Does Cloud Music Even Matter? Why Google Music Isn’t For Me

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The Google Music Beta has  just launched, asking you to upload all the music files you keep on your computer to the cloud so that you can access them from almost any Internet connected device. At first, a cloud music service for your own media sounds like a great idea, I know it sounded awesome […]

Google Music Beta Announced by Invite Only for Now (video)

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Google is following on the heels of Amazon and beating Apple to the cloud music storage arena with its new Google Music Beta service. For now it is in closed beta requiring an invitation. Users can sign up for an invite now. When they finally get an invite, users can begin to sync their audio […]

RIM Makes Push Into Social Calendaring with Tungle Acquisition

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Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry smartphone, has announced that it has acquired Tungle, which integrates with existing social networks and cloud-based calendaring systems to share their appointments, events, and calendar regardless of platform. In its blog, RIM says, “The Tungle team is bringing their expertise in cloud-based, cross-platform, calendar management to the BlackBerry […]

Apple’s iTunes Digital Cloud Storage Won’t be Free

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Early speculations about Apple’s digital cloud storage plans suggest that the service will launch for free initially, but that the iPhone-maker would eventually charge users a small annual fee for the service much like what it does with its cloud-based Mobile Me offering. According to Billboard, Apple may charge users around $20 a year for […]

Apple To Place Second to Amazon in Race for Cloud Music Storage

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Let’s call it short memories. The Interweb is jumping up and down this afternoon reporting and re-reporting a Reuters story that Apple will beat Google to the punch in terms of offering a cloud based music streaming service. At least that’s what the headlines and the leads all say. Scroll down the story a bit […]

Apple Hiring for the Cloud, New Services Coming?

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Apple recently posted a job listing for a Cloud Systems Software Engineer, which may be indicative of the company’s speculated plans to expand and create cloud-based services beyond what is found in today’s Mobile Me offering. According to the listing, the engineer would join a small team in creating ‘the future of cloud services’ at Apple’s […]

Apple Orders More Storage for Data Center, Cloud-Based Services to Come?

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Apple has just placed an order for 12 petabytes of storage from Isilon Systems. Speculation is that the vast amount of storage will be for Apple’s North Carolina data center, which will be the home to new cloud-based storage options for iTunes as well as for social networking integration for iPhone and Mobile Me accounts. […]

Evernote Web overhauled with improved interface, more sharing options

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My favorite virtual memory drawer Evernote just rolled out a major update to their web interface. While not a perfect match, the new design is more consistent with their desktop applications and offers more sharing options, including Facebook. Applies to shared notebooks as well, so any notes you want to share with the world just […]

Apple Negotiating Unlimited Music Downloads for Cloud Service

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In news that probably shouldn’t be news to anyone, Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is negotiating with the big music labels to change the structure of its online music business. The idea, according to all those sources who can’t be mentioned, is that customers could have unlimited downloads of their purchased music, stored in the […]

T-Mobile Shuts Down Sidekick Services

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T-Mobile USA had written to inform us that the carrier will be shutting down its servers for the Sidekick service, which are operated by Microsoft post-Danger acquisition. The Sidekick service will officially end on May 31, 2011, and the carrier will reach out to affected customers to help them migrate to a new device. In […]

New Apple Social-Centric MobileMe, Digital Locker Expected in Spring

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While Apple has long been rumored to be building out a solution to offer customers a digital locker and enhanced social features, including photo streaming, through a new MobileMe and iTunes feature, there is now an anticipated date for when the revamped cloud-based service will launch. At its shareholder meeting during a Q&A session, Apple […]

Apple: No Go for Nano Phone

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Despite rumors of a smaller, cheaper iPhone, lovingly dubbed the iPhone Nano, the New York Times is reporting that Apple is not pursuing plans to release a smaller iPhone model. Rather, the Cupertino, California Mac- and iPhone-maker may be more aggressive in its plans to drop prices on previous generation models–right now, the iPhone 3GS […]

MobileMe to Go Social in Next Major Overhaul

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Rumors of a digital locker service for Apple’s MobileMe service has been persistent, but according to Cult of Mac, the online service will get a major overhaul to bring additional social features that will compete against Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook, and Ustream. Some of the features that Cult of Mac is reporting includes: Live video streaming […]

Worst Super Bowl Ad: Chatter

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There were a lot of bad commercials during Super Bowl XLV, but the worse one was the one I was looking forward to the most. My wife and I had a couple of friends over for the big game and they both happen to work for Salesforce.com. They came over pretty early and told us […]

Facebook Phone Rumors Persist, This Time with Unconfirmed Details

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Rumors of Facebook entering the smartphone market to compete with industry titans such as Apple, Google, and RIM are persisting, but this time the news of some features of this phone come from users who were part of a focus group centered around social media and where the questions of interest surrounded “Facebook” behavior, usage, […]

HP Topaz webOS Specs and Details Leaked

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With HP having already teased that it will launch a webOS-based tablet in the near future, we now have more information about its Topaz codenamed tablet, of which the company has filed for the Touchpad trademark. Along with the hardware specs for the tablet and its ability to sync wirelessly with the cloud, PreCentral has […]

Rumor: iTunes for the Desktop to Become Web App

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According to Three Guys and a Podcast, the desktop version of Apple’s iTunes software used to manage, play, and synchronize your multimedia library will soon disappear as a standalone app. The site claims that Apple will be moving iTunes from a standalone software to become an in-browser Web app–which is ironic as Apple had shifted […]

Evernote Mac Beta Application Features Stacks, Sharing

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Evernote is one of my favorite web services, but using it on a Mac has been somewhat frustrating. The current Mac client doesn’t have all the features you’d expect, forcing Mac Evernote users to jump over to Evernote.com to share notes. That’s all about to change, and if you’re willing to run beta software you […]