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Free Xbox Music Streaming Feature is Being Discontinued

Category: Internet
Posted: October 23, 2014 01:23PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has revealed that on December 1, 2014, it will be discontinuing the free Xbox Music streaming feature that is currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet. According to Microsoft, the company is focusing its efforts on making Xbox Music the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience customers, and as a result, free music streaming over Xbox Music is being retired. Users of Xbox Music who want to continue using the service will have to purchase an Xbox Music Pass, which provides access to millions of songs on a PC, phone, tablet, Xbox, and the web.

Source: Xbox Music



Apple Launches Maps Connect

Category: Internet
Posted: October 22, 2014 09:39AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Apple has launched Maps Connect, a web tool that allows small businesses to manage their listings on Apple Maps. The new tool allows business owners to edit establishment details or insert additional information into their listing, such as an email address, phone number, and website. Businesses who meet certain qualifications, including but not limited to having over 1 million visitors per year and WiFi access, can even sign up for iBeacon, an indoor proximity system from Apple. Any updates that business owners make with Maps Connect will take roughly a week to show up on Apple Maps.

While Maps Connect is currently only available for business owners within the United States, Apple is promising that it will support more countries in the future.

Source: Engadget


Google Now Supports Security Key

Category: Internet
Posted: October 22, 2014 06:07AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has revealed that users of Gmail, Chrome, or any other Google account can now utilize Security Key for two-factor authentication if they are running Google Chrome version 38 or newer. The technology allows a USB key to be used to log into Google sites that have been verified as authentic, as long as the key makes use of the FIDO Universal 2nd Factor, or U2F, protocol. It provides better protection against phishing and also requires no mobile connection or batteries. Google account holders who choose to use Security Key simply plug it into their computer, and when prompted while attempting to login, press the button on the USB key itself for authentication. 

While using Security Key is free of charge, users must purchase a USB key from a third-party vendor that supports the U2F protocol in order to utilize it.

Source: Google and TechSpot


Spotify Announces Family Plan

Category: Internet
Posted: October 20, 2014 07:47AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Spotify has announced that it will soon offer its members a family plan subscription. Dubbed Spotify Family, the new plan is one of the most asked for features from the Spotify audience according to the Chief Content Officer for the company, Ken Parks. Spotify Family will offer household members with independent Spotify Premium accounts that feature separate listening histories, playlists, and recommendations. According to Spotify, the new subscription option will offer a 50 percent savings for each additional member, meaning that new members under the plan will only cost $5 each. The plan does feature a five person maximum, though that should not be an issue for most families access the music streaming service under Spotify Family.

Spotify Family is set to roll out globally in the coming weeks.

Source: Press Release


Rdio Converts Its Music Library to AAC

Category: Internet
Posted: October 17, 2014 12:09PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Rdio, an online music service that is currently available in 60 countries across the world, has converted its entire music library to AAC. The file format is generally more data efficient and offers better sound quality than a MP3 digital music file, and is available immediately through the audio quality settings menu within Rdio. In addition, the online music service now offers 320kbps streaming across web, Android, and iOS applications. Rdio previously defaulted to 96kbps MP3 streaming, but users can now choose streaming bitrates of 64kbps, 96kbps, and 320kbps, though Rdio Unlimited subscribers are the only ones who can access the 320kbps streaming bitrate.

This news comes roughly six months after Rdio announced a joint venture with Bob Weir that was aimed at improving audio quality while sparking discussions about the unfairness of streaming audio quality.

Source: CNET



Sprint Confirms WiMax Network Shut Down in November 2015

Category: Internet
Posted: October 9, 2014 05:20AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sprint has confirmed that it will shut down its WiMax network on November 6, 2015. The wireless giant first introduced its WiMax network in 2008 in an effort to provide a mobile data network that would be faster than the 3G networks offered by itself and other national carriers. Although the network for WiMax was built and operated by Clearwire, which Sprint acquired in 2013 thanks to the Softbank takeover, LTE soon surpassed the Sprint data network and became the standard technology for 4G. Sprint has recognized this for some time, as both it and Clearwire revealed in 2010 that it would conform to the LTE standard, thereby leaving WiMax behind. Today, Sprint focuses all of its energy on its Spark network, an enhanced 4G LTE service that is currently available in 29 cities.

Source: PCWorld



Pre-Ordering Now Supported by Google Play Movies

Category: Internet
Posted: October 8, 2014 05:04PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google Play Movies has been updated to version 3.3, which incorporates the usual bug fixes but also introduces support for pre-ordering. Google Play users can now find select films through the desktop website or the mobile platform that are available for pre-order and select whether to purchase the films in standard or high definition. Films that are pre-ordered through Google Play Movies will be added to the user's library and will be available to stream on the day that they are released. The following movies are the only titles currently available for pre-order through Google Play Movies: 22 Jump Street, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Into the Storm, Jersey Boys, Lucy, Maleficent, Planes: Fire and Rescue, Sex Tape, Tammy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Equalizer, and The Maze Runner.

Source: TechHive



Bing Adds Song Lyrics to Search Results

Category: Internet
Posted: October 6, 2014 11:55AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Bing has just announced that it has added the ability to view song lyrics directly within search results. When a user searches for lyrics to their favorite song, Bing will now show full lyrics on the mainline search results page, eliminating the need to sift through website links and third-party sites. According to Bing, the search engine will also provide users with artist, album, and other song related information alongside the main search results in a summarized, snapshot form.

Bing currently supports over half a million songs, but revealed that it will support more songs in the coming weeks.



Drive for Education Launched by Google

Category: Internet
Posted: September 30, 2014 10:15AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has officially launched Drive for Education, which is available to students who make use of Google Apps for Education. The new offering provides students with unlimited storage along with the ability to store files up to 5TB in size, which is more than virtually any user will need. In comparison, unlimited storage is also offered to Drive for Work users, the premium offering of Google Drive that costs business users $10 per month. Before this announcement, users of Google Apps for Education could only access 30GB of storage for free.

Google Drive for Education is available for all non-profit educational institutions at no charge and will be available to all Google Apps for Education users over the coming weeks.

Source: Google for Education



Spotify Launches in Canada

Category: Internet
Posted: September 30, 2014 07:15AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Canadian residents can now officially access Spotify, the extremely popular music subscription service that currently boasts a catalog of 20 million songs and 40 million active users. Music fans located in Canada can listen to music online, on the desktop application, and on a mobile device for free, though advertisements appear in between songs. For those who wish to use Spotify without the advertisements, a $10 CAD monthly subscription exists that removes the product and service commercials and also adds offline playback capability.

With the addition of Canada, Spotify now covers a total of 58 countries around the world.

Source: CNET



Yahoo Plans to Shut Down Various Offerings

Category: Internet
Posted: September 26, 2014 04:03PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Yahoo, a company that is currently focused on making the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining, has announced that it is shutting down three of its offerings. One of the offerings that is being shut down is Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users with education providers and content. Another offering that Yahoo is shutting down is Qwiki, which automatically creates short movies based on photographs that users take. While the service and application are shutting down, the Qwiki team will remain integrated within Yahoo and will focus all of its efforts on other digital media experiences for Yahoo users. Yahoo Directory, the offering that Yahoo was launched upon nearly 20 years ago, is also being shut down. Yahoo’s business has changed substantially from the time Yahoo Directory was initially brought to early adopters of the Internet, and the shutdown of the offering boldly displays this.

Source: Press Release


Sony Launches the Video Unlimited Web Player

Category: Internet
Posted: September 20, 2014 04:56AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sony has recently revealed that users of the Sony Entertainment Network online store can now watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters and hit TV episodes from the newly launched Video Unlimited web player. The new web player eliminates the need to download content through a separate application, and boasts support for Windows and Mac machines. Easy to use playback controls have been integrated into the Video Unlimited web player, and full screen mode is supported as well. Owned and previously rented content is also available for immediate viewing. In order to access the Video Unlimited web player, users simply need to navigate to the Sony Entertainment Network online store, rent or purchase an available video, and then select the “Watch Now” button.

The new web player is currently available to all Video Unlimited countries, which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.



Apple Implements Two-Factor Authentication For iCloud

Category: Internet
Posted: September 16, 2014 03:56PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Apple has added an extra layer of security to the iCloud backup system in the form of two-factor authentication. Users of the service were previously susceptible to having their accounts accessed by unauthorized users that had gained the users passwords. Hackers had previously been able to use social engineering tactics or software such as the Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker to gain access to the accounts and would then have access to SMS records, e-mails, photos, and other personal data. Two-factor authentication still needs to be turned on by users to get the extra protection, and all users should do so as soon as possible.

Source: Ars Technica



Facebook to Display More Relevant Advertisements

Category: Internet
Posted: September 12, 2014 12:37PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Advertisements are plentiful on virtually all social networking platforms, Facebook included. The social network giant is looking to make them more relevant however, catering to the individuals interests of its users. Facebook has revealed that it is updating its News Feed, which now prompts users to disclose why they chose to hide an advertisement. Max Eulenstein, the product manager at Facebook, noted that the company has realized that the reason someone chooses to hide an advertisement is just as important as the action of hiding the advertisement. According to Facebook, the answers of those who typically do not hide advertisements will be weighted more heavily than those who tend to frequently hide advertisements within the News Feed.

Source: CNET



Microsoft Increases OneDrive File Size Limit

Category: Internet
Posted: September 11, 2014 01:36PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has revealed that it has increased the maximum size for individual files uploaded to the company’s cloud storage service, OneDrive. OneDrive users can now upload files up to 10GB in size, which is quite an improvement over the previous 2GB limit that Microsoft imposed. OneDrive group program manager, Jason Moore, noted that “We recognized that people not only have more files than they did before, but they have bigger files as well.” By allowing OneDrive users to upload larger files than ever, the service is better equipped to compete against services like Dropbox and Google Drive, which both feature substantially large individual file size limits.

The increased file size limit only applies to OneDrive and not OneDrive for Business at this time, though the latter is expected to receive the update over the coming months.

Source: OneDrive Blog


Google Announces Free Voice Calls from Hangouts

Category: Internet
Posted: September 10, 2014 09:26AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Hangouts has long been able to facilitate voice calls and video chats between its own users, the ability to call to landlines and mobile phones within the United States and Canada for free has been primarily utilized by Gmail users. Google is changing that today, as it has announced that the latest version of Hangouts, version 2.3, now supports free voice calls within the United States and Canada on Android, iOS, and the web. International calls still cost money just as before, but Google boasts that its rates are incredibly low, generally beating leading Internet telephony providers.

Free voice calls via Hangouts will be available for Android users over the next few days as the new version of the communication service rolls out, while iOS and web users can access the newly announced capability immediately.

Source: Google Blog


Braintree Announces Bitcoin Integration

Category: Internet
Posted: September 8, 2014 02:39PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Braintree, an online and mobile payments platform currently owned by PayPal and the go-to developer platform for the company, has announced that it is undergoing Bitcoin integration The integration of the crypto-currency will take place with the help of Coinbase, an international digital wallet that has assisted companies such as Dell, DISH, Overstock.com, and Reddit in bringing Bitcoin services to customers. The availability of Bitcoin-based payments is expected to launch in the coming months, and developers that utilize the Braintree software development kit will even be able to add Bitcoin payment options to their own services and websites.

With Braintree supporting large partners such as Airbnb, Dropbox, and Uber, Bitcoin is gaining even more traction than ever with its integration into the PayPal online and mobile payments platform.

Source: TechCrunch


GOG.com Introduces a Fresh New Look, New Features, and DRM-Free Movies

Category: Internet
Posted: August 28, 2014 08:37AM
Author: ClayMeow


Founded in 2008 by CD Projekt RED to provide DRM-free "Good Old Games" to the PC, the site has since expanded into selling brand new titles alongside the classics. Yesterday, GOG.com introduced a brand new, sleeker look to its website along with a slew of new features. The most surprising new feature is GOG.com's first foray into non-gaming avenues with DRM-free movies. Most movies will be available at 1080p, with some at 720p, but also have 576p versions for those with limited bandwidth. Users can either download their movies or stream them directly from GOG.com, and as with the site's games, expect bonus goodies for each movie.

As of now, GOG.com's movie section is simply "starting with 20 documentaries about Internet and gaming culture," but the site's already in discussions with "most of the big players in the movie industry" to bring classic movies and television series. All the movies right now except one are priced at $5.99, and that's the main price point GOG.com is aiming at for most future releases as well. If you'd like to test the movie distribution features, two movies are currently being made available for free: The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard.

For those that only care about games, do not fret; that's still the main focus of GOG.com and the other new features may appeal to you more. Four new currencies are now supported alongside US Dollars: Euro, Pounds Sterling, Australian Dollars, and Russian Roubles. Three new payment methods have also been added: Sofort, Giropay, Webmoney, and Yandex. Users in countries with those new currencies aren't forced to pay via them though, as they can always switch to USD if that's their preference. GOG.com tries to price games differently per region because it knows that "$1 does not equal 1€," but where it can't for whatever reason, it'll eat the difference via the Fair Price Package: "If you end up paying more for a game than its standard US Dollar price, we'll refund you the difference out of our own pocket. The refunded value will be added to your account in Store Credit in the currency of your purchase." Yes, that leads us to the next new feature: Store Credit.

Lastly, GOG.com is removing 35 games from the site, but before it does, it's offering them all for up to 80% off until Tuesday, September 2, at 3:59AM GMT. As always, any game you buy will remain in your collection forever even after it's removed from the catalog.

Source: GOG.com [1] and [2] and [3]



Dropbox Consolidates Pro Plans

Category: Internet
Posted: August 27, 2014 06:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Dropbox has revealed that it has consolidated its three Pro account options, which previously included 100GB, 200GB, and 500GB of storage, priced at $9.99, $19.99, and $49.99 per month, respectively. The new Pro plan offers quite a bit of value compared to the old storage options, as it includes 1TB of storage for just $9.99 per month. Dropbox Pro also includes various features that will surely appeal to potential subscribers, such as password protection for links and documents, time expiration options for links, and view-only permissions. Dropbox is aiming its latest Pro plan at customers who need more storage than its Basic plan, which starts at 2GB, but do not need as much storage or as many tools that Dropbox for Business offers.

Source: Dropbox Blog



Amazon Acquires Twitch for Nearly $1 Billion, Snatching it From Google's Grasp

Category: Internet
Posted: August 25, 2014 03:49PM
Author: ClayMeow


Nine...Hundred...Seventy...Million...Dollars. That's how much Amazon just agreed to pay to acquire videogame-streaming service Twitch. Back in May, several sources reported that Google's YouTube division would be acquiring Twitch for over $1 billion, with Venture Beat reporting in July that the deal was actually inked. So why did Twitch go for the seemingly lower bid? Twitch CEO Emmett Shear had the following to say:

We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

According to Amazon, "the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014," which is an odd thing to say since we're already in the second half of 2014. I guess that means it's expected to close before the year ends. It'll be interesting to see how the deal affects the service, but most fans of Twitch seem pretty happy the service wasn't acquired by Google. With Google already owning the #1 platform for Internet video in YouTube, it's probably safer for us all that it didn't also acquire the fastest growing in Twitch.

Source: Amazon and Twitch



YouTube May Offer a Music Subscription Service

Category: Internet
Posted: August 19, 2014 06:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Rumors are yet again circulating surrounding Google implementing a solid subscription model into YouTube. The new service, which is slated to be known as YouTube Music Key, will offer ad-free music, audio-only playback, and offline playback for $9.99 per month, which includes a 30-day free trial for new customers. A subscription to YouTube Music Key will likely incorporate Google’s current music subscription service, Google Play Music All Access, though the service is expected to be rebranded to Google Play Music Key. By combining both services together, Google could present quite a value for potential customers who are looking for yet another option within the music subscription category.

It is not currently known when YouTube Music Key will come to fruition, but it’s likely to occur in the near future as Google already has control of the domain for the rumored service.



Bing Makes Searches Conversational

Category: Internet
Posted: August 14, 2014 08:51AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Bing has just implemented a new feature in which users can now interact with their searches in a whole new way, allowing them to participate in conversations with the Microsoft search engine. The feature retains the context of previous searches, and by doing so, is able to understand searches that relate to the original topic. For example, if a Bing user searches information about who the current President of the United States is, Bing will provide Barack Obama as the answer. If a user continues to ask follow-on questions, such as who he is married to or how tall he is, Bing will recognize that President Obama is the subject based on the prior search and will continue providing relevant information on him.

Source: Bing Blog



Newegg Expands to Six New Markets

Category: Internet
Posted: August 13, 2014 09:38AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Newegg has announced that it has officially expanded to six new markets, which include India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and Singapore. Although these countries do feature physical stores that electronics and personal computer components can be purchased from, Newegg is looking to gain customers within these regions by offering low prices and quality support. Shipping does pose an issue for the company, as it is currently shipping products purchased from the six new markets from the United States. However, Newegg did note that it will set up a physical presence within these new markets if local demand is strong enough, which should limit the cost of shipping that customers within these countries currently face.

Source: CNET



Twitter Implements Video Advertisements

Category: Internet
Posted: August 13, 2014 07:18AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Twitter has just announced, after months of feedback from users and brands, that video advertisements have been implemented into timelines of its users. The video advertisements, which are currently implemented in a beta form and are featured as Promoted Video, are similar to those featured on Facebook. The largest difference is that Twitter video advertisements do not play automatically, as they require user interaction. This is not only a plus for users who do not want to be bombarded with advertisements upon logging into the social networking service, but also for advertisers, as they only get charged when a user starts playing the advertisement. According to David Regan, the Senior Product Manager of TV and Video at Twitter, "The overall goal is to bring more video into our users’ timelines to create a richer and more engaging Twitter."

Source: Twitter Blog



AT&T Delivers 1Gbps Broadband to Austin Residents

Category: Internet
Posted: August 11, 2014 12:16PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In April of 2013, AT&T announced that it would deliver 1Gbps Internet to Austin, Texas residents through its U-verse GigaPower service. While the service launched in December of 2013 as a network comprised of 100 percent fiber, it failed to deliver the 1Gbps speed that was initially advertised, instead providing subscribers with 300Mbps Internet service. Failing to deliver its advertised speeds, AT&T promised customers that sometime in 2014 1Gbps speeds would be successfully delivered. That day has finally come, as AT&T has revealed that it is now offering 1Gbps U-verse GigaPower service to residents that live in Austin. Moreover, those currently subscribed to AT&T’s U-verse GigaPower service that receive 300Mbps speeds will see their connection increase to 1Gbps at no additional charge.

For residential customers within GigaPower areas, 1Gbps Internet through AT&T U-verse starts at $70 a month and requires a one-year term.

Source: CNET


Yahoo Plans to Add Encryption to E-mail by 2015

Category: Internet
Posted: August 8, 2014 11:25AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Yahoo CISO Alex Stamos announced at the Black Hat USA 2014 security conference that the company is working on end-to-end encryption for its e-mail client, and it should be available by 2015. The project will use the Google PGP Plugin and will enable encrypted e-mails to be exchanged through the two popular services. The talk, Building Safe Systems at Scale - Lessons from Six Months at Yahoo, was very well received by conference attendees and signifies a shift towards increased security and privacy for users in the "post-Snowden era" of computing.

Source: ZDNet



Gmail Simplifies Unsubscribing from Emails

Category: Internet
Posted: August 7, 2014 04:54PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While some emails do contain links for recipients to unsubscribe from future communications, they are sometimes littered throughout text and can be difficult to find. Google has decided to remedy any frustration and confusion involved with finding text that provides the option to unsubscribe by added a simple link by the senders email address. Gmail users will now notice this new link, which can be found within Promotions, Social, and Forums messages, which allows for one-click access to unsubscribe from future communications. Google notes that by adding this link, mail is not only less likely to be flagged as spam but the task of unsubscribing is easier than ever.

Source: Google+



Amazon Expands Same-Day Delivery to Six More Cities

Category: Internet
Posted: August 6, 2014 02:34PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an effort to improve the lives of its customers, Amazon has expanded its Same-Day Delivery service to six additional cities within the United States. The latest cities that can now receive items within the same day of ordering include Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC metro areas. Customers within these newly announced regions, as well as Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle metro areas, can browse Amazon with an applied “Get It Today” filter that reveals items that qualify for Same-Day Delivery. Amazon Prime members pay just $5.99 for all the Same-Day Delivery items they can order, with the online retailer touting more than a million items that qualify for the expedited delivery service.

Amazon Same-Day Delivery is available on orders that are placed as late as noon, seven days a week.

Source: Press Release


Comcast Reworks its Internet Essentials Program

Category: Internet
Posted: August 5, 2014 01:42PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Comcast has been offering its Internet Essentials program, which provides 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speeds to low-income families, for just under two years. While it has successfully connected 350,000 eligible families since its launch, Comcast is looking to bring more of the 2.6 million people that are eligible nationwide onboard. Today the company announced that it is reworking Internet Essentials by  making it even more enticing for those who have not signed up for the program. Comcast is providing new subscribers that sign up between today and September 20, 2014, with six months of complimentary service. The company is also providing families with an amnesty program, in which outstanding bills owed to Comcast that are more than one year old are forgiven, allowing even more low-income families to be eligible for Internet Essentials.

Comcast plans to utilize many public service announcements to promote its six months complimentary offer while also engaging parents, teachers, non-profit partners, and elected officials about the Internet Essentials program.

Source: Press Release


Walmart Launches Redesigned Website

Category: Internet
Posted: August 4, 2014 06:31PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Walmart has just launched a redesigned version of its online storefront thanks to Walmart Labs, its research and development team located in Silicon Valley. The new design incorporates many improvements that were based on input received directly from Walmart customers. These improvements include a mobile-based layout, an improved personalized search engine that utilizes past purchases and search history, and more in-depth product pages. Additionally, larger buttons and a larger search box are now featured on the Walmart website. Overall, the new design is tailored towards making Walmart more competitive against other online retailers such as Amazon. 

According to Walmart, the new personalization feature is currently available to roughly half of all its customers, though plans are in place for it to be rolled out to all of its customers by the end of this month.

Source: CNET


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