Why Neil Young’s PonoMusic might actually be amazing

Yes it’s all very easy to mock the ageing rock-star for thinking he can enter the world of digital music entrepreneurship at the age of 68, but he may just be on to something.

PonoMusic was founded by Neil Young in 2011. It’s both a purpose-built portable digital music player and download service. Its goal is to provide the best listening experience possible when it comes to digital music.

This may seem like the mission statement of every manufacturer of MP3 players or music download services that has ever been but Pono has some fairly major unique selling points that may mean this is more than just a Howard Hughes style folly.

Is Google’s Motorola “firewall” really a good thing?

Google is now seeing more than 850,000 new Android device activations per day, and Android head Andy Rubin says the search giant will “double down” on Android tablets this year.

But the real key to Android’s success could be found in Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which was recently approved by EU and US regulators.

Google Music faces early struggles

Late last year, Google finally jumped into the digital music market by launching its long-awaited Google Music service.

Despite skepticism and criticism, the search giant clearly had high hopes for its music service, which competes with Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s MP3 store. Thus far, however, the skeptics and critics appear to be right.

ITV to Apple: don’t use ‘iTV’

Is Apple’s next big move the revolution of the small screen? Despite the company’s less-than-stellar past attempts at putting its imprint on the television, many believe 2012 is the year Apple will up its efforts to change the device with a big product launch.

If Apple does move forward with a smart television, there’s one obvious name that would be most fitting: iTV. After all, Apple has become synonymous with ‘i-‘ products, from the iPod to the iPad.

Is Apple planning an iPhone Nano?

The iPhone may be the most recognizable smart phone on the market today, but it’s not for everyone. A big reason for that is its price, which puts the iPhone out of the reach of many consumers.

That’s certainly not a big deal for Apple. The company has never aimed to offer its products at bargain-basement prices, even when the market has provided plenty of motivation to do so.

Are mobile apps really hurting television?

Attention advertisers: what’s bigger than Sunday Night Football and
Dancing with the Stars, and nearly as big as American Idol? Answer: the
audience of iOS social games.

At least that’s according to smartphone analytics provider and mobile ad
network Flurry, which has a strong message for advertisers.

The iPad: revolutionary or evolutionary?

Apple’s big media event yesterday produced what everyone had been
expecting: a tablet device, which as we know now, has been named the

Apple is promoting the iPad as a “magical and revolutionary device” but
there was palpable disappointment amongst many who had been discussing
(and speculating) about the device for so long. Living up to the hype
was probably impossible, but is some of the disappointment justified?
Is the iPad as “revolutionary” as Apple would have us believe?

Apple: recession? What recession?

The recession has been tough on most publicly-traded tech companies. Even Google, which has held up quite well, has admitted that the recession has made an impact on its business.

So is there any major tech company that hasn’t really been affected? After reading its Q2 results yesterday, you might be inclined to answer ‘yes‘; Apple appears about as close to unaffected as a company can be.