Christmas Music 24/7

If just can’t get enough Christmas music, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your needs in the digital era.

From your computer, the easiest way to access your holiday favourites would be to find an online radio station. If you have a favourite terrestrial radio station, you should be able to find an online version that lets you listen live. Other stations that are dedicated to playing seasonal music can be found by searching for “Christmas music online”, you will find hundreds of streaming stations. Most of the stations are free of charge, although some may require registration. There are all sorts of genres to meet your needs, most play music continuously with only minimal interruptions for advertising. A music service that I find particularly well done is that on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) website (music.cbc.ca). On any computer you can access over 50 streaming stations, including two limited play Christmas channels, Seasonal Favourites and Classical Holiday.

You can access most of these same online stations described above using your smart phone or tablet through the browser although the user interface is much better if you are able to find an App for it. For example, the CBC Music application for iOS makes all of their Radio 1 and Radio 2 stations from across Canada available along with all of their streaming stations. Another application that I find quite good is “TuneIn Radio” which lets you listen to more than 100,000 stations from around the world. You can find dedicated Christmas stations, one of my favourites is Radio Santa Claus from Finland.

Seasonal music is also available through your television if you have a Smart TV or a set top box such as Roku or Apple TV connected to it. Most of these devices have a channel or application that allows access to online radio stations. For example, the Apple TV has a Radio application that provides access to hundreds of streaming stations under a number of genres. You can find Christmas music stations under the Religious category. If you don’t have a connected television and get your service through cable or by satellite, most providers have dedicated music channels. I am not talking about Much Music or MTV, but instead channels that play only music with no video, these are usually located in the higher numbers. For example Rogers Cable has approximately 20 music channels provided by Stingray Music, including Holiday Favourites, located on channel 222 and 710 in Ontario, Canada.

So if you’re like me and can’t get enough Christmas music there are many ways to satisfy your obsession.

Do you have any other suggestions? What are some of your favourite radio stations? Send a comment in below and share your experiences?

Happy Holidays.

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Apple releases update to iOS

Apple just released iOS 7.0.6 to deal with SSL connection verification issues.  Conspiracy theorists believe this will fix a back door that the NSA was exploiting but most people think that it is just a plain old security vulnerability.  Whatever the reason you should download the over the air update as soon as you can.

Source: iPhone in Canada

 

Nexus 7 available on July 31 in Canada (Update)

Update: The Nexus 7 is now up for pre-order at Best Buy and Future Shop with it being available on July 30 in limited quantities.

Source: Mobile Syrup

Although it was only expected “in the coming weeks” in Canada it seems that Google’s Nexus 7 will actually be available on July 31 according to a leaked Staples flyer. This new Nexus, which will be loaded with Android 4.3, has: a 7” full HD (1920 x 1200) display, a 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Quad Core Snapdragon Processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5 MP rear / 1.2 MP front cameras and dual rear mounted speakers. The flyer only mentions the 16 GB model which it will be selling for $249, $20 more than the US price.

Source: Mobile Syrup

New Google Maps version for iOS now available

Just in time for those summer road trips, Google has released version 2.0 of its popular Maps App for iOS. The new version brings: improved navigation; live traffic updates; indoor maps with directions for malls, transit stations and airports; and simple 5 star ratings and reviews of restaurants, plus content from Zagat. This update also brings for the first time, native iPad support. Another hidden feature (as it has not been fully implemented) is offline maps. This new feature is activated by typing “ok maps” into the search box, this will save the map area that you are viewing, making it available for offline navigation. This data can be cleared from your device’s cache memory by going to the “Clear application data” setting in the “Settings – About, terms & privacy” tabs. So head on over to your Apps icon on your iDevice to receive the latest update.

The Android version of the new Google Maps has been available for almost a week while the web version has just gone live today.

Source: iPhone in Canada 1 and 2, Mobile Syrup and ZDNet

Angry Birds Toons to be distributed through its apps

In an unusual move for a games manufacturer, Rovio will distribute its cartoon series through its existing smartphone and tablet apps. When updates are pushed out to users in the coming week they will include a new video channel. Users of the popular games will then have the option to watch the weekly episodes of Angry Bird Toons, 52 episodes are planned. The cartoons will also be available on some Samsung Smart TV’s and Comcast’s Xfinity on Demand channel.

Source: The Verge

Acceptance rates of iOS Updates, Authorized and Not

Apple released iOS 6.1.2 to fix the Exchange calendar bug that caused large battery drain issues on February 19. Just 5 days later, 34.9% of iOS web traffic were seen as using the new operating system. The acceptance rate is pretty well unparalleled by other mobile OS’s. Most Apple device users want to get the latest version as soon as possible even though the update provides only minor bug fixes as was the case for this update. It does help that iOS devices receive their updates directly from Apple and not from their carriers which happens for most other cell phone and tablet devices. What now seems to go hand in hand with the updates to the latest mobile OS for Apple users is the downloading of the latest jailbreaking tool, eavsiOn. Now, a month after it was released, it has been reported that more than 14 million iOS devices running iOS 6.x were accessing Cydia, the jailbroken app store. The total number of Apple devices accessing the unauthorized store over the last month was up to 23 million. Not only do Apple owners like their authorized updates, but the jailbreaking has gotten so common place that, unauthorized updates are also becoming a normal part of their ritual.

Source: Boy Genius Report and Apple Insider