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Brandon Flowers Had to Defend America

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Gossip, Alternative, Pop, Rock,

Brandon FlowersBrandon Flowers often had to defend his home country of America because of President Bush.

The Las Vegas musician said people didn't like the fact he was from the States when George W. Bush became president in 2001, the year the band formed:

"Well, I feel the need sometimes to defend where I'm from. When we first came out as a band, Bush was president and there was a strong anti-American sentiment. I felt it as we were traveling the world, so it made me want to push back a little bit, because we have good people with big hearts. We've seen it shift and change since Obama became president but I was young and trying to understand it all."

And the "Mr Brightside" hitmaker said he still represents his native America but has fallen in love with Europe. "I have these two sides that are constantly fighting. There's that desire to represent where I'm from, that dusty American road pushing against the fantasy world and European music that I grew up with. Sometimes when they meet in one of our songs, like 'When You Were Young,' it's great," he continued.

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Samsung drops European injunctions against Apple

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Corporate News,

samsung apple injunction

Samsung announced its intentions to drop its injunction requests against Apple. The injunction was for "standards-essential patent infringement" in Europe.

Here's what Samsung had to say:

"Samsung remains committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, and we strongly believe it is better when companies compete fairly in the marketplace, rather than in court. In this spirit, Samsung has decided to withdraw our injunction requests against Apple on the basis of our standard essential patents pending in European courts, in the interest of protecting consumer choice."

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Control your light bulbs with motion and smartphones with GreenWave LED lights

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Household, Wireless / WiFi,

GreenWave Reality lights

GreenWave Reality is aiming to bring us the lightbulbs of the future with its new Connected Lighting Solution line-up of Wi-Fi-aware LED bulbs. These bulbs use a fraction of the power of the light bulbs that you're used to, and can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet immediately after being put into their sockets. You can also group a set of bulbs together to control them all with one command. You can even set up timed lighting on the bulbs individually, or as a group, for a nice set-it-and-forget-it configuration. If all that is too much for you, another great feature is that the setup is even motion sensitive, so you can have lights turn on in any room that someone enters. All in all, it's pretty neat. We're looking to get our review units in soon to give you a deeper look at GreenWave's lighting solution.

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Travis Barker Plays Like He’s Going to Die

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Concerts / Tours, Rock,

Travis BarkerTravis Barker plays every show "like he could die."

The Blink-182 drummer performs with as much energy and power as he possibly can at every concert, preparing for each as if he were a boxer. "It's like you're getting ready for a fight. I lock myself in my room, warm myself up for an hour and go out there and do the damn thing. I always play like I could die out there and give it my all. And there's only three of us up there - it's an awesome feeling."

Travis - who is in the band with Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus - is playing with Blink-182 at a number of European festivals, and loves the reaction the group get. "I really enjoyed our last trip to Europe. It was crazy playing for 200,000 people. It's insane. You don't have festivals like that in the US. Rock is alive and kicking ass in Europe. It's bigger than ever. It's like the ocean - you can see people for days," he added.

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Forty-Nine Justin Bieber Fans Injured in Oslo

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Concerts / Tours, Hip-Hop & Rap, Pop,

Justin Bieber in Oslo

Nearly 50 teenage girls were injured during Justin Bieber's concert in Norway yesterday.

Forty nine girls had to be treated - 14 taken by ambulance for emergency care in Oslo, the country's capital - as the "Boyfriend" star made his first of a number of unscheduled free appearances across Europe. According to TMZ.com, the city was nearly forced to declare a state of emergency as fans swarmed the streets with the hope of catching a glimpse of the Canadian star performing at the Opera House.

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Mecedes-Benz Actros used as a taxicab

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Transportation, Videos,

Here in the U.S., we’re familiar with the semi-trucks we share the highways with during our commutes and rely on to deliver our goods...but seeing a semi as a taxicab, that’s something unheard of. Europe’s semi truck manufactures take pride in their products, and one brand in particular is out to prove they’re the best. That brand is Mercedes-Benz. It's have won Truck of the Year for its newly redesigned Actros. However, that wasn’t enough for the Mercedes. So someone got the bright idea of using an Actros as a taxicab. However, the Actros was set to pick up customers from competing manufactures such as Volvo and Man. Watch a video of their reactions after the jump!

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Spotify unleashes music downloads with iPod syncing

iPod Spotify sync

European online music service Spotify on Wednesday announced a new MP3 download service, as well as the ability to sync music on iPods and the Spotify iPhone and Android apps.

With Spotify's download service, users can purchase tracks in bundles. Ten tracks will set you back £7.99, 15 tracks will cost £9.99, 40 tracks will be £25, and 100 tracks will be £50.

"Spotify's new MP3 download service makes it possible to own your playlists in one easy step," the company said in a statement. "By introducing a range of MP3 bundles, we've been able to offer you some of the most competitive prices available—from as little as 50p per song."

Spotify features include the ability to: search, browse, and play millions of tracks; stream over Wi-Fi or 2.5/3G; access offline playlists; on-the-fly sync; a what's new tab; wireless sync of your local files to your phone; and the ability to tag favorites into a special list.

One of the most frequent requests, however, was the abilty to sync that music to Apple's iPod, something Spotify said is now a reality. Just connect an iPod to your computer via USB and it will appear in the "devices" section of the Spotify sidebar. You can then sync MP3s in your Spotify playlists to the iPod.

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Xbox 360 with 250GB hard drive and Forza 3 spied on Amazon

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hardware, Microsoft, Rumors, Xbox 360,

250GB Xbox 360

Okay, hang on, we just posted about the Xbox 360 Elite price cut news, and now we are getting word that there may be a 250GB version of the Xbox 360 that will be dropping soon? According to Amazon Germany, there will soon be an Xbox 360 bundle that includes a 250GB head drive (over twice the size of the currently available 120GB drive,) 2 controllers, and Forza Motorsport 3. It’s priced at about $397, and we want it to be really. Very, very much.

[Thanks, Jason!]

Read More | Amazon Germany via Engadget


Europe Chooses micro-USB Phone Charger Standard

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Peripherals,

Cell Phone chargersWe wish that other places were as up to date technologically as Europe. Sony Ericsson, Nokia, RIM, Apple and other companies have joined with the European Union to standardize a universal USB cell phone charger next year. Not only will it be easier to only have one charger, it will be good for the environment. Phones built with the new standard in mind should start hitting European shelves next year.

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Samsung Movies Open for Business

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Movies, PC / Laptop,

Samsung Movies

Samsung is the latest company to try to compete with their new dedicated movie store. Samsung Movies are available to the company’s cell phones, PCs and laptops. About 500 movies and TV shows are in the starting lineup, with an additional 1,000 to be added by the summer. Initially the service will only be available in the UK and Germany. Rentals start at a price of $3.49 while film sales start at $6.99.

 

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