Share your music with portable speakers for your iDevice

While you’re outdoors this summer, you may want to share your music with those around you. There are lots of portable boom boxes, but here are a few unusual ways to turn your iPod or iPod touch into a music machine to share with friends.

Mobile media use up 600% as unlimited plans tune out

More capable smartphones and tablets, combined with a growing number of online video services are heavily increasing mobile media consumption: Limelight’s data shows a 600-percent jump from the past year and that’s a bad sign for those hoping unlimited data plans will stick around.

Today in Social

Today is Larry Page’s first day back as CEO of Google. There are lots of mainstream media stories dwelling on his detached public persona, Google’s perceived need (evidence?) to restore its reputation among consumers and partners, and whether it will take “moon shots” or focus. Well, its first move is a $900 million bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio to protect itself from lawsuits and trolls, and give itself flexibility in cross-licensing. Google needs to prove that its core approach to search still works, and is not threatened by social search technologies. It needs to make sure one of its best assets, Android, doesn’t fragment too much to be an effective platform and launchpad for search and advertising. It needs to build off Android, Voice and Gmail to be a serious player in unified communications. Welcome back!

Pandora’s Guide to Mobile App Platforms

Pandora has had a charmed mobile history — the company’s music streaming app is one of the most popular on just about every type of phone out there. So it’s worth hearing Pandora CTO Tom Conrad’s advice about building for various mobile platforms.