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Apple looking for record industry approval of cloud music service [Updated]

April 22nd, 2011

According to Peter Kafka over at All Things D, Apple’s presumed cloud-based music service will not be all that dissimilar from Amazon’s. The report details that Apple, like Amazon, will allow iTunes users to store newly purchased tracks and already-owned digital music in an online locker. Unlike Amazon, however, the Cupertino company is looking for deals …

BlackBerry PlayBook arriving at Office Depot on April 19th

March 30th, 2011

Research In Motion’s first QNX-powered device — the BlackBerry PlayBook — will be hitting a plethora of retailers beginning next month, and Office Depot has officially thrown its proverbial hat into the ring. Via a press release, the retailer has announced that beginning April 19th customers can purchase the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB PlayBooks for …

Amazon allows Android application ‘test drives’ via virtual machine

March 28th, 2011

Here’s an interesting way to add value to your mobile application store, free test drives! An overlooked feature of Amazon’s new Android app store provides users with the ability to try both free and paid applications before making their purchase. Being referred to as “Test Drive,” the company is utilizing an Android virtual machine to allow users …

Apple’s iPad 2 now available online

March 11th, 2011

It’s March 11th at 4:00 a.m. EST, which means Apple’s iPad 2 is officially on sale. The device announced last week will go on sale at Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, and Walmart retail locations later today — 5:00 p.m. EST — but if you want to order yourself the next-generation iPad and …

Apple pop-up store popping up in Austin for SXSW

March 10th, 2011

It’s the company’s first, and we’re guessing it won’t be the last. Apple is constructing a pop-up store in Austin, Texas to coincide with the launch of the iPad 2 and the ever-popular SXSW festival, which is taking place over the next week and a half. It’s being reported that Apple has rented out a …

Opera launches app store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Java handsets

March 9th, 2011

Browser maker Opera has announced the a new application store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Java based handsets that offers both free and paid applications for your mobile device. “The Opera Mobile Store is available to Opera users and users of other mobile browsers, on all popular mobile phone platforms in more than 200 countries,” …

RIM makes its App World signup process easier

March 7th, 2011

RIM has started emailing developers to inform them that its BlackBerry App World sign-up process is now much more streamlined; a welcomed change, we’re sure. Before the program tweak, RIM required a notarized proof of identity — yes, you’d literally have to get a document notarized before RIM would accept you as a developer into BlackBerry App World. After …

Apple, Microsoft continue battle over ‘App Store’ trademark

March 1st, 2011

Although corporate lawsuits are, for the most part, dull and boring, they can occasionally provide comedic relief. Back in January, we told you about a little nomenclature spat brewing between technology giants Microsoft and Apple. The Redmond-based Windows maker filed a complaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office claiming that Apple was attempting to trademark …