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Spotify disables song purchases in the UK

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:07 pm

Spotify, everyone's favorite music streaming service has quietly disabled track purchasing in the UK. Users trying to downloas new tracks will see a notice stating that Spotify is "currently not supporting new download purchases."

 

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Clicking on the notice brings you to a page that states that users with download tokens will still be able to use them to get tracks. Users that have a valid gift card will also be unaffected.

 

This is one feature many users in the US have been anticipating, but it looks like Spotify may be scrapping the whole idea now. As a Spotify user myself, I see no need to buy tracks. My $10 premium membership fee already allows me to save tracks to my devices. What are your thoughts on Spotify removing this feature? Let us know in the comments.

RumorTT: Sony eyes broadcast with online TV service

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:08 pm

It seems like every one wants a slice of the "Net-TV" pie these days. Sony is rumored to be in the process of setting up its on internet based TV service. Reports are coming in that the company is in "active negation" with at least two content companies.

 

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Other than those tidbits of information, we do not know much else about the venture. Sony is keeping silent on any official details. Rumors are circling that the service could launch as early as fall 2013.

 

Is Sony looking at this new business model as a way to pull them out of the financial troubles they have faced over the last few years? Personally I think they are just trying to stay competitive in the technology market. With companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple shopping around for internet based TV services, they almost have to work out their own plan.

LeakedTT: Possible Samsung Galaxy IV photos leaked

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 2:00 pm

SamMobile, a website that reports on all things Samsung Mobile has released photos said to be of the next generation Galaxy smart phone. The photos reportedly come from an insider at Samsung, but at this time, we have no conformation as to if they are real or not.

 

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The first noticeable feature is that the home button is missing, a feature that was popular on previous Samsung phones. It is also notable that the screen seems taller which could mean that the company may be moving the buttons to the screen. Moving the home buttons to the screen is something Google has been pushing since the release of ICS.

 

As with all "leaked" photos, we should take them with a grain of salt. Photos are easily altered and a good fake is not hard to come by. If by chance, this photo is the real deal, I am betting we see something official by Q2 of this year.

Megaupload says US government lied so they could get a search warrant

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 2:04 am

The Megaupload saga continues, this time with Megaupload complaining that the US government lied in order to get a search warrant. According to the motion, a recently unsealed search warrant shows that the US Department of Justice asked Megaupload to keep 39 copies of copyrighted movies on its servers for an investigation.

 

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The part they didn't mention? It was an investigation into Megaupload. They then used the fact that the files were still on Megaupload's servers as primary proof that the company knowingling harbored copyrighted content:

 

By all indications, the Government tapped Carpathia to convey the June 24, 2010 warrant to Megaupload, thereby planting what the Government would later claim, for purposes of this case, amounted to criminal knowledge that Megaupload was hosting infringing files, while simultaneously lulling Megaupload into thinking it was not a target of its ongoing investigation (which the Government dubbed its 'Mega Conspiracy' investigation) - and, what is worse, affirmatively leading Megaupload to understand from the warrant's sealing order and Carpathia's representations that Megaupload should take no action with respect to the infringing files lest it tip off the ostensible targets. In sum, the Government came to paint as criminal the very course of conduct by Megaupload that the Government had induced in requesting good-faith cooperation with an investigation that was to remain secret. Most incredibly of all, however, the Gover

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Gorilla Glass 3 announced by Corning ahead of CES 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 1:37 am

Corning Gorilla Glass and Gorilla Glass 2 is used in just about every smartphone made these days, but Corning isn't stopping with its improvements. The company has just announced Gorilla Glass 3, which is said to be 40 percent more resistant to visible scratches as well as a 50 percent boost in retained strength after the glass is damaged.

 

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Gorilla Glass 2 was debuted at last year's CES and Gorilla Glass has been used in the iPhone since the original model. It's likely the next generation iPhone will make use of this latest Gorilla Glass. We'll be sure to check it out at CES.

'jOBS' movie with Ashton Kutcher debuting in April

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 1:02 am

The new 'jOBS' movie, about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is set to arrive in theaters in April, according to the movie's distributors. The premier will take place at the closing night of the Sundance Film Festival, which takes place this month. It's important to note that this is not the film that Sony Pictures is creating.

 

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A synopsis:

 

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matthew Whitely, shot by Oscar- winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter and produced by Mark Hulme, jOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. jOBS plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos update detailed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 4, 2013 12:39 am

Samsung has gone ahead and detailed the update to the Series 7 Chronos and Ultra Windows 8 notebooks and they feature what you would expect: loads of memory, 1080p screens, and more. The Chronos is a 15.6-inch beast, packing an Intel Core i7 processor, the new AMD Radeon 8870M GPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and a terabyte of storage.

 

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With all of those high specs, the system remains under 6 pounds and claims to feature 11 hours of battery life, an impressive achievement, if true. The Ultra is a 13.3-inch beast that comes with an i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of SSD storage. The battery life is quoted at 8 hours and it comes with optional 4G/LTE connectivity.

Teens drug milkshake to get more time on the Internet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 11:19 pm

Two teenagers in the Sacramento, California area were hauled off to juvenile hall after the parents suspected they were drugged. The two teen girls, aged 15 and 16, reportedly offered to get milkshakes for the parents of one of the girls. They then drugged these milkshakes so that they would be able to go on the Internet past 10p.m.

 

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The parents only drank about a quarter of the milkshakes, before deciding they tasted funny and had a grainy texture. The shakes had been filled with prescription sleep aids that were procured by the friend and the parents fell asleep. The next morning, the parents felt groggy and hungover, so they went to the local police department for a drug test kit.

 

"The girls wanted to use the Internet, and they'd go to whatever means they had to," the police department spokesperson said. "If they were adults, they could be facing prison time."

 

This appears to be the first instance of something like this happening.

FTC ends anti-trust investigation, orders Google to stop excluding competitors from Motorola SEPs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 10:32 pm

The on-going anti-trust investigation into Google has finally been completed with a 4-1 ruling that Google must stop excluding competitors from using standards essential patents owned by subsidiary Motorola. These patents are what the FTC call the "cornerstone of the interoperability standards that we have taken for granted."

 

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Google is also making two voluntary changes to the way some of its products work:

 

  • More choice for websites: Websites can already opt out of Google Search, and they can now remove content (for example reviews) from specialized search results pages, such as local, travel and shopping;
  • More ad campaign control: Advertisers can already export their ad campaignsfrom Google AdWords. They will now be able to mix and copy ad campaign data within third-party services that use our AdWords API.

 

"The changes Google has agreed to make will ensure that consumers continue to reap the benefits of competition in the online marketplace and in the market for innovative wireless devices they enjoy," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. "This was an incredibly thorough and careful investigation by the Commission, and the outcome is a strong and enforceable set of agreements."

 

Google appears to have gotten off with another slap on the wrist, just like it did back in August, 2012, when it paid out $22.5 million to settle charges of knowingly bypassing Safari's privacy settings.

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US State Department not happy with Eric Schmidt's North Korea travel timing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 10:03 pm

Eric Schmidt is planning a trip to North Korea, a country where the internet basically doesn't exist. Eric Schmidt will be accompanied by former New Mexicon governor Bill Richardson. However, the US State Department isn't happy with the trip's timing, especially considering North Korea's long-range missile launch just a few weeks ago.

 

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"We don't think the timing of this is particularly helpful," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

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