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Month: May 2014

Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users

Just over a week ago, Shazam updated the free version of its mobile apps for iOS and Android so that users in the UK (and Germany, Mexico and Brazil, as it happens) could now open and play tracks that have been identified and ‘tagged’ by the app, in music streaming service Deezer. What wasn’t made explicit at the time, however, is this was at the expense of support for rival music streaming service Spotify. In other words, in said countries, one service has been bumped by the other — a curious move for the UK where both Shazam and Spotify are wildly popular. “I can’t believe it,” a friend wrote to me upon discovering the change. “Shazam is next to useless now for me now”. For him — and many others like him, judging by complaints on Twitter and Shazam’s own support forum — without the ability to quickly search for ‘Shazam’ed’ tracks on Spotify, where he consumes most of his music, the app’s utility has been rendered nearly worthless. To make matters worse, he had previously paid to upgrade his version of the Shazam app for unlimited tagging, a feature that has since become free if you don’t mind putting up with ads. Interestingly, Shazam Encore, the premium version of the app, appears to still feature support for Spotify. “You get what you pay for,” you might well...

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After Alibaba’s IPO, Yahoo Japan Rethinks Its $3.2BN eAccess Acquisition

Yahoo Japan has dropped a planned acquisition of telco eAccess from Softbank that was due to be worth $3.2 billion (324 billion yen) to the Japanese wireless provider. Back in March, when the acquisition plan was announced, Yahoo Japan said the purchase of eAccess was aimed at expanding the services it offers for smartphones and tablets. The company’s web portal still pulls in considerable traffic in Japan but it is facing a fresh challenge for users’ eyeballs from a wave of mobile content aggregator startups. The strategy to counter that was going to be a Yahoo-branded mobile network called Y! Mobile. But not any more. The company has evidently decided it doesn’t need to own a telco in order to offer network services to better compete with mobile upstarts. Today it said it would be offering Internet services via the eAccess network but would not be going ahead with the acquisition. As Reuters notes, the logic of the takeover of a telco already owned by Softbank, a member of the same group as Yahoo Japan, had been queried by analysts — and its share price had taken a battering after the announcement. Yahoo Japan is 42.6% owned by Softbank. Softbank’s need to raise addition funds to fuel its overseas acquisition ambitions is likely to be given a boost by Alibaba’s IPO – since the telco owns a circa 34% stake in the Chinese ecommerce giant — making the $3.2 billion Softbank was due to get from the sale of eAccess less...

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The Return of Michael Jackson on Stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Coinciding with Michael Jackson‘s posthumous album XSCAPE, the King of Pop returned to the stage in the form of a hologram for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Performing his latest single “Slave to the Rhythm” at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, the performance was heralded as a “once in a lifetime Michael Jackson experience” despite some legal issues cropping up prior to the event. Following the patent dispute over the hologram technology and its ownership, it’s now confirmed that Hologram USA and Musion Das Hologram received patents for the Michael Jackson performance after purchasing the company that was behind the Tupac hologram performance at Coachella in 2012. For more news on 2014 Billboard Music Awards head to HYPETRAK. Article source:...

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Nike LeBron 11 Max Low "Turbo Green"

The Nike LeBron 11 Max Low is set to drop this week in a new “Turbo Green” colorway. This low-top variant of LeBron’s signature shoe features a full-length Max Air bag below and a synthetic and mesh upper with Dynamic Flywire supports. Inspired by the water around Miami, this colorway features a green upper with crimson accents. Look for LeBron 11 Max Low “Turbo Green” when it launches Saturday, May 24 at Nike. Article source:...

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Supreme 2014 Summer Sunglasses Collection

Supreme presents four new models debuting in its 2014 Summer Sunglasses collection. The styles offer a streamlined vintage-inspired aesthetic with a bit of extra pop. Handmade in Japan, The Frances, Wellington and Tunnel Metal designs feature CR 39 tinted and UV coated lenses. The Italian-made Factory silhouette on the other hand, is distinguished by its translucent acetate frames with a visible metal core running through the arms. This style features mirrored lenses with an anti-reflective coating. For more shots of the four new models, visit Supreme’s website. Article source:...

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