iTunes Radio will run “one audio ad every 15 minutes”
AdAge claims to have turned up some long-awaited details about iTunes Radio, Apple’s forthcoming all-you-can-eat (or at least listen to) web radio service. According to the report, iTunes Radio will arrive in September and will be ad-free for anyone who purchases iTunes Match. Others will have to listen to one audio ad per 15 minutes of music, with video ads appearing once per hour. Video ads will be served up when you’re likely to be looking at the phone – for example when you’re pressing play or skipping a track. [Source: AdAge]
Watch Dogs movie in the works
Third-person cyber thriller Watch Dogs is one of the most exciting upcoming games on the radar, and developer Ubisoft clearly thinks the concept has a life beyond your console. At Sony’s Gamescom press conference, the company announced that a movie was currently in production, backed by Sony Pictures, Columbia and New Regency. The film, a thriller, will centre around hacker Aiden Pearce (as will the game) as he navigates a future version of Chicago.
Vine hits 40 million users
Micro-video social network Vine has just announced that its registered users have risen to 40 million. The previous user figures were released in June – at the time of the app’s arrival on Android – and back then there were only 13 million users. While it’s not clear how many of these 40 million users are active, it seems that widespread predictions of Vine’s downfall at the hands of Instagram video may be somewhat off the mark. Perhaps what Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofmann told us was true: that six-second time limit really is perfect.
Logitech outs two iPad Mini folio cases
Want to keep your lovely iPad Mini looking fresh? Whack it in a case, pal – and Logitech has just added a couple more options to the lengthy list. The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio (£70) features a battery-powered, Bluetooth-equipped keyboard which should make productivity easier, while the the Folio Protective Case (£40) offers two-sided protection, magnets for a secure fit and doubles as a prop stand. Both are made of a water resistant material.