Beats Music Vs Spotify

How Beats Music can dethrone Spotify

By on March 31, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

How Beats Music can dethrone Spotify

When Apple acquired Beats Music for $3 billion last May, it instantly became the company’s most expensive purchase ever. While the dollar amount involved in the deal might have raised some eyebrows, the acquisition target certainly did not.

With streaming music sites like Pandora and Spotify still gaining in popularity, Apple’s need to get into the streaming music business abundantly clear. And given the tepid product that was iTunes Radio, Apple arguably had no other choice but to go big and bring on an established music-brand if it ever wanted to truly compete with the likes of Spotify.

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Google Nearline Pricing

Google just launched a revolutionary new cloud storage service

By on March 12, 2015 at 2:21 PM.

Google just launched a revolutionary new cloud storage service

Google is known to push the envelope in almost every market it enters. The not-so-old saying “go big or go home” certainly applies to almost everything Google does, and it often leaves established companies scrambling to catch up when it enters a new market or launches a new product in a market it has already addressed.

The latter is the case with Google’s latest offering, and it stands to shake up the cloud storage market with its new Nearline service. More →

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Uber Vs Gett

Forget Uber, this newer on-demand car service will save you a fortune

By on March 11, 2015 at 12:44 PM.

Forget Uber, this newer on-demand car service will save you a fortune

Technology blogs toss around the word “disruption” so frequently that in most cases, it has lost all meaning. Where Uber is concerned, however, the company’s on-demand car service is nothing short of disruptive. It’s a complete game-changer that has taxi companies up in arms, and for good reason: Uber is better and smarter.

As is always the case with true disruption, plenty of companies are chasing Uber in an effort to get in near the ground floor. Some will flourish and others will ultimately fail, but consumers stand to benefit along the way. Case in point: Gett. More →

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Samsung Ad Video

Video: This is the best ad Samsung has ever made, but you’ll never see it on TV

By on March 11, 2015 at 11:50 AM.

Video: This is the best ad Samsung has ever made, but you’ll never see it on TV

Samsung spends more money on marketing and advertising than any of its competitors, and that includes Apple. In fact, it’s not even close — the company’s budget is in the double-digit billions, which actually tops many of the Samsung’s rivals’ annual revenue.

The ads Samsung’s various agencies around the world come up with vary pretty dramatically in terms of theme and style. Sometimes Samsung focuses on bashing Apple, other times it touts the merits of its own products.

This time, Samsung struck gold with an ad that very well may move you to tears. More →

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App Store Down

Apple services are currently suffering a major outage

By on March 11, 2015 at 7:28 AM.

Apple services are currently suffering a major outage

Multiple Apple services are currently suffering a major outage, according to numerous accounts from users. Users have flocked to Apple’s own support forums and Reddit to discuss the outage, which appears to be impacting several different Apple services including the iOS App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Connect, TestFlight and iBooks store.

Additional Apple services may be impacted, as the issue appears to be affecting all services that require a log in. More →

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apple-watch-apps

Apple just showed us how Apple Pay will work with the Apple Watch – and it’s awesome

By on March 9, 2015 at 2:14 PM.

Apple just showed us how Apple Pay will work with the Apple Watch – and it’s awesome

Apple’s big press conference is underway and while the subject matter isn’t exactly a surprise — we all knew the Apple Watch would be the star of the show today — it’s the details we’re concerned with. Those details started coming out at breakneck speed the moment the show started in California on Monday, and now Apple has demonstrated how Apple Pay will work on the APple Watch. More →

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Galaxy S6 edge: Samsung Pay

Video: Watch Samsung Pay in action on the Galaxy S6 edge

By on March 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Video: Watch Samsung Pay in action on the Galaxy S6 edge

One of the main features of Samsung’s shiny new Galaxy S toys is Samsung Pay, the company’s own mobile payments solution that’s supposed to compete directly against Apple Pay. Samsung Pay will not be available immediately to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers — in fact, it won’t launch until this summer in America and Korea — but Samsung has set up a demo corner at MWC that shows how the feature works, and CNET recorded a video of it. More →

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Free Personal Assistant Service

Text this ‘Magic’ number and you can get anything you want

By on February 24, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Text this ‘Magic’ number and you can get anything you want

There was once a time when personal assistant services could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. Now, there are plenty of services that offer at least a portion of the personal assistant experience at a small fraction of the price of hiring a full-time person on staff. The experience isn’t quite the same, of course, but most people don’t really have a need for a real full-time assistant.

Now, when it comes to getting whatever you want delivered to you with a minimal amount of effort, a new service called Magic could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. More →

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Google Search Mobile Changes

Google’s latest mobile search change brings some key interface changes

By on February 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Google’s latest mobile search change brings some key interface changes

Where would we be without Google Search? We have written a number of times about how important Google and its industry-leading search engine is — for a good example, see our article titled “The truth about Google and evil.” Google has launched and will continue to launch a number of important products with impact that reaches far beyond profits and revenue, but Search stands out because of the role it played in breaking down the barriers between people and information.

As good as Google Search is, however, Google is constantly looking for ways to improve its search engine and its interfaces, and the company’s latest big change brings some great improvements to mobile search. More →

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Free Cloud Storage Offer

How to get 100GB of cloud storage right now for free

By on February 20, 2015 at 11:55 AM.

How to get 100GB of cloud storage right now for free

Cloud this… cloud that… everything is cloud these days. While there is no question that “cloud” has become a painfully annoying buzzword, there is also no question that the rise of cloud storage services and cloud computing have been absolute game-changers. There are obvious (and quite serious) security concerns anytime any of your data is stored on remote servers belonging to a third party, but there are also huge benefits that are nearly impossible to give up once you’ve embraced the cloud.

If you have yet to take the plunge — or even if you have and you want more storage space — a great new offer will get you 100GB of cloud storage for a full year, and it’s absolutely free. More →

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Amazon Services List

12 great Amazon features you might not know about (but will wish you had)

By on February 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM.

12 great Amazon features you might not know about (but will wish you had)

When it comes to online shopping, Amazon is king. The company hasn’t quite mastered the delicate art of consistent profit growth, but when it comes to undercutting the competition and selling an impossibly wide range of goods at competitive prices, there is none better than Amazon. Of course, Amazon is constantly breaking into new areas and it now provides plenty of services outside of simply shipping goods to your door in two days.

And no, we’re not just talking about Prime Video streaming — Amazon’s reach extends well beyond that now. More →

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Dropbox iOS Update Features

The feature you’ve been waiting for was finally added to Dropbox’s iOS app

By on February 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

The feature you’ve been waiting for was finally added to Dropbox’s iOS app

Dropbox on Tuesday issued a nice update to its popular iOS app which takes advantage of the extensions feature Apple first introduced with iOS 8. With the updated app, users can now save files directly to their Dropbox account via an iOS 8 share sheet.

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