New York Post: Netflix trying to acquire streaming rights for in-season TV episodes

By on December 2, 2010 at 8:51 PM.

New York Post: Netflix trying to acquire streaming rights for in-season TV episodes

The New York Post is reporting that DVD rental giant Netflix has been in talks with television studios as they try to acquire the rights to in-season TV episodes. The Post cites “a person familiar with the matter” and writes that Netflix is willing to offer content owners between $70,000 and $100,000 per episode for more current media. The in-season episodes would bolster Netflix’s somewhat dusty streaming content lineup. The report goes on to note that a current hiccup in the negotiations is between studios and broadcast networks. Studios are claiming to own the streaming rights to content produced for television networks while TV network executives are also laying claim to the same rights.

As of late, Netflix has turned its focus to streaming media services; recently the company announced the addition of a streaming-only monthly subscription plan in the U.S., something it has never offered before. Netflix declined to comment on the report when asked by the New York Post. More →

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Google adds ‘optional meeting attendees’ feature to Calendar

By on November 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM.

Google adds ‘optional meeting attendees’ feature to Calendar

The list of things that enterprise calendaring systems (e.g. Microsoft Exchange) can do that Google Calendar can not do is getting shorter and shorter. Today, the Big G announced a new feature it is folding into its online Calendar implementation: optional meeting attendees. As Google explains:

Guests’ roles in meetings tend to vary as well. Some people have to be there to lead the meeting or help make decisions, whereas others are gathering information they may be able to digest just as well via the notes. Without knowing which attendees are crucial and which are optional, it can be difficult to know which meetings you really need to attend.

With a couple clicks, you can openly communicate the importance of a meeting for each attendee. Click on the “Make some attendees optional link” above the guest list and then toggle the role of each attendee by clicking the icon next to his or her name.

The optional attendees feature should be rolling out to Google Calendar users shortly. Hit the read link to check out the official article. More →

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All DROID smartphones on sale for 1¢ at AmazonWireless

By on November 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM.

All DROID smartphones on sale for 1¢ at AmazonWireless

Thinking about treating yourself to one of Verizon’s DROID smartphones right before the holidays? You’ll definitely want to check out this latest deal from AmazonWireless. The online retail giant has the full compliment of DROID devices from Big Red — the DROID Incredible, X, 2, and Pro – on sale for a single penny for those opening a new line of service. The offer is good now through November 22nd and includes free activation. If you’re thinking about jumping over to Verizon, how can you go wrong with a deal like this?

Now, if you’re already a VZW customer, and the DROID Pro has caught your eye, Best Buy is offering the new candy bar set for a very reasonable $99.99 with a signed two-year agreement; that is a full $80 below the on-contract price being offered by Verizon. It also looks like Best Buy’s $100 offer is being served straight-up, with no mail-in rebate or other forms required. Man the holidays are a great time to buy a cell phone.

Let us know what you think of the two deals!

UPDATE: Wirefly is selling the DROID Pro to new 2-year contract signers for an even lower $50. [Read] More →

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Verizon announces ‘Smartphones Talk Free’ promotion

By on November 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM.

Verizon announces ‘Smartphones Talk Free’ promotion

Today, Verizon Wireless took the wraps off of its “Smartphones Talk Free” promotion that we briefly told you about yesterday. The new promotion aims to save those Family SharePlan customers looking to add an additional smartphone line for a child, spouse, or acquaintance some cold hard cash. As the press release reads:

To take advantage of the Smartphones Talk Free promotion, customers will need a Nationwide Family SharePlan starting at $69.99 monthly access for 700 Anytime Minutes and add a $29.99 data plan for each additional smartphone. Customers currently on a Nationwide Family SharePlan may have a total of up to five lines, and receive the promotional credit on each new line that uses a new smartphone.

The offer credits each new smartphone line — that subscribes to a $29.99 data plan — $9.99 per month; the offer expires on January 7, 2011. Verizon notes that consumers can save nearly $240 per line over the life of a two-year contract. Hit the break for the full PR. More →

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Hands-on with the new Facebook messaging system

By on November 17, 2010 at 11:46 AM.

Hands-on with the new Facebook messaging system

Our friends over at Facebook were nice enough to hook us up with an invite to the initial roll-out of the company’s new messaging service announced this week. We’ve been messing around with the system for a few hours and thought we would put together some initial impressions for those who are interested or curious. Hit the jump and let’s get to it. More →

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Dell working on dual-core successor to Streak, Opus One?

By on November 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM.

Dell working on dual-core successor to Streak, Opus One?

The following story is based completely on hearsay, so we encourage you to consume it with a hefty dose of NaCl. That being said: Blog Streak Smart is reporting that a source who recently attended a private presentation, hosted by OEM Dell, was told that a successor to the 5-inch, Android Streak handset is due out in May of 2011. The purported handset — code named the Opus One — will sport an upgraded resolution (somewhere in the 1280 x 800 range) and, allegedly, wield a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Now, we all know how timely Dell was on getting the first Streak out the door, so… if you have a thing for over-sized smartphones, we suggest not getting your hopes up. Still, it will be interesting to see how/if Dell furthers the Streak platform, especially considering how well the first one did. More →

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Twitter updates Android client to version 1.0.5, includes iOS UI elements

By on November 3, 2010 at 7:32 PM.

Twitter updates Android client to version 1.0.5, includes iOS UI elements

Social networking site Twitter has just rolled out a new version of their Android mobile client. The new version offers several UI enhancements, including several of the gestures and features present in the company’s iOS offering:

Pull to Refresh: This popular feature, which was first available through our iPhone app, functions just as it sounds – when you’re at the top of your timeline, simply pull down to load new Tweets.
Swipe to Reveal: Swipe across a Tweet to get quick access to several options, such as viewing a user’s profile, sharing a tweet, or replying.
Quote a Tweet: Clicking the retweet icon now gives you the option to quote a Tweet. Of course, you can still retweet as you normally would.
• Hi-res avatar photos

Twitter version 1.0.5 is available, as we type, in the Android Market. Head on over in that direction… and grab the updated Facebook application while you’re at it! More →

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Facebook has 200 million active mobile users, improves iOS and Android applications

By on November 3, 2010 at 1:46 PM.

Facebook has 200 million active mobile users, improves iOS and Android applications

Today, at the company’s mobile media event, social networking giant Facebook announced that it has roughly 200 million active users on its Facebook mobile products; up from 65 million last year. Capitalizing on that momentum, Facebook announced several updated mobile offerings for two specific mobile platforms, iOS and Android.

The iOS Facebook application will get Facebook’s new “groups” implementation, easier location tagging of people, and the ability to link and upload photos to a “place.” The Android application, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits has been “a little behind,” will also be getting the “groups” and “places” functionality; Mr. Zuckerberg promised “true parity” between the two applications going forward. No ETA was given for the new applications but the innuendo appears to be “soon.”

UPDATE: It looks like the Android Facebook update, version 1.4.0, has just hit the Market. Enjoy!

UPDATE 2: The iOS update, version 3.3, has just made its way to the App Store.

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Samsung announcing new hardware November 8

By on October 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM.

Samsung announcing new hardware November 8

Got a thing for Samsung and Android? Samsung has just sent out a media blast announcing that they will be unveiling “a new Android device.” The invitation not-so-cryptically has TouchWiz icons and a stock-ticker image… our guess would be we’re going to see the Continuum Galaxy S handset with the second, AMOLED, “ticker” display. Any other conspiracy theories?

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 update gone till November

By on October 21, 2010 at 8:17 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 update gone till November

So sad. It looks like those Galaxy S owners who are still, very patiently we might add, waiting to get Android 2.2 on their handsets will just have to wait a little longer. According to a tweet by Samsung Mobile UK, the company’s Froyo update will “be available in the UK from early November” and to all other operators “by the end of November.” While this is just the UK, it can’t be a good sign for those U.S. Galaxy S handset owners with carrier branded handsets who were expecting Android Deuce-Deuce in the near future.  More →

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Apple makes iLife '11 official

By on October 20, 2010 at 1:38 PM.

Apple makes iLife '11 official

Roughly every two-years, like clockwork, Apple updates its digital media management and creation suite, iLife… and today the trend continues. At the company’s “Back to the Mac” event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, with help from several executives and product managers, detailed and demoed the latest iterations of, iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband included in the new iLife ’11 software bundle. Hit the jump to see what’s new. More →

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Asymco: 60% of Apple’s Q4 sales came from products that did not exist three years ago

By on October 20, 2010 at 2:33 AM.

Asymco: 60% of Apple’s Q4 sales came from products that did not exist three years ago

Company Asymco — a “unique hybrid of an app production studio and an industry analysis advisory with both practices informing each other” — has a fairly unique factoid up on their website. According to analyst Horace Dediu, sixty percent — that’s 6-0 — of Apple’s Q4 2010 sales came from products that did not exist until three years ago. Obviously the iPhone and iPad take center stage in that particular category. Talk about a short-term renaissance. More →

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All Twitter users now have new site layout, old layout being phased out

By on October 13, 2010 at 3:28 PM.

All Twitter users now have new site layout, old layout being phased out

Today, social networking giant Twitter announced that all 160 million of its users now have access to the site’s new interface; the company announced a site over-haul just four weeks ago. In an official blog post, Twitter writes: “You’ll be able to switch between both the old and new versions of Twitter for the next few weeks. After that, everyone will just use the new version.” If you’re a Twitter person — a Twerson if you will — let us know what you think of the #newTwitter. More →

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