Amazon's rumored music streaming service could end up limiting how much each Prime subscriber could listen to each track, forcing them to cough up and buy the MP3 if they want further access, insiders claim. The streaming - believed to be Amazon's next addition to its Prime subscription service, which could increase in price from its current $79 per year to as much as $119, the online retailer has warned - would be curtailed after either a set number of plays or a period of time, it's suggested, in an attempt to appease content music-rights holders.
Apple will significantly refresh Apple Maps in iOS 8, insiders claim, adding features like public transit navigation and even augmented reality for nearby points-of-interest. The significant update, which could arrive as soon as this year potentially alongside the much-anticipated iPhone 6, would address some of the lingering weaknesses in Apple's home-grown mapping app compared to rivals like Google Maps and Nokia's HERE platform.
The relationship between Samsung and Apple is interesting to say the least. The two firms are fighting in courts as we speak over patent infringement and other things. While the firms fight for dominance in court and the smartphone industry, Apple pays Samsung huge amounts of money to build processors for its smartphones.
Hacked bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the US, having already filed in Japan last month, and seen its CEO's blog vandalized with claims of exactly how much of investors' virtual cash was lost. The bankruptcy filing, on Sunday, March 9th, follows revelations by Mt. Gox that hackers broke into its digital vaults and drained them, leaving the Japanese company $63.6m in debt.
ASUS' upcoming wearable will use hands-free movements or voice commands for remotely interacting with a smartphone, company chairman Jonney Shih has teased, blaming small display sizes for requiring alternative methods of control. Shih had confirmed ASUS would launch a wearable device - expected to be a smartwatch like Pebble or Samsung's Gear 2 - sometime this year while back at a company event in late January, though was tight-lipped about functionality.
ASUS introduced its Transformer Book Duet TD300 during CES 2014 this year, revealing a hybrid laptop/tablet device that offers both full Windows and Android experiences, allowing users to toggle between the two systems. According to sources that have surfaced, Google has potentially delayed the launch of this device due to an unfavorable view of its dual-system functionality.
During Mobile World Congress 2014 last month, Android boss Sundar Pichai said we'd not be seeing the next Nexus smartphone until the second half of this year, which surprised no one, and now according to word that has surfaced, LG will be making the handset -- as well as a Nexus smartwatch.
Samsung's next wearable, the S-Circle, has been spotted crossing the FCC, a new activity tracker that seems likely to lack the curved AMOLED of the Gear Fit in favor of a more simplistic form-factor. Hooking up via Bluetooth LE - presumably to the Galaxy S5 - the S-Circle is yet to be officially announced by Samsung, but will most probably fit into the gap once occupied by the S Band shown here.
Apple's Siri is reportedly set to get a whole lot smarter, with the virtual assistant tipped to dig into third-party apps to extend its functionality on the iPhone and iPad, and perhaps upcoming wearables like the much-rumored iWatch. While Apple boosted Siri's abilities in iOS 7, adding the ability to post Twitter messages, pull information out of Wikipedia, and more, delivering results in a more lifelike voice, the system is still limited to a small subset of apps available for iOS devices.