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Google fined $1.2 million for violating Spanish privacy laws

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:51 pm

Spain takes its privacy laws pretty serious, and Google has just found out just how serious they consider violations. Today Reuters is reporting that Google has been issued a fine of $1.23 million after it was found guilt of breaking Spain's data protection laws.

 

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The fine of $1.23 million is the maximum possible under Spanish law, and this is not the first time that Google has had to pay for a breach of privacy this year. Last month Dutch lawmakers accused Google of breaking the same law in their country.

 

"Inspections have shown that Google compiles personal information through close to one hundred services and products it offers in Spain, without providing in many cases the adequate information about the data that is being gathered, why it is gathered and without obtaining the consent of the owners," said the Spanish Agency for Data Protection.

Spotify mobile streaming use skyrockets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:41 pm

Online music service Spotify's decision to open up its service to Apple iPhone and Google Android users for free has paid off, with the company drastically growing its customer base.

 

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After announcing its free app, Spotify app downloads increased by four times during the past week, though Spotify wouldn't release official download figures after its announcement. Instead of allowing music listeners to select what artists and songs play, Spotify relies on a 'shuffle mode' that gives listeners the chance to shuffle through personal - and random - playlists.

 

The music service now includes an ad-supported version of its service for mobile users - and should continue to pick up users at a rapid pace. Services such as Pandora offer a great service for mobile users, but the ad-supported version isn't as functional as the paid membership, with Spotify trying to fill the void. Expect a continued battle among music providers trying to attract casual users as the number of smartphone and tablet owners increases due to product availability and price.

500px finally makes its way to Windows Phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:30 pm

Shutterbugs who are fond of both 500px and Windows Phone will be happy to hear that the two have merged in the form of a new app. The official 500px app for Windows Phone was released this morning, and allows you to check out friends snapshots using the Flow feature.

 

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Additional features include the ability to search for interesting images, and import 500px images to live tiles and the phones lock screen. Unfortunately direct uploading of images to 500px is not supported at this time, and no mention was made of when this feature may be integrated.

Free calls and Channels are coming soon to BBM for iOS and Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:10 pm

A struggling BlackBerry is attempting to turn its BlackBerry Messenger Service into something that can help keep it afloat, and lately has been pushing it pretty hard. Today BlackBerry announced that it has entered into a deal with LG that will see BBM installed on all of the company's smartphones.

 

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Along with this announcement comes several new features that are sure to make BBM users on iOS and Android quite happy. Heading up the list of new features is BBM Voice, a free calling feature that lets users voice chat instead of using cellular voice service. BBM also now features chat room with a handful of channels that vary based on interest, hobbies, and consumer brands.

ROCKI completes its Kickstarter with $222,197

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:09 pm

We've been all over ROCKI for quite sometime now, but its Kickstarter has come to an end with an impressive tally: $222,197 raised. Considering the original funding goal was just $50,000, this Kickstarter is yet another success story.

 

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If you haven't heard of ROCKI, it will "free your music - from every phone, to all speakers, for everyone." This is what makes ROCKI such a great product, especially considering it will be made available for under $50. It was only a few days ago that we heard that Spotify and Deezer support would be added, only adding to the awesomeness that is ROCKI. We should be getting a hands-on at CES, which is only a couple of weeks away!

Apple updates Final Cut Pro to utilize new Mac Pro power

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 9:50 pm

On the heels of the release of the new Mac Pro, Apple has began pushing out an update to its Final Cut Pro software. The update brings the software up to date with current trends in professional video editing. The update also optimizes Final Cut Pro to fully utilize the power that Apple has packed into the Mac Pro.

 

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Final Cut Pro 10.1 adds support for 4K video, and features monitoring across Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI displays. Auto fade handlers have been added for each channel, and improvements have been made to workflow organisation via the addition of Libraries. A new API has also been added that allows users to build custom share options. Finally, the entire program has been optimized to take advantage of the dual GPU setup featured in the new Mac Pro. Head to the source link below to read the full change log.

Google looks to put an end to resource sucking Chrome extensions

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 3:00 pm

Today Google announced that it has began cracking down on multifunction extensions for its Chrome web browser. These type of browsers typically slow down a users machine by consuming massive amounts of system resources even while at idle.

 

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A new Chrome Web Store policy has been put into place that states that all extensions must be designed with a single purpose, and extensions that do not fit the bill will be removed from the Web Store. Single-purpose design for extensions has "always been the intent of the Chrome extension system," Google's, Erik Kay, writes in a blog post. "These multi-purpose extensions can crowd your browser UI and slow down your web browsing - sometimes significantly. We're making this policy change to fix these problems and give users more control over their browsing experience,"

Airtame wants to remove the wires from your HDMI-connected lifestyle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 1:40 pm

HDMI is widespread now, but plugging in cables is so 1999, right? Well, Airtame wants to cut the cord with wireless HDMI for everyone. You can fund it right now for $89, which gives you one Airtame device.

 

 

The Copenhagen, Denmark-based creators of Airtame were asking for $160,000 on Indiegogo, reaching their funding goal pretty quickly - just 12 days. With 29 days left, they have already racked up $311,893, which is quite impressive. It looks like people want wireless HDMI, and more specifically, Airtame. The new $350,000 stretch goal will see external USB support, which would allow an external USB sound card, wireless mouse/keyboard or ethernet adapter to work.

 

This $350,000 funding goal should be met within the next couple of hours, so it'll be interesting to see what the added stretch goals will be once they hit $350,000.

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Mark Zuckerberg is selling $2.3 billion worth of Facebook stock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 12:38 pm

Mark Zuckerberg is selling $2.3 billion worth of shares in the social network he founded, and is the CEO of. He isn't just selling the shares for cash, he's selling them to pay massive tax bills on options that he is exercising.

 

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The sale is part of a 70 million share offering, with Zuckerberg selling 41.3 million of those shares. Marc Andreessen, a Facebook investor, is selling 1.6 million. According to a press release from the social network, Facebook "intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for working capital and other general corporate purposes."

LG will unveil the world's first webOS-powered smart TV at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 11:41 am

LG purchased webOS nearly a year ago, and is finally using its investment. The South Korean electronics giant announced today that it will be showing off its first webOS-based device at CES 2014 in January.

 

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The company will be unveiling a new webOS-powered TV at CES, which will feature a dual-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. The TV should be multi-task-capable, too. With LG's current 'smart' TVs, most consumers aren't using most of the smart features, but the company is optimistic that its new webOS-powered TV can change that.

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