Spotify’s latest job listings show it’s ramping up efforts to produce hardware

Rumors have swirled for a while about Spotify working on its own music hardware. Now, the company seems to be ramping up efforts, as indicated by three new job listings for its hardware division. As spotted by MusicAlly, one job description states that Spotify is “on its way to creating its first physical products,” and the company is currently setting up its operational organization for “manufacturing, supply chain, sales, and marketing.”

The jobs posted are for a Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, and an Operations Manager in Hardware Production. Spotify notes that the roles will contribute to “creating innovative Spotify experiences” via connected hardware.

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Latest Samsung Galaxy S9 leak offers spec details and device images

With less than one week to go before the Samsung Galaxy S9 is officially revealed, we’ve gotten the biggest leak of the upcoming Android flagship so far.

First up, what looks to be the complete spec list for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have been leaked by Winfuture.de. This leak backs up the rumors that the S9 will have a single 12-megapixel rear camera with dual apertures, f/1.5 and f/2.4, while the S9+ will add a second 12-megapixel rear camera.

Both Galaxy S9 models are also expected to offer optical image stabilization on their rear cameras as well as a slow motion video capture that’ll record at 960 frames per second. Around front, the S9 and S9+ will offer an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are said to include stereo speakers tuned by AKG. When it comes to screens, the two phones will be similar to last year’s S8 and S8+, with the S9 packing a 5.8-inch 2960×1440 Super AMOLED display and the S9+ offering a larger 6.2-inch 2960×1440 screen. Both panels will offer a tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Today’s report does say that the S9 and S9+ displays will have less edge at the bottom of their screens, so they may not be identical to the S8 and S8+.

Also rumored to be included with the S9 and S9+ include an Exynos 9810 processor (likely a Snapdragon 845 in the US), 4GB of RAM on the S9 and 6GB of RAM on the S9+, 64GB of storage, iris scanning, facial recognition, USB-C, and a microSD card. The Galaxy S9 is said to have a 3,000mAh battery while the S9+ reportedly packs a 3,500mAh battery. Both phones are said to offer IP68 water and dust resistance, too. On the software side, both phones will run Android 8.0 below the Samsung Experience 9.0 user interface.

In addition to all of these spec leaks, several new images have that show the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been shared by Evan Blass. They give us a look at the color options for Samsung’s upcoming flagship, which include Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Titanium Gray.

Samsung will officially unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on February 25. While many of the features of these phones have already leaked, it’s still worth paying attention to Samsung’s event next week for launch date and pricing info, and also to see if Samsung’s got any features that it managed to keep a secret.

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The Latest Update for ‘Thumper: Pocket Edition’ Adds a New Touch-Based Control Scheme and Much More

Breath of the Wild aside, Drool LLC’s chaotic ‘rhythm violence’ release Thumper [$ 4.99] was one of the first experiences that really ‘sold’ me on the Nintendo Switch. Seeing such a vibrant, colorful and complex indie classic make the transition to a handheld device just felt so perfect, and sure enough set a precedent for a deluge of titles to release on the hardware in the months afterwards. Despite this, there was a nagging voice in the back of my head that wondered ‘would this game be even better on iOS’, and as if the developers knew what a fantastic idea this would be, Thumper: Pocket Edition made its debut on the App Store last month. Taking full use of the Super Retina Display and extended real estate on the iPhone X, Thumper was a stunning romp for rhythm fans that went down a treat on our forums, despite some minor control niggles that emerged amongst our community. Thankfully, the developers have listened to feedback from fans, and have today released an update for Thumper that adds a new touch-based lane switch control scheme alongside a number of other welcome improvements.

In the 1.06 version of Thumper, the star feature is undoubtedly the aforementioned touch-based lane switch controls, which should an alternative option with added precision if the previous configurations didn’t sit well with you. Other additions include improved layout and visual quality of the menus and text within the game, better rendering quality for older devices with Apple’s A7 chip (so iPhone 5S and iPad Air users are covered), a moved and configurable pause button, Polish language support, and a number of smaller enhancements that are outlined in Drool’s latest tweet. Considering Thumper already had such a strong, critically-acclaimed base game to build on, these improvements only further support the argument that the iOS port is the best version of the game. At the very least, if you want a slick spectacle to show off your new iPhone, Thumper’s gloriously vibrant aesthetic design and blistering sense of speed are almost unmatched on the App Store. Download the latest 1.06 update for Thumper now, and let us know your impressions on our forum thread.

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Nike’s latest Air Jordan sneaker ‘drop’ showcased the potential of Snapchat commerce

Shopify and Darkstore helped bring the in-app shopping experience to life.

Snapchat has yet to make a big splash in e-commerce, choosing instead to keep the focus on its advertising business model for now.

But a partnership between the social media app and Nike during the NBA’s All-Star weekend showcased Snapchat’s potential to become a home to exclusive commerce experiences in the future.

Over the All-Star weekend, Nike hosted a special concert in Los Angeles, the host city of the game. Attendees were guided to use the Snapchat camera to scan a code displayed on a basketball-hoop backboard to view the new Air Jordan III “Tinker” sneaker in the app.

Guests were then able to purchase the sneaker right within Snapchat with the help of technology from the e-commerce software company Shopify. And most of the kicks were delivered to customers on the same day, thanks to a logistics startup called Darkstore.

The sneaker drop comes a few weeks after opening up its own Snap Store storefront, where it sold some of its own branded sweatshirts and hats. For now, though, these launches come across as compelling one-offs rather than a cohesive online commerce strategy. But the potential is there for more.


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Tesla’s latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada

Tesla's experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada's Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla's Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batteries to…
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