Google has rolled more Google+ functionality into search results, injecting app activity so as to give examples of user preferences alongside searches for sites and apps. The new feature will be rolled out to desktop search users "over the next few weeks", Google says, and initially with a limited number of music and movie apps including Slacker Radio and Deezer.
Spotify has penned a deal with Orange to offer unlimited music via the carrier's Orange Young plan. Under the deal, Orange Young subscribers will have access to unlimited Spotify music in addition to unlimited text and talk and mobile. The subscription plans start at $20 per month and move upwards from there.
SkyDrive arrives on Xbox 360 today, Microsoft has confirmed, focusing on multimedia sharing as the company teases a gush of more than forty new apps for the console in 2013. While it's possible to browse all the files in your SkyDrive storage on the console, the default view is "Photos and Videos" which automatically pulls in photos taken on your Windows Phone for easier review.
New UK 4G carrier EE has revealed its LTE plans, with a variety of phone and mobile broadband packages as well as some added bonuses each month for subscribers. For regular users, EE will offer monthly plans with unlimited calls and texts, and 500MB of data, for £36 per month; there'll also be 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 8GB packages for £41-£56. Meanwhile, mobile broadband is priced from £15.99 per month for 2GB. Full pricing and details after the cut.
BBC has done very well with it streaming video player called iPlayer. Hordes of computer and mobile device users who enjoy BBC television programs use iPlayer to catch up on their favorite shows on the go. Reports are coming in that BBC is eyeing the launch of a new music streaming service.
Netgear has a new powerline networking device called the XSUB2511. Like most powerline networking gear, it will connect your Internet connection to your power lines in the house to share that connectivity without needing a wireless network. This new adapter allows more than simply allowing you to share your Internet connection.
Sonos has announced its latest controller app, this time headed to Android smartphones. The Sonos Controller for Android will hit the Market in late March and, like the company's existing iOS apps, be a free download. New on the Android version, however, is music voice search, which will allow users to search for tracks, artists and albums using spoken requests.
Voice control also works for searching for new streaming radio stations, and the Android app has the same multi-room volume and track control as its predecessors. It requires a device running Android 2.1 or later, with a screen size of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800 or WVGA 480 x 854; that basically means most recent phones.
While they didn't feel like it was necessary to have a mid-morning press event, Western Digital officially announced on Tuesday that their media streaming boxes, the WD TV Live lineup, would be getting updated to support Facebook, Blockbuster On-Demand, and even more goodies for WD TV Live and Live Plus owners to enjoy.
Given the Archos 7 Home Tablet has been lurking around on Amazon since the beginning of April, it comes as no surprise to hear the French company officially announcing it; still, we'll happily accept a firm shipping date. Priced at $199.99 for the 8GB version of the 7-inch Android-based slate, Amazon say we can expect it from May 17th.