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Microsoft Finally Welcomes Skype

Microsoft Finally Welcomes Skype

Microsoft has officially announced the world’s number one VOIP service will become a new business division within the company, welcoming the real-time communications company and its employees all over the world. The announcement follows an $8.5 billion acquisition in May, which both companies approved and Skype services will be integrated into a number of Microsoft products, increasing the feature-set of the Redmond-based company’s offerings and boosting uptake of the Skype service. The Skype division will continue to offer its current products to millions of users globally and Skype also has an important partnership with Facebook that could help each company compete better with rival online services such as Google+ hangouts, Yahoo Messenger and Gmail Chat………………………….

By On October 14, 2011 Respond
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Microsoft And Quanta Computer Sign Patent Agreement

Microsoft And Quanta Computer Sign Patent Agreement

Microsoft has signed a patent deal with Quanta Computer, the latest in an ongoing effort to convince hardware makers that they need to license technology from the software giant if they intend to use Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems for their devices and the companies didn’t disclose terms of the deal, except to say that Microsoft will receive royalties from Quanta under the agreement. The Quanta name may not ring many bells, but they’re the one of the largest contract PC manufacturers in the world and if Microsoft’s deal allowed them to collect royalties on any Android or Chrome-powered product sold under the Quanta name. The licensing deals Microsoft has inked in the past don’t shine any light on the royalty structure and Google historically hasn’t been a fan of Microsoft’s practices………………

By On October 14, 2011 Respond
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Motorola Teamed Up With Verizon For Z-Wave Monitoring Service

Motorola Teamed Up With Verizon For Z-Wave Monitoring Service

Motorola and Verizon team up for Z-Wave monitoring service, which let you control your home as you roam and Verizon’s new Home Monitoring and Control service lets internet subscribers add Motorola’s Z-Wave-based 4Home automation system to their existing package, enabling access to networked cameras, light controls, smart thermostats and door locks. With the $10 monthly service, you can monitor a collection of wireless cameras, unlock doors for family members or guests or adjust the thermostat using a web-connected tablet or smartphone and the basic Home Monitoring Kit will run you $70…………….

By On October 13, 2011 Respond
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China Government Blocked Android Market And Gmail App

China Government Blocked Android Market And Gmail App

China government again blocked Google app & also Android market. Its sounds like they are not so friendly with Google. Google always tried to maintain a strained relationship with China. Few months ago Google was blocked in China. Now again in several major regions in the country Google’s mobile OS Android’s apps market being completely blocked. Android users now in China are experiencing restrictions in accessing Google’s Android Market. They have only have the chance to use China’s local app stores.

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ITT To Show Aerospace And Defense Technologies

ITT To Show Aerospace And Defense Technologies

ITT unveils GhostRider encryption device capable of securing US Army smartphones and this revamped handset would allow military personnel to transmit secure text messages and phone calls over the Army’s network, even if they’re out on the battlefield.. US Army smartphones have been certified by the cryptographers at the NSA, which would certainly help justify its $1,500 price tag and the handset’s display looks awfully similar to the Army’s Nett Warrior platform, an Android-based OS that features a host of mapping functions designed explicitly for war zones. ITT to unveil the new ITT Exelis brand in anticipation of the pending spinoff of its defense business from ITT Corporation…………….

By On October 12, 2011 Respond
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Siri May Be Coming Into Apple TV

Siri May Be Coming Into Apple TV

Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross thinks that Apple could put Siri into the Apple TV or an Apple branded television and in related news, references to a new Apple TV have been found in iOS 5. Siri, an intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant which debuted with the iPhone 4S and if Apple were to bring the Siri functionality into their set top-box, they would need to issue a hardware refresh because the current-generation Apple TV powered by the A4 processor lacks oomph to run Siri……………………

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Alibaba Group Wants To Buy Back Yahoo

Alibaba Group Wants To Buy Back Yahoo

Alibaba Group held talks with Singapore’s Temasek Holdings about providing financing so that it can buy out Yahoo and Temasek might help finance an offer in return for a bigger share in privately owned Alibaba. Temasek is uninterested in owning Yahoo and Yahoo’s 40 per cent stake in Alibaba may be worth about US$13 billion (S$17 billion).The Alibaba-Temasek arrangement would likely be part of a possible takeover bid for Yahoo! with private-equity firm Silver Lake and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies………………..

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Motorola And Verizon Sending Out Invites For Droid RAZR Launch Event On Oct. 18

Motorola And Verizon Sending Out Invites For Droid RAZR Launch Event On Oct. 18

Motorola is sending out invites to a media event to be held in New York City on October 18th. The words “Faster. Thinner. Smarter. Stronger” are also emblazoned on the invite. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET and we are also hearing multiple devices could make an appearance, including an update to Motorola’s XOOM tablet.

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RIM Brings BlackBerry Tag App For NFC Social Sharing Service

RIM Brings BlackBerry Tag App For NFC Social Sharing Service

At a keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie unveiled BlackBerry Tag, a new social sharing service for BlackBerry users connect and share content and information. This new feature is expected an update for the Blackberry 7 operating system. The idea behind Blackberry Tag is iOS and Android users who use the “Bump” application for sharing anything. For those unfamiliar with Bump, it’s an app on iOS and Android that lets users share files between each other simply by “bumping” devices together, but while Bump uses a Bluetooth connection, Blackberry Tag will rely on the NFC technology that has been built into the latest Blackberry phones.

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Netflix Kills Qwikster DVD-By-Mail Rentals

Netflix Kills Qwikster DVD-By-Mail Rentals

Netflix reversed an unpopular decision to put its DVD video rental business on a separate website and rename it Qwikster, saying both DVD and online streaming services will stay on the same website and U.S. customers will continue to go to Netflix.com for streaming and DVD-by-mail rentals. Netflix posted the announcement of change in its plans on the corporate blog and also sent e-mails to its subscribers……………

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RIM Buys NewBay

RIM Buys NewBay

Research In Motion has agreed to acquire NewBay Software for about $100 million and the company confirmed that they have a cut a deal for NewBay, but declined to talk about the price, which the story attributes to sources close to the company. It’s clear that RIM has a decent vision and setup for certain aspects of the smartphone war and it’s apparent that RIM’s move to purchase NewBay has to do with creating a cloud-based BlackBerry content service to rival that of Apple’s iCloud and Amazon’s Cloud Drive……………..

By On October 9, 2011 Respond
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AMC Shows Coming To Netflix

AMC Shows Coming To Netflix

Netflix has expanded its partnership with AMC Networks to bring many more shows to its streaming service and they have inked a multiyear agreement that delivers AMC hit The Walking Dead to Netflix. Additional seasons of The Walking Dead and other shows on AMC and the Sundance Channel also will be fed to Netflix under the multiyear licensing agreement and Netflix Inc. is trying to expand its Internet video selections to counter criticism that its streaming library doesn’t contain enough compelling content……………….

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CinemaNow New Deal With  Intel, Offering 1080p HD Movies For Rental And Purchase

CinemaNow New Deal With Intel, Offering 1080p HD Movies For Rental And Purchase

CinemaNow, Best Buy’s digital entertainment service going to a new deal with Intel Corporation to get a bit larger and a good deal sharper movie library of premium high-definition content on their PCs. For the first time, CinemaNow will offer 1080p HD movies for rental and purchase on PCs packing a 2nd generation Intel Core CPU. CinemaNow has now added several hundred new releases and popular catalog titles in HD from 20th Century Fox1 and Warner Bros, in addition to the 15,000 movies and TV episodes boasts in its regular catalog. Checkout more details bellow in the press release bellow.

By On October 9, 2011 Respond
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Apple To Release AirPort Utility For iOS Devices

Apple To Release AirPort Utility For iOS Devices

When users attempt to do this in iOS 5 GM, a pop-up notification notes that an application (called “AirPort Utility”) is required and directs users to an iTunes link that is not yet live. Apple has noted that one of its aims in developing iOS 5 is to make iOS devices PC free and this feature obviously meant that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners running iOS 5 could set up an AirPort station without needing to use a computer. A MacTalk forum member noticed that in the W-Fi settings of the latest beta there is a button to Manage this network that prompts you to download the app and earlier betas of iOS 5 let users set up their new AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule directly within the mobile operating system………………..

By On October 9, 2011 Respond
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Sony Pictures Could Make A Movie About Steve Jobs

Sony Pictures Could Make A Movie About Steve Jobs

The movie rights to the Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson look set to be bought by Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures is believed to be in final talks to acquire the movie rights to the forthcoming and eagerly awaited Steve Jobs biography. Hollywood blog Deadline, the deal could be worth several million dollars and Sony had a big hit last year with another biopic, the Oscar-winning The Social Network, based on Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg………………..

By On October 8, 2011 Respond
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