All without telling the music labels? How nice of Apple!
With this news, Apple are increasing the preview of a song from 30 seconds to 90 seconds - for the consumer, us... that is great, but for the actual music labels - without telling them, is a bit harsh. Apple have said to them, that the change is happening - whether they like it or not as it's for their own good.
If you love trying to find holes in the security of sites, Google wants to pay you some money to help them find theirs. In an announcement yesterday, the Google Security Team announced that rewards of at least $500 will be given to researchers who report vulnerabilities in Google-controlled sites.
These rewards will be given for vulnerabilities in not only Google direct sites, but others under their flag like YouTube and Blogger as well. They are looking for vulnerabilities Any Google web properties which display or manage highly sensitive authenticated user data or accounts may be in scope. Cash rewards from $500 to "$3,133.7" USD are possible. You see what they did there?
Due to sanctions, reports from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria are not eligible for the cash reward. Check out more details and all the fine print at the Source Link.
Impulse buyers watch out - PayPal have just enabled in-app, in-site buys - allowing anyone to purchase something, anywhere.
For example - if you're in a game or on a webpage - you'll no longer need to leave whatever you're doing to use PayPal to fund your task. Instead - you'll use a new tool PayPal has introduced, you just have to click a single link.
Clicking the link will trigger a PayPal pop-up, which you'll obviously have to approve of.
Google has launched Instant in Australia.
Google Instant is a new way of using Google's search engine, by displaying results as a user types in their search term.
The feature was announced back in September, it uses the existing search suggestion feature, while providing an auto-corrected suggestion in grey within the search bar - without hitting enter, users are provided with an instant search result based on what they have typed in.
Google Instant was available in the US at the time of launch - but Google waited a few weeks before rolling the feature in localised domains such as google.com.au and google.com.nz. Google confirmed today that Australians should be able to use the feature in the next few days.
Of course, with things like this - users can find a way around it, before today you could just use google.com instead of google.com.au to be able to use Google Instant.
I know this isn't tech related - but TweakTown is intertwined with Facebook and so are 500, 000, 000 and counting users.
I'll keep this short and sweet.
Facebook have been touting some changes lately - which of course they keep under wraps. With the release of "The Social Network" it doesn't come as a surprise that Zuckerberg and co would use this time frame to update Facebook.
Today, they launch some new things which I won't go into lots of detail over - but give you the gist of it.
There's also a new dashboard to see how applications use your data to personalise your experience. Obviously as there are lots of apps out
Internode has come first for customer satisfaction according to a survey commissioned by Canstar Blue - which
he survey commissioned by rating agency Canstar Blue measured customer satisfaction of each provider with respect to price, speed, reliability, support, billing, and download quota value for money.
Internode won 5 stars for all categories except support and price - which they scored 4 stars in. Other ISP's that scored favourably were iiNet, iPrimus and Westnet, all of which earned 4 stars overall.
Surprisingly, Telstra came in last - behind such cheap providers like Dodo and TPG - earning no more than 3 stars in each category.
Optus and AAPT were close, scoring 3 stars in all categories apart from download quotas.
Developing: Cross your fingers and toes, it appears Twitter has fixed the recent XSS attack as we reported about below in pretty quick time.
The exploit attack has taken the Twitter world by storm over the past hour. My own account was affected, but I can confirm that my Twitter.com (old design) is back to normal and I am not seeing any strangeness such as a blanked out screen and auto re-tweets by random users.
Is your Twitter.com back to normal now? Do let us know!
A new study has found that our taste for downloads has increased as well as the number of wireless internet connections in the last 12 months.
A reported released yesterday by the Bureau of Statistics shows that in the June 2010 quarter, the amount of data downloaded increased by 50%. In the same period of time the number of wireless broadband connections increased by an amazing 70% to nearly 3.5 million, while fixed-line broadband connections increased slightly to 4.2 million.
The amount of data downloaded every quarter is now 11 times higher than March 2005 and 126 times higher than March 2002.
Internode launched 1TB plans yesterday, as well as increasing data amounts to existing plans.
Managing director of Internode, Simon Hackett, labelled the new plans like T-Shirt sizes. S to XXL. The new plans are for data starved customers, but are free of "off-peak" limitations.
For four days Telstra email systems have been having issues. Blocking all emails from all internet services. Dial-up, satellite, Next-G, cable and finally, ADSL e-mail accounts were affected.
Martin Barr, a Telstra Spokesman said the problem with e-mail login access and delays since Monday are now rectified. He also added "We have updated the service page and issue is now resolved". He could not confirm how many customers were affected, but said "Those accounts have been progressively unlocked".
It seems all is good now for those with Bigpond e-mail services!
Twitter is holding a small and casual press conference at its offices at the moment and it has been talking about the new Twitter.com. We referenced a story from Mashable in an earlier post today and those rumors have turned out true.
Some of the new features include a new "faster and richer" design with mini profiles, easier to discover related content and of course images and video in tweets. "Now, it's easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with Dailybooth, DeviantArt, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, Twitvid, USTREAM, Vimeo, Yfrog, and YouTube."
According to the new Twitter.com promo page, the rollout of these changes will come over the "next several weeks". The folks from Twitter will provide more updates over the next few days.
Google just got done officially announcing Google Instant at it's press event.
What is Instant? It's something pretty darn impressive, I reckon. It's about speeding up the time it takes to find something on Google. They even reckon that it can save you between 2 - 5 seconds per search and considering the amount of search the average user does every day, that probably would add up to a considerable amount of time.
Basically you've got use to suggestions as you type, but Instant speeds things up another level by dynamically narrowing down results as you type in the actual results area. It's wicked. As of now I have access to Instant in Taiwan using Chrome, but at the time of writing it wasn't active in IE and Firefox.
Google has made some of their "most significant enhancements to date" to Google Realtime Search and released them today. Initially launched in December, Realtime Search strives to bring the most up to date real-time content to searches.
First off, Realtime Search has its own website at http://www.google.com/realtime. The new homepage sports new tools, including geographic refinements for local results, a "conversations view" to follow discussions from sources like Twitter, and updates to Google Alerts in case you want to be informed about future information and new search results. Realtime Search and updates are available in 40 languages, while geographic refinements and conversations views are only available in English, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
If you did a Google image search today, you may have been a bit surprised at what came up on your browser. This is because Google rolled out a major overhaul of their Image Search function today. The official announcement was given at a press conference in San Francisco by Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience.
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is looking to push electronic publishing as the default over traditional paper printing as they believe it would prove to be a much more profitable method.
A study was recently conducted by the ASA as to what changes electronic publishing could have on author contracts and recommendations were given that authors push for royalties of 35% from ebooks. The study compares this with royalties of up to 10% of the retail price of printed books.
Due to less overheads from ebooks versus printing costs, physical storage and shipping this would also mean bigger profit margins for authors happy to publish their works on online retailer sites.
But how about the popularity of ebooks? Well - Amazon recently reported that it has sold 180 ebooks for every 100 hard cover books over the last three months. That figure excluded free ebooks, too.
Apple and Steve Jobs are ardently against Flash to the point where I sometimes wonder if Adobe might have run over Jobs' dog at some point. Jobs maintains that Flash is proprietary and Apple wants to use open software.
The problem for Jobs is that many Apple device users want Flash and some people like to point out things that they thing HTML5 doesn't do as well as Flash. Apple has now added a page to its website to show off some demos of what HTML5 will do.
Cisco made the statement that they expect internet traffic to quadruple by 2014 during their annual Visual Networking Index. The huge growth of video traffic is being named as the driving force behind the growth, with both businesses and consumers running tons more video traffic with everything from YouTube to videoconferencing. Cisco stated that video will account for 91% of total consumer IP traffic by 2014, with it taking over the top spot from peer-to-peer traffic as the top generator by the end of this year.
Whilst many people gave a sour face to Apple's decision to exclude Flash from the HTML5 supporting iPad, some HTML5 experts who work for Google have given a terrific demonstration of what HTML5 is capable of.
They've managed to do a HTML5 port of iD Software's Quake II engine and while Quake Live based on the id Tech 3 engine may seem more impressive, the difference is it requires a graphics rendering plugin to work which has its setbacks.
This Quake II port using HTML5 is more impressive in that together with the use of Google's Chrome or Apple Safari web browser, it does not require a plug-in and utilizes WebGL, the Canvas API, HTML5 [audio] elements, the local storage API and WebSockets which is all inclusive of the HTML5 specification.
You can watch the streaming video below to see how it looks. More details can be found at the source.
A glitch in Google's search engine profile for China accidentally blocked all searches made from behind the Great Firewall of China. At first it was believed to be a problem with the actual Firewall, but later turned out to be a technical glitch that was causing the firewall to block the requests.
The issue was a "long and discrete" string of text that gets attached to every search request. Apparently some of the text was causing the Chinese Firewall to see every request as violating its policies and so it blocked every one. The offending text? "rfa" These three letters were linked (unintentionally I am sure) to Radio Free Asia and so blocked outright.
Google has fixed the glitch in the random string so that searches are getting through now.
Quick and dirty here - a link has popped up on the official Microsoft Zune website making reference to the Zune HD 64.
While the link is not active yet and just returns a "page not found" error, it looks like an announcement may soon present itself from Microsoft. If indeed true, the new model will double the storage capacity over the former top-dog, the Zune HD 32.
Stay tuned for more news on the potential new model as it comes in!
It seems Steve Jobs is out to kill flash with his dogged determination to not support Flash on the iPhone or the iPad. Adobe keeps reminding everyone that Flash and HTML5 can get along, buy Jobs isn't listening.
It appears that Jobs is getting some big backers for video sans Flash too. CBS is now testing HTML5 video out in the open and Adobe has to be feeling the heat. If the HTML5 video, ideal for the iPad, becomes popular at CBS, you can count on HTML5 video being supported at other places.
Before you know if HTML5 may be the big platform for online video. CBS has offered no official insight into its plans for HTML5 video at this time.