Twitter Music Service Shut Down

Twitter #Music reportedly a dud, may soon be shut down

By on October 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM.

Twitter #Music reportedly a dud, may soon be shut down

In the wake of countless music streaming services popping up over the past several years, Twitter’s own offering never made much of an impact. AllThingsD reports that Twitter will likely be shuttering its own #Music app after downloads have nearly slowed to a halt since Twitter launched the service back in April. Initial numbers were reportedly promising, but Twitter could not maintain the momentum and now Twitter #Music cannot even be found in the App Store’s top 1,000 apps according to market data company Onavo Insights. More →

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Pandora Vs iTunes Radio

Pandora exec: We’re better than iTunes Radio

By on October 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM.

Pandora exec: We’re better than iTunes Radio

Pandora’s share price took a big hit when Apple launched its new iTunes Radio service, but Pandora still has the upper hand. So says Pandora chief financial officer Mike Herring, who recently told CNET during an interview that while Apple might have hype and reach on its side, Pandora is still the superior streaming radio service. Herring acknowledged that Apple and some other streaming music providers are threats to Pandora’s business that should be taken seriously, but he is also confident that Pandora is “better than anybody else” when it comes to streaming radio services such as iTunes Radio. More →

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iMessage Delivery Bug Fix

Apple acknowledges iMessage issue preventing messages from being delivered

By on October 2, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Apple acknowledges iMessage issue preventing messages from being delivered

Apple has confirmed an issue with its iMessage text and picture messaging service that has left many users unable to send messages at times. The issue first appeared following the release of iOS 7 last month and a number of users have reported being unable to send iMessages for days at a time as a result. “We are aware of an issue that affects a fraction of a percent of our iMessage users, and we will have a fix available in an upcoming software update,” an Apple said spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal in a statement. “In the meantime, we encourage any users having problems to reference our troubleshooting documents or contact AppleCare to help resolve their issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes impacted users.” According to MacRumors, a better albeit still temporary fix appears to be disabling iMessage in Settings > Messages, resetting network settings in Settings > General > Reset and then re-enabling iMessage. Apple may look to fix the bug with its upcoming iOS 7.0.3 update, which BGR exclusively reported will likely be released next week.

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iTunes Radio Hack

Simple trick brings free iTunes Radio to international users

By on September 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

Simple trick brings free iTunes Radio to international users

iTunes Radio launched alongside iOS 7 last week, but the service is currently only accessible to iTunes users within the United States. But for users outside of America, BGR sister site BGR India has found a way to enable iTunes Radio on any iOS device regardless of what country you are in. In just a few simple steps, anyone can trick iTunes into thinking that he or she is a U.S. account holder, granting unlimited free access to iTunes Radio. Details on how to perform the trick can be found on BGR India, and there’s no telling how long it will work before Apple blocks it, so those interested in checking out the service should probably act fast.

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Microsoft Cortana Release Date 2014

Microsoft looks to release its own version of Siri in 2014

By on September 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM.

Microsoft looks to release its own version of Siri in 2014

Microsoft is playing catch-up with Apple and Google again. ZDNet reports that Microsoft plans to release Cortana, a new voice-enabled personal assistant program, in early 2014. ZDNet says that Cortana “is central to what Microsoft is doing to compete with Apple’s Siri and Google Now” and that it “will be able to learn and adapt, relying on machine-learning technology and the ‘Satori’ knowledge repository powering Bing.” Cortana is seemingly more ambitious than either Siri or Google Now, however, as Microsoft envisions it as the core interface with future versions of Windows, Windows Phone and even its Xbox operating system. ZDNet notes that Cortana is a big reason why Microsoft isn’t selling Bing off anytime soon even though it’s been a perpetual money-loser for the company.

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Microsoft Cloud Storage

Microsoft doubles cloud storage for Exchange Online, Office 365 mailboxes

By on August 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM.

Microsoft doubles cloud storage for Exchange Online, Office 365 mailboxes

Microsoft is currently on a streak of increasing cloud storage capacity for its customers. Earlier this week, Microsoft more than tripled the storage capacity for SkyDrive Pro users from 7 GB to 25 GB. The latest cloud mailboxes to receive a storage boost are for Exchange Online and Office 365, which will increase from 25 GB to 50 GB starting this Friday. Customers should see their storage capacity double sometime between now and November. According to the Office 356 blog, the following services plans will receive the upgrade: Exchange Online Plan 1, Office 365 Small Business, Midsize Business, Enterprise E1, Government G1, and Education A1. Shared mailboxes and Resources mailboxes will grow to 10 GB as well. A chart of the new plans follows below. More →

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How To Solve Email Overload

How I destroyed email

How I destroyed email

By on August 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

Email was destroying my life, so I destroyed email. I crushed everything about it that I hated, leaving only what I absolutely needed. I tore apart my entire workflow and upended the way I deal with digital communications. On my computers, on my phones, everywhere. What remains shouldn’t even be called email; it’s something entirely new and significantly less painful. I used to do things the old way — flags, folders, leaving things marked as unread, reminders, alarms and worst of all, hundreds of thousands of emails sitting in my inboxes, never to be looked at again. It had to stop, so I stopped it. More →

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Amazon Video Market Share

Amazon’s video juggernaut is about to pass Yahoo

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

Amazon’s video juggernaut is about to pass Yahoo

Last February, Amazon had 28 million unique viewers for its video content, far behind Yahoo’s 43 million unique viewers. But according to fresh comScore numbers, Amazon had vaulted to nearly 38 million uniques by July, while Yahoo had dropped to 42 million. The video distribution landscape is now changing at an amazing clip. What is even more jaw-dropping than Amazon’s unique viewer growth is the number of minutes spent by an average viewer; it doubled from 13 minutes to 26 minutes in just six months. Yahoo’s average viewing time also grew substantially, from 53 minutes to 77 minutes. More →

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Google Maps Waze Integration

Google starts integrating Waze into Google Maps

By on August 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

Google starts integrating Waze into Google Maps

Unfazed by a Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigation, Google has started integrating Waze into Google Maps. The company announced on Tuesday that “users of Google Maps for Mobile will now benefit from real-time incident reports from Waze users,” meaning that “when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS” in several countries including the United States. Google paid just under $1 billion to acquire Waze earlier this summer with the intention of using the company’s crowd-sourced mapping information with its own Maps application. The FTC has said it may at some point stop Google from integrating Waze data into Google Maps to stop the company from having a monopoly on mobile mapping applications.

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Microsoft Kinect Sign Language

Microsoft Kinect’s most amazing feat yet: Translating sign language

By on August 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM.

Microsoft Kinect’s most amazing feat yet: Translating sign language

When it comes to gaming, Microsoft’s Kinect sensor is clearly one of the biggest developments in recent history — and the best is yet to come when Microsoft debuts its all new sensor alongside the Xbox One. But the Kinect is much more than just a gaming accessory, and Microsoft researchers have shown time and time again that the possibilities with Kinect are nearly endless. In what might be the Kinect’s most impressive feat yet, researchers from Microsoft’s labs have teamed up with the Institute of Computing Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences to begin developing technology that allows the Kinect to recognize sign language and translate it into text. Development of this hugely important tech is still in the early stages but Microsoft says results so far have been “encouraging in enabling people whose primary language is sign language to interact more naturally with their computers.” A video demo can be seen below. More →

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Google Latitude Shut Down

Google names next victim as killing spree continues

By on July 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

Google names next victim as killing spree continues

Google ends up shutting down more than one out of every three services it offers, and the serial killer’s next victim has been identified. As of August 9th, Google Latitude will be no more. “Google Latitude will be retired on August 9th, 2013,” Google said in a post on its support website. “Products being retired include Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget, and the Latitude website at maps.google.com/latitude.” The news comes just a week after Google shuttered its widely used Google Reader RSS feed reading service. What should people who still use the Latitude social network to share their location with friends and family do? Shockingly, Google suggests using Google+ instead. “You can share your location with your friends on Google+ using the Google+ Android app,” the company noted on its site. “The ability to share your location on Google+ on iOS will be coming soon.”

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Google Now Chrome Integration

Google Now likely headed to Chrome in near future

By on June 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM.

Google Now likely headed to Chrome in near future

It looks like Google at last appears ready to integrate its Google Now personal assistant app into both its Chrome browser and Chrome operating system. CNET reports that “Google is making steady progress” in its quest to bring Google Now to more desktop users and has now added a flag to Chrome and Chrome OS “that lets people enable Google Now,” although the publication notes that the service isn’t connected to any of Google’s servers just yet. Google first debuted Google Now last year as an application that uses search history and location history to figure out what information users might need before they even ask for it. Examples include being able to tell users how long their typical commutes will be given current traffic conditions, and being able to figure out how long in advance users will have to leave for them to make appointments on time.

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