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Technews for week 24

Here in Norway weeks starts on Monday and we use week numbers. Below is the most interesting technews for week 24.

The BIG headlines this week was caused by Apple. At the opening of the 29th WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) Apple released upgraded MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and “the next generation” MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 15.4 inch display consists of over 5 million pixels with the resolution 2880 x 1800. It comes standard with 8GB RAM. SuperDrive or harddrive is not an option. Built only with proprietary parts, iFixit gave it a score of 1 for repairability. You simply can’t upgrade or service it yourself. Apple also (quietly) ditched the 17 inch MacBook Pro and upgraded the Mac Pro and the Airport Express. Since the upgraded MacBook Airs and Pros use the new MagSafe 2 connector, you can buy an adapter.

Apple also showed off the next version of OS X called Moutain Lion, which will be yours for 20$ next month. iOS 6 was shown for the first time, with Scott Forstall highlighting some of the new features. iOS 6 will be a free update this fall for iPhone 3GS and newer, iPad 2 and newer and the 4th generation iPod touch.

Spotify released an updated version of its Android app built from scratch. In addition to all the goodies from the preview version earlier this year, you also get gapless playback and crossfade together with support for folders, play queue and Last.fm scrobbling.

Since Internet Explorer 10 on Windows RT (that’s the Metro-only version of Windows 8 to run on tablets powered by ARM CPUs) won’t support plugins, Microsoft has decided to include Flash themselves.

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Technews for week 18

Here in Norway weeks starts on Monday and we use week numbers. Below is the most interesting technews for week 18.

Samsung announced the much hyped Galaxy SIII in London this week. Personally I got so disappointed that I bought a HTC One X. In white of course. Peter Bright over at Ars Technica didn’t get caught by the reality distortion field either.

Spotify finally released an app for iPad. Some weeks ago they also released a preview of the new app for Android they’ve been working on for the last six months. Since the existing app in Google Play isn’t particularly useful on Ice Cream Sandwich, the app is completely rewritten and revamped.

Dropbox will hold a new Dropquest on Sunday May 12th. If you want some extra storage and like a good brain teaser, have a go. Dropbox promises av even harder quest this year.

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Technews for week 9

Here in Norway weeks starts on Monday and we use week numbers. Below is the most interesting technews for week 9.

This week saw the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona and a lot of new phones got shown (but not yet available for sale).

Sony Ericsson released the little brother and sister to the Xperia S: Xperia P and Xperia U. The Xperia S was shown at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas back in January and went on sale this week in Barcelona.

HTC showed its new One Series: The One X, One S and One V.

LG, ZTE, Huawei also showed new phones (amongst others).

Microsoft made Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download.

Spotify got updated and can now do crossfade and finally gapless playback.

Square Enix finally released Final Fantasy Tactics for the iPad. I’ve spent many hours of my life playing the original on the PlayStation, and will now spend even more on my iPad 2.

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Spotify – stream music everywhere

Spotify has been updated to version 0.4.3. (April 27 2010) It’s the biggest update since they launched late 2008. Some of the new features includes the ability to add (both play and sync) local files, Facebook integration, starring of your favorite tracks (to comply with the mobile version). You can see my public Spotify profile here. Read all the details on Spotify’s Blog.

Spotify is a Swedish company offering a huge collection of music through streaming. There is both a free and a paid version of the service. The free version will display ads in the software and also play ads between tracks on a regular basis.

The paid version is called Spotify Premium and costs 99NOK a month. It has several advantages over the free one:

Remember to change the quality setting in preferences, as this does not happen automatically.

Spotify Premium gives you access to use Spotify Mobile (currently works on the iPhone/iPod Touch, Android and Symbian). It synchronizes your playlists instantly, as shown in the video below. You can also mark individual playlists for offline mode. They will then be downloaded to your device over wifi. A must for users without a dataplan! You can have as much as 3333 tracks in offline mode.

Spotify is currently available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. The free version is by invitation only, meaning that you have to get an invite from a Premium user. If you leave your email in the comments (in the mail field, will not be published) I will give away invites as long as I have.

Fun fact: Spotify is a combination of the words ‘spot’ and ‘identify’.