Spotify Is Testing a New Two-Person Subscription Plan – Gizmodo

Spotify Is Testing a New Two-Person Subscription Plan – Gizmodo
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Good news for couples and roomies who don’t hate each other—Spotify is testing a new subscription plan called Premium Duo for two-person households. It’ll go for €12.49 per month, or whatever the equivalent is in local markets, and offers some new playlist features along with it.

Right now, Premium Duo is only available in five markets: Columbia, Chile, Denmark, Ireland, and Poland, Spotify told Gizmodo in an email. (Hence, the price in Euros.) Like its family subscription plan, which goes for $15 a month and allows up to six users, both users have to live at the same address to reap the discounted benefits. People who already have a premium subscription can switch plans via their account settings. Spotify declined to confirm when or if it has plans to expand Premium Duo to the U.S., but it’s common for services to test out new features in pilot markets first.

One of the new features Spotify is testing out with Premium Duo is a shared, AI-generated playlist called Duo Mix. Basically, it’s similar to Spotify’s Discovery Weekly playlist where you get one mix for both subscribers that supposedly should fit both your tastes. You can change the mood to either “chill” or “upbeat” depending on what sort of tempo you want, and there’ll be little profile icons next to each song to show which one of you is responsible for that clunker in the mix.

There’s also an option for shared playlists, which lets you bombard your partner by sharing your entire library. Both subscribers will also get to manage their home settings and the account details from a single page called Duo Hub, Spotify said.

The discount itself isn’t a whole lot, especially when you consider that €12.49 is about $14—or roughly the same amount as the Family subscription plan—and an individual Premium account is $10. That said, a couple of dollars does add up over time, especially now that everyone and their mother wants you to sign up for yet another streaming subscription.

[The Verge]

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How to watch the new Borderlands reveal at the Gearbox PAX event – GamesRadar

How to watch the new Borderlands reveal at the Gearbox PAX event – GamesRadar

After years of teases, it’s finally happening: the new Borderlands trailer is here and Gearbox Software plans to show us more at its big PAX East presentation today. The studio has been teasing a pack of announcements for its Boston stage show for weeks and you can catch the whole thing right here when it begins at 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT /  6pm GMT on the PAX East main stage and on Gearbox’s official Twitch channel.

Though lacking any actual gameplay, the statuesque Borderlands trailer did sneak in a few secret messages: one for Shift content in Borderlands 2 and another that advises viewers to “Count the Sirens”. We’re bound to learn quite a bit more during Gearbox’s stage show, including (hopefully) our long-awaited first look at new Borderlands gameplay. Yeah, I know the game is just getting officially announced now, but it feels like Gearbox has been talking about it in one form or another for roughly 5,000 years.

Gearbox has also been teasing several other projects in recent weeks, including some odd robot thing. Some of them could be other internal game projects, but many of the games Gearbox shows off will likely come from its growing publishing arm. That side of the business helped bring us games like We Happy Few and the new Homeworld titles in recent years so it should be interesting to see those too (even if they have to share the stage with one of the most-anticipated games of the last decade).

While you wait, check out 20 things you missed in the new Borderlands trailer, or see this video breakdown of its many secrets.

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Samsung is working on a new foldable smartphone that’s nothing like the Galaxy Fold – BGR

Samsung is working on a new foldable smartphone that’s nothing like the Galaxy Fold – BGR

We’re a little less than a month away now from the US debut of Samsung’s first foldable phone hitting the market here, which will arrive at a time when the idea of a bendable form factor has spread like wildfire throughout the global smartphone industry. At this point, it’s pretty much a question of who’s not lining up to experiment with a foldable model, thanks to everything from the introduction of Huawei’s Mate X to the forthcoming Motorola RAZR, foldable prototypes that have emerged from companies like Oppo and Xiaomi as well as LG’s foldable that’s also coming later this year.

Samsung, meanwhile, has arguably been among the most aggressive with its experimentation in this regard, having patented what appears to be the most varied lineup of foldable phone models — with yet a new design just added to the list.

One of Samsung’s most recently revealed designs depicts a smartphone that unfolds to the size of a tablet, with a screen on the inside and outside. The South Korea-based tech giant has also just patented another, one that resembles the recently unveiled Xiaomi foldable design of a display that is foldable on two sides around the main body.

The approved patent, which was spotted by Dutch tech news blog LetsGoDigital, shows a phone with a large flexible display. Unfold the two sides, and you now have a tablet-sized device. Fold the two sides back, and you have a display that covers the entirety of the device.

Image Source: LetsGoDigital

There’s no indication of when or if Samsung will ever move forward officially with this design. However, among the things that stand out from the patent documentation is the seeming lack of connections for things like a charger. Samsung tends to be detailed with patent drawings, so there’s speculation that this design could support wireless charging. This also doesn’t seem to be a model that a cover would easily work for, a reminder that scratches are going to be even more of a consideration and danger to foldable mobile devices than they currently are for smartphones.

LetsGoDigital notes that his appears to be an advanced design model, no doubt an outgrowth of Samsung’s already-stated intention to release a new foldable smartphone annually. Similar to the release cycle for its premium smartphones like the Galaxy S devices.

Image Source: LetsGoDigital

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Minecraft update removes mentions of creator Notch from splash screens – Gamasutra

Minecraft update removes mentions of creator Notch from splash screens – Gamasutra

Minecraft custodians Microsoft have removed some mentions of controversial creator Markus “Notch” Persson from the game with a new snapshot update.

Although Persson is still listed as the game’s creator in the credits, his name has been scrubbed from Minecraft’s splash screens.

Before now, when players loaded up the game they’d be met with a main menu (show below) that would display random messages including “Made by Notch!” and “The Work of Notch” in yellow. 

As spotted on the Minecraft Wiki and confirmed by Twitter user decrepitlab, those messages will no longer appear in the Java versions of the game, and could soon be removed from the console editions according to a tweet from developer 4J Studios

In all honesty, it feels like the move has been a long time coming. Microsoft purchased Minecraft and developer Mojang from Persson for $2.5 billion back in 2014, and in the years since he’s become a divisive figure who seems to spend his time dreaming up ways to offend people. 

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The LG G8 ThinQ goes on sale April 11 in the US with big launch discounts – Phone Arena

One month after the
LG G8 ThinQ was first introduced, LG has today announced that its latest flagship smartphone will hit US stores and carriers starting April 11. And, for a limited time, it’ll be offering big discounts. 

At launch, the LG G8 ThinQ will be available in Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, and New Platinum Gray and will retail at $819.99 as standard. However, as part of a limited time promotion, the South Korean brand will be offering discounts of up to $150 depending on the retailer or carrier. Speaking of which, the flagship will be available to purchase at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and Xfinity Mobile. Best Buy and B&H will also offer the smartphone.

The LG G8 ThinQ, for those of you that don’t know, offers a large 6.1-inch OLED display paired with a slight chin and a wide notch which is home to an 8-megapixel selfie snapper. Also present is a Time-of-Flight camera that adds 3D Face Unlock and LG’s new Hand ID security feature.


The smartphone also includes support for a variety of Air
Motion touchless gestures which allow the device to be controlled without actually touching it. Additionally, new Sound-in-Display technology removes the need for an in-ear speaker by instead using vibrations combined with bone conduction to produce sound.

Aside from all of this, the LG G8 ThinQ boasts Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 coupled with a respectable 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, thus making the device a worthy
Galaxy S10e and
iPhone XR competitor. 

Consumers can also expect a 12-megapixel rear camera and a second 16-megapixel wide-angle camera, Android 9 Pie straight out of the box, and a 3,500mAh battery.

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