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Day: April 11, 2018

  • System76 explains why the company will soon make its computers in Denver. Linux computer manufacturer System76 made its mark in part because of its commitment to open source principles and doing what it believes is right. Last year it released its homegrown Linux, Pop!_OS. In early March, System76 founder Carl Richell tweeted about the company’s plans to locate its computer manufacturing factory in Denver, Colorado. By moving its manufacturing from China to the United States, System76 is offering more proof that it’s not afraid to buck prevailing tech norms to do things “the System76 way.” OpenSource Great to see some manufacturing coming back to America with a great company like this I hope they make out.
  • Earlier today, Spotify announced it would be sharing news at an April 24th event. It’s unclear whether the company is planning to unveil hardware later this month in New York City, but evidence suggests that Spotify has been working on an in-car controller — or even a standalone player — for the streaming service that would allow drivers to control music playback with their voice. Back in February, several Spotify customers reported that they received an offer inside the app for a new device that would come included as part of a $12.99-per-month subscription. That price would cover both Spotify’s music service and the device itself if users agreed to a 12-month commitment totaling $155. The device has a circular design with physical buttons for track controls and shuffle, plus an LED running around the outside in Spotify’s signature green. The Verge I am curious about what announcements they will be making at their event.
  • Pandora CEO Roger Lynch wants to offer listeners an easier way to discover new podcasts as the company adds more podcasts to its service and beefs up advertising. Indeed, podcasts will become a more significant aspect in the months and years ahead for Pandora (P), which has over 75 million monthly active users — 5.5 million of which use Pandora’s paid features and services. The key to growing those users, according to Lynch, who joined the company in September, is offering a more comprehensive catalog of content. “In the car, 80% of listening is music, while 20% is other stuff,” Lynch explains to Yahoo Finance. “As a service, if you don’t have that 20%, it doesn’t mean you capture the 80%, because then people will just stay on their FM Radios. But if you can create audio content for people that gets packaged with the music content in a way that doesn’t give them a reason to go back to that FM dial, then you capture much more than just the spoken word.” Yahoo Pandora is still being competitive despite some issues over the years they are still one of the most recognized brands.