Move over, iTunes; Sony is coming for a piece of your music sales pie. Music Unlimited by Qriocity has officially been launched by Sony and will offer over six million songs via a cloud based music service.
With current deals in place with music label big dogs like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music, Music Unlimited is looking to become a source of music for anyone with a Sony device from BRAVIA TVs to mp3 players to the PS3 with Android availability in the works as well. Music Unlimited is only seeing a limited launch in the UK and Ireland currently, with availability coming toAustralia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and the U.S. in 2011 .
Google have sent their mascot, the Android, into space. The 30, 000m trip was done with a Nexus S and recorded various data with it's GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer.
A few super-powers of the Nexus S were found in the process. The Nexus S can function up to an altitude of 18, 000m and temperatures of as low as -50c.
Terry "CatalystMaker" Makedon might require a new nickname, maybe "FusionMaker" will suite him well? Terry Makedon is moving jobs within AMD (as posted about yesterday) but in January he will start as software marketing manager for Fusion APU's.
He has said to KitGuru: "As of January 1st I will be changing jobs within AMD. I will switch from being the manager of software product management for Radeon to being the software marketing manager for Fusion APU's (Accelerated Processing Units). I am looking forward to working on the brand new and exciting market of APU's."
Google have dropped $1.8 billion like it's hot (shout out to Snoop Dogg!) on a new office in the concrete city where dreams are made of (wink Jay-Z), New York City.
They've spent the $1.8 billion on 111 Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. Google will also be leasing out the building to continuing and new tenants. Google have also said:
Intel and AMD have a lot in store for us tech-junkies. Intel's Sandy Bridge launches, as well as AMD's Bulldozer and Bobcat ranges, plus AMD's Llano APU's!
According to DigiTimes, Taiwanese notebook and motherboard manufacturers have their bets placed with AMD. Those anonymous (bah!) Taiwanese firms have predicting AMD's notebook market share will swell from it's current 11% in 2010 to 15% in 2011. With their server and desktop market shares increasing from 20% to 25%.
Mozilla's Firefox 4 has reached Beta 8 and is set to go live today. This new test build which is getting close to it's Release Candidate point offers no new features, unlike previous betas.
Instead, the release is focused solely on bug fixes and performance issues. Previous betas have been bugger than past betas for some users - Mozilla is obviously trying to correct this.
Photo leaks of fun new upcoming products are good and all, but video of them in action are even better. Three videos of Acer's upcoming 10 inch tablet hit YouTube today, apparently via Acer employees or partners. The videos were removed virtually seconds after the posting of this article, so sorry we can't show you more than a screenshot.
The video showed the tablet obviously in beta form as they tinker with features such as gyroscopic page turning features and phot/ereader zooming. The video also shows the tablet running Android 2.2, although Acer has stated that they plan to ship the tablet with the updated Gingerbread Android 2.3 when it hits in April.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX460 caused quite the stir in the market. It was very competitively priced, performance was explosive and stock was everywhere. SLI performance was great too, which meant great bang-for-buck SLI could be had.
NVIDIA is ready to sequel this card up with the GTX560 which will fight a very bloody fight with AMD's popular HD6950 which was just released last week. The GTX560 will still be fabricated using TMSC's 40nm process and will be designed as the cheaper alternative to NVIDIA's GTX570 and GTX580 GPU's, all without drastically reducing performance.
There are tons of choices when it comes to whole home audio. You can get very expensive systems that require a music server, professional installation and thousands of dollars and you can get cheap systems with speakers that you just plug into a wall. Aluratek has unveiled a system that is cheap and looks attractive as well called the Bump.
The Bump system includes two parts with a digital MP3 player boombox and a wireless remote speaker. Each of the parts can be purchased separately and the Boombox section will support up to six remote speakers. Each of those remote speakers has a wireless range of 60-feet and individual aux inputs and volume control. The speakers connect with 2.4GHz tech and have 2W per channel and a bass radiator.
The Bump Boombox is compatible with most devices with a 3.5mm output and has a FM tuner and a SD card slot for direct playback. The battery inside is a Lithium polymer unit and it has a USB port for playback of tunes as well. The bundle with the speaker and boom box is available right now for $99.99.
If you have been around the world of PC gaming for long, you might recognize the name Rahul Sood. Sood is the dude that launched the VoodooPC gaming PC maker back in 1991. The company made some really cool gaming notebooks and desktops that were crazy expensive for the most part. HP eventually purchased the company in 2006.
When HP bought Voodoo, Sood moved to HP as the CTO of HP's gaming side of things and proceeded to put the Voodoo name on some HP gear. It appears Sood's time at HP is done. Sood has posted to his personal page that he will be leaving HP for Microsoft in January.
Sood says that he will be moving to Microsoft to act as their GM for System Experience in the Interactive Entertainment business. Exactly what that position will entail is anyone's guess. Sood says, "I'll be working on some really....really...really cool stuff come January 2011."