• Genius launches Q+A for song pages

    Genius launches Q+A for song pages

    Genius, the service that lets users add annotations and context to other docs, has today announced the launch of Questions and Answers, or Q+A. Genius originally launched as a rap lyrics data trove, where users could add interesting context and insights about various rap lyrics. Eventually, the company expanded (and not without some growing pains) to all types of documents, like public… Read More

  • Spotify And Genius Team To Stream The Backstory On Music Tracks

    Spotify And Genius Team To Stream The Backstory On Music Tracks

    Spotify, the popular music streaming app with 75 million users, wants to ramp up its profile as a platform for more than just music listening. And to that end, it has linked up with Genius, the startup that annotates music lyrics and other online content, to provide backstory and commentary that pop up as you stream tracks on Spotify. The partnership will kick off with a free hip… Read More

  • Amazon To Stream Obama’s Final State Of The Union; Lyrics Site Genius To Power Annonations

    Amazon To Stream Obama’s Final State Of The Union; Lyrics Site Genius To Power Annonations

    Following news of last night’s Golden Globes wins, Amazon has now taken another step to establish itself as a streaming media competitor worth notice: for the first time, the company will now make President Obama’s State of the Union address available for on-demand streaming through its Amazon Instant Video service, says White House Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman. The… Read More

  • Eminem Partners With Genius, Alex And Drew Rap Battle The News

    Eminem Partners With Genius, Alex And Drew Rap Battle The News

    Today, Eminem announced that he’d be investing in and partnering with lyric-annotation site Genius. It’s kind of a match made in heaven, seeing as Eminem’s lyrics are constantly scrutinized. Here’s what Eminem had to say about the tie-up: Coming up we would always obsess over the lyrics from our favorite MCs. Picking everything apart, trying to get into their heads. I… Read More

  • Genius Launches Android App, Redesigns Home Page And iOS App

    Genius Launches Android App, Redesigns Home Page And iOS App

    Genius, gone from rap song explanation site to annotator of the entire Internet, has today launched a revamped version of the website, the iOS app, and for the first time ever, an Android app. The redesign brings with it a new brand design, color palette and enhanced song pages, as well as a new featured section for popular songs, across multiple genres, and most popular non-musical content. Read More

  • Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner

    Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner

    Online annotation platform Genius, which originally began as a way to mark up rap lyrics before expanding to support any page on the web, is now making its service – including its collection of annotations and musical metadata – available to third-party developers for use in their own applications. The first partner to take advantage of the new API is Betaworks, which… Read More

  • Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

    Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

    Rap Genius was just the first step to fulfilling Marc Andreessen’s Netscape dream of letting people annotate the whole Internet. Today, the lyric explanation startup tries to achieve its destiny with the launch of its new prefix that lets you add annotations to any web page. Just put the prefix before a URL like , highlight… Read More

  • YC-Backed Omniref Is Rap Genius For Code

    YC-Backed Omniref Is Rap Genius For Code

    While the open source movement has made getting up and running with a software project incredibly easy for those who know what to look for, the reality is that not every project can be updated to support the latest versions of the code they’re built on. Over time, this means that you see thousands of projects running on some old version of a library that seemingly no one is familiar… Read More

  • The Real Genius: Apple Ads Are Being Distributed By The Media

    The Real Genius: Apple Ads Are Being Distributed By The Media

    During the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, Apple aired three ads for its Genius Bar. Over the ensuing weekend, a number of widely-read blogs posted mostly negative pieces about the ads. Today, Apple’s ad agency told Mashable that the ads are no longer running and they were only intended to run the first weekend of the Games. Again, several posts were written on widely-read… Read More

  • Awesome HDTV fake skylights are wasteful, awesome TV on the ceiling! I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with Treehugger, who suggest you “say no to faux.” I humbly counter-suggest you say “yes” to Sky Factory’s SkyV, if only for the sake of all the tricks you could play on people who came to your place. You could anything on… Read More

  • Hey! Where's my Genius?

    So I just updated the AppleTV and fired her up. There were no visual changes in the interface except for a message encouraging you to hold down the Play/Pause button to bring up other options. The options are, in order, Start Genius, Add to On-The-Go, and Cancel. Starting Genius brought up a big honking error. I’d like to take a closer look at the methods used by Genius to take a… Read More

  • Apple TV updated, now has Genius

    Not only did Apple update iTunes overnight, but it also updated Apple TV. That must be good news for, I don’t know, maybe a dozen of you. In addition to the usual security and bug fixes (including one that sounds pretty ominous: “maliciously crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution”), there’s now a Genius… Read More

  • iTunes 8.0.1 released: Bug fixes, ahoy

    Just a quick note regarding iTunes. Apple has updated it to version 8.0.1, and this release fixes a few quirks that no doubt annoyed some of you. The bug that caused iTunes to copy over HD versions of a TV show with an SD version is now squashed. Genius also sees some attention: when creating a Genius playlist, the song you’re basing the playlist on no longer stops playing. Just… Read More

  • The Joy of Tech explains how iTunes Genius works, kinda

    The Joy of Tech presents, How the iTunes Genius Really works… Cute, I guess. Then again, my sense of humor is so warped that what makes the average geek laugh may not have the same effect on me. What I would like to see is a proper, investigative piece into how Genius works. Apparently Apple isn’t too forthcoming on the ins and outs of it, so we may just have to accept the Joy… Read More

  • The Genius Sidebar is really just a big, fat iTunes money tree

    Ads have invaded iTunes 8 and I hate it. Suddenly, on the right side of iTunes, the Genius Sidebar now displays at least 23 one-click buy links for me to spend my hard-earned cash through. What Apple calls a friendly recommendation is more like impulsive music buying.  Read More

  • Genius: Oh, so you mean like a smart playlist? Real genius, sure

    One of the new features of iTunes 8 is Genius, a preposterously named playlist creator that seems, to me, completely overhyped. What does it do, really? Apple’s highly detailed instructions (above) say all you have to do is play a song, click the Genius button, then off you go. It scans your iTunes library for songs that “go great together,” then creates a playlist of… Read More

  • Staggering Genius: The Beer Pager

    Where was this gadget when I was in the blur I sometimes confusingly refer to as my 20s? This thing is amazing, and I need to get one. It’s a beer cozy with a built-in beeper. Can’t remember where your beer is? Use the included remote to page it, it responds with a burping noise, so you can locate your can like a bat locates prey, only maybe you’ll have a shirt on. Read More

  • Vibrating Headset For Gamers From Genius

    Genius has announced a revolutionary set of headphones that have an embedded vibrating system that boosts the quality of the sound and really puts you in the game. The headphones are small and foldable, so you can transport them to your next LAN party without fear of being detected by mere mortals. The USB powered ‘phones have a built-in microphone, noise canceling option, volume… Read More

  • Softflask: Soft, Plasticky Genius

    In 150 years, our time won’t be remembered as the time of converting to green and renewable resources. It won’t be remembered as the time when the Internet first became totally ubiquitous and pervasive. It won’t be remembered as the time we let slutty, bratty heiresses out of jail for breaking the same laws that landed others behind bars. No, reader, our time will be… Read More

  • Winerack Wisecracks: Booze + Boobs = Sharing Genius

    Some of you girls out there wish you had larger boobs. We know this, we’ve dated somewhere around 84 of you. Some of you also like to drink booze, even places you aren’t supposed to. We’ve dated you, too. If you’re a little of column A and a little of column B, we have the Winerack. It’s a black bra with sewn-in bladders for wine, beer, vodka, Jager, you name… Read More