Archive for March, 2012

Spotify lifts five play limit in certain European countries

Spotify lifts five play limit in certain European countries

If you don’t want to spring for Spotify Premium, $4.99 for unlimited desktop access and $9.99 to add mobile capabilities, you’re stuck with the free version. With that option you have to put up with commercials playing between songs, as well as the dreaded five play limit on songs. Spotify has revealed that they plan to lift this limit for certain European countries, although U.K and U.S users will still be saddled with the restriction for now.

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Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Long-standing rumors of a standalone Apple TV set continue to percolate, with suggestions that Foxconn parent Hon Hai's display deal with Sharp, along with fresh Apple panel patents, lend weight to the HDTV whispers. The Cupertino company is apparently working on an advancement of Fringe Field Switching (FSS) systems suitable for HDTV-scale panels, with Patently Apple flagging up a recently granted patent for the TFT LCD display technology. FSS is currently used in Apple's smaller devices, and relies on IPS display technology of which Sharp is a notable patent holder.

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Barnes & Noble sets up German arm: European Nook incoming?

Barnes & Noble sets up German arm: European Nook incoming?

While Europeans certainly don’t have any trouble getting their hands on ereaders, Barnes & Noble’s Nook has been confined to the United States during its tenure. That may be set to change, as Barnes & Noble has established a new company in Germany, Barnes & Noble Digital Media GmbH. The company was filed two weeks ago, around the same time that Barnes & Noble paid a visit to London to try and get developers on board with the Nook.

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Sources claim Apple is eyeing 5-inch Samsung panels for iPad mini

Sources claim Apple is eyeing 5-inch Samsung panels for iPad mini

A new rumor is floating that claims Apple is again eyeing 5-inch panels for a new iPad to fit between the current iPad and the iPhone in size. A "reliable Chinese" source cited by CNET is claiming that Apple is working with LCD suppliers to get a five-inch screen. The source claims Apple wants a panel with a resolution high enough to be called a retina display.

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Photoshop CS6 sees half-million Beta downloads

Photoshop CS6 sees half-million Beta downloads

Eager Photoshop users keen to play with Adobe's recently released CS6 Beta downloaded the pre-release version over 500,000 times in the app's first week of availability. Released last Thursday, the Photoshop CS6 Beta debuts straightforward tilt-shift creation tools, as well as new text editing abilities; it also includes the CS6 Extended 3D editing features and quantitative imaging analysis tools that, once the final version of the software drops, will be a paid extra.

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Jeff Bezos to raise Apollo 11 engines from the ocean depths

Jeff Bezos to raise Apollo 11 engines from the ocean depths

Of all the Apollo missions, Apollo 11 is certainly the most famous. The Apollo 11 mission is the one that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Apollo 11 launched in 1969 and the astronauts roared into space aboard a Saturn V rocket. Shortly after liftoff, the five massive engines on the Saturn V rocket detached and fell into the ocean as designed.

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Samsung releases Galaxy S “Value Pack” in Korea

Samsung releases Galaxy S “Value Pack” in Korea

It was initially thought that the Samsung Galaxy S would be receiving a tasty Ice Cream Sandwich update, although Samsung quickly stated that it wouldn’t happen. Instead, the company proposed a “Value Pack”, that would bring certain ICS features to the Gingerbread handset. There was a leak of the Pack back in January that gave users an idea of what to expect, and now the official release is rolling out in South Korea.

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