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21
Nov
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Google Music Unveiled; to Compete with iTunes

Google has unveiled the final version of its much-anticipated music download service, Google Music, instantly positioning itself to butt heads with Apple's iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. Google Music will be fully integrated with the company's new social ... networking platform, Google+, allowing users to share music publicly or only with specific individuals. In addition, the new music service is available, with millions of songs, on the Android Market. Google Music: Pricing Similar, Storage Cap Higher Like iTunes, the price is about one buck per song, and between $8 and $12 for an album. Of course, ... (view more)

Tue
20
Sep
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Comcast, Microsoft Nearing 'Xbox TV' Deal: Report

According to a new report, Microsoft may be in negotiations with America's largest cable providers to help create a solid foundation for its upcoming Xbox TV service. Xbox TV was first unveiled back at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June ... of this year. While Microsoft didn't say much about the service at the time, it did announce plans to "partner with TV providers" in order to make the service truly appealing to Xbox 360 users. Microsoft also said that it intended to bring local channels as well as sports and various news networks to Xbox TV. (Source: slashgear.com ) On Demand, ... (view more)

Mon
19
Sep
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Amazon Planning Kindle Subscription Service

Amazon is said to be considering a library-style subscription service that will allow users to read multiple books on its Kindle e-reader for a single fee. However, it appears publishers may not like the idea. It's reported that Amazon is currently ... in talks with publishing firms about the service, which would be offered to Amazon Prime customers. Originally, Prime (which costs $79 per year) simply entitled members to free two-day shipping across the US on all items, no matter their value. Amazon has since added access to a limited range of online streaming movies and television shows, so book ... (view more)

Thu
11
Aug
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Comcast to Offer $10 Broadband, $149 Win7 PCs

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Comcast has announced it plans to cut the price of its service for families that can demonstrate financial need. The company, which also offers cable TV and telephone service, is calling this new, cheap web plan ... 'Internet Essentials'. Comcast's new plan has a lot to do with its recent acquisition of NBC Universal, a deal that was completed earlier this year. In order to complete the agreement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stipulated that Comcast would need to make broadband memberships available to 400,000 low-income households at a reasonable ... (view more)

Wed
13
Jul
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Airlines Offer Free ChromeBooks Between Flights

In an effort to stay ahead of the competition, a few airlines have started lending out tech hardware to those who opt to fly with them. One of the first airlines to offer such a service was American Airlines, who continue to provide free in-flight ... Android tablets to patrons aboard a select number of their domestic flights. Now, Virgin America will soon allow their passengers to use a Samsung Chromebook, free of charge. Apps the Focus of Chromebook Service The Chromebook compliments the free WiFi service already offered by the airline, and since the Chrome OS uses the Internet as its interface ... (view more)

Fri
24
Jun
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Microsoft Steps Up Free Online Storage Service

Microsoft has unveiled several changes to its online storage service, SkyDrive. It should mean very noticeable improvements to the speed at which it responds to commands. Share, Access up to 25GB of Free Online Storage SkyDrive offers users 25 GB of ... free online storage, meaning files can be accessed from any machine. Users can decide whether to make files publicly available, in which case the service can be used as a simpler alternative to running a website to host documents or media files, or to make them private and only accessible with a Windows Live log-in. There's some debate over ... (view more)

Thu
23
Jun
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Best Buy Cloud Music Service Debuts: Lacklustre

With Google, Amazon and Apple all offering robust online multimedia download portals, most companies would steer clear of such a crowded and competitive market. But not big-box retailer Best Buy, which recently launched its own music service. ... Unfortunately, industry experts have not been impressed. Messy Software Just the Tip of the Iceberg Dubbed the "Best Buy Music Cloud", the platform allows users to download digital music files and playlists from servers that can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. There's a free Lite version of the service that allows users to get 30-second ... (view more)

Thu
16
Jun
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Windows 8 Set for Xbox Live Integration

Mike Delman, Microsoft VP of Global Marketing for Interactive Entertainment Business, recently revealed to the Seattle Times that Xbox Live will soon be integrated with Windows 8, making it available to users via PC for the first time. The Xbox Live ... offering for PCs falls in line with Microsoft's new plan to begin live television , expected to make its way to Xbox 360 consoles this fall. "Live has been successful on the Windows Phone and Live will be built into the PC. It will be the service where you get your entertainment," said Delman. (Source: latimes.com ) Billions of Entertainment Hours ... (view more)

Tue
14
Jun
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Netflix Consuming 1/5 of All Internet Traffic: Report

A new report has revealed that Netflix video streaming accounts for an incredible 22 per cent of all Internet traffic. This number is considerably higher than last fall, suggesting that the site's popularity and overall interest in Internet ... streaming has climbed significantly in the past six months. While the average Internet usage represented by Netflix users was around 22 per cent, researchers at analyst firm Sandvine found that during peak usage periods Netflix accounts for as much as 30 per cent of all Internet traffic. Sandvine says this is 10 per cent higher than was reported back in ... (view more)

Thu
09
Jun
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Microsoft Expected to Unveil TV Service at E3

It's rumored that Microsoft will unveil a subscription-based TV service for its Xbox 360 video game console at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at Los Angeles' Convention Center. Word of the possible unveiling comes from Winrumors, ... which suggests that Microsoft is currently in last-minute discussions to secure critical agreements giving the TV service its go-ahead. It's believed the subscription service would be called Xbox LIVE Diamond and would act like a "virtual cable operator." (Source: pcworld.com ) Diamond Offers Remain Unclear It's unclear precisely what that means, but ... (view more)

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