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Rdio unveils $4 per month streaming service to undercut Spotify

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Rdio has unveiled the Rdio Select streaming music service, a $4 per month subscription designed to undercut Spotify, Pandora, and other similar offerings.




The music industry standard for monthly streaming services is around $10 per month, or music listeners can listen to ad-supported music. Rdio offers a free online radio service and $10 monthly subscription, but wants to find a new revenue stream to reach consumers unwilling to pay $10. Rdio Select would provide ad-free streaming radio stations created based on song selection, genre and user play history - and up to 25 songs that can be downloaded when no Internet connection is available.


"We're excited to reach a new group of price-sensitive music subscribers with Rdio Select and have designed the service to appeal to a wide audience," said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio, in a statement.

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First glimpse of the 'Steve Jobs' movie trailer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

In case you didn't tune in to the "Mad Men" finale, where the new "Steve Jobs" movie trailer debuted, here it is:



"Steve Jobs" features Michael Fassbender serving as Jobs, with Seth Rogen playing Steve Wozniak. Sony Pictures dropped the film, but it was directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. The biopic, being made by Universal Pictures, will be released in October 2015. The film also features Kate Winslet and Jeff Daniels, showing that this is a film with serious Hollywood star power.


A previous Steve Jobs-inspired film, starring Ashton Kutcher, left Apple fans rather disappointed - but the Universal project appears to be coming along nicely.

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AT&T working on providing exclusive content for connected cars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The fight is on to provide content to connected cars, with AT&T reportedly preparing exclusive content that can be streamed to mobile devices. The videos, music and games could be available by the end of 2015, with AT&T already working with eight automakers.




AT&T is working with Ford, General Motors, Audi and others, interested in providing Internet connectivity in their newer vehicles.


"It's no different than being able to hook onto a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere and get access to content you already subscribe to and get unique content that you could only get in the back of the vehicle," said Chris Penrose, SVP of emerging devices at AT&T, in a statement published by Reuters.

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BlackBerry CEO apparently isn't ready to give up on smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has found ways to help reinvigorate the company as it looks beyond smartphones - but that doesn't mean the Canadian smartphone manufacturer has given up on phones.




Speaking to Business Insider, Chen promised that BlackBerry's smartphone business unit will be profitable again one day. Even though BlackBerry has worked to help make Google Android and Apple iPhones more secure, nothing beats the security offered by a BlackBerry.


"I can only make iPhone so much more secure, but if I can't make it as secure as a BlackBerry device," Chen told Business Insider. "If you look at the US Army, they're still rolling out all BlackBerry. If I tell them there are no more phones, I lose that account. The question is how do you make phones profitable at the volume those people represent?"

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A quick look at the new Doom video game from Bethesda

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Bethesda has published a short teaser video ahead of E3, getting gamers excited about the new Doom video game. There is just three seconds of actual game play, with Bethesda building hype for its June 14 showcase in Los Angeles.



Doom game play footage was shown during QuakeCon last year, but the footage wasn't available to the rest of the world - and while there is no release date for the title - it is expected to launch on the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4.


"An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect," said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR at Bethesda, in a statement made earlier in 2015.

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Nissan pledges to have self-driving cars on the road by 2020

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Nissan wants to have vehicles with self-driving technology on the road by 2020, but CEO Carlos Ghosn is curious to see if drivers are willing to embrace the new features. The company previously promised delivery of autonomous technology by 2020 - but there will need to be government approval, as new laws will need to be created for self-driving cars.




"Our cars will be ready," Ghosn recently said, confirming his company's aspirations for an autonomous vehicle by 2020. The Japanese automaker doesn't want to be caught out as its rivals push forward with autonomous vehicles and connected technology.


In addition to multiple auto makers embracing autonomous technology, Google and other Silicon Valley companies also are contributing software and hardware. Nissan just doesn't want to embrace autonomous vehicles, as there is a heavy focus on improving connectivity of future car models.

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Angry users take to drought shaming celebrities on Twitter

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If you weren't currently aware, California is currently going through a serious drought with water officials reporting that "growers have been sucking more water from the ground than nature or man has put back for decades" with many more sobering statistics involved.




Now as members of the public are being warned to watch their water usage, celebrities have been brought into the spotlight as some of our biggest water wasters.


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been pointed out as a specific example among many others, sporting lush green lawns and full swimming pools amid a barren desert landscape, without any real measures put in place to curb their water usage in the immediate or distant future alongside. Adding to this, some companies are continuing to bottle water despite the severe shortage.

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Tim Cook makes moving speech at George Washington University

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The head of Apple, Steve Cook, spoke recently at George Washington University and had a few sentimental notes about the iPhone 6 and the late Steve Jobs for all those who would listen.




Addressing the crowd, Cook stated that Jobs' "vision for Apple was a company that turned powerful technology into tools that were easy to use, tools that would help people realize their dreams and change the world for the better," furthering "our products do amazing things, and just as Steve envisioned, they empower people all over the world. People who are blind and need information read to them because they can't see the screen. People for whom technology is a lifeline because they are isolated by distance or disability."


Adding to his 20 minute speech, Cook made sure to tell the crowd to help out the environment - "for those of you with an iPhone, just place it in silent mode. If you don't have an iPhone, please pass it to the center aisle. Apple has a world-class recycling program."

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Eurocom announces its Armadillo 2 Ultrabook, supports up to 32GB RAM

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Often plagued by slow operating procedures, Ultrabooks have shown that a quick start-up process and a thin design isn't the be all and end all of computing technology.




Setting out to help change this trend is Eurocom, recently announcing its Armadillo 2 Ultrabook sporting up to 32GB of memory through two 16GB RAM modules. Coupled with an Intel i5-5200U Broadwell CPU and 2TB of storage space, bundled with Intel HD graphics 5500 and in a complete package completed by a brushed aluminum exterior weighing in at only 1.8kg and measuring 2.1cm thick, this Ultrabook really looks like a winner.


The 2TB of storage comes through a mSATA drive bay and one 2.5-inch 7mm HDD/SSD slot which is kept churning by the 7-hour battery life provided by a 44WH battery.

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