Muziic Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

The much-anticipated free Muziic application for the iPhone and iPod Touch has arrived!image

YouTube has a wealth of music videos that you can stream to your mobile device..

Muziic is a a free application that allows users of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch and iPad to quickly and easily access music and videos on YouTube, tune in to internet radio stations, browse featured tracks and albums and even build a playlist.

.Highlights:

  • 100% Free & Legal!
  • Search music and videos.
  • Tune in to hundreds of radio stations.
  • Browse albums & featured tracks.
  • Build a playlist of songs and videos.

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Muziic also has a Web based player and a desktop player.

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TripAdvisor Unveils ‘TripWow’ to Create and Share Captivating Free Slideshows

image TripAdvisor, the popular travel community, announced the launch of TripWow, an innovative, easy-to-use, free travel slideshow. In minutes, travelers can create a jaw-dropping slideshow, bringing their vacation photos to life with dazzling visual effects, animated maps, captions, music and more.

Creating a cinematic slideshow with TripWow is incredibly easy and fast: travelers simply upload photos and enter where they traveled. There is no need to register. TripWow does the rest. One user was able to upload and tag photos from a recent Las Vegas vacation and create a professional-looking slideshow in just 28 seconds.

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TripWow videos can be easily shared with friends and family via e-mail or social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Travelers can also embed their slideshow in websites or blogs.

To quickly and easily build an impressive TripWow slideshow, travelers can visit http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com.

"Now for the first time, travelers have the option to effortlessly turn ordinary vacation photos into a dazzling slideshow to share with friends and family," said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "TripWow unleashes the true potential of travel photos and replaces standard, boring vacation slideshows with a dazzling mini-film of travel memories."

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Apple Purchased Voice App Siri Positioning to compete with Android.

Siri, the virtual voice-enable assistant just got acquired by Apple, According to FTC filing .. Siri app  is aiming to provide a quick location-based search or to assist with everyday planning. Similar to modern mobile search apps, Siri uses a simple voice recognition for data input and the results are collapsible in text combining with maps, directions and direct phone calling capability.

As you know Google implements pretty much voice capability for data input on its Android 2.1. I’d consider this move from Apple to position itself to compete with its now rival. Apple might use Siri technology to embed voice API in its iPhone OS.

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Microsoft Released Embedded Windows 7 for TV, Set-Top Boxes,…

image Windows Embedded Standard 7, previously known by the code name Quebec has been released to manufacturers (no public distribution available). This is the first attempt from Microsoft to bring its popular OS beyond the PC.

“With the release of Windows Embedded Standard 7, Microsoft has furthered its commitment to the integration of Windows 7 technologies in the specialised consumer and enterprise device markets,” Microsoft’s Kevin Dallas, general manager of the company’s Windows Embedded unit.

Windows Embedded Standard 7 includes Windows Media Centre, Windows Touch and power management APIs, and according to Dallas will allow Windows 7 to become the heartbeat of the digital media network in the home.

“The addition of the Windows Media Centre feature in Windows Embedded Standard 7 is driving the set-top box, connected media device and TV markets by providing OEMs with opportunities to develop uniquely branded experiences and service providers with capabilities to explore additional revenue streams with unique content through a centralized media hub in the home,” Dallas said. [Via ITPro]

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Dazzboard Browser-Based Utility to Sync Media to Smartphones (Windows & Mac Support)

image Dazzboard is a browser-based (browser plug-in required) tool that allows smartphone such Android, WebOS, Windows Mobile to sync media with the desktop.

After registration at the site and install the plugin, you can connect the phone via USB port to your PC and set it as mass storage device. User can them manage all the media contents from the Dazzboard homepage by drag and drop via an intuitive and clean interface.

Social networking users can also discover and download and media to their phone from sites such Facebook, Flickr and YouTube with the "Dazz me!" bookmarklet.

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Update: 4/28: Dazzboard now can run on Safari of Snow Leopard 10.6.2 or newer version. Press Release

Microsoft Announces Patent Agreement with HTC… on Android Platform

image HTC, a long time Windows Mobile OS phone maker, recently diversifies their portfolio with Android OS, has just been granted by Microsoft for a number of its patents for the Android  based devices.

The intriguing move would prevent HTC from similar law suite filed by Apple, but it also might preemptively shield HTC (as long standing Microsoft partner) from perhaps future lawsuits, should Microsoft goes against Google.

Microsoft Announces Patent Agreement With HTC

REDMOND, Wash. — April 27, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for HTC’s mobile phones running the Android mobile platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from HTC.

The agreement expands HTC’s long-standing business relationship with Microsoft.

“HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC.”

Microsoft’s Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property

The licensing agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 600 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to Microsoft’s significant research and development investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

[Via WSJ]

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Android’s Boss Andy Robin Confirmed Flash Support on Android 2.2

Andy Rubin,  VP of Engineering at Google shared, in an interview with the NY Times that the next version of Android codenamed FroYo will provide full support for Adobe’s Flash 10.1 standard, meaning the browser in the Nexus One (possible release scheduled for May 19) will display and play the ubiquitous Flash video as well as Flash based games,…similar to the desktop experience.

A move that challenges directly with Apple mobile devices, which only support HTML 5 for video playback and completely ignore Flash-based Web sites.

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Musings on Design and Development for Windows Phone 7 Apps

Clarity Consulting, a design firm specialized in developing concept for mobile application running on Windows Phone Classic, iPhone and Android, has just showed off few templates for the upcoming Windows phone 7. including the below media-rich Hulu app.

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According to the company all the apps were built so the company could get a feel for the new tools and what’s supported in the Windows Phone framework. Their thoughts? “We’ve produced mobile applications, mostly in concept form, for Windows Phone Classic, iPhone and Android but never so quickly and not of such high quality and visual impression.” Seeing the designs produced by their team, they note that it has become clear to them “that this is not just another mobile application container.”

[Thanks Scott from Channel10!]

iPad USB Camera Kit Supports Audio Headsets and Keyboard

image Apple is offering its $29 iPad camera connection kit available fro pre-order. The kit consists of two little plastic dongles which connects into the iPad’s dock port. On has an SD card reader,  the other has a plain old USB port for plugging the camera in direct to transfer photos to the iPad.

Some early experimentation revealed the USB port actually supports other USB audio devices such USB headset and keyboard. The USB headset is particularly useful for using VoIP Skype app.  [Via TUAW Tidbits]

RIM to Launch Blackberry OS 6.0 Next Quarter

image RIM, the maker of the BlackBerry handsets, will release a its Blackberry OS 6.0 next quarter, Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said today at a conference in Orlando, Florida

RIM seeks to position itself to compete with Apple iPhone, Google Android and the upcoming Microsoft Windows Phone 7.

The new OS will be “very familiar to anyone who’s used the BlackBerry,” he said. It will work on touch-screen devices like the Storm2 and traditional BlackBerry models with a keypad. Sorry for the trackball devices!

Earlier last week BGR posted few screenshots showing a better browser with Webkit rendering engine , multi-touch capability, a better media player .

[Photo BGR Via Bloomberg]

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