How Is Netflix Changing Prices

Here’s how Netflix is thinking of changing subscription prices

By on January 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM.

Here’s how Netflix is thinking of changing subscription prices

For the past year, Netflix has been experimenting with different pricing schemes. Back in December, Netflix began offering a $6.99 plan that was standard-definition and only allowed streaming to one screen. This was $1 less than the more common $7.99 plan, which streams in high-definition to two screens. In addition, Netflix has had a family plan since last April at $11.99, which allows for streaming up to four screens. More →

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Spotify Artist Merchandise Sale

You can now buy merchandise from your favorite artists through Spotify

By on January 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

You can now buy merchandise from your favorite artists through Spotify

Music streaming companies are pulling out all the stops lately, whether to pre-empt tomorrow’s launch of the much-hyped Beats Music service or to stay ahead of the intense competition. This includes Spotify, which announced today a partnership with Topspin that allows artists to list their merchandise on Spotify for free. More →

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Microsoft Research Smart Elevator

Microsoft-invented ‘smart elevator’ listens to everything you say

By on January 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

Microsoft-invented ‘smart elevator’ listens to everything you say

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like using Google Now or posting on Facebook because you don’t want tech companies knowing about your life, then you might want to avoid talking about your daily plans on any elevator designed by Microsoft. The Next Web points out that Microsoft Research has been working on a “smart elevator” that tries to predict exactly what floor you want to be taken to by listening to your conversations and following your daily routines. More →

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Microsoft Cortana Release Date April 2014

Microsoft to finally unveil Siri, Google Now rival in April

By on January 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Microsoft to finally unveil Siri, Google Now rival in April

Apple first unveiled Siri in the fall of 2011, Google took the wraps off Google Now in the summer of 2012 and now Microsoft is at long last about to release its own voice-enabled personal assistant this coming April. One of MSFTNerd’s sources claims that Microsoft plans to release its Cortana virtual assistant this spring, just in time for its annual Build developers conference. More →

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Samsung Smart Home Connectivity Service

Samsung wants to help you manage all your devices with just one app

By on January 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Samsung wants to help you manage all your devices with just one app

“The Internet of Things,” a buzz-phrase that has popped up in the news cycle for years, is a key focus at CES 2014. The idea that one day even our toasters would have Wi-Fi connectivity is no longer a joke, and now some of the most influential electronics companies in the world are trying to connect not only our appliances, but our phones, our televisions and even our entire homes. Samsung announced this week that it would be unveiling Samsung Smart Home at this year’s CES, “a service enabling users to control and manage their home devices through a single application.” More →

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Netflix Price Cut

Netflix offers late Christmas gift to new subscribers with $1 price cut

By on December 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM.

Netflix offers late Christmas gift to new subscribers with $1 price cut

Netflix has kicked off a new promotion that offers a standard-definition streaming service for $6.99, or $1 less than the popular $7.99 basic service, AdWeek reports. There seem to be two caveats beyond the standard definition limitation: The lower price is offered only to new customers and it only supports streaming to a single device at a time. More →

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WhatsApp 400 Monthly Million Active Users

WhatsApp hits 400 million active users – and lashes out viciously at rivals

By on December 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

WhatsApp hits 400 million active users – and lashes out viciously at rivals

WhatsApp just hit a major milestone: 400 million monthly active users for its sleek, streamlined cross-platform messaging service. Most companies would be euphoric about this achievement. But WhatsApp has an ax to grind. The third sentence in the blog post announcing the massive achievement takes a seriously cranky tone: “We bet that if our team of engineers could make messaging fast, simple, and personal, we could charge people directly for the service without having to rely on annoying banner ads, game promotions, or all those other distracting ‘features’ that come with many messaging apps.” More →

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Yahoo Mail Access Restored

Mayer on mail issues: Yahoo ‘really let you down this week’

By on December 16, 2013 at 5:31 AM.

Mayer on mail issues: Yahoo ‘really let you down this week’

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on Friday posted an apology on Yahoo’s official Tumblr blog for the extended Yahoo Mail issues that affected many users for several days last week starting with December 9. In a lengthy message, Mayer said that the company experienced a “major outage” last week, without providing actual details about the hardware outage that crippled the Yahoo Mail experience for users – the issue was described as a “particularly rare one,” with various users being affected differently. More →

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IFTTT iOS Automation

How IFTTT automated (and archived) my digital life

How IFTTT automated (and archived) my digital life

By on December 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM.

Right around this time three years ago, a five-letter service was born. Like most startups, it took some time to simmer… to cultivate enough respect to make its way around the wild, wild tubes that us folk refer to as the internet. In the time since, IFTTT has rapidly evolved, supporting all sorts of new services, popping out an iOS app, and creating something of a budding ecosystem with shared recipes. For those unfamiliar with IFTTT, fret not — it’s a pretty nerdy service. But here’s the thing: it exists to simplify the life of the layperson, too. More →

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Yahoo Mail Issues

Yahoo struggles to properly acknowledge, fix ongoing Yahoo Mail service issues

By on December 12, 2013 at 5:34 AM.

Yahoo struggles to properly acknowledge, fix ongoing Yahoo Mail service issues

Yahoo on Wednesday finally fully acknowledged on Twitter and on the service’s personal blog that its Yahoo Mail service is experiencing issues which some of its customers had to face for more than two weeks, ZDNet reports. According to the company, an unknown number of users were not able to send and receive emails since November 25. Similar problems for other Yahoo Mail customers started on Monday, although the company only briefly mentioned these issues via Twitter a day later. “We know some of our users are unable to use Yahoo Mail,” the Yahoo Mail team wrote on December 10. “We’re on it and trying to restore access in a few hours. Sorry for the inconvenience.” More →

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Dropbox CEO Houston Interview iCloud

iCloud was Jobs’ best shot at killing Dropbox… and it missed badly

By on November 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM.

iCloud was Jobs’ best shot at killing Dropbox… and it missed badly

It looks like Steve Ballmer wasn’t the only famous tech CEO who underestimated Dropbox’s staying power. ITBusiness.ca reports that Dropbox CEO Drew Houston this week recounted how late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs tried to buy out his company a few years ago and then vowed to kill off Dropbox when Houston refused to sell it to him. Jobs then took his best shot at Dropbox when he unveiled iCloud back in 2011 as Apple’s own cloud storage service that was deeply integrated with its popular iTunes software. More →

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Twitter App Disable Photos

Here’s how to disable Twitter’s annoying new timeline photos

By on October 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM.

Here’s how to disable Twitter’s annoying new timeline photos

As most active Twitter users undoubtedly noticed, Twitter on Tuesday added a new feature to its website and mobile apps that is definitely making waves. In a move that pushes the service one step closer to the likes of Facebook and Tumblr — and makes ads much more valuable as well — Twitter now displays photo and video previews right in users’ timelines. There have been plenty of complaints out of the gate, as there always are when new features roll out to a social network, though most Twitterers will undoubtedly get used to them over time. If you’d rather not even give Twitter’s new photo previews a chance though, here’s a simple guide on how to disable them in the company’s iPhone and Android apps. More →

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