claims that Tidal apparently only has 6 months left of working capital, which means that the music service only has 6 months left of staying afloat, unless they are able to raise more money. However in a statement to The Verge, a company spokesperson is refuting those allegations by saying, “We have experienced negative stories about Tidal since its inception and we have done nothing but grow the business each year.”

This seems to go against the report which states that Tidal apparently lost as much as $44 million before taxes last year, although the company seems to believe that they will be able to break even and possibly even achieve profitability mid-2018. That being said, it’s not hard to believe that Tidal (or any other music streaming service) could be doing badly.

Last month Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine claimed that the music streaming industry isn’t making any money, and that companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon at the very least have other products to help prop up the service, whereas music-only services such as Spotify and Tidal don’t. In any case take the report with a grain of salt for now, but maybe don’t discount Tidal just yet.

Report Alleges That Tidal Only Has Enough Money For 6 More Months , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Denies That They’re Going To Phase Out iTunes Music Downloads

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

There are multiple ways to consume music, such as through physical purchases of CDs and vinyl, or digital where you can buy your songs piecemeal or entire albums through platforms like iTunes, or stream them for a monthly subscription through services such as Apple Music and Spotify.

For the longest time ever, Apple’s iTunes dominated the digital music scene, but recent rumors are suggesting that Apple plans to phase that out. In a report from Digital Music News, they are reporting that Apple has already begun their phasing out of music downloads via iTunes, with plans to ultimately scrap the service/feature completely by 2019.

No doubt that this would mark a huge change in the music industry, especially when you consider that iTunes is one of the more dominant digital music platform for song/album purchases. However in a denial made to 9to5Mac, Apple is claiming that the report is “not true”. Like we said, this is not the first time we’re hearing about this as we had heard the first report back in 2016, which Apple themselves have debunked back then as well.

However despite Apple’s insistence, Digital Music News is claiming that their source has repeatedly confirmed that it is true, and that it is “on schedule”. Then again given that the official word is that it isn’t true, perhaps take this report with a grain of salt for now.

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Apple Confirms Acquisition Of Music Recognition Service Shazam

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

The other day it was rumored that Apple could be looking to acquire music recognition service Shazam. As it turns out the rumors were true because Apple has since confirmed the acquisition to the folks at 9to5Mac. As expected they did not dive into the details of the acquisition, save for saying that they have “exciting plans” in store.

In a statement released to 9to5Mac confirming the acquisition, “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement.”

We should point out that Apple and Shazam have had a working relationship prior to this, where Apple baked Shazam’s functionality into Siri, thus allowing users to ask Siri to identify songs instead of having to launch the app. Shazam’s functionality also evolved over the years, where it was later able to recognize TV shows and movies too.

It is unclear what Apple plans to do with Shazam, and whether or not there are plans to keep the app around or sunset it. From what we can tell based on previous Apple acquisitions, the company usually ends up killing off the app and service, like when they acquired Workflow and Beats Music.

Apple Confirms Acquisition Of Music Recognition Service Shazam , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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JBL & Under Armour Unveil UA Sport Wireless Flex Headphones

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

Headphones come in all shapes and sizes, some designed to be worn while you commute, some designed to be enjoyed sitting in a comfortable chair and listening to your records, while some have been designed for gym and sports. While we suppose headphones in general could be used for any purpose, there are some differences in their design that make some better than others for certain uses.

If you’re a gym enthusiast and would like a pair of headphones that won’t get damaged by sweat, you’ll be interested to learn that JBL and Under Armour have teamed up to create a pair of wireless headphones in the form of the UA Sport Wireless Flex. As you can see in the photo above, these headphones are designed to be worn around the neck, helping to keep it secure while you enjoy your workout.

According to the press release, the headphones will feature adjustable flex zones and will offer 11+ hours of battery with a speed charging feature. It also comes with a RunSafe LED if you plan on using these outdoors while in the evenings or at night, and also feature magnetic buds that lets you clasp them together when not in use.

They also feature JBL’s Charged Sound technology, are sweat resistant, and will pair with your smartphone, tablet, or computer via Bluetooth. They are priced at $130 and are available for purchase via JBL’s website.

JBL & Under Armour Unveil UA Sport Wireless Flex Headphones , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Reportedly Looking To Acquire Shazam

Tyler Lee December 8, 2017

shazamShazam was one of the first music recognition apps available for smartphones back in the day, and its functionality has since expanded where it can also recognize TV shows. Apple has also integrated the app and its functionality into iOS, where users can ask Siri to Shazam songs without having to launch the app itself.

Now it seems that Apple might have decided that instead of working with Shazam, why not just buy them outright instead? According to a report from TechCrunch, it seems that Apple is apparently interested in buying the company, with the deal said to be worth as much as $400 million, and could be officially announced as soon as Monday.

It is unclear as to what Apple wants to do with Shazam, especially given that Shazam is already sort of integrated into iOS. However it is possible that maybe Apple wants to mimic one of the Pixel 2’s features, which is the ability to identify songs thanks to an always-listening feature, so perhaps by acquiring Shazam, Apple is hoping to bring that feature onto iOS devices in future updates as well.

In any case Apple rarely discloses their plans for their acquisitions, so even if they do confirm it, we’ll probably never really know until later when it might popup in iOS somewhere, so do take it with a grain of salt for now.

Apple Reportedly Looking To Acquire Shazam , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.