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Spotify begins rolling out fresh look for Android, Mac and Windows

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 3:00 am

This morning Spotify began quietly rolling out updates to its Android, Windows and Mac apps that brings forth a whole new look for the popular music streaming service. The login pages have a new look, and the overall theme is now much darker than before.

 

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The update also adds image galleries, track play counts, and other small improvements such as larger fonts. Unfortunately, a full changelog has not been published and Spotify is keeping oddly quiet on the matter. When contacted by website, TheNextWeb, a Spotify representative said that the company had no comment on the updates or changes.

Delta says no cellular or internet based in-flight calls for 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 1:28 am

Even though the FCC is considering giving clearance for in-flight cellular usage, and possibibally allowing the use of electronics during takeoff and landing, Delta seems to be sticking to their guns about the matter. Delta's CEO, Richard Anderson, sent out a memo to 80,000 delta employees this morning stating that the company would not allow in-flight cellular or internet-based calling.

 

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"Delta will not allow cellular calls or internet-based voice communications onboard Delta or Delta Connection flights," the memo read. The memo did say that it would allow the use of texting, email and other "silent" features if the FCC says they are ok. "If the FCC lifts its ban on cellular use in flight, Delta will move quickly to enable customers to use text, email and other silent data transmission services gate to gate."

Apple's new Mac Pro's arrive on sale tomorrow starting at $2999

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 12:00 am

Apple is set to release its long awaited next-generation Mac Pro tomorrow, after passing previous release deadlines twice for the new models. The new Mac Pro's have been highly anticipated for quite some time now, and the company's current Mac Pro model is beginning to age.

 

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The new Mac Pro's feature a round cylinder design that is clearly a nod to the company's new "space ship" campus it is building in Cupertino, California. The device will ship with Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 64GB of RAM and dual AMD Fire Pro video cards. 1TB of storage is provided thanks to a PCIe SSD, and optional HDD-based storage is available. You can own a new Mac Pro as early as tomorrow, for $2,999, just remember not to mistake it for a trash can.

Kindle for Android gets updated to add Collections

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 10:30 pm

For those of us with expansive Kindle libraries, Collections have made life very easy when looking for books of a specific type, but unfortunately until now, Collections were not possible on Android Tablets. Today Amazon updated the Kindle for Android App, and has now included the ability to add books to collections.

 

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Kindle for Android now lets users chose how they would like to organize their books, and can also filter them by Author, Title, or Genre. Additionally, accessibility support for Android's Talk Back feature has been added, as has Explore by Touch. Users can now also offer a star rating for the books they like or dislike.

Remove yourself from the internet easily with Just Delete Me

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 9:00 pm

Have you ever wished that you could turn back time and stop yourself from signing up for every website you ever visited? While time travel is still impossible, a newly released website will aid in helping you remove your information from many of the websites on the internet.

 

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Just Delete Me is a website that contains a quite expansive list of the most popular websites and newsletters from the past decade and beyond. The service ranks each website by how easy it is to unsubscribe from, with sites like OKCupid being quite simple to remove your information from. On the other hand, sites like Wikipedia are impossible for the user to remove their data from. I took a few minutes and removed profiles from several websites that I have not visited in years, so head over to the source link below and check it out.

Windows XP end-of-life doesn't scare IT managers as much as it should

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 8:29 pm

Around 80 percent of IT professional still have at least one Microsoft Windows XP-based machine operating in their work environment, with security concerns looming as the end-of-life approaches on April 8, 2014, according to IT company Spiceworks.

 

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In an alarming revelation, almost half of those surveyed plan to leave at least one XP box running past the end of support, despite continued warnings of security threats. When Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP support, the OS will face a drastic increase in virus, malware, and other security threats.

 

Microsoft is frantically trying to prepare home users and businesses to migrate from XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 - but XP, which has remained a popular OS for years, has proven to be hard to leave behind for many. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are dramatically more secure than Windows XP, as they have a modernized back-end infrastructure to protect from threats.

TiVo co-founders poised to release new set-top streaming box

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 7:30 pm

Today a new report has surfaced that indicated TiVo co-founders Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton are close to releasing a new set-top box that is designed for media streaming. The new QPlay-branded device was first spotted at the FCC a few days ago, and this can only mean that the device will be released quite soon.

 

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QPlay is the brainchild of a company founded by Ramsay and Barton, and has been developed by the likes of former Apple, Google, and Linden Lab engineers. The QPlay companion box is connected to the TV via HDMI, and users will be able to use their mobile devices to control the device via a custom built app. Not much else is known for sure, but I am willing to bet that we will know more quite soon.

Eurocom intros Panther 5SE mobile server optimized for virtualization

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 6:31 pm

Notebook and server specialist Eurocom launched the Panther 5SE mobile server, a powerful Intel Xeon-powered device designed for server virtualization. The device is designed to work immediately out of the box, and running VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 gives users the ability to virtualize their work environment in a streamlined, simplified manner.

 

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The Panther 5SE has four memory slots, supporting up to 32GB of RAM; four HDD/SSD in RAID up to 6TB storage; and supports the Intel Xeon E5-2600 or Xeon E5-2600 v2 series line of CPU. The mobile server supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2, 2012RD, Red Hat 6.4 Enterprise Linux, VMware, or Linux. Since the Panther 5SE is designed as a mobile server, it weighs in at a whopping 12.1 pounds.

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Samsung now allows HTC, Sony and LG devices access to HomeSync boxes

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 6:00 pm

Today Samsung announced that it has opened up its HomeSync to other Android-based mobile devices from manufacturers like Sony, HTC, and LG. For those unfamiliar with HomeSync, the device is a Android TV steaming box that is able to sync content from mobile devices.

 

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HomeSync now supports devices including HTC (One , ButterFly), Sony (Xperia Z , Xperia ZL , Xperia SP) and LG (Optimus G pro , Nexus4). Unfortunately, at $299 per box, the device is less desirable than something like Google's Chromecast that cost only $35 and works with all Android devices regardless of manufacturers.

Apple TV snubbed, Time Warner Cable app out on Amazon Kindle Fire

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 5:39 pm

Time Warner Cable subscribers that currently own an Amazon Kindle Fire HD or HDX tablet now have access to 300 live channels and 5,000 on-demand titles via their tablets. Time Warner already rolled out VOD for Roku set-top boxes, Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles, the Samsung Smart TVs, and Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

 

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It was rumored the Apple TV would receive the TWC TV app, but it looks like that might have to wait until early 2014.

 

Time Warner, like other cable operators, continues to try and tempt users to migrate content away from the living room - and rolling out apps for devices such as the Kindle Fire is an important step in the process. In a battle against cord-cutting, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes wants cable operators to create new and innovative ways to compete against Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and other Web-based, streaming services.

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