Spotify launches in the U.S.Amazon is reportedly working on a tablet competitor to the iPad, Google quietly launches a new photo-sharing social network called Photovine, and Spotify finally kicks off its streaming music service in the U.S. after months of rumors.
It's Thursday July 14, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on cnet.com, and it's time to get loaded. Spotify, the popular European music stream service has finally launched in the US this morning. The service will allow users to stream millions of songs from the computers and mobile devices. Users can search to their companies tracts, organize songs into playlist, and even import MP3s. For now, Spotify is offering a free add based invitation only service that would be users can jump the cue by signing up for the unlimited premium tiers of the service for just 4.99 or 9.99 a month respectively. The unlimited service is ad free, but locked to your computer while the premium service brings Spotify to your mobile devices. A report from the Wall Street Journal says that Amazon may be introducing a tablet to compete with Apple's iPad. The new tablet will supposedly make its debut in October having 9-inch screen and will a version of Google's android operating system. The Amazon tablet is expected to integrate closely with Amazon's digital video, Music eBook and cloud storage services. In addition, Amazon is expected to release 2 new black and white Kindle eReaders as well. Google is rolling out a new social networking photo service called Photovine. Google hasn't said much about it, but it works by being able to take photos from your phone and upload them in streams of photos like twitter. If you subscribe to someone else's Photovine, you will see their pics as soon has they shoot them. The service isn't live yet though, but users can request an invitation. Jawbone is company mostly known for their Bluetooth audio accessories, but now the company is jumping into the health and fitness market. The company later this year will lunch a motion recording wrist band called Up that will connect to smartphone apps. The wrist will be able to tell when the user is exercising, sleeping, or eating. So far, there is no word yet on how much the accessory will cost. While the interwebs are still on uproar over Netflix's new pricing scheme. The company has announced that it has renewed its license with MBC Universal. The deal continues to see current MBC shows and brings in some new content including movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the Motorcycle Diaries. The new NBC deal though may not make up for the 60% increase in price plus the company recently lost Sony and Showtime content. You many realize this, but most cell phones don't actually have caller ID service. Users typically program in numbers in their address book, but the phone itself doesn't get called ID information from the carriers. Now, T-Mobile wants to bring the ubiquitous landline technology to its customers. The call it name ID and it will initially be available only for the exhibit 4G phone. It will cost 399 a month for the 20-year old technology. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for cnet.com, and you just been loaded.