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iCloud opens early, ahead of the iOS 5 rollout that is happening now

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iOS 5 is rolling out right now and for those of you who don't have it yet, the pieces of the puzzle are all being put together as we speak. Apple firstly released the new version of iTunes - 10.5, and now Apple have rolled out the red carpet for their iCloud website, where customers can sign up for the service that seamlessly backs up your data to the cloud. In order to use iCloud, you'll need the latest version of Mac OS X Lion or iOS 5.

 

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If you have neither, you can still try and sign into the iCloud site (which requires your Apple ID and password) where you'll be greeted with the message: "To set up iCloud, go to iOS 5 Settings or OS X Lion System Preferences." Most users should be getting close to being able to access iCloud, so let us know how you go.

Google release Chrome Remote Desktop, remote access directly from the browser

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Google have released a new extension for their popular web browser Chrome, the new extension is called Chrome Remote Desktop BETA and is the first instalment on a capability allowing users to remotely access another computer through Chrome. The BETA is just that, a beta and Google want feedback on the core Chrome Remoting technology included.

 

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This version of Chrome Remote Desktop BETA allows users to share with or get access to another computer anywhere in the world (as long as its connected to the Internet) by providing a one-time authentication code. Access is given only to the specific person the user identifies for one time only and the sharing session is completely secure.

 

A potential of Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is support roles, a helpdesk can use the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA to help another user, while the user can receive all the help they need all at the comfort of their chair. Additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon. Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform which means you can use it on any computer that has a Chrome browser including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks.

Unreal Engine 3 working in Flash 11

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Unreal Engine, one of the world's most popular 3D engines that powers some of the best AAA titles such as Gears of War and Mass Effects now works in Flash 11. Epic Games today announced that Unreal Engine 3 now works in Adobe Flash, demoing a Flash-based version of Unreal Tournament 3. What this means, is porting existing Unreal Engine 3-based games would definitely be an option.

 

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Of course, the Flash-based version of Unreal Engine 3 is not as powerful as the non-browser-based engine, but its still a very "real" 3D experience. On top of this, developers will be able to migrate their games from say, iOS over to a browser-based environment without much hassle, making it possible to sell browser-based games that play the same games as apps on mobile devices.

 

What is more exciting, is every game on Facebook runs on Flash, and now Flash can run hardware-accelerated 3D, just like Real Games.

 

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YouTube to spend $100 million for TV-esque content?

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YouTube is finalizing deals with well-known personalities such as skateboarder Tony Hawk, and major media companies to produce original content for its popular website, as it seeks to become a next-generation cable provider that oversees dozens of free online "channels" with professional-grade shows. YouTube is putting $100 million into the deal, directly from cash advances to get some content produced. YouTube will recoup the funds from advertising revenue it sells against the content.

 

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The Wall Street Journal mentions some potential partners such as: Tony Hawk, Warner Bros, News Corp's ShineReveille, FremantleMedia Ltd, BermanBraun, Electus, Everyday Health Inc, Iconic Entertainment LLC, DECA and Verso Entertainment. Oh, and, The Wall Street Journal "may produce news content for a YouTube channel".

 

The shows associated with some of the companies listed above include, X-Factor, Mob Wives and Ugly Betty - so we might just see similar shows produced for YouTube. Ad rates for YouTube are pretty low, which could pull advertisers away in droves from the cable-TV market.

Microsoft to add new features to Hotmail over the coming weeks, Android app included

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Microsoft are going to rollout a bunch of new features to their 365 million or so users over the upcoming weeks. These new features include two-way e-mail, contact and calendar syncing, a bunch of update to Hotmail's web interface and also, an Android app. The new interface will allow you to automatically categorize incoming mail as newsletters, and then either trash them or sweep them to a folder.

 

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There's now an "Unsubscribe" feature that also lets you do just that, with Hotmail handling the work of blocking future newsletters from that sender as well as asking that company to stop spamming you. Flagged messages will not sit at the top of the inbox so that they don't get lost in your sea or incoming mail. You can also set Hotmail to automatically flag messages with a particular subject line, from a certain sender, etc.

 

"Scheduled Cleanup" automatically deletes messages after a certain number of days past, while other updates include the ability to manage and edit folders and apply categories to individual emails - all inline. Instant Actions is also featured, which brings up options such as "delete" and "flag" when you hover your mouse cursor over them.

Bing has cost Microsoft $5.5 billion since 2009

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Microsoft's two-year old search engine, Bing, is losing close to $1 billion per quarter. Since Bing launched in 2009, Microsoft have lost $5.5 billion, but their losses actually pre-date that. And while we're at it, did you know that Microsoft's online services division has never made money? Since Microsoft began breaking out that unit's finances in 2007, they've lost a total of $9 billion. In the past 27 months, Microsoft has proudly claimed that it has gained search market share from Google.

 

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Bing as it stands, has 14.7% of the search share market, up from 8.4% when it launched. Google currently has 64.8% down just two-tenths of a percentage point from the 65% it had when Bing launched. Microsoft has clawed market share traction from third-place rival, Yahoo. The rest of it has come from Ask.com and AOL. Also remember that Yahoo's search is Bing-powered, meaning that half of Microsoft's share growth has come from its search partner.

 

Microsoft President of Online Services, Qi Lu, said that Microsoft could not and would not try to "out-Google" Google. Instead they must "change the game fundamentally".

Kogan.com now sell Canon, Nikon, Apple and Samsung much cheaper than big retailers

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Kogan have begun a new phase in their mission to make the latest technology affordable for all. How will they do it? They're now sourcing brands like Canon, Nikon, Apple and Samsung by cutting out the middle man and sourcing the products higher up the supply chain, then selling direct to customers via Kogan.com. Until now, Australian-based customers have been ripped off by consumer electronics with prices significantly above World averages.

 

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Kogan is already globally renowned as the place to go for best value consumer electronics that they design, assemble and deliver, including TVs, Blu-ray players, Digital Internet Radios, Home Appliances and more. The initial products that Kogan will add to their ever-growing list will include popular Digital SLR Cameras and Tablets. As with all Kogan products, they'll come with a 12 month warranty, extendable to up to 5 years.

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The Internet turns 20 today, legally allowed to drink next year

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On August 6, 1991, British engineer and computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) unveiled a project for organizing information, which would later result in it turning into what we use today as The Internet. He dubbed it the World Wide Web and posted a short summary on the alt.hypertext newsgroup.

 

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The World Wide Web is really just a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. Within this, users can obviously access text, images, videos and other multimedia web pages. Navigation of these web pages occurs via hyperlinks. Berners-Lee is now the Director for the World Wide Web Consortium and back in March of 1989, he used concepts from earlier hypertext systems to write a proposal that would essentially become the World Wide Web.

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CNN to debut 24-hour live streaming to desktop, iOS devices

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CNN are set to stream its news broadcasts to viewers through the Internet. CNN is set to make its programming available all day, everyday on desktops, iPhones and iPads as well as existing customers who are subscribers to CNN be it through cable, IP or satellite TV. CNN are also launching a new video player that offers simultaneous multi-window HD streams.

 

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The 24-hour streaming will reportedly include both the core station and Headline News. CNN has been providing live streams to iPad users since December but this has only been for major events. Customers who subscribe to either through a provider such as Verizon, Comcast, Cox or Dish will have access to the streamed content. If you're an iPad or iPhone user, hit up the iTunes app store to download the enabling app.

 

CNN are also re-polishing their online viewing experience by offering up to four live streams of news and events, original video series as well as on-demand video clips with related CNN and HLN show information, both in HD.

Microsoft register both Microsoft-Sony.com and Sony-Microsoft.com, possible acquisition or purely for the LOLs?

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I don't know what to do with this, so I'm just going to run with what I have. I saw this posted up and thought I'd share this "breaking story". Microsoft have just registered two new domains, Microsoft-Sony.com and Sony-Microsoft.com. What are they doing? Is this a possible Sony mobile handset coming out powered by Windows Phone 7? Are we seeing a potential "lets put it out there and see the response" from Microsoft? Could we see the end of the great console war between MS and Sony and a possible blend of both consoles?

 

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It's quite strange at the moment, but it's out there, I've reported on it. Let's wait to hear some more concrete info. Your move, Microsoft.

 

Side note: I find this funny after the whole Call of Duty MW3 website directing to Battlefield 3's website, and now this... what a week!

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