HP Google Apps Promotion

HP bucks Microsoft, will promote Google Apps to small businesses

By on June 12, 2013 at 8:45 PM.

HP bucks Microsoft, will promote Google Apps to small businesses

Microsoft Office is by far the most comprehensive suite of productivity services around, but what if you own a small business with bare-bones requirements for word processing and spread sheets? AllThingsD reports that HP is teaming up with Google to promote Google Apps as a free alternative for companies that don’t want to pay Microsoft fees to use Office. HP “will package [Google's] management tools with its PCs, printers and other IT gear” while helping companies ease into using Google Apps with an assist from its own management software, AllThingsD says. The move toward Google Apps comes at a time when HP has been inching away from Microsoft a bit, as this year the company has launched new devices based on Google’s Chrome and Android operating systems.

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iTunes Radio Analysis

Apple’s iTunes Radio is finally here! Time to start your free trial of Google Play Music All Access

By on June 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

Apple’s iTunes Radio is finally here! Time to start your free trial of Google Play Music All Access

Rumors surrounding Apple’s streaming music service had been swirling for years — not months, but years — and now we can finally put them all to bed. The company on Monday took the wraps off of iTunes Radio during this year’s WWDC keynote, and the new service definitely sports a solid feature set. iTunes Radio is integrated into Apple’s Music app, providing curated streaming radio stations and custom stations that improve as you listen and download new music. And now that the service is finally official and we know all there is to know, it’s finally time to start your Google Play Music All Access trial. More →

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Apple iRadio Launch

Apple’s iRadio could debut next week – will it outgun Spotify and Google’s All Access?

By on June 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

Apple’s iRadio could debut next week – will it outgun Spotify and Google’s All Access?

Apple has reportedly secured a key licensing deal for its upcoming new “iRadio” streaming music service just one week ahead of its annual WWDC conference in San Francisco. Warner Music, which had been holding out for better terms according to earlier reports, has reportedly now agreed to license its catalog to Apple for use with its subscription music service. CNET broke the news on Sunday and it was later confirmed in a brief report from AllThingsD. More →

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Microsoft Office 365 Subscribers Analysis

Despite Windows 8 drama, Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium has been a hit

By on May 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

Despite Windows 8 drama, Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium has been a hit

So we all know by now that Windows 8 has proven to be a very polarizing operating system that Microsoft has vowed to overhaul in an effort to assuage disgruntled users. But Benzinga’s Tim Parker notes that Microsoft has had considerably more success lately with another cornerstone of its business that isn’t an operating system or a gaming console: The subscription-based Office 365 Home Premium cloud service suite. Microsoft announced this week that there are now more than 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers, which Parker says is a reflection of the fact that Microsoft has done “a pretty good job of not trying to completely reinvent something that isn’t broken” but has instead given an old product a “21st century treatment” by putting it in the cloud.

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Skype Market Share

Skype faces trouble on both desktop and iPhone

By on May 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM.

Skype faces trouble on both desktop and iPhone

It’s no surprise that AIM and Yahoo Messenger are collapsing, with unique visitor counts declining by about 30-40% year on year, according to comScore. But it is fascinating that Skype (-12%) and Google Talk (-15%) are now losing ground now. There is no doubt that Facebook’s messaging system is one major factor in the desktop messaging decline. Yet it’s hard to avoid the notion that the rapidly multiplying messaging apps on smartphones are the biggest headache for Skype right now. More →

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Tumblr Facebook Teens

Teens turn to Tumblr to escape parents on Facebook

By on May 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Teens turn to Tumblr to escape parents on Facebook

When you’re a tween or teen who just has to repost that great porn GIF you just found, Facebook really isn’t the place to do it. It’s not that porn GIFs are any less appreciated by Facebook users, of course, but rather that young users are often tracked by their parents on the world’s top social network. As a result, a recent Pew Research study found that teenagers are moving away from Facebook and finding a new home on Tumblr. More →

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Pandora Premiers Album Streaming

‘Pandora Premiers’ streams full albums a week before they launch

By on May 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM.

‘Pandora Premiers’ streams full albums a week before they launch

As Pandora struggles to fight off a new wave of competition from the likes of industry giants like Google and Apple, the company recently announced a new feature that could definitely boost interest in its services. Dubbed “Pandora Premieres,” the new feature allows users to stream new albums in their entirety a week before they are released to the public. Upcoming albums can be streamed on-demand from start to finish for one week until they are released, and then they will be mixed in with Pandora’s standard streaming radio offering. Pandora Premieres is available to Pandora subscribers at pandora.com/premieres, and the company’s full press release follows below. More →

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Microsoft Cloud Services Analysis

How cloud services could save Microsoft from sinking PC sales

By on May 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

How cloud services could save Microsoft from sinking PC sales

We all know that the PC industry is in dire straits at the moment, which has naturally led to speculation that Microsoft could also soon find itself in big trouble. But while Microsoft’s struggles to establish itself in the mobile consumer device market are well-documented, the company still has an ace up its sleeve in the form of enterprise cloud services. Barron’s points us to a new note from UBS analyst Brent Thill, who makes the case that Microsoft cloud offerings such as Office 365 and SkyDrive have the potential to give the company a more predictable revenue stream and make the company more like IBM, which for years has raked in high earnings despite being out of the consumer electronics spotlight. More →

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Google Voice Hangouts Integration

Google vows to integrate Google Voice into Hangouts

By on May 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM.

Google vows to integrate Google Voice into Hangouts

When Google unveiled its new Hangouts service last week, keen observers noted that there was a glaring omission in the company’s effort to cobble together all its messaging services onto one platform: Google Voice. But a new Google+ post from Google director of real-time communications Nikhyl Singhal suggests that Hangouts users won’t have to wait for Voice much longer. Specifically, Singhal says that while “today’s version of Hangouts doesn’t yet support outbound calls on the web and in the Chrome extension,” it will “support inbound calls to your Google Voice number.” He then adds that the company is “working hard on supporting both, and outbound/inbound calls will soon be available.” Singhal also says that Hangouts are “the future of Google Voice,” so it’s pretty clear that Google is placing all of its messaging service chips onto Hangouts for the foreseeable future.

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Google Maps Redesign

Completely redesigned Google Maps leaks ahead of I/O

By on May 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM.

Completely redesigned Google Maps leaks ahead of I/O

The days leading up to a big industry event like Google I/O are always packed with leaks and this week has been no different. Among the details trickling out ahead of Google’s big day is confirmation that a complete overhaul of Google Maps will debut during the keynote on Wednesday. Or, it would have debuted had Google not leaked it ahead of time. Droid Life managed to grab screenshots of the new Google Maps’ sign-up page when it accidentally went live briefly on Tuesday night, and they reveal what appears to be a terrific reimagining of Google’s popular mapping service. Changes include a brand new layout, new search features and new ways to highlight the “things that matter most.” Additional images showcasing Google Maps’ new design follow below and the rest of the screenshots can be viewed by following the source link beneath them. More →

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Apple iRadio

Apple’s ‘iRadio’ ambitions hit a familiar snag

By on May 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM.

Apple’s ‘iRadio’ ambitions hit a familiar snag

Apple’s negotiations with Warner Music and Sony Music to launch its “iRadio” streaming music service have hit a snag, The Financial Times reported. Earlier reports suggested Apple was close to striking deals with two major labels, and Universal Music has reportedly already agreed to terms that will see its catalog made available on Apple’s upcoming streaming music service, which should be similar to those offered by Pandora and Spotify. Apple’s most recent offer to Sony and Warner was 12.5 cents per 100 streamed tracks, the report claims,  but neither label has accepted the terms at this point. According to FT, they want Apple to pay more than the standard rate paid by Pandora and similar services because of its “broader ambitions for iRadio.” It is unclear exactly how Apple plans to structure the upcoming service, which the company seemingly hopes to launch this summer.

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Google Services Shut Down

Statistical analysis finds Google shuts down 35% of its services

By on May 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM.

Statistical analysis finds Google shuts down 35% of its services

A statistical analysis of Google’s track record has found that more than one out of every three services Google launches ends up being shut down. Gwern.net recently published an extensive analysis of Google’s launches over the years in an effort to find closure patterns and maybe even predict which current and new services might be shuttered in the future. In doing so, the site found that a sizable chunk of Google’s product portfolio — 35% — has been shut down over the years. More →

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