Two hundred years ago, this brick building in London was a horse stable and carriage house. Now, artist Alex Chinneck has flipped the facade of the fading architectural site upside down for an installation called Miner on the Moon. It's subtle enough to escape first notice, strange enough to require a second look, and a good reminder to pay attention to the world around you. [It's Nice That]
If you use Shazam to note music you’d like to listen to later, that just got easier with the latest version of the iOS app: you can set it so that all the tracks you Shazam are automatically added to a My Shazam Tracks in Rdio.
Shazam was last updated in September, with instant previews of tweeted tracks and faster song recognition on older iPhones. Press release below …
Available in the latest update for the Shazam Apps on iOS devices, coming soon to Android
New York & London – December 9, 2013 – Shazam®, the world’s leading media engagement company, today announced that the company’s latest update for its iOS apps seamlessly integrates with Rdio’s music streaming service, making it easy for Rdio users to listen to all of their Shazamed songs inside the Rdio app. With just a couple of steps, Shazam users can connect to Rdio, which instantly creates a new “My Shazam Tracks” playlist in Rdio that automatically updates with every new song a user Shazams.
“Streaming services have become a part of music lovers’ everyday lives,” said Shazam Chief Product Officer, Daniel Danker. “Simplicity has always been at the heart of the Shazam experience, and, today, Shazam builds on that simplicity by making it effortless for Rdio users to listen to all their Shazamed songs.”
When the more than 150 million Shazam iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users get this update, or when people download the new app, they will receive a message in their Shazam Newsfeed about the new Rdio playlist feature. Once they connect with Rdio and create the “My Shazam Tracks” playlist, all of the users’ existing Shazamed tracks will be imported into the playlist. Additionally, the app will add any new Shazamed songs to the playlist, automatically.
“Integration with Shazam’s service is a great fit that leverages both our strengths,” said Chris Becherer, Rdio’s Vice President of Product. “Shazam is the best way to discover new music when people are out at clubs, cafes and restaurants. This update makes it easy for Rdio users to relive an amazing night out, song for song, through the Rdio app.”
The improved Rdio integration is available in the Free and Encore versions for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and come with unlimited tagging, giving fans more opportunities to engage with music and television content. This feature will also launch on Android devices in the coming weeks.
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When Burberry shot video of its London fashion show entirely on the iPhone 5s, one had to suspect this was purely a PR stunt, given that it occurred shortly before it was announced that the company’s CEO was joining Apple as head of retail.
A cynical mind might suspect the same of any video shot with iPhones, but in a piece in The Loop, LeAnn Rimes’ co-producer Darrell Brown insists the decision to use an iPhone to shoot the video for her new single Gasoline and Matches, directed by Ian Padgham, was purely a practical one.
“Using the iPhone camera for the stop motion video made it easy, affordable and portable for us—because of time factors,” said Darrell Brown, the Co-Producer of the record and video. “I had to get Ian to Dublin to film LeAnn while she was there. I had to get Ian to New York State to film Rob. It was so easy to lug around three iPhones instead of other heavy gear. iPhone to film, IPhone for playback of song and iPhone to document the fun.”
Rimes said she was “blown away” by the result.
Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, Burberry, Darrell Brown, Dublin, iPhone, LeAnn Rimes, London, New York
Perhaps the future of newspapers is all about local distribution—very local distribution, as in a whole newspaper printed for just one coffeeshop in London. The Newspaper Club has teamed up with the Guardian to launch what they call an "algorithmic newspaper," published only for one location, its content mathematically harvested according to level of interest from the Guardian's weekly coverage. How does that work, exactly?
The way it works is that the bar buys a subscription, and one or more iBeacons (each little larger than a quarter) unlock the content for customers within range. On iOS devices, the whole process is completely automatic. Once the customer leaves the location, the content is locked again and becomes available for purchase as normal …
“As this is very much new technology we are showcasing it for the first time at Bar Kick in Shoreditch, London,” Exact Editions‘ Daniel Hodgkin explained about the first real world use of the tech. “When in this bar, the soccer magazine ‘When Saturday Comes’ and the fashion and culture magazine ‘Dazed & Confused will be available.”
The company hopes the trial will prove a win-win: customers get free access to magazines, and some of them will then choose to buy a copy or subscription to have continued access to it after leaving the location.
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Driving is slowly killing us, a freeway expansion uncovers geological treasures, Londoners protest the city's poor cycling conditions, what dive bar bathrooms can tell us about our neighborhood, and a quick look at San Francisco's real underground (not BART). All in this week's urban reads.
In today's Observer, architecture editor Rowan Moore explores Europe's largest infrastructure project: London's new Crossrail line. Moore explains that, in addition to such factors as cost, miles, tons of dirt moved, and other construction superlatives, Crossrail also "claims to be the largest archaeological site in Britain, an inadvertent probe through a plague pit, a Roman road, a madhouse cemetery, [and] a Mesolithic 'tool-making factory.'"
Artist-engineer Thomas Heatherwick's "Garden Bridge" proposal is open for public feedback in the UK. A heavily forested pathway stretching across the Thames, Heatherwick's bridge would be the second pedestrian-only bridge constructed in London in less than two decades, succeeding Norman Foster's initially infamous—but now enormously popular—Millennium Bridge, built in 2000.