Spotify has emerged during the last few years as one of the leading music streaming services around, and although it operates a subscription model, those simply registering an account have been able to listen to tracks on some devices, albeit supported by ads. Now, Spotify has decided to change the way in which free listening works, and if you happen to be an iPad or an Android tablet owner, it’s a change for the better. The Apple and Android tablet is now viewed by Spotify in a similar light to a desktop computer, and as such, the iPad app will carry a look and feel much like the PC and Mac versions of the service. Thanks to a new update, users are now able to create playlists using specific tracks they’ve searched for, and listen for free. This decision to categorize the iPad and any Android tablet as a computer is a valid one, and will certainly work in the favor of its owners. On your smartphone, meanwhile, users updating to the latest version of the Spotify app can search for artists or songs, but will then be offered a shuffled playlist related to that artist, rather than being able to compile their music as they please. Those looking to do so will still need to pay the monthly subscription fee, which costs 9.99. As well as an impressive array of Spotify-curated playlists, it’s really easy to hook up with your Facebook friends and pry on what they’re listening to as well. It’s a great way to discover new tracks from those with similar tastes, and is all part of what makes Spotify such a thorough music-listening experience. Initially, I was skeptical about Spotify, but as a convert and subsequent long-term user, I have to note that it has improved greatly over the past couple of years. Although the catalog of tracks has grown considerably, there are still some missing, but with such a lot of work having gone into making Spotify’s library among the most impressive in the business, I’ve every faith that this situation will continue to improve. Speaking of which, the company has today announced that the full catalog of rock outfit Led Zeppelin is now available across 20 new markets worldwide. And if youre asking us, thats big news, provided youre a fan of classic rock. You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the web.
Back in August, we featured Google’s then-new Android Device Manager, allowing users to remote-wipe and locate their device in a similar vein to Apple’s Find My iPhone service. It was apparent at the time that a dedicated Android app was imminent, and now, it has finally arrived over at the Google Play Store. More details as well as the direct download link can be found right after the break. The app, as with most of Google’s mobile utilities, is merely an extension of the Web service, nicely optimized for use on-the-fly. You can use it to track, alert, lock and wipe a device you may have misplaced, although naturally, you will need to be wielding more than one Android device if this app is going to be of any use to you. The interface is slick but simplistic, meaning Google hasn’t clogged it up with any unnecessary frills. Such is the panicked nature of most folks upon losing their device, that the UI isn’t actually all that important; but nonetheless, the Big G has, in very typical fashion, delivered the goods once again. As our mobile devices have become more sophisticated, it has, in turn, become a breeze to track them when we lose them. Having misplaced my smartphone in the past, the ability to quickly get online and confirm its location was great for peace of mind, and although it wasn’t the Android Device Manager I used at that point, I probably will do now that it’s available for mobile. With the Android Device Manager, you can readily switch between accounts, and having given it a quick run-out on an HTC One, it’s a nice, smooth and refined experience. So, if you own more than one Android device, it’s highly recommended that you pick up the Android Device Manager app from the Play Store, just in case you happen to lose one of them. Just make sure, of course, that you don’t lose them both at the same time, otherwise, like me, you’ll be scrambling for a computer in the hope that it can still pick up a flicker of a trace using GPS scanning. Download: Android Device Manager for Android On the Play Store Make sure to check out our Android Apps gallery to explore more apps for your Android device. You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Web.
A hidden threat lies just below the surface. Image Credit CC BY-SA 3.0 David Monniaux The supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park is believed to be 2.5 times larger than earlier estimates. The natural beauty and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park attract thousands of tourists from all over the world on a yearly basis, but not far below the surface is an increasingly large chamber of molten hot magma that could erupt at any time.The volcano is no ordinary one either, containing as much as 200-600 cubic km of molten rock the vast subterranean cavern represents one of the largest known supervolcanoes. When it does erupt it will cause untold devastation for hundreds of square miles and impact the climate on a global level.Now researchers investigating the site have made an astounding discovery – that the supervolcano is actually two-and-a-half times larger than previously believed.”Weve been working there for a long time, and weve always thought it would be bigger… but this finding is astounding,” said Prof Bob Smith.It’s not all bad news however – there is no sign that the supervolcano is likely to erupt any time soon and it is quite possible that nothing will happen at all in fact for many thousands of years.
Researchers have been piecing together clues about the species. Image Credit CC BY-SA 3.0 Cicero Moraes Fossil remains of an ancient hominim species dating back 1.34 million years have been unearthed. Discovered at the Olduvai Gorge site in Tanzania, the partial skeleton consists of arm, leg, hand and foot fragments. Paranthropus boisei is believed to have evolved around 2.3 million years ago and this find is likely one of the last members of its species to have lived prior to its extinction.”We are starting to understand the physiology of these individuals of this particular species and how it actually adapted to the kind of habitat it lived in,” said anthropologist Dr Charles Musiba.”We knew about the kind of food it ate it was omnivorous, leaning more toward plant material but now we know more how it walked around and now we know it was a tree climber.”Paranthropus boisei was first discovered in 1959 but despite a number of discoveries, it has taken until now to fill in the gaps due to the difficulties in finding a complete specimen.
Mars One’s ultimate goal is to settle a human colony on Mars. Image Credit Mars One Bryan Vertseeg The company aiming to send humans on a one-way Mars trip is set to launch a robotic mission by 2018. With more than 200,000 applicants signed up for a one-way ticket to Mars, the ambitious Mars One project has been at the receiving end of a fair amount of skepticism since announcing its intentions to have humans living and working on the Red Planet by as early as 2024.The seemingly infeasible goal has done little to dampen the company’s enthusiasm however as this week Mars One have announced plans to send a robotic mission to Mars within just four years.The mission is aimed at testing out the technologies that will be needed to send humans to Mars and will consist of a lander and a communications satellite. Aerospace company Lockheed Martin will be working on the lander while UK-based company Surrey Satellites has been contracted to work on the satellite.Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp described the endeavor as “the first step in Mars One’s overall plan of establishing a permanent human settlement on Mars.” If it goes ahead then it will already be entering the record books as the first ever privately funded mission to another planet.