Archive for April, 2012

As reported by MacStories, Apple today updated its terms and conditions from the Austrian, Greek, and ItalianiTunes Stores to include new information for the iTunes Match service. With this move, the Cupertino-based corporation is bringing iTunes Match to additional countries today, including the three aforementioned and maybe more.

According to Federico Viticci of MacStories, iTunes Match is apparently accepting new accounts from Austria, Greece, and Italy. It is not known if there are other countries receiving the service, but if you happen to see it when browsing around, please let us know in the comments.

iTunes Match is available 37 countries worldwide today, according to a support document published by Apple. It is rumored that the service will roll out in Japan soon as well, but there’s no specified date for it.

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Lady Gaga has been nominated for ten Billboard Music Awards in the following categories: Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Pop Artist, Top Dance Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Pop Album and Top Dance Album (For Born This Way and The Fame). The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will take place on Sunday, May 20th at Las Vegas.

British rock band The Darkness has been confirmed to open for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball shows in Europe. Watch them perform their hit single “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” with Brian May below…

Lady Gaga debuted the Born This Way Ball in South Korea on Friday night, attracting more than 45,000 fans, which is the second highest attendance in the country’s history of concerts. “I’m so grateful for all of you, thank you monsters,” she said. “Last night was like being completely prepared for a moment you could never prepare for.”

Check out fan pictures taken during Gaga’s first Born This Way Ball show in Seoul below:

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, in a recent interview with A New Domain, says that Windows Phone apps are “much more beautiful” than those found on Android and iOS. Wozniak favors the Windows Phone over Android-based smartphones, but still thinks the iPhone is his number one choice.

Just for looks and beauty, I definitely favor the Windows 7 phone over Android.

I’m kind of shocked on every screen — much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone. So I think that what Microsoft or Nokia did is that they went to some of the key app makers and got them to deliberately make specialized beautiful ones or they put their own themes on. It’s all different.

 

In talking about the elegant design of the Windows Phone, Wozniak jokes that perhaps Steve Jobs was reincarnated at Microsoft and shared some of his great ideas from Apple. Do you think that Windows Phone smartphones, such as the highly touted Nokia Lumia 900, are true competitors with the iPhone?

The Born This Way Ball Tour setlist:

ACT I

Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)
Government Hooker
Born This Way
Bloody Mary
INTERLUDE
Bad Romance
Judas
INTERLUDE: Lady Gaga talks to fans.

ACT II

Fashion of His Love
Just Dance
LoveGame
Telephone
Heavy Metal Lover
Bad Kids

ACT III

Hair (Piano and Studio Versions)
Black Jesus † Amen Fashion
Yoü & I
Electric Chapel
Americano
Poker Face
Alejandro
Paparazzi ( unsure… she didn’t sing it in Seoul )
STAGE SPLITS IN HALF

ACT IV

Scheiße
The Edge of Glory (Piano and Studio Versions)
Marry The Night

 

While some may be wondering how some of these celebrities got invited to the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the first place, we think it’s more important to focus on how they chose to dress for such a prestigious occasion!

And boy, oh boy, were there some inneresting looks or WHAT?!

Check out all of the fashion hits, misses, and downright fails from the2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner HERE!

Check out all of the fashion hits, misses, and downright fails from the2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner HERE!

Check out all of the fashion hits, misses, and downright fails from the2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner HERE!

Check out all of the fashion hits, misses, and downright fails from the2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner HERE!

Check out all of the fashion hits, misses, and downright fails from the2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner HERE!

The court-moderated settlement talks that Apple and Samsung agreed to hold will take place on May 21 – 22, according to patent expert Florian Mueller for FOSS Patents. Apple and Samsung chief executives Tim Cook and Gee-Sung Choi respectively, along with lawyers for both companies, will be present in the discussions.

On April 17, I already reported on the fact that Apple and Samsung agreed, under soft pressure from Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, to meet for court-moderated settlement talks at the level of the CEOs and their chief lawyers. Judge Koh wanted the parties to meet whttp://www.ifans.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpithin 90 days. The judge who will oversee this settlement effort, Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero, has now scheduled this settlement conference for May 21-22, 2012, starting on each day at 9:30 AM.

While the settlement talks will be moderated by the court, it cannot force the two consumer electronics makers to reach an agreement. But let’s hope that Apple and Samsung can finally settle their differences and focus on creating the latest innovative products and technologies. Apple and Samsung will continue to be competitors in their respective markets, but hopefully they can handle their matters out of the courts in the future.