service

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)

Tue
03
May
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Soured Acquisition Leads to Groupon-Like Google Offers

Google plans to launch its own deal-of-the-day service, one quite similar to that offered by Groupon. The search giant has officially launched a beta test of Google Offers, which is designed to give those who sign up for the service daily discounts ... at local restaurants, shops and other attractions. According to the Google Offers sign-up page, members can expect coupons for 50 per cent or more off regular price goods and services. Groupon Turns Down Google Offer Google Offers surfaces mere months after Groupon turned down an acquisition offer from Google. As of last November, various reports ... (view more)

Thu
28
Apr
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Thousands of US Libraries Get Kindle eBooks

Amazon and libraries across the United States have partnered up in offering a new service that will allow Americans to borrow ebooks for the online retailer's popular e-reader, Kindle. Approximately 11,000 libraries are involved in the project, ... which is being called the Kindle Lending Library. Amazon says its new service will be administered by OverDrive, a digital information provider that currently loans ebook services to the thousands of libraries involved in the project. OverDrive is also responsible for similar services rendered to owners of Sony's Reader device. eBook Customization ... (view more)

Tue
05
Apr
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License Issues May Delay Google's Take On iTunes

Google is reportedly testing a streaming music service. It doesn't necessarily mean a public launch is imminent, however; the company would still have to reach an agreement with record labels, which may be complicated by the nature of the service. ... Google Music wouldn't be a download service in the same way as the iTunes store. Indeed, it's possible it wouldn't necessarily involve buying music at all. Streaming Music Across Devices a Possibility The idea is to provide a legal way for users to stream music from one device to another. While precise details are under wraps, it appears there would ... (view more)

Tue
08
Mar
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Skype to Display Advertisements

Internet phone and video chat service Skype is to begin carrying limited advertising. It comes as figures show the company is failing to convert enough free Skype accounts to paid Skype accounts. In short, Skype allows users to digitally telephone ... another Skype user's computer using a microphone or webcam, and is completely free to do so. Other premium Skype services are available (but cost a fee), including: using the PC to call a landline or cellphone long distance, or using group video calling and various business services. As of early 2009, more than 40 million different people used Skype ... (view more)

Wed
23
Feb
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Libya Institutes Internet Curfew

Libya has followed Egypt's lead in restricting Internet access. But the operators of a service that helps foreign companies take advantage of the country's domain code says it will be unaffected. As with Egypt, the Internet crackdown is associated ... with anti-government protests. And as with Egypt, the measures mean all traffic into and out of the country appears to have been completely blocked. Internet Blocking: a Form of Curfew However, there is one key difference: the Egyptian incident involved net access going down and then not returning for several days, apparently after officials decided ... (view more)

Fri
18
Feb
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Denial Of Service Attack (DoS)

A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may ... vary, it generally consists of the concerted efforts of a person or people to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely. Perpetrators of DoS attacks typically target sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers such as banks, credit card payment gateways, and even root name ... (view more)

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