iTunes Match Coming End of October

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*+-Apple at its iPhone event today has announced that its iTunes cloud music matching service, dubbed iTunes Match, will be coming at the end of October for an optional annual subscription price of $24.99. Essentially, iTunes Match will scan your iTunes library and automatically re-create your music library in the cloud, negating the need for […]

Microsoft Reaches for the Sky, Touches the Cloud with Windows 8

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*+-Microsoft has ambitious hopes and dreams for Windows 8, its next computing platform that’s designed not only to compete with the rising popularity of Apple’s mobile iPad tablet and the plethora of ARM-based Android slates, but also to mark the next generation of PC computing in a post-PC world. With declining PC sales, due in […]

Optical Drive Becomes Latest Casualty in Quest for the Cloud

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*+-The ‘cloud’ is becoming a big feature of our digital lives today–anywhere from the most recently launched Spotify for cloud-based streaming music to cloud-streamed videos like those on Netflix and Hulu. All of this is driven by the increasing access and availability to the Internet and broadband, either through mobile like on 3G and 4G […]

Old Honeycomb Tablets Left Out in the Cold with Netflix Streaming?

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*+-If you’re an early adopter of Android Honeycomb tablets hoping that someday down the road, your tablet will get official Netflix support, you may want to stop holding your breath. In the release of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet, it is learned that Netflix streaming on Honeycomb will remain to be a short exclusive with […]

Rumble in the Clouds: Amazon Sweetens Their Cloud Player Pot

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*+-Amazon responded today to the challenge that Apple’s upcoming iCloud is sure to pose. Amazon announced that their Cloud Player (which launched a couple of months back) will now offer unlimited music storage, provided you buy a $20/yr. plan. The retail giant also announced a web app for their Cloud Player, which can be run in Safari […]

Google Working on Google Videos to Bring Movie Rentals to Android Smartphone

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*+-After having delivered Google Videos, Android’s movie rental system that tied into Android Market for Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets, Google may be hard at work in trying to enable smartphones to have access to its video rental service. Android users have noted that they have seen the Google Videos app briefly available for download in […]

Two New Mobile Operating Systems/Platforms Coming Out of China

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*+-In addition to the major modern smartphone OSes today–iOS, Android, webOS, Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, MeeGo, and Samsung’s Bada–two new players in China will be emerging with their own smartphone operating systems soon to compete with the established players. One group, Alibaba, is planning on introducing its own cloud-based OS. Unlike Google’s Android–which relies on […]

Google Gets More Social and Throws a Pool Party, But Who’s Invited?

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*+-In addition to Google+, Google seems to be working on more social projects to compete against the likes of Twitter and Facebook, and now it’s discovered that a Slide team within Google is working on a photo sharing app and service called Pool Party. The secretive service, still in beta, isn’t accessible yet without an […]

Alteva VOIP Phone Will Read You Your Email — and Much More

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*+-We tend to focus on smartphones that fit in your pocket, but did you know there are a number of smartphones that sit on your desk and connect to Outlook and other Microsoft products in order to deliver access to your work information — as well as help you manage communications with coworkers. Alteva has […]

webOS Cloud Music Now a Distant Reality, Labels Doubt HP’s Seriousness

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*+-A few weeks ago, reports circulated on the Internet that HP was readying its own cloud-based music service to rival Apple’s, Google’s, and Amazon’s offerings, but a recent report on Billboard says that although discussions are ‘heating up,’ the prospect of a cloud hovering over the webOS TouchPad slate may still be a long ways […]

Why iCloud is Perfect for the Average iOS User

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*+-As nearly half of all iPhone owners don’t connect their smartphones to their computers to backup or sync content after the initial activation process, Apple’s introduction of the cloud-based synchronization system called iCloud may help customers more effectively manage, backup, and restore data on their phones in the event of data loss. As users increasingly […]

SugarSync Mobile Device Management Lets You Push Files to iPhone & iPad

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*+-SugarSync is upping the game in mobile device file management, making it easier than ever to send files to your iPhone via the web interface. The new Mobile Device Management feature is rolling out to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and will soon be coming to the Android and BlackBerry devices. With the new Mobile Device Management […]

iOS 5 Ushers in the End of the iPod Era

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*+-On October 23, 2001, Apple had asked the world to say ‘goodbye to your hardrive’ with the debut of the first iPod, a consumer device that propelled the digital music revolution and made Apple a household name. Almost a full decade later, Apple continues to ask the world to bid adieu to their hardrives, but […]

How to Get an iCloud Experience on Android

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*+-While the new iCloud service from Apple is garnering attention for the ability to use the cloud to keep your devices in sync with apps, music, documents and more, it’s not the first time these features are available. Apple has done a good job of pulling these services together, but if you want to replicate iCloud on […]

In Wake of iOS 5, iCloud Announcements, Microsoft Details SkyDrive Features for Windows Phone 7 Mango Update

*+-After Apple had announced its next-generation iOS 5 software and the iCloud photo, documents, and music synchronization engine with the cloud, Microsoft is revealing more information about its SkyDrive document and photo synchronization service as part of the Windows Phone 7 Mango update that’s slated to come this fall. SkyDrive is a cloud-based service that […]

iCloud to Cost $25 Annually After Free Promotional Period?

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*+-As was previously believed, Apple could potentially make its iCloud service free initially through promotions, and then the company may charge $25 per year for customers who want to use the cloud-based storage to stream music. The Los Angeles Times reported that Apple has now completed negotiations with all four major music labels to secure […]