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Microsoft's Xbox Video service has launched on the web; but no HD

Microsoft is launching its Xbox Video service on the web today. Previously Microsoft had said they would launch their Xbox Video service on the web and Windows Phone 8 by the end of this year. They are planning to release the Windows Phone 8 version shortly. With the web service you'll be able to access TV show and movies, just like the Windows 8.1 version. Although both the app and the web version lack HD. Content in HD is only available on the Xbox one or Windows 8.

 

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You will need to use Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in to stream content through your web browser. Pre-purchased content is available immediately to stream, other content can be purchased and streamed and will automatically be available on your Xbox One or on Windows 8. The Xbox Video web service is up now and can be found at video.xbox.com

Flickr now lets users print photo books from their collections

Film photography all but died with the invention of digital cameras, and likewise so did the photo album when online photo galleries became mainstream. Until recently, having a photo book printed from digital images was quite expensive, but now the price seems to have leveled off and the books are more affordable than ever.

 

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Hoping to get more printed photos onto your coffee table, Flickr has just unveiled a new printed photo book product that users can purchase starting at $35 for a 20-page book. Flickr provides a new "intelligent" creation tool that automatically crops, adjust, and prepares user selected images for printing in the book, and up to 240 pages are possible. Each page is crafted from high-quality white photo paper and finished with a lustre coating. Books are bound in a glossy hardcover and come with a dust jacket.

 

Back in my days as a professional photographer, getting a similar sized book required hours of photo preparation, and laying out everything in PDF format before shipping off to the printer. It appears that Flickr has greatly simplified this process, and made it much cheaper as well.


Google upgrades its SSL certificates to 2048-bit RSA, NSA-proof?

It looks like Google is a little more secure today, after the Mountain View-based search giant unveiled that it has completely the upgrade of all its SSL certificates to 2048-bit RSA, which is a few months ahead of schedule.

 

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Google Security Engineer, Dan Dulay, said: "we have completed this process which will allow the industry to start removing trust from weaker 1024-bit keys next year." The company announced back in May that it had started work on changing its key lengths, and wanted to complete the task before the end of the year. This was around two weeks prior to Edward Snowden making headlines on the NSA PRISM system.

 

With the new longer key lengths, Google makes cracking SSL connections much harder, which should have e-mail communication, encrypted banking transactions and more, much more secure. Dulay said: "hardware security module that contained our old 1024-bit intermediate certificate has served us well. Its final duty after all outstanding certificates were revoked was to be carefully destroyed."

Next year, we'll see .london domain names for businesses, and more

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has awarded London the rights to its own domain name, paving the way for cities across the world to do the same thing.

 

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This means that from spring 2014, businesses, individuals, and organizations in the UK's capital city will be able to apply for a web address with the .london suffix. It's believed that New York, Paris, Berlin and other cities have all applied for the same status. ICANN has reportedly had "tens of thousands" of businesses express interest in a .london domain.

 

Mayor Boris Johnson, said: "This is an excellent opportunity to expand London's digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back into the city."

Navigate the waterways of Venice from your PC on Google Street View

If you have ever wanted to visit the streets of Venice and be escorted through its historic waterways vis gondolier, then you do not have to wait any longer. Today Google rolled out a very extensive and thorough look at the city of love via its Street View service.

 

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The tour through Venice not only hits the tourist highlights, but little visited areas of the city as well. Google utilized its Trekker backpack and Trike Street View imaging devices to capture the beautiful city in 360 degrees of glory. Head over to the source link below to visit places like Piazza San Marco and St. Marks' Cathedral, the Synagogue of the first Jewish Ghetto and even the Devil's Bridge in Torcello island.

 

"The narrow roads and bridges of Venice show off the need for the Trekker to bring imagery of more breathtaking places online for the world to see," a Google spokesperson said in an Interview. "Other pedestrian-only places we could take the Trekker include hiking in the natural forests and climbing the steps of ancient temples and castles."

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Google updates Gmail with new action buttons for popular web services

Google is continuing to improve on its Gmail service, and today the search giant released new updates to Gmail that make using other web services much easier. Google has expanded the quick action button in Gmail and added one-click-access to even more popular web services than ever before.

 

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One-click access allows users to quickly view things such as YouTube Videos, Open Dropbox and Google Drive documents, and even review and rate recently visited restaurants, all from within Gmail's inbox. Google says that these additions are not the last we will see, and that it will continue to add more quick-access buttons in the future as well as continuing to improve Gmail.

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Netflix and YouTube beat out BitTorrent for US download traffic

If you thought BitTorrent and Usenet would be the kings of peak-hour download traffic in the US, well, you'd be wrong. A new study from broadband company Sandvine, estimates that YouTube and Netflix are the kings of the US download traffic hill, by a long shot.

 

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As you can see from the chart above, Netflix takes a huge 31.62% of the downstream traffic while YouTube scoops up 18.69%, so combined, they enjoy over half the US downstream traffic. If you look to the left, upstream traffic is completely dominated by BitTorrent with a huge 36.35%, and in second place is the usual HTTP traffic, with just 6.03%.

Amazon strikes deal with struggling USPS to begin Sunday delivery

On November 17th, Amazon.com and the United States Postal Service will launch a new initiative that will see Amazon customers receiving packages in the mail on Sundays. Initially, this service will only be offered in Los Angeles and New York City, with the majority of the country receiving the service later in 2014.

 

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Amazon says that Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix will be amongst the first additional cities to receive the service in 2014, and further rollout will take place as it grows in popularity. Amazon will deliver its packages from shipping centers to USPS facilities on Saturday evenings, and will then hand things off to USPS for Sunday delivery. At the moment, it is unclear if this service will cost extra or not, but the truth is that USPS could use a financial boost at the moment.

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Kim Dotcom's Mega service is no longer in beta

Kim Dotcom's cloud storage service, Mega, has exited its 'beta' label and is now featuring huge improvements, optimizations and a fresh new look. The new interface is said to have lowered CPU consumption, as well as some snips here and there within the code that should make it load faster.

 

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The new, non-beta Mega also allows your session to be cached within your web browser, which should increase the speed of logins, as it'll only require the most recent of changes to be loaded from the Mega servers. Not only this, but you can now set your profile picture up, which will reflect in the contact lists of your friends in real-time.

 

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Mega users can also dive in and check the progress of just how many files a specific user is sharing with you, as well as each file's last modification date, and time. Later this month, iOS users can expect a Mega app which will also be accompanied by a sync client, which will be nice. Early next year, we can expect Mega to unleash its encrypted messaging and chat services.

Lavabit creator uses Kickstarter to launch dark mail service

If you haven't heard about Lavabit, well, it was the e-mail service that Edward Snowden used until it was pretty much forced to close its electronic doors. The creator of the service, Ladar Levison, has now launched a Kickstarter campaign, where he's trying to raise funds for a dark mail encrypted e-mail service.

 

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The dark mail service requires $196,608 in order to take the Lavabit source code and bake it into a free, and open-source project with the new dark mail protocol. Dark mail is looking to deliver a next-generation form of e-mail with end-to-end encryption, free from the prying eyes of our governments and their spy agencies.

 

The campaign will also be delivering the first dark mail clients to Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.

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