Author: Andy Rosic

Pandora Announces Business Subscriptions to Avoid Litigation and Supply Great Music

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Pandora announced today at SXSW their new “Pandora for Business” service. Many users don’t know that the music they listen to personally on the Pandora app is not licensed for re-broadcast. In other words, you can’t play it publicly at your business. Many businesses do just that, however. A Roscoes House of Chicken and Waffles in Southern California is an example of a small business who was recently fined over $200,000 for playing 8 songs in a non-licensed manner. Ouch. Pandora has partnered with long-time business music delivery company DMX to offer a simple piece of hardware, plus a fully licensed and legal monthly subscription at $24.95.
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Borglar Turns Your Town Into The Newest Immersive Video Game #Android

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If you’ve ever wished that your home town was one of the levels on a game like Super Mario Bros, then your wish has come true. Augmented reality firm Borglar uses your smartphone camera, plus geolocation, to turn any town into a game. They can set tokens and mystery items pretty much anywhere you point your phone. You have to get out, search and discover and then you can claim the various items. Gather enough tokens and you start to earn local discounts or deals.
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In A World Of “Free”, Money Takes Center Stage At SXSW

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SXSW (South By Southwest) Interactive is notorious for giving everything away free t-shirts, free food, free drinks, free apps, free, free, free. It’s practically your “right” as a show attendee that you shouldn’t have to spend money on anything; except maybe a pedal-cab ride. This year, however, it’s not the big new free app that’s capturing everyone’s attention, it’s money.

Everywhere you turn in Austin there’s another way to buy, sell, get a deal or somehow exchange payment. There have even been more than a handful of sessions on mobile payments. The speakers are claiming that “now” is the time for mobile payments to really take off. With options from gamified payments to payment within well-known apps to NFC, it could make your head spin. I haven’t honestly seen one super-standout app, but I’ve downloaded quite a few options to give them a try. And I’ve spoken to the others to find out what makes them tick.
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Top 5 Mobile Lessons from Charlie Sheen’s Fans

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Whether you are sick of hearing about Charlie Sheen or you cannot turn away from the biggest pop-media train wreck this side of Britney Spears, the fact is that he has invaded the digital world in force. The (former) highest paid sitcom actor has leapt headlong into Twitter, Facebook, his online website, live streaming video (Ustream.tv) and beyond. And with a record-breaking ascension to 3 Million Twitter followers, it would seem that the masses are all for it.
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SXSW: HP ePrint – Fully Integrated to BlackBerry First

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To survive South by Southwest (SXSW) 2011, I needed mobile apps. Whether I was sampling a new group chat option, sharing contacts through Twitter or just checking an online map for directions I relied heavily on mobile apps. And so did just about everyone else, as evidenced by all of the chins stuck to chests with lighted faces. But for those of us with BlackBerry smartphones, the new and promoted apps at this event were mostly out of our reach. I lost track of how many new mobile app companies who said, “it’s available on [x], but BlackBerry is on the roadmap…”.
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