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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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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