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Rdio Launches Free On-Demand Music Streaming Without Ads

Rdio Launches Free On-Demand Music Streaming Without Ads

Digital music service Rdio introduced free, on-demand streaming music and no registration, no credit, no download and best of all no ads. For non-subscribers, Rdio now places a green bar at the top of the screen that indicates how much free music you have available for the rest of the month and as you listen to tracks, the bar decreases. Access to this music is provided online and via Rdio’s native apps for Mac and Windows PCs, but not on mobile and no credit card information is required to sign up for the free plan. And also songs can also be shared to Facebook via the new integration with Facebook’s Open Graph platform, where they are posted to your News Feed, Ticker or Timeline…………………

By On October 6, 2011 Respond
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Garmin Forerunner 910XT Sport Watch

Garmin Forerunner 910XT Sport Watch

Garmin has unveiled a new watch that is dubbed the ultimate multisport training experience, which is the Garmin Forerunner 910XT and the watch is a GPS enabled and can detail swim metrics and tracks distance as well. The watch is low profile so you can get a wetsuit on and off easily while wearing it and the watch can also be fitted with a mount for bike handlebars and has a battery inside good for 20 hours of use. Garmin also includes support for wireless ANT+ sensors and the orerunner 910XT will be released sometime this quarter at $399.99……………..

By On October 6, 2011 2 Responses
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TV Providers Coming To Xbox 360

TV Providers Coming To Xbox 360

Microsoft announced that a slew of TV and entertainment content providers — including Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy will be rolling out entertainment services to the Xbox starting this holiday season in the more than 20 coutnries and they’ll be providing content through Xbox Live, the online entertainment service for Xbox 360. The providers are: BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and LOVEFiLM in the U.K.; Antena 3, RTVE and Telefonica in Spain; Televisa in Mexico; and Bravo, Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand service, Crackle, EPIX, Syfy, TMZ, The Today Show, UFC, Verizon FiOS and HBO GO in the United States, the new TV and video providers announced today join Xbox’s existing lineup of TV and video entertainment partners already on Xbox 360: AT&T, Netflix and Hulu+ in the U.S., TELUS in Canada, BSkyB in the U.K., Canal+ in France, Vodafone Portugal, VimpelCom in Russia and FOXTEL in Australia.This is exciting news because now your 360 is like a cable box as well, so if you already have service with one of the providers that is teaming up with them then you can enjoy tons of television right from your dashboard…………….

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Rhapsody Plans To Acquire Napster

Rhapsody Plans To Acquire Napster

Rhapsody has just announced that it plans to acquire Napster and the deal is expected to be complete as soon as the end of November. Rhapsody president Jon Irwin said that the deal will further extend Rhapsody’s lead over our competitors in the growing on-demand music market and this is a go big or go home business, so the focus is on sustainably growing the company. Rhapsody said it would release its total subscription numbers when it completes the Napster absorption and the original Napster peer-to-peer service, founded in 1999, began a decade of rampant file sharing that left the industry badly damaged…………………..

By On October 4, 2011 Respond
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LightSquared Collaboration With Sharp

LightSquared Collaboration With Sharp

LightSquared teams up with Sharp to begin production of LTE phones and tablets and these smartphones and tablets won’t be sold by the Falcone-backed company and will instead make their way to its carrier partners, like Sprint, C Spire and Best Buy. LightSquared will be showing off some of its devices at CTIA Enterprise and Applications conference on October 11-13 in San Diego and LightSquared inked a few major deals during the summer, starting in July when it announced a 15-year wholesale 4G LTE deal with Sprint……………….

By On October 4, 2011 Respond
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Now Upgrade Your Older Panasonic TVs With Viera Connect For Free

Now Upgrade Your Older Panasonic TVs With Viera Connect For Free

Do you have a old Panasonic TV and you stuck with obsolete functions? No worries, because Panasonic decide to bucking the trend by upgrading its 2010 panels. By this Panasonic will put the latest Viera Connect smart-TV platform on your older TV but to have this you have to own a model supporting Viera Cast, which is the predecessor of Viera Connect.

By On October 4, 2011 4 Responses
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T-Mobile And Walmart Offer No-Annual Contract 4G

T-Mobile And Walmart Offer No-Annual Contract 4G

T-Mobile and Walmart have teamed up to provide quite the deal on unlimited 4G data and now for only $30 per month, customers can sign up for no-contract coverage with unlimited web and text. Ignoring the fact that we are really dealing with HSPA+ (more akin to 3.5G), what you get is one of the best deals on data you will find. After you pass that limit, your data shuffles down at 2G speeds and you also get unlimited text messages and 100 included minutes of talk. The service will be available from October 16th to coincide with Walmart swelling its range of budget and T-Mobile handsets to six, including its first pre-paid 4G handset………………….

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Verizon Sues Net Neutrality Rules Of FCC

Verizon Sues Net Neutrality Rules Of FCC

Verizon Communications is taking another stab at overturning the Federal Communication Commission’s Net Neutrality rules and filed an appeal in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit. The FCC’s net neutrality rules, approved by the commission in December, are illegal because they would modify Verizon’s existing spectrum licenses without the company’s approval and Verizon’s lawsuit attacks the FCC from a different perspective with the carrier wanting the rules invalidated. Verizon’s lawsuit was widely expected and Verizon tried in March to sue to block the FCC rules, but the same appeals court said it couldn’t because the agency hadn’t published the rules in the Federal Register…………………

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Apple Working On International iTunes Match

Apple Working On International iTunes Match

Apple is far along in negotiations to obtain international cloud-music licenses from record companies and publishers and may secure a deal in time to announce it at the company’s iPhone event on Oct. 4. CNet’s Greg Sandoval reports that Apple is looking to obtain similar licenses to the ones it obtained for iCloud, the company’s upcoming cloud services initiative and Apple is said to be close to reaching deals. iCloud and iTunes Match will give customers the ability to download songs multiple times from any authorized device and stream an digital library on the go and iCloud will be free with limited storage, iTunes Match will cost $24.99/year and offer a customer’s music library for cloud streaming…………………

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Amazon Buying WebOS

Amazon Buying WebOS

Amazon is close to finish a deal to purchase webOS from HP and Amazon would be a good match for webOS. It would be very simple to dismiss these rumors as pure flights of fancy, since Amazon only just announced their first Android-based tablet product, the Kindle Fire this week and it seems mutually exclusive to have both WebOS and Android development in Amazon’s stable. Both WebOS and Android are based on the Linux kernel and various other open source libraries and the older generations of WebOS also incorporated Java-based technologies………………

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NFC Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol Enables Two-Way Communication

NFC Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol Enables Two-Way Communication

The NFC Forum has released its latest specification for the short-range wireless standard, v.16, throwing device to device data transfer into the mixture and the Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol (SNEP) will allow users of NFC-equipped devices to swap content such as business card information, simply by holding their phones together. This could be used to exchange contact information between phones or collect links to trailers from movie posters which could be played back on your TV at home and it’s potentially exciting stuff, so long as manufacturers actually make use of it………………

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Nokia To Cut Thousands Of Jobs

Nokia To Cut Thousands Of Jobs

Nokia’s struggles to compete with Apple’s iPhone and the Google Android platform continue to take their toll on the beleaguered Finnish handset maker, which announced on Wednesday that it is laying off 3,500 employees and all employees of Nokia factory in Jucu, about 2,200 people were called on Thursday for a work session with the participation and leadership of Nokia Europe. Nokia’s plan this layoff is to focus its manufacturing operations in Asia where it has the most demand and the company also says it’ll review its production operations at Salo in Finland, Komarom in Hungary and Reynosa in Mexico……………..

By On September 30, 2011 3 Responses
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Apple Release Fix For Flickering Thunderbolt Display

Apple Release Fix For Flickering Thunderbolt Display

Apple has posted a potential fix for those experience flickering Thunderbolt displays and the fix hasn’t been publicly announced but has been provided to users seeking help on the issue at Apple’s Discussion Forums. According to the company’s notes included with the update, the 24-inch LED Cinema Display Firmware Update will only install when connected to a Mac with the Thunderbolt interconnect and Apple also warns that using a Mini DisplayPort extender cable may not resolve the issue. Users are advised to disconnect non-essential USB and FireWire devices before applying the 926KB update and the firmware requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later……………

By On September 29, 2011 1 Response
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New iPhone 4 And iPod Touch Added In Apple’s Inventory System

New iPhone 4 And iPod Touch Added In Apple’s Inventory System

Apple has reportedly added SKUs to its inventory system for two new iPhone models, as well as SKUs for three new iPod touches and the new iPhone SKUs may simply reference new iPhone 4 models. The two iPhone SKUs have attached to them a codename of N90A, since it includes major internal hardware upgrades that will likely constitute a new codename and it is currently being speculated that N90A would therefore be some variation of the iPhone 4. The three models hint at the same storage capacity current generation iPod Touch devices, The three models hint at the same storage capacity current generation iPod Touch devices and the iPod Nano would also be updated at the media event on the fourth of October……………………

By On September 29, 2011 Respond
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Apple To Discontinue iPod Classic And Shuffle

Apple To Discontinue iPod Classic And Shuffle

Apple may discontinue production of the iPod shuffle and the iPod classic with the iPhone 5 on the horizon, the sun may soon set on two of Apple’s long-time staples, the iPod shuffle and iPod classic. The classic is a holdover from 10 years of iPod existence, bearing many similarities to the original iPod and the shuffle is basically the same form factor as the nano, minus a screen. The classic uses a platter-based hard drive, while Apple is largely transitioning to flash-based memory solutions and the rumor stemmed from early speculation by CNET, which reported that only 8% of Apple’s fourth quarter earnings in 2010 came from iPod sales………………….

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