Spotify’s new Spotlight throws focus on rising stars
Spotify has just launched Spotlight, a new feature that aims to showcase rising stars not only by pointing users towards their recorded music but to live sessions, interviews and editorial content.
Spotlight has already kicked off in Spotify’s web player with two acts: Lorde and Haim. It’s a push to call either of these “unknown”, as both have enjoyed plenty of buzz in recent months, but still, it’s nice to see Spotify actively trying to push new music.
Spotify is also casting its eye back to classic albums with the new Landmark website, a stylishly-designed page that acts as a sort of “web show” concerned with the making of well-loved records by interspersing songs with interviews, videos and commentary. The first is Nirvana’s In Utero, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Watch the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Warner Bros. Pictures has released an official “main trailer” for the upcoming second part of The Hobbit trilogy: The Desolation of Smaug. We won’t spoil it but it features Legolas, Lost’s Evangeline Lilly as an elf and the most we’ve seen of the treasure-hoarding dragon Smaug so far.
Scribd’s “Netflix for books” service goes live
Scribd has launched a service that gives you access to unlimited ebooks in exchange for a US$8.99 (£5.50) monthly fee. It works on Android and iOS devices (and in any web browser), and unlike Oyster, which launched a similar subscription-based “all you can eat” service a few weeks ago, isn’t restricted to US subscribers (although book availability varies depending on the country you’re in). There are around 100,000 books available including Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama II, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. You can start a free monthly trial by registering at scribd.com.
Blizzident: a 3D-printed toothbrush that cleans your teeth in six seconds
It might resemble a torture device, but the Blizzident is a product that has the potential to shake up the toothbrush market and cut the time its takes for your morning ablutions at the same time. Resembling a double gumshield lined with bristles, it’s 3D printed from a dentist’s impression of your mouth and thus fits perfectly into every nook and cranny of your gnashers. It’s so efficient that according to its makers it performs a full teeth-brushing in just six seconds. The downside? It costs US$300 (£185). [Source: Blizzident]