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Google Tests its Music Muscle with a blog called Magnifier

Google Tests its Music Muscle with a blog called Magnifier

It is with an online publication by the name of Magnifier that Google and their currently titled "Music Beta" program will test their strength as a music promoter, this Blogspot blog one where Google will submit to you some choices for what they see as great music every day of the year. Obviously this blog will also serve as one of the places Google's "music" app will be spoken about here and there, but for the most part it appears that Google giving away free music each and every day of the week should be doing the trick just fine.

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Sony Walkman A Series Press Images Leaked

Sony Walkman A Series Press Images Leaked

Everyone's favorite legendary name in personal music players, that being the Walkman, has been revealed to be expanding the family with the high-end Sony Walkman A series. UK retailer Play.com has created a placeholder spot for the new series of digital music players, this piece of industrial design looking rather different from all of its predecessors, it having a headphone jack at the bottom, a single thumb-indented Home button in the center bottom on the front, and the entire works looking rather like a smartphone with a large touchscreen taking up the majority of the real-estate. The back of the device has the Walkman "W" with only a smaller version of the text logo near the bottom and a reset button to keep it company - it's lonely there at the back.

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New York Times confirms paywall from March 28

New York Times confirms paywall from March 28

The New York Times has become the latest publication to opt for a paywall, with the news that as of March 28 a subscription will be required to access any more than 20 articles per month. The paper is beginning tests of the digital subscriptions today for Canadian readers - home delivery and International Herald Tribune subscribers get complimentary access - while access to articles reached from Twitter, Facebook or other online routes will be permitted even if you're over your monthly allowance.

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Apple digital magazine templates could fast-track iPad pubs

Apple digital magazine templates could fast-track iPad pubs

Apple is reportedly readying a digital magazine template for inclusion in a future Xcode release, offering content providers a straightforward way to create iPad publications. The template would ensure more UI consistency between digital magazines distributed through the App Store, according to Gadget Daily News' sources, as well as streamlining the implementation of in-app purchases.

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Rovi Declares Intent to Buy Sonic Solutions

Rovi Declares Intent to Buy Sonic Solutions

In an announcement late Wednesday, Rovi Corp. has officially made it known that they have every intent in buying Sonic Solutions. In their proposal, the company confirmed that the deal would be worth $720 million in a cash-and-stocks deal. The result of a purchase like this, both companies believe, would be the collected power to change the way digital distribution is handled within the video entertainment market. They hope to make it better.

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Digital Music Sales Flatten in US, Rise in Other Countries in 2010

Digital Music Sales Flatten in US, Rise in Other Countries in 2010

Today, Nielsen reports that the sales of digital music have flattened in the year 2010, versus previous years. While they're quick to suggest that the flat-line isn't a long-term effect, and more of a short-term situation, it looks like the effect isn't being felt around the world, but mostly just in the United States, based on their reported numbers. While the US flattens out, countries like Germany and France are still seeing inclines in the digital music market.

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Pogoplug iPad App Now Available in iTunes App Store, Showcases Wireless Printing

Pogoplug iPad App Now Available in iTunes App Store, Showcases Wireless Printing

When Steve Jobs stood on stage just a couple of days ago, and announced the upcoming iOS 4.2 update, which is making its way to the iPad in November of this year, one of the features he was proud to show off was wireless printing. Considering the tablet device was missing the feature from the get-go, it's about time it's making an appearance in the native Operating System. But, what if you don't want to wait until November? Then hopefully you've got yourself a Pogoplug, because thanks to the app that they've just released into the App Store, you can get yourself some iPad printing right now.

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Toshiba StorE TV+ Features 2TB HDD and Integrated WiFi

Toshiba StorE TV+ Features 2TB HDD and Integrated WiFi

While not necessarily shown off at this year's IFA, we can say that it was by proxy. Considering the presence that the company has at this year's show, we think it counts. In any event, they've just officially announced that their brand new StorE TV+ is coming to the market soon, and it offers up plenty of goodies for anyone who wants to get their streaming media on. Especially if you're not a fan of watching TV on your computer, and prefer to see it right there, on your TV, where it should be.

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Sony’s Digital Comics Service Could be Launching on PlayStation 3

Sony’s Digital Comics Service Could be Launching on PlayStation 3

Digital reading is one of those markets that's not so much a niche, anymore. There's plenty of people out there that still wish it was, surely, but the simple truth is that while reading a physical book (or in this case, a comic book) may be nostalgic, getting your reading done in the digital landscape is becoming more common place than anything else. The iPad's launch may have made it harder for the physical media to make its case, especially when Marvel launched their comic book service for the tablet device, but we can't forget about Sony's own offering for the PSP. Their Digital Comics service, which has seen a steady growth on their mobile video game console, might be heading to the big screen, after all.

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