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Jay Z is buying Spotify rival Tidal for $56 million

engadget.com — So this is something. The Scandinavian press is buzzing right now with the news that Jay-Z is buying the Norwegian company behind the high-quality music streaming service Tidal. The rapper and entrepreneur made a 464 million Krona (roughly $56 million) bid which the company's reviewing board has already reviewed.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @itstrew: It’s a hard knock life: RT @engadget: Jay Z is buying Spotify rival Tidal for $56 million engt.co/18Cct5N pic.twitter.com/yNxtNNc43b

Jan 30, 2015

It’s a hard knock life: RT @engadget: Jay Z is buying Spotify rival Tidal for $56 million engt.co/18Cct5N pic.twitter.com/yNxtNNc43b

Jan 30, 2015

Dr. Dre / Beats Music vs. Jay Z / Tidal. Got us a streaming beef. engadget.com/2015/01/30/jay…

Jan 30, 2015

This is why: Jay Z is buying Spotify and Beats Music rival Tidal for $56 million. engt.co/1vdLrfn

B-OUYA! Guess who just got a $10 million investment from Alibaba?

engadget.com — Are we tired of making puns based around the silly name for the Kickstarter-funded, Android-powered, miniature game console, OUYA? No, friends. No we are not. Clearly. That aside, there's a whole nation of people who are just now hearing of OUYA for the first time: China.
Jan 29, 2015

That'll be crazy if Ouya tanks in the U.S. but ends up hugely popular in China. I could see it happening engadget.com/2015/01/29/ouy…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @Mr_Trout: I am a headline genius RT @engadget: B-OUYA! Guess who just got a $10 million investment from Alibaba? engt.co/1z9kWHG

Jan 29, 2015

I am a headline genius RT @engadget: B-OUYA! Guess who just got a $10 million investment from Alibaba? engt.co/1z9kWHG

Of course 'Law & Order: SVU' is doing a GamerGate episode

engadget.com — Actually, it's not about ethics in games journalism. NBC's Law & Order: SVU will air an episode titled "Intimidation Game" on February 11th, and unless you've been living under a rock the circumstances will be pretty familiar.

Tumblr's 'big update' promotes essay writing, fewer GIFs

engadget.com — If we're honest, there isn't enough money in monochrome erotica and Benedict Cumberbatch GIFs to sustain a billion-dollar website. That's why Tumblr is doing its very best to become more of a publishing platform that can attract the sort of writing (and attention) you'd normally find on Wordpress and Medium.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @Mr_Trout: I'll defer to Julia on this one: Tumblr's 'big update' promotes essay writing, fewer GIFs engadget.com/2015/01/29/tum… pic.twitter.com/33avNLIkf6

Jan 29, 2015

I'll defer to Julia on this one: Tumblr's 'big update' promotes essay writing, fewer GIFs engadget.com/2015/01/29/tum… pic.twitter.com/33avNLIkf6

Jan 29, 2015

I also did a piece about Tumblr that was, at least in part, inspired by some of my Twitter chums. engadget.com/2015/01/29/tum…

Jan 29, 2015

Making fic writing on Tumblr easier… may not produce the net decrease in Sherlock smut that Engadget is hoping for. engadget.com/2015/01/29/tum…

OnePlus will reveal its 'OxygenOS' February 12th

engadget.com — As Cyanogen moves along a new path (with help from Microsoft) phone maker OnePlus is working on its own flavor of Android, and now it has a name: OxygenOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else beyond promises of going back to the drawing board with software that is "open, customizable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features."
Jan 30, 2015

Because we need another mobile OS: OnePlus will reveal its 'OxygenOS' February 12th engt.co/1CFbfBE via @engadget

Google X Labs made synthetic skin to test a cancer-detecting bracelet

engadget.com — If someone asks you to name a Google X Labs moonshot, you'd probably say Glass, self-driving car or maybe even Project Loon. But as you might remember from the WSJD Live conference last year, it also has a flourishing Life Sciences division that employs 100 doctors and scientists, and one of their main projects is a Fitbit-like bracelet that can detect cancer cells.

Shyp for Android is now shypping

engadget.com — Shyp, an app that helps making shipping goods easier, is now available for Android. The app has been on iOS for the past eight months or so (though it was in beta for awhile before that), and is currently live in San Francisco, New York and Miami, with plans to expand to Los Angeles.

Sky confirms launch of its own O2-powered mobile network

engadget.com — Talks between Three owner Hutchison Whampoa and O2 haven't yet reached a conclusion, but already some of the UK's biggest companies are keen to take advantage of a future merger. After briefly flirting with Vodafone in a recent trial, Sky has confirmed it will become a quad-play provider with the launch of its own O2-powered mobile network in 2016.
Jan 29, 2015

What do you think of Sky getting into the mobile game? Let us know in our poll: engt.co/1zgvlQh

Jan 29, 2015

Wow. Sky will sell mobile phone service alongside TV, Internet and landline engadget.com/2015/01/29/sky…

Jan 29, 2015

Now then! Sky confirms it’ll launch its own network with help from O2 (which is still talking with Three UK’s owner): engadget.com/2015/01/29/sky…

SkyMall's savior might be one of the products that it used to sell

engadget.com — Rumors of SkyMall's demise might have been exaggerated, at least if the CEO of Scottevest gets his way. Scott Jordan, head of the company that makes coats with pockets sufficient to carry your entire gadget haul, believes that he's the man to save the moribund publication.

Facebook's new tips for Places puts it in competition with Foursquare

engadget.com — If you've ever found yourself in a new restaurant or a trendy tourist spot, you might've looked up Yelp or Foursquare -- or, heaven forbid, used Google -- on your phone to find out where's the best view or whether or not you should order the shrimp.

FCC votes to redefine how fast broadband really is

engadget.com — It used to be that a paltry 4Mbps down and 1Mbps was all it took for an internet connection to be considered "broadband," but the Federal Communications Commission has just flipped that definition on its ear.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @JRosenworcel: Our future will be built on broadband--So let's be bold and set a goal that's big: 100 Mbps, via @engadget: engadget.com/2015/01/29/fcc…

Imgur now lets you easily make gorgeous GIFs from online videos

engadget.com — Are you an animated GIF virgin? Do you hang your head in shame when your friends share their custom made GIFs? If so, then the new video to GIF tool from the popular image hosting service Imgur might be perfect for you.
Jan 29, 2015

IMPORTANT GIF NEWS Y'ALL: engadget.com/2015/01/29/img… Jury remains out on pronunciation. Sources tell me, "GIF with a hard G sound OBVIOUSLY."

Sky and Virgin have a lot to say about how much sport should be on TV

engadget.com — There's never been more sport for Brits to watch on TV. That should be cause for celebration, but there's a problem: broadcasters are fighting for the rights to show different leagues and tournaments, which is locking sports away behind different satellite and internet TV services. Want to watch every Premier League fixture?
Jan 29, 2015

Annoyed about the weird split of Pay TV rights for Sports? @nisummers has you covered engadget.com/2015/01/29/sky…

PlayStation is getting a Spotify-powered music service, closing Music Unlimited

engadget.com — Sony today revealed PlayStation Music, a new Spotify-powered music service coming to PlayStation 3, 4 and "Xperia smartphones and tablets" this spring. The service will outright replace Music Unlimited, the service that Sony previously implemented across devices, powered by its own enormous music catalog. Developing ...
Jan 28, 2015

Music Unlimited is going away? But where else will I go to hear Sony albums first? (Spotify is better.) engadget.com/2015/01/28/pla…

Jan 28, 2015

Finally! Spotify on PlayStation 4! Now I can go back to playing Resogun while listening to Bonobo. engadget.com/2015/01/28/pla…

Jan 28, 2015

Spotify is coming to PlayStation consoles first and that's a really big deal: engadget.com/2015/01/28/pla…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @m4tt: Sweet. You’ll now be able to stream Spotify songs on your PS4 even when you're gaming. engt.co/1JH4PnR

Jan 28, 2015

Sweet. You’ll now be able to stream Spotify songs on your PS4 even when you're gaming. engt.co/1JH4PnR

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Tiger Woods on how technology improved his signature shoe

engadget.com — Nike's endorsement of Tiger Woods, the most prominent face in golf, dates back to when he first began his professional career in 1996. Since then, shoe technology has evolved tremendously, thanks to the development of new design materials that have made footwear lighter and more comfortable.
Jan 28, 2015

@jrvolpe talks to movie stars and celebs, @abcdedgar talked to @tigerwoods, engadget.com/2015/01/28/tig… the celeb x engadget love is real y'all

Jan 28, 2015

I don’t, but if you care about sports and tech you should be following @abcdedgar. His interview with Tiger woods: engadget.com/2015/01/28/tig…

Google now lets Brits send money over Gmail

engadget.com — Instead of smartphone apps and traditional bank transfers, Google is hoping that its Gmail and Google Wallet integration can strike a chord with people wanting to send money in the UK. The feature has been available in the US for ages, but finally it's headed for British shores too.

Argos to open digital shops inside Sainsbury's stores

engadget.com — One of the main advantages retailers like Argos have over Amazon is that they operate huge stores all over the country. It encourages passing trade and it often means that customers can leave with their order just minutes after they arrive.
Jan 29, 2015

Interesting! Argos to open digital shops inside 10 Sainsbury's stores. Lots of crossover too. engt.co/1HioQU1 pic.twitter.com/l1hyeF2Lg4

Apple's now shipping as many smartphones as Samusng

engadget.com — When people talk about Apple and Samsung, the lazy narrative is to say that Apple makes the most money, but Samsung makes the most devices. According to Strategy Analytics, however, that story may no longer actually be the case.
Jan 29, 2015

Apple shipped as many smartphones as Samsung in Q4, apparently. Given Samsung's entry-level price, that's impressive engadget.com/2015/01/29/app…

YouTubers can now get paid for sharing Nintendo gameplay videos

engadget.com — Nintendo is today rolling out its "Creators Program," a system that ensures it gets paid when YouTubers share its content. The Creators Program is a response to the popular "Let's Play" YouTube clips that feature long amounts of gameplay.
Jan 29, 2015

My housemates will be really confused when they go into living room and find a pile of amiibos and money on the floor engadget.com/2015/01/29/nin…