Archive for May 27, 2011

Apple iCloud could be MobileMe bundle, mirror even pirated tracks

Apple iCloud could be MobileMe bundle, mirror even pirated tracks

With Apple's WWDC 2011 just weeks away, the race is on to finalize the expected cloud music streaming system - aka iCloud - for an official debut at the keynote. According to BusinessWeek, Apple is still yet to clinch Universal Music's agreement, though a deal is said to be close; the terms are believed to include the ability to scan a user's local music collection and then recreate it in cloud storage from high-quality master recordings, even - it's said - if some of the tracks were originally obtained illegally, as part of a broadened MobileMe subscription.

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Microsoft board refuses Ballmer roust

Microsoft board refuses Ballmer roust

Despite calls for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to be toppled, the company's board of directors are apparently standing behind the outspoken exec. According to a source close to the board talking to Reuters, the nine-strong directorial team - which includes ex-CEO and current chairman Bill Gates - all support Ballmer; earlier this week, notorious hedge fund manager David Einhorn led demands that Ballmer be replaced.

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ASUS docking tablet/phone combo and 3D slate tipped for Computex

ASUS docking tablet/phone combo and 3D slate tipped for Computex

ASUS continues its pre-Computex teaser campaign, with signs of what could be two new and reasonably different tablets. As well as the new super-skinny Eee PC, there's the promise of "a tablet that jumps out at you" and the cryptic "pad or phone." The former may well be an indication of a 3D tablet, while the latter suggests a hybrid device with a phone that docks into a larger screen section.

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PayPal sues Google over stolen Wallet secrets

PayPal sues Google over stolen Wallet secrets

Google Wallet is only just official, and already it has its first lawsuit. PayPal has sprung out of the gate with accusations that Google used trade secrets gleaned from ex-PayPal employees now working on the Google Wallet project. According to the eBay-owned payments firm, ex-exec Osama Bedier took with him "intimate knowledge of PayPal's capabilities, strategies, plans, and market intelligence" which he disclosed to Google after being recruited by Stephanie Tilenius, previously SVP of North America and Global Products; part of Tilenius' agreement with PayPal was not to recruit its employees over to their new Google taskmasters.

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HTC Unlocking Bootloaders Across the Board [OFFICIAL]

HTC Unlocking Bootloaders Across the Board [OFFICIAL]

In a giant announcement for those who love to get to the insides of their phones almost before they even feel the outside, HTC has announced that they have heard the call of the people and will no longer be locking bootloaders on their devices. This point has received quite a bit of flack recently, and HTC is certain to receive a ton of props for this move. The next question we've got is the following: will the HTC Sensation be included in this move?

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Google Wallet Will Work Even Without NFC-Enabled Phone Thanks To Special Stickers

Google Wallet Will Work Even Without NFC-Enabled Phone Thanks To Special Stickers

So the major news today was the announcement of the Google Wallet. In an event in NYC, Google and its business partners announced a new point-of-sale ecosystem that will allow users to use their smartphone as their wallet. Combining that with the Google Offers program makes the checkout process as easy as "tap, pay, and save." All this, however, does require a smartphone with an NFC chip. So, what about everyone else that doesn't currently own the Google Nexus S?

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T-Mobile G2x Price To Increase Tomorrow?

T-Mobile G2x Price To Increase Tomorrow?

Since T-Mobile pulled the LG G2x from its online store yesterday, there has been plenty of speculation on what's going on and what's to happen next. At first it was thought that the phone was pulled due to quality issues, but that was later rebutted by T-Mobile reps saying that popularity and inventory constraints were the reason. And although they admitted to some issues that needed fixing, the phone is apparently still popular enough that they intend on raising its price.

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Why I Can’t Stand Hulu Plus

Why I Can’t Stand Hulu Plus

As someone who streams Netflix content through several different devices, including my HDTV, the iPad, and others, I recently decided to give some other streaming offerings a chance to win my affection. My first choice among the many out there was Hulu Plus.

Now, I should note that I’ve used Hulu quite often. While I’m having lunch, I’ve been known to surf to Hulu’s Web site and watch some episodes of shows I might have missed recently. I guess you could say that I’ve been a Hulu veteran for quite some time now.

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Nokia Promises Symbian Updates Until 2016

Nokia Promises Symbian Updates Until 2016

Although Nokia is switching platforms to the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango for its new lineup, it won't completely ditch its Symbian followers. In a recent interview with Nokia Conversations blog, China Edition, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop not only reiterated that the company will continue to support Symbian for a period of time, but that it would do so until at least 2016.

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