Apple is rumored to be launching a cloud-based movie service before the end of the year, if not, early 2012. The Los Angeles Times has reported that Apple Representatives have been meeting with various movie studios to finalize a deal that would allow consumers to purchase movies through iTunes and stream them to any iOS-based device. The news comes just after talks of the first movies from a multi-studio venture known as Ultraviolet being launched this week.
Ultraviolet will allow consumers to purchase a DVD or Blu-ray and gain access to digital cloud-based copies they can then watch instantly on their Internet-connected TVs, smartphones and tablets. Ultraviolet web-only purchases, without discs, are expected to arrive in 2012. The Los Angeles Times didn't cite iCloud specifically, but when it says that Apple plans to "put movies in the cloud", there's no guessing required. What is unclear though, is whether the movies and TV shows would be simply downloaded to iOS devices, or streamed in order to save storage space.
This news bit is short and sweet, and doesn't add to your love handles, just in case you were wondering. iCloud gives you 5GB of free storage, not bad, eh? Well, Box.net are actually offering [for the next 50 days], iOS users the chance of grabbing 50GB of free storage. Free, that means $0. Not only is the deal bloody amazing, but there is no fineprint. No asterisks, no buts, nothing. Most of these types of offers expire after a certain amount of time, or are only open to fresh, new users, but this one is neither.
It is open to anyone and everyone and lasts forever. 50GB of free storage for iOS users thanks to Box.net, nice one!
Windows 8's UI has undergone some changes as Microsoft received a bunch of feedback due to its developer preview of the upcoming OS last month, where they pledged to respond with a number of changes. Firstly, the app displayed within the Windows 8 App Screen can now be organised into groups, rather than the alphabetical arrangements (as shown in the image below).
Apps can now be displayed at a higher density, which means cramming more content into the same space. Enterprise users will have the ability to customize their companies' Start screens and unify them across the networks, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me. There's still no word on whether administrators have the ability to opt out of Windows 8's Metro Ui tile-based interface, in favor of the "old-school", Windows 7-esque Desktop app, which is a highly requested feature.
There are many changes Microsoft are baking into Windows 8 and its great to see them so open with their users and implementing them so quickly. Take a look at the Building Windows 8 blog for an absolutely mammoth read, its very detailed and very awesome.
24 hours ahead of the official US launch and iFixit have ripped apart Apple's latest poster boy, the iPhone 4S. Inside we find a few details that future iPhone 4S users might want to know, such as the iPhone 4S having a half a watt-hour extra juice inside compared to the iPhone 4. This would be partially responsible for the 4S's improved 3G talk time, but the thanks could also go to the updated Qualcomm MDM6610 dual-mode baseband.
The iPhone 4S also sports an improved vibrator (hehe, hehe) motor found in the CDMA iPhone, iFixit also say that the touchscreen panel uses the same connecting points as the older GSM iPhone 4 instead of those found in the newer CDMA model. There are also markings on Apple's A5 processor that confirm what we've all been sitting around the rumor mill with, the amount of RAM included in the iPhone 4S.
Apple's A5-sporting next-gen iPhone was rumored to have 1GB or RAM, but it is now officially confirmed to be just 512MB of RAM. Markings on the A5 chip itself (E4E4) confirm the processor contains two 2Gb dies, 4 gigbits is equivalent to half a gigabyte, or, 512MB. iFixit gives the device 6 out of 10 score for repairability, the same as the iPhone 4 received, due to the use of pentalobe screws, thanks, Apple.
We've been talking about this for a while... but now it seems a concrete date has been set. Google and Samsung have sent invites to various people, tech sites, etc for the rescheduled Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) event. Google and Samsung plan to unveil Google's next-generation mobile OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as Samsung's next smartphone, Galaxy Nexus (possibly named Nexus Prime) on October 19, in Hong Kong. The timing coincides with the D Asia conference and would start at 10PM Eastern time.
If you can't make it, don't sweat; there will be a live stream for those of us unable to attend. I would suggest organising maybe a towel for all the drool you'll do over your keyboard. Originally, the event was meant to be last week, but as we reported a few days ago, it was delayed out of respect for Steve Jobs. In the US, the new Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime should arrive around the date of November 3, and could be a Verizon exclusive,
Our App of the Day today is Apple iMessage for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 5 or later.
Okay, our AOTD is a little different today. We're are featuring an Apple made "app" called iMessage.
It's the new messaging service built into iOS 5 and it rocks. Why? How about being able to send completely free text messages to other friends who are also using iOS 5.0? Yep, it does and you can also send pictures and video, too. It's fast too and works very well.
The annoying part is that your friend or contact needs to have iOS 5.0 and there is really no way of knowing if they are on iOS 5.0 or not without asking them or just trying for a response. I'd love to see Apple make some adjustments so in your contacts list a person with iMessage support was highlighted with a support icon or something similar.
Do you reckon the folks over at WhatsApp Messenger are a little nervous right now? I'd say so... they did make their app free for 24 hours to regions that usually need to pay this past day. Apple iMessage is not perfect yet and not up to what WhatsApp can do (sharing your location, for example), but I'm sure we'll see improvements over time.
The latest happenings from around the web - October 13th, 2011
- AMD A6-3650 APU + CrossfireX @ Vortez
- Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 15.6-inch Laptop @ ThinkComputers
- Lian Li PC-V600F Case @ Techpowerup
- Soundgraph Hummin' 3.03 & Finger VU 1016W Case @ Techpowerup
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Cooler @ XSReviews
- Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler @ Hardware Canucks
Often soaking up your weekends at local LAN events? Thermaltake is offering up something new for LANers to make getting your gear from A to B much easier. Launched just today, Tt simply calls it the "Transporter".
This snow/water/dust resistant carry bag is said to be super strong, further indicated by Thermaltake's claim that it can take on up to 100Kg worth of gaming gear (including either a mid, or even full tower rig, mouse, keyboard, headset, cabling etc.).
The Tt eSports branded bag is made of polyester material and measures 600 x 300 x 600 mm. The announcement from Thermaltake today didn't mention a date of availability or pricing as yet, but it shouldn't be too far away. In the meantime you can check out the official product page on the Transporter over at Thermaltake's site.
Audio specialists Bose have just released a couple new sets of headphones to market in the OE2 and OE2i. These on-ear headphones promise a super comfortable fit to the head while being slim profile by design with foam ear cushioned, foldable earcups to make transporting more pleasant.
Bose says the sound quality of these headphones in comparison to their predecessors has been improved upon thanks to the use of a TriPort acoustic structure for improved audio reproduction.
The OE2 headphones use a standard audio cable, coming in at $149.95 USD, whilst the OE2i is a step up with its inline remote and microphone, priced at $179.95 USD.
Buffalo has come up with a new way to provide mass external storage which still plays ball nicely with the many DLNA-capable TVs that don't support 3, or in some cases even 2TB drives.
The multimedia focused HD-ALCTU2/V drive from Buffalo provides a capacity switch whereby you can set the amount of space seen by the 3TB drive inside the unit - 1TB, 2TB or the full 3TB. The way it works is by allowing users to partition their content, so you could for instance have all your larger movie files taking up 2TB, whilst the other 1TB partition would be for housing all your TV shows / music etc.
As for the design of the unit itself, it is of glossy black appearance and measures 121 x 40 x 201 mm. It relies on a USB 2.0 connection for its interface and includes built-in rubber mounts to prevent vibration.