All without telling the music labels? How nice of Apple!
With this news, Apple are increasing the preview of a song from 30 seconds to 90 seconds - for the consumer, us... that is great, but for the actual music labels - without telling them, is a bit harsh. Apple have said to them, that the change is happening - whether they like it or not as it's for their own good.
This is a bit of an added news bit to something I posted a few days ago in regards to the so close we can smell it cooking on the BBQ - GeForce GTX580 card. Some of the info was missing, and other sites are filling this gap.
We now have a "close to confirmed" TDP of 244W - slightly lower than the 480's rated 250W. Texture fillrate was flagged as one of the bottlenecks of the GTX480 - with the 580 effectively doubling the TMU to 128 - other than these fixes, it's a "fixed" release of the GTX480, something that the GTX480 was meant to be at launch, but cut down for various reasons.
If you love trying to find holes in the security of sites, Google wants to pay you some money to help them find theirs. In an announcement yesterday, the Google Security Team announced that rewards of at least $500 will be given to researchers who report vulnerabilities in Google-controlled sites.
These rewards will be given for vulnerabilities in not only Google direct sites, but others under their flag like YouTube and Blogger as well. They are looking for vulnerabilities Any Google web properties which display or manage highly sensitive authenticated user data or accounts may be in scope. Cash rewards from $500 to "$3,133.7" USD are possible. You see what they did there?
Due to sanctions, reports from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria are not eligible for the cash reward. Check out more details and all the fine print at the Source Link.
It's the time of the year for the ARIA awards, this year is a little different with Apple and ARIA are putting on a bunch of concerts in the Botanic Gardens in Sydney - the bonus? They're streaming these shows live via a free app on the App Store.
Thus far, John Butler and Washington have already played with Guy Sebastian playing tonight, Sia tomorrow night and Angus & Julia Stone playing on Friday night. Once the stream is finished, the concert is available for another week, free. The app also has links to artist profiles and links to buy their music via iTunes.
Remembering hotel keys can be a pain in the behind, and I can't imagine how many walk away from hotels every day leaving the owners to have to buy more. The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm is trying to make key cards a lot less necessary with their trial of ASSA ABLOY's remote hotel check-in.
For four months, the hotel is providing near-field communications (NFC) equipped Samsung handsets to selected customers to give the remote keycard program a whirl. All of the room, check-in, and check-out information can be remotely downloaded, stored, and wiped if necessary with the provided application from any NFC-enabled handset. If this takes off, there may soon be no reason to ever see the front desk at all.
With USB 3.0 coming to more and more platforms, Mac owners may feel a little left out in the cold. When customer Tom Kruk e-mailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the issue a few days ago, he got a short and to the point reply.
Jobs' reply stated "We don't see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example." This seems a bit odd considering the price drops on the platform across the board and growing interest. Jobs didn't exactly rule USB 3.0 out completely, but don't expect to see it pop up as an option when configuring your new Mac anytime soon.
Strategy Analytics, a research firm - has said Apple has taken 95% of the 4.4 million unit worldwide tablet market, while another firm finds a very high satisfaction record amongst iPad owners.
Obviously this isn't surprising - as there's not many tablets out there yet that compete with the iPad... but there's some juicier information.
"Global tablet shipments grew 26 percent sequentially to reach 4.4 million units in Q3 2010," said Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was the clear market leader during the quarter, capturing an impressive 95 percent share with the iPad and beating Android into second place."
If you are a mobile type that needs to get their data backed up no matter where they are, you are probably going to be looking for a small, compact external HDD that gets all the power it needs from the USB port. There are a number of offerings on the market that will do that, but some of them are more portable than others. A company called G-Technology claims to have the thinnest one on the planet.
The new USB external HDD is called the G-Drive and inside the metal housing hides one of the thin Hitachi GST Travelstar Z5K320 HDDs. The overall dimensions of the G-Drive are 128.6mm L x 82mm W x 9.9mm H. The aluminum enclosure is recyclable and the thing is designed to look a lot like an Apple notebook. The drive is pre-formatted for Mac users as well.
The SSD market is ripe with offerings that are aimed at the consumer and a bunch that are aimed specifically at the enterprise user. Kingston has SSDs for both of these users groups and it has announced a new SSD that is specifically for the enterprise user needing garbage collection that is OS independent.
The new drive is the SSDNow V+100 and it has 96GB of storage space. The drive's big feature is the always-on garbage collection feature that doesn't depend on the OS to collect garbage bits and clean them out. The drive will work in Windows machines with TRIM and in other OS computers that lack TRIM capability.
One of the most popular genres of video games for gamers on all platforms from consoles to the PC are shooters. In the world of shooters one of the most popular games is the Call of Duty franchise. The latest installment in the franchise is Call of Duty: Black Ops and the game is set to launch soon. Activision is talking up its launch event for the game.
The game publisher has announced that it will have the Grammy winning heavy metal band Metallica headlining the launch event for the game. The band will rock the Santa Monica Airport Hanger 8 venue in celebration of the games launch. Other than a performance by the band, the event will also celebrate all six branches of the armed forces.