Archive for April, 2013

Microsoft launches Skype preview in Outlook.com

Microsoft launches Skype preview in Outlook.com

Microsoft has launched a preview of Skype in Outlook.com for users located in the United Kingdom, with those located in the United States and Germany being slated to get the preview "in the coming weeks." Following the full preview roll out will be the switch from preview mode, with video and audio calling being offered across the entire expanse of Outlook.com via Skype sometimes in the coming months. Hard dates weren't provided for any of the planned roll outs.

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Yahoo reveals content additions and partnerships at 2013 NewFront event

Yahoo reveals content additions and partnerships at 2013 NewFront event

Tonight, Yahoo has kicked off its 2013 NewFront event in New York City, replete with a full roster of celebrities and a performance by The Lumineers accompanied by a half-hour live stream on Yahoo Music for those who wish to enjoy it from the comfort of their homes. All of this is to kick off some new shows that Yahoo has added to it content offerings, as well as the announcement of new partnerships and advertisement opportunities.

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Government seeks to strong arm companies into spying on users

Government seeks to strong arm companies into spying on users

Last week, we reported on a rather disturbing revelation that the Department of Defense and NSA have been sending out so-called 2511 letters that absolve companies of legal consequences for violating the Wiretap Act by intercepting their users' communications. While the letters give ISPs and such incentive, they are no good if the company doesn't want to obey an order to grab data. To remedy this, a government task force is seeking to have companies that don't cooperate penalized.

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Verizon Cloud storage now available for Android

Verizon Cloud storage now available for Android

Verizon has rolled out the Android app version of its online storage solution called Verizon Cloud, which isn't a terribly original name but gets the main point of the service across. With Verizon Cloud, customers can do the same thing they've likely been doing with Dropbox and similar services already - upload and store content in the cloud, ensuring that it is always there even if the smartphone ends up lost or needs to be wiped.

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Apple retail tipped to set original iPhone status to “obsolete”

Apple retail tipped to set original iPhone status to “obsolete”

It has been a long time coming, but Apple is finally going to nudge the first-generation iPhone into obsolete status in its retail stores, according to a leaked internal Apple memo that specifies the phone alongside several other devices. The change is set to take place this summer, and will see original iPhone users left with less official options for having their aging handset, which entered the world back in 2007, serviced.

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Twitter for Glass app hinted at in tweet

Twitter for Glass app hinted at in tweet

Twitter user Jonathan Gottfried spotted a tweet using the #throughglass hashtag that has since been deleted, but that suggested Twitter has created a Glass app and that it is up and functioning on at least one pair of Google's frames. The tweet was sent out by Twitter user Shivster Muddler accompanied by a picture of some trees with the caption: "Just shared a photo #throughglass."

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NASA gets first ever look at hurricane on Saturn

NASA gets first ever look at hurricane on Saturn

A hurricane is an impressive display of the power of nature, an unfortunate reality that sometimes causes more than its fair share of damage and grief. While we're all familiar with what a hurricane on our own planet looks like, hurricanes on other planets have been something of a mystery. That changed this month when NASA got the first-ever detailed look at a hurricane that took place on Saturn.

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UK law allows anyone to use your digital images

UK law allows anyone to use your digital images

Whether you're an amateur photographer who makes liberal use of Instagram and similar apps or you're a professional who uploads a lot of off-hours snapshots online, a bill just passed in the UK should give you pause. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has a clause in it that allows for anyone to use a photograph whose owner can't be located, something that is a two-edged sword.

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Blackberry CEO claims the Q10 will sell “tens of millions of units”

Blackberry CEO claims the Q10 will sell “tens of millions of units”

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins believes that the Blackberry Q10 will be the company's saving grace, moreso than the Blackberry Z10. First day Blackberry Q10 sales in the UK has surpassed the company's expectations with Carphone Warehouse's outlet, Selfridges, saying that the device sold thousands of units per hour. Within 6 hours, the retailer sold out its entire stock of Blackberry Q10 devices in every one of its stores.

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