One service that many Nokia customers are used to getting with their phones is Ovi Music Unlimited, a service that allows free music downloads and is backed by some major players like Vivendi's Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music Group and Sony. Well, it seems the service isn't as popular as Nokia would like and it is being cut from most worldwide markets.
Apparently the fact that the music had DRM that locked any music that was downloaded to that specific device doesn't go over very well with customers, especially with so many other DRM-free options available. Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa are among the markets that will still have the service available. Current users in markets that are losing the service will still have access to downloaded tracks, and Nokia's music store will still be available for those who want to download DRM-free tunes.
Found this video on my daily troll of websites, a behind the scenes look at Lexar (a division of Micron) and their production process. Micron is the only chip manufacturing plant in the US and more specifically it's in Ohio.
The video is great, little facts amaze me like, the plant's clean room is 100 times cleaner than a hospitals operating room. Crazy fact! It also shows just how much work can go into something so small.
It looks like Apple CEO Steve Jobs is off to battle another nemesis, and it's not the PC or competing tablets. Jobs announced to his employees this morning that he is taking a medical leave of absence from Apple, leaving Tim Cook to handle the day to day operations at Apple.
You can say what you want about Jobs, but you can't say he isn't tough. His previous medical history includes a bout with Pancreatic Cancer in 2004 and a liver transplant in 2009, both of which he fully recovered from. No specifics were relased about the reason for the latest leave of absence, but more may be released during Apple's Q4 and 2010 earnings release tomorrow.
Titanium, it's back. NVIDIA are set to launch the GeForce GTX560 range any day now and Gigabyte are one of the first to be pictured running the old moniker of "Ti". The Gigabyte model number is GV-N560OC-1GI - the card is based off of the GF114 GPU, with 384 CUDA cores and 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
The card doesn't look that much different to a GTX460 and rumor has it that the GF114 is pin-compatible with GF104 which means R&D costs would be down, and a simple slot in GPU and BIOS is added and voila, GTX560 powah.
It's been announced, delayed due to "safety concerns," and pushed back some more, but it looks like the FastMac U-Socket outlet is ready to make itself available to the world. This outlet, which provides standard (U.S.) 110V power along with two handy USB ports for your electronic device charging needs, is officially now available from
CES 2011, Las Vegas - One thing that we managed to get a glimpse of while out at CES this year was an interesting demo from Both Intel and Lucid. You remember Lucid; they are the company that has been working on an ALI/Crossfire alternative. We first saw them a couple of years ago at IDF.
At the time Lucid was hailed as the SLI/Crossfire Killer. Unfortunately it was never meant to be positioned in that way. Still we saw companies touting it as the end a replacement for multi-GPU technology. Now Lucid has dropped down a rung or two, not by their own doing but by the pedestal that the press put them on. They are often used as a method for getting more PCIe lanes or as nothing more than a way to run SLI on an AMD motherboard. In this capacity they are actually a good solution.
EA is pumped for the release of Dead Space 2 and in the build up has uploaded some footage of random mom reactions to YouTube videos. It's a good watch and some good marketing from EA.
If you're ready to watch some mom-reaction, give it a look. If not, just prepare by being excited for the impending release of Dead Space 2.
Yes, you read that right. Steve Ballmer says the Xbox is not a gaming console. Steve was interviewed by USA Today and TechSpot has pulled what they thought were the top three questions and answers.
Q: You sold 8 million Kinects over the holidays, more than you expected. What differentiates it from other gaming consoles on the market?
Yesterday I talked about the next-gen iPad was getting a higher resolution display, well there are now more rumors that are pointing toward this actually happening. MacRumors is now saying that this might actually happen.
The fuel to this rumor is Apple's updated iBooks app at 1.1 accidentally included artwork for double the amount of pixels of the current iPad. The bookmark icon included art for the iPad, iPhone, iPhonex2 and iPadx2. The x2 versions are exactly double the resolution of the original versions.
I can certainly see the value in a tablet that runs Android and Windows 7. You can use Android when you want to mess about on the Android Market or play some cool mobile games. When you need to use your productivity software, you can boot over to Windows 7 and get access to all the software you normally use in the office.
A cool new tablet called the Evolve III Maestro has surfaced that will boot both Windows and Android, and it adds in a third OS. The tablet will also boot MeeGo, which will make the Linux faithful really happy. More is often better in the eyes of the consumer so having three OS' to choose from will appeal to many shoppers.
The tablet runs an Intel Atom N475 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and has a 32GB SSD for storage. The screen is 10-inches wide and the rig has WiFi and a 3G modem inside. The tablet is expected to ship in Q2 2011. Exactly what the thing will cost is unknown; it sounds more like a netbook than a pure tablet to me.