This week we sat down with Sam Tarantino, co-founder and CEO of streaming music service Grooveshark to discuss the state of the music industry, streaming music services, and what Grooveshark is doing to empower both independent artists and record labels. We also discuss the company’s legal battle with major labels as well as Grooveshark’s new product called Beluga, which lets artists get deep insights into listener behavior with access to more than 100 different data points about their fans and listeners. Beluga helps musicians optimize their strategies by learning exactly where they should plan tour stops, what merchandise to carry at their shows and more. The full episode can be seen below and don’t forget to subscribe to the i am OTHER YouTube channel to be the first to catch The BGR Show each week. More →
Research In Motion (RIMM) was back in the news this week, but for all the wrong reasons. It seems like RIM is always in the news for the wrong reasons, though, and my inbox is full of emails from enthusiastic BlackBerry users fighting for their team. Most of us don’t have teams, of course — these are phones we’re talking about — but the bond between a man and his smartphone (or a woman and her smartphone) can apparently be a pretty sacred thing.
This week we sit down with Jo Harlow, the executive vice president in charge of Nokia’s (NOK) smart devices, to talk about the company’s current and future lineup as well as Nokia’s challenges and hurdles. Nokia is obviously deeply invested in Windows Phone, but how much of a role will Microsoft (MSFT) play in the company’s future? What about Windows 8? Well, from our conversation, it sounds like Nokia is interested in building a tablet, and we think Nokia might even release one in the coming months. All this and more on this week’s episode of The BGR Show. More →
I have known Just Blaze since before I started Boy Genius Report, and we have battled back and forth on who has the latest gadgets ever since. For those of you who have been with us from the beginning, you’ll remember that Just was the first person I ever interviewed on the site, and my face was blurred in the video. Just is one of the top producers in the world, and he understands technology on a deep level, so I wanted to catch up with him to talk about where technology is, where it’s headed, and what was involved when we headed into the studio to make the theme song for The BGR Show. More →
This week on The BGR Show we spent some time looking at Google’s (GOOG) first ever Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is just starting to roll out to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. We take an in-depth look at both of Google’s flagship Nexus products running Google’s latest mobile OS and break down all of the best new features. At $199, we’ll say it again — this is the best tablet you can buy.
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Poor, poor Siri. Apple’s (AAPL) virtual personal assistant was welcomed with open arms when it was unveiled last year, and the new feature was also credited with being the driving force behind Apple’s record iPhone 4S sales. But in tech, new features quickly lose their luster and in recent months, complaints surrounding Siri have mounted. Several lawsuits have even been filed against Apple claiming that its Siri commercials are “misleading and deceptive” when they portray the virtual assistant as being easy to use and quick to respond. There is no question that Apple’s personal assistant needs work — I’ve had my fair share of disagreements with Siri (NSFW) — but an article titled “The Stupidity of Computers” published in a recent issue of n+1 magazine helps explain just how impressive Siri really is. More →
A new Finnish company called Jolla made a bit of a splash earlier this month by declaring it will become a new smartphone vendor using the MeeGo operating system to power its devices. Interest in MeeGo in United States is tepid, but in Europe and Asia, the OS attracted a lot of interest before Nokia chose to effectively kill its development in 2011. Can Jolla help resurrect MeeGo as a viable mobile OS alternative, or is this crusade just a lost cause in a market dominated by Google and Apple? More →
This week on The BGR Show we spend some time checking out (more like playing, for hours) Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console including the much-hyped GamePad touchscreen controller. We also talk to Nintendo about how the Wii U is going to change gameplay by incorporating two screens, motion, accelerometers and even NFC into popular game titles. Since this episode is all about motion technology, we also caught up with Leap Motion, and went hands-on with their first peripheral — it’s a total game-changer. Instead of using a mouse or even touch, you’re able to manipulate on-screen elements and control your computer just by moving your finger in small motions in front of your monitor. It’s multitouch without the touch, and it’s one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while.
AT&T paid dearly for iPhone exclusivity that started in June 2007 and ran for nearly four years. What did it buy? Back in 2Q07, AT&T Wireless generated $10.4 billion in sales, and Verizon Wireless did $10.8 billion. Verizon Wireless edged out AT&T by just 4%. This was a very interesting point in time to inject a revolutionary new smartphone — and the iPhone debuted just two days before the end of 2Q07. More →
Technology in cars doesn’t change as frequently as it does in some other industries, but lately there has been a huge emphasis on what connected technologies can add to a car. On this week’s episode of The BGR Show, we visit Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. headquarters in Montvale, NJ to take a look at the company’s brand new 2013 SL550 featuring the latest Mercedes technology. There’s never been as much focus on the dashboard as there is now, and Mercedes is rolling out something called mbrace 2.0 starting with the SL, which will then hit roll out to other classes this year. Mbrace 2.0 brings apps to the dashboard with things like live Google search (complete with Street View), Yelp, and even Facebook. The brand new sunroof on the hardtop convertible is called MAGIC SKY, and it uses electrically charged glass to allow the roof to go from clear to tinted with the push of a button. You can also get more control over your vehicle by setting up geo-fences that will alert you if your car enters or exits a designated location, and you can even create speed alerts, so if your teenager takes your car and goes above a certain speed you’ll get an alert on your phone. Lastly, the new system from Mercedes is cloud-based and will automatically download updates itself, so you’re not going to have to bother with bringing your car to a dealership to get it updated anymore — this is the future, people.
The mobile phone industry is used to vendors flaming out, sometimes just a couple of years after companies peak. Yet few handset companies have self-destructed as spectacularly as Ericsson — particularly considering its pedigree in telephony. More →
Friday marks five years since the world first got its hands on a smartphone that would turn the industry on its head. In five short years, Apple went from the ground floor to being the most profitable company in the smartphone business by a staggering margin. Apple and Samsung — two companies that weren’t even on the smartphone industry’s map a few years ago — are now the only two major global vendors making money, and the split was estimated at 80/20 in Apple’s favor last quarter. That’s 80% of smartphone industry profits in less than five years with just five different smartphone models under its belt during that span. More →
It’s truly incredible how fast things in the tech space can change. Just two years ago RIM was on a high, and moments ago, when the company reported its Q1 earnings, it was apparent that what I’ve been saying for the last four years has come true: RIM, Research In Motion, the company that practically invented mobile email, that drastically changed the technology industry, a forward thinking company invented and run by two brilliant men, is finished. A lot of people realized that back when the iPhone came out — the game was changed forever.