Stories for Aug. 27, 2014
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google play music sonos

Just two months after launching a program for its subscribers to stream music on its network without counting the data usage against them, T-Mobile has served up 7,000 terabytes of audio. That’s a lot of tunes from the various supported music services. Now the carrier is doubling the services its subscribers can use without hitting their LTE limits by adding AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza to the Music Freedom initiative. A customer poll indicated subscribers want Google Play Music added to the list, which T-Mobile says it will do later this year. The new music services join  iHeartRadio, iTunesRadio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Samsung Milk, Slacker and Spotify in the program.

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In order for companies to improve their internal data centers’ efficiency and improve their applications’ performance, many are turning to using a “core and pod” setup. In this type of arrangement, data center operators figure out the best configuration of common data center gear and software to suit their applications’ needs. Read more »

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The Berlin-based fertility tracking startup Clue has raised funding from new and old investors, taking total funding to €1 million ($1.32 million). The new investors/advisors include Andreas Ehn (current Wrapp CTO and former Spotify CTO), Sriram Krishnan (also a former Spotify exec), and Björn Jeffery (CEO of kids’ apps outfit Toca Boca). Heroku co-founder Adam Wiggins, who was already a technical advisor, has also become interim CTO. Clue said in a statement that it’s been ranked the number one “health and fitness” iOS app in 28 countries this year. All those advisors will no doubt help it develop its mysterious new hardware, which Clue tells me is “still in the works.”

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Stories for Aug. 26, 2014
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AT&T is giving its Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega more responsibility and a new title, placing him in charge of a combined mobile and business division, FierceWireless reported on Tuesday. Taking de la Vega’s place as head of mobility will be Glenn Lurie, the AT&T President and rising star who ran AT&T’s emerging devices group, encompassing everything from tablets, Kindles and smart watches to connected cars and Ma Bell’s new Digital Life smart home program. To get an idea of how AT&T’s new Mobility CEO thinks, check out my interview with Lurie on the internet of things from 2012.

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The August lock.
August, the startup that raised $8 million for its Yves Behar-designed smart lock, started shipping to pre-order customers today after a months-long wait. The existing orders will be staggered throughout the fall with a public availability for later this fall. For insights on the delay check out my podcast with August CEO Jason Johnson. Or you can hear him onstage at Structure Connect in October discussing how he designed the lock for openness.

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Asus Android Wear sketch

Asus has already teased a shadowing image of its first smartwatch in advance of next week’s IFA event in Berlin. SlashGear noticed that the Google Android Wear partner offered more device details on its official Facebook page with a sketch of the watch, along with some handwritten notes. Unlike the first two Android Wear watches, it looks like the Asus model has some style: A sandblasted backside as well as a polished satin watch frame and genuine leather strap, for example. As the Android Wear market gets crowded, I wondered how new entrants would make their products stand out. Looks like Asus has a potential answer: Make watches that actually look nice.

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Plenty of apps are adding Chromecast support these days, but two of them are worth singling out: NPR added the ability to cast audio to the iOS and Android versions of its new NPR One app, which the broadcaster launched just a month ago as a new way to consume public radio content. ABC added casting to the iOS and Android versions of its Watch ABC app, which offers pay TV subscribers access to full episodes of TV shows like Scandal and Modern Family. And there’s good news for Apple TV owners as well, as the Watch ABC iOS app now also supports AirPlay.

Many journalists probably see Reddit as an internet sideshow filled with nerds discussing video games, but GM Erik Martin makes the point that it’s also a great way to find people who care about the stories journalists are writing about, and that’s a useful resource Read more »

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Eyefi, the company that lets you pop a Wi-Fi enabled SD card into a traditional DSLR camera, has built an If This Then That integration that will make it easier to dictate how and where photos are shared. Pics taken from the DSLR get sent to the Eyefi cloud, where a user can then add tags that will trigger the IFTTT recipe. So one might tag a photo #social, and the recipe would share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It apparently works in reverse too. If you want to get a snapshot from your smartphone into the Eyefi cloud just tag it #eyefi (or whatever) on Instagram and it gets stored in the Eyefi cloud.

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