Can BlackBerry Make Money With BBM

BlackBerry’s big moment: Can it make money with BBM?

By on March 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

BlackBerry’s big moment: Can it make money with BBM?

The messaging app market has really started to heat up after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion and after Alibaba’s investment in the far more obscure Tango granted it a $1 billion valuation. As popular entries like Viber, WhatsApp and Tango have found big strategic partners, the number of stand-alone messaging apps with more than 100 million registered users has dwindled. BBM and Kik are among the most notable indie messaging apps left looking for sugar daddies and their futures will hinge upon whether they can show real potential to generate revenue. That’s why BBM is now at such a crucial juncture: It is dipping its toes in the advertising market for the first time.

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Disconnect search engine app launch

New app lets you search through Google without being tracked

By on March 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

New app lets you search through Google without being tracked

After Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, Internet privacy is on everyone’s minds. One way in particular that people are looking for privacy is through their search engines. Google and Bing’s business models depend on using your search requests to serve up personalized ads. Alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo have tried to fight this by promising not to track its users. A new search engine, called Disconnect, is tackling search privacy with a different approach. Instead of trying to build its own search engine, which would have difficulty competing against Google or Bing, Disconnect routes your searches through a proxy before the major search engines receive your request. This way, it looks to Google or Bing like the search request is coming from Disconnect and they never know any information about you.

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Gmail Email Snooping

It’s not just Microsoft: Apple and Google can also read your emails

By on March 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

It’s not just Microsoft: Apple and Google can also read your emails

People concerned with online privacy had a field day last week when it was discovered that Microsoft accessed a French blogger’s Hotmail account and read his emails in order to assess his involvement with an alleged theft of Windows trade secrets. As numerous reports pointed out, Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook.com terms give the company the right to access and read users’ emails, and bloggers lashed out at Microsoft as a result. As it turns out, however, Microsoft isn’t the only tech giant that reserves the right to read your private correspondence. More →

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iTunes DRM Removal

How to kill the DRM in your old iTunes purchases in 4 easy steps

By on March 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM.

How to kill the DRM in your old iTunes purchases in 4 easy steps

Less than a decade ago, digital rights management (DRM) debates were as common and heated as online privacy debates are today. Apple’s iTunes was, of course, the biggest digital music distribution center that utilized DRM, but in 2009 Apple finally caved and ditched its digital file-protection solution. But what about all the music people purchased before 2009 that is digitally locked to just a few devices? As it turns out, dumping the DRM on your old iTunes purchases is remarkably easy. More →

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Best iOS Driving Apps MetroMile

This iOS app may solve one of the most annoying problems with city life

By on March 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

This iOS app may solve one of the most annoying problems with city life

If you live in a city and you own a car, chances are you’ve gotten an annoying parking ticket because you forgot to move your car off your street on the day your city rolls through it with a street sweeper. The good news, however, is that driving statistics app MetroMile is working on a new system that will send an alert to your smartphone on the day your street is due to be cleaned. More →

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Pandora Radio Subscription Price

Pandora is about to get a lot more expensive – even for current subscribers

By on March 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Pandora is about to get a lot more expensive – even for current subscribers

If you are a regular Pandora user toying with the idea of subscribing to the streaming music provider’s paid “Pandora One” service, it’s time to pay up. Pandora on Tuesday evening confirmed that it will soon increase the cost of its subscription service to $4.99 per month. The bump from the current $3.99 rate represents a 25% increase, but there’s good news and bad news: the good news is that current monthly subscribers will be locked in at $3.99. The bad news, however, is that those who pay the discounted annual rate of $36 per year will be forced into a monthly $3.99 plan. This rate will be discounted from the upcoming change in Pandora’s monthly subscription plan, but it will represent a 33% price increase from the current annual rate. More →

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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

By on March 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM.

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

Amazon is about to raise the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 per year, and although the increase is likely worth it, Amazon has been trying to prepare its customers for the price hike for the past couple months. In January, Amazon hinted that it may increase the Prime subscription price to as high as $119 per year. With the final price settling at $99 per year, Amazon was hoping its customers who love Amazon Prime would be more amenable to the price increase. It turns out this has not worked out so well. More →

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Netflix Speed Test

Netflix service speeds up after company agrees to pay Comcast ‘ransom’

By on March 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Netflix service speeds up after company agrees to pay Comcast ‘ransom’

Following news that Comcast and Netflix had reached a deal whereby Netflix would pay the Internet Service Provider a fee in order to ensure Netflix subscribers have a smooth viewing experience, people panicked and cried that net neutrality was dead. While that’s not entirely true, what is now a matter of fact is that Netflix service performance on Comcast’s network has improved fairly substantially since the company ponied up what many refer to as a “ransom.” More →

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Airpnp Bathroom Rental Mobile App

This app will put your love of making quick money to the ultimate test

By on March 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

This app will put your love of making quick money to the ultimate test

Who doesn’t love making money while doing little to no actual work? The answer is, “No one.” However, some ways of making quick money are demonstrably more pleasant than others, as demonstrated by Airpnp, a new mobile app that lets you rent out your bathroom for complete strangers to use when they have to go in your neighborhood. The app acts as a sort of Craigslist for bathrooms that lets you advertise that your bathroom can be used and also sets your price at anywhere from $0 for less-than-appealing bathrooms to $10 for bathrooms that deliver the luxury treatment. More →

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Hot To Avoid Netflix Scam

Frightening new Netflix scam looks to steal all your private data

By on March 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Frightening new Netflix scam looks to steal all your private data

As scammers continue to get more and more creative with their endeavors, it is becoming increasingly important that we keep our guard up at all times. We recently covered a new scam that targets Verizon Wireless subscribers and looks to take over control of their accounts, but a new scam targeting Netflix customers is even more dangerous. More →

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YouTube Redesign

Meet the all-new, completely redesigned YouTube

By on February 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Meet the all-new, completely redesigned YouTube

YouTube just got a massive redesign and it looks a whole lot more… Googly. “The way you watch YouTube keeps changing, so we’re making a few tweaks to YouTube to keep up with you,” Google said in a post on its YouTube blog late Thursday. “Starting today you’ll see some changes to make it easier to find what you want to watch on YouTube and collect playlists to watch again and again.” YouTube’s new look definitely aligns better with the design and flow of other Google sites. While there’s bound to be some blowback from users initially — there always is — we think that they’ll come around to enjoy the new look soon enough. A couple more screenshots follow below. More →

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Windows Phone Cortana Details Leak

Microsoft’s Cortana: A personal assistant who doesn’t stalk you

By on February 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Microsoft’s Cortana: A personal assistant who doesn’t stalk you

Microsoft wants its soon-to-be-released Cortana to help you… but only as much as you want it to. The Verge’s Tom Warren has a nice scoop that details how Microsoft plans to make Cortana the privacy-friendly personal assistant that will specifically ask you what type of information that you want to share before storing it in its virtual notebook. More →

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