Microsoft Bolsters Xbox Music Pass with iOS and Android Apps

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iPhone and Android users have a new subscription service to consider when shopping for an unlimited music download service: Xbox Music. Announced today on the company’s Xbox Wire blog, Microsoft is now making its Xbox Music Pass service available to iPhone users and devices with Android installed. The two new applications, the Android version of which […]

Oyster Attempts to Bring Netflix-style Convenience to Books

Ouster aims to do for books what Netflix did for video.

If Oyster, a new start-up based in the United States has its way, users won’t have to worry about the cost of individual books. Instead, they’d simply sign up for an unlimited subscription service. Oyster — which launched this week — allows users to sign up for just $9.95 and choose from a selection of […]

Flickr Updates iPhone App with Better Filters and More Editing Tools

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For iPhone users who enjoy capturing memories and uploading them online to share with friends and family, doing so will be a lot easier after the latest update to Flickr Mobile for iOS. Starting today, iPhone users can download Flickr Mobile 2.2, an update that brings a huge array of tools designed to make capturing, […]

Pandora Sweetens Free Listening Ahead of iOS 7 Release

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On an earnings call to investors earlier this week, music streaming service Pandora threw a bone to users, possibly to hang on to as many of them as possible following the launch of Apple’s own subscription music service. Pandora users will now be able to enjoy as much free music streaming as they want, with […]

Surface & Bing Team Up To Make Inroads in Education

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In its quest to secure a portion of the education market for itself, Microsoft seems to have pulled out all the stops, including offering schools free Surface RT devices and a custom Bing experience that is completely devoid of advertisements. A blog post announced the program and the school districts that will act as testers […]

Instagram Blocking Third-Party Instagram Replacements on Windows Phone

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Following a night filled with reports that users of the third-party Windows Phone Instagram client Instance couldn’t post their photos, the developer of the application is now confirming that the social network is actively blocking photo uploads from the application. According to a tweet by Daniel Gary, the developer of Instance, “evidently Instagram has little […]

iTunes Radio for Mac Arrives: iTunes 11.1 Beta Tour

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For the first time since it unveiled its new iTunes Radio service during its World Wide Developer Conference, we’re finally getting our first glimpse of the service in a native desktop application; iTunes. As part of the iTunes Music Match subscription service, users pay $25 a year for the radio service on all of their […]

3 Navigation Features That Google Maps Should Borrow From Nokia’s Here Drive+

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With all the leading smartphone platforms coming with their own voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for free, Google Maps is still the leading free navigation platform given the market share that Android has picked up. Yet, despite Google Maps being a common tool online and Google Maps with Navigation being a much sought after experience […]

New Google Play Store Design Boosts Usability

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Android and Google hardware users now have a more streamlined interface from which to purchase music, books and Nexus devices: a redesigned Google Play Store. The new interface, which is available today, follows many of the style guidelines used in the redesigns of other Google services in the past. That includes the color based individual store […]

Dropbox to Offer App Syncing, Go Head to Head with iCloud and SkyDrive

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In what is likely a move to directly compete with the offerings of first party cloud syncing solutions like Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox will now allow developers to store application info on a user’s DropBox account. The new system, which Dropbox is calling the DataStore API allows developers to create applications that all rely […]

Xbox Music Now Playing Everywhere Your Phone

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In what is likely a bid to shore up the service against tough competition from Google and Apple, Microsoft has unveiled a new Xbox Music web application that will allow users to stream their Xbox Music Pass content in a web browser. The new web interface, which launched this morning to little fanfare from Microsoft, […]

5 Reasons to Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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The Guardian recently revealed that a top secret government program was collecting metadata from Verizon as a way to link terrorists to each other. This collection is without oversight and does not target any particular individual. It also includes metadata of United States citizens call data. Then it was revealed that all the phone carriers in […]

Amazon Indie Games Store Takes Aim at Steam & Humble Bundle

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Lovers of bite-size gaming titles developed by small, independent development teams are about to get a new place to share their wares: Amazon. Announced today via a post on its application distribution blog, Amazon seems to be taking the position that independent game developers just don’t have enough ways of getting their games in front […]

Breather Taps Home Automation Tech, Brings ZipCar Experience to Room Rentals

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Recent startups like Airbnb are beginning to transform the hospitality industry by allowing homeowners and those with extra space to rent out a room or their entire abode for short periods of time, allowing common citizens to compete against traditional hotels. However, despite the high-tech apps that match space owners with short-term renters, these solutions […]

BlackBerry to Pre-Load BBM on Select Android Phones

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After having announced that it would be freeing the BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM for short, service that’s been historically tied to BlackBerry phone hardware, smartphone-maker BlackBerry is now announcing that the messaging service will come pre-loaded on select phones running the rival Android operating system. Previously, BlackBerry had announced that BBM would be available as […]

Pipe Simplifies Sharing Big Files With Facebook Friends

The Pipe file sharing application for Facebook.

Pipe, an application for Facebook could make large file transfers even easier between friends on the world’s most popular social network, currently for free. Once users have an enabled the application on their Facebook account, they are able to share files simply by dragging and dropping the things they wish to share onto the system’s […]

Mobile Payments: Starbucks Finds Success in Simplicity

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When we hear of using smartphones to pay for goods, we often think about Google Wallet, ISIS, PayPal‘s new initiatives, or Square, but Starbucks is the rising star and one that has found success in this emerging, yet volatile, market. The retail coffee chain’s app, which is used to pay for beverage and food purchases […]

New Gmail Adds Category Tabs to Tame Inboxes

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Google will once again attempt to tame the inboxes of users across the world. This time it’ll attempt to do so with a newly revamped user interface for the company’s Gmail on iOS, Android and web versions. The changes, which were announced earlier today on the company’s Official Gmail Blog, will seek to address the clutter of […]

Tim Cook: More Design Continuity Between Software, Hardware and Services

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Though Tim Cook didn’t expressly reveal anything new regarding the future of Apple’s iOS mobile platform or the desktop Mac OS X operating system, the CEO did give us some insight about the executive shuffle at Apple and what that means for consumers. When asked about senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall’s departure, […]