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Kabletown Comcast is taking advantage of the calm before the WWDC/E3 storm to announce two initiatives to help out ’round the home. First up, the company is adding a public WiFi channel to its newest Wireless Gateway hardware, enabling your home to become a muni-fi hotspot for roving Xfinity customers. Wondering how public usage might affect your personal bandwidth cap situation? Basically the way it works is if you’re a Comcast customer, you log in to the WiFi (on someone else’s modem) with your account username / password, and any bandwidth you use is counted on your account, not theirs. At the same time, it’s launching EcoSaver for Xfinity Home, a cloud-based home control solution that’ll turn your thermostat down (basically the existing Xfinity Home Secure offering, minus the alarm bits) when you’re out and about and freak out the kid you’ll pay to come house-sit during your vacation.
The Sony Entertainment Network, which is already live in the US and Brazil among other countries, will launch in Japan on May 29th. As you may recall, the service is a browser-based marketplace with games, movies and other media available for download. SEN is especially targeted at PlayStation users; games and videos purchased will automatically show up in the PlayStation store. Given that Sony calls the Land of the Rising Sun home, it’s high time its Entertainment Network opened its doors to Japan. And with E3 less than a month away, the world may get a taste of Sony’s next-gen hardware for enjoying this service — stay tuned.
Via: The Next Web
Sure, Google I/O may not focus on new products, but it might just take a moment to unveil the firm’s take on music streaming. According to The Verge, industry sources say that Mountain View has inked licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment for YouTube and Google Play. With Fortune having reported that a similar deal with Warner Music Group is already in the can, it’s entirely possible that the search titan could reveal its Spotify-like service at the developer event. Page & Co.’s dev shindig may not have skydivers this year, but on-demand music may be on the program.
Source: The Verge
According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, e-commerce behemoth Amazon is preparing to launch a set-top box this fall, in hopes that you’ll consume all of your content through its spin on the now-common device. The company is already working hard to push its Kindle line to consumers, and this box would be for people who don’t want to deal with the fanciness of Apple products, the gaming nature of Microsoft’s XBox, the half-baked Google TV or the little engine that could, Roku.
Yes, this is a crowded market, but Amazon has something that these other companies don’t have, which is warehouses full of things to sell to people while they watch TV. I imagine that you’ll be able to shop as you would online or on your mobile device, right on your TV set. That means that the temptation to pick up that new TV, while you’re watching your old crappy one, could overcome you during a show. One button click and a new TV could be on the way.
Think of it as Home Shopping 2.0. With some interesting programming to watch, of course.
Instead of acquiring a smaller company that already has its own product in the wild, Amazon has decided to build this in-house, under its Lab126 umbrella in Cupertino.
Amazon has been building up its content viewers by bundling it with Amazon Prime shipping for free, trying to entice anyone who is already spending regular money with them to try other things out. What shipping has to do with free movies and TV, I don’t know, but customers seem to be happy with it thus far.
Reasons for doing a set-top box are obvious, with its original content being the most popular on the platform since it launched. As Amazon finds its way to more niche shows that it can present exclusively, the reasons to grab an Amazon-branded device for your TV makes more sense. In the same way that Apple leverages each of its devices to sell new ones, Amazon is learning how it’s done. It also doesn’t help that it has millions of shoppers visiting its site daily looking for new things.
Some could say that Amazon is late to the game, but I see Jeff Bezos and company taking smart, calculated steps to capitalize on mistakes made by others, much like it did with the Kindle, staying close to a purer paperback-esque reading experience.
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This year’s Mobile World Congress was a rather meaningful one for Jolla, what with the launch of its Sailfish OS SDK. But what’s an operating system without a proper fixture, right? To wit, DigiToday is reporting that the team of ex-MeeGo engineers is getting ready to debut its first hardware early next month — a handset emblematic of a “modern Scandinavian design,” according to Jolla Chairman Antti Saarnio. Further, the Finnish news site says Jolla’s taking a cue from the recent crowd-funded craze: it’s prepping limited edition versions of the device for early adopters. Naturally, we’ll have to wait for something more concrete, but with May just around the corner, it shouldn’t be too long before we can finally see what Jolla has in store for us.
Via: My Nokia Blog
Look: we understand lots of on Verizon aren’t pleased that the carrier has actually disclosed strategies to lengthen its upgrade intervals right as smartphone upgrade period is striking complete stride. Nevertheless, there could be a consolation reward. As of April 21st, “some gadgets” in its smartphone range, not simply the existing tablets, will apply for a Gadget Payment Strategy that spreads out the full costs over the course of a year, letting those who long for the current mobile hardware (most likely, you) upgrade without either having to sign a contract or pay every little thing in advance. Seems like a really UnCarrier thing to do, does not it? Almost, unfortunately. The carrier informs us that these payments sit on top of existing service plans, not inside them– the base service rate won’t decrease in year two. T-Mobile will stay the much better imagine anyone regularly changing mobile phones, then, but those on Verizon will at least have a degree of liberty.
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It was at CES that we were first introduced to Otterbox’s Defender case with iON Intelligence, which promises to keep phones alive in two ways: by shielding them from physical abuse, and by serving up extra juice whenever they’re thirsty. Otterbox has now told us the new case is nearly ready to
bounce off hit the streets, and will be launching on April 18th for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The case combines the familiar hard shell, rubbery sleeve and screen protector for laughing off falls, with a 1,450mAh battery — that’s a sliver bigger than the 4 / 4S built-ins — to effectively double capacity. LEDs on the case let you know how much extra juice is left, and the companion iON Intelligence app automatically redirects power when it’s needed, as well as monitoring usage to predict how long ’til your next charge. The iPhone 4 / 4S model will be available from Otterbox’s online den for $ 129.95, and others are in the works for “other top iOS and Android devices.” Check out the promo videos below for a full product walkthrough.
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Bing Pulse launching with help from Fox News, aims to make State of the Union speech more interactive
In the nick of time for next week’s State of the Union address, Bing revealed it’s teamed up with Fox News to introduce Bing Rhythm, a one-stop hub where folks can quickly communicate and share their thoughts with one an additional while Head of state Barack Obama’s speech is happening. The Microsoft-owned online search engine says that Rhythm will enable participants to vote on reactions to the event every five seconds, with the upcoming outcomes being shown on the Bing Politics site. What’s more, Bing thinks “this will be the largest live online poll in history,” which will be boosted by the clothing’s new Beat “social sentiment tracker” – a service that’s set to gather and evaluate information from Twitter in order to figure out what are the trendiest political subjects during the speech. Individuals curious about signing up with the Bing Rhythm chat must hit that even more insurance coverage link to get acquainted– and, naturally, do not forget to bookmark it so you’re all set come February 12th.
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Mozilla ’ s Firefox OS, the mobile operating system from the business that makes the Firefox internet browser build entirely on open web requirements, will have its initial hardware quickly thanks to developer examine smartphone gadgets, produced by Spanish open hardware phone platform maker Geeksphone, in partnership with Telefonica. Two models, the Peak and the Keon, will provide developers various hardware profiles to establish for, covering both higher-end and more economical devices.
The Keon features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, 3G HSPA network connection, a 3.5-inch display, 3 MP rear camera and 4GB of onboard storage space. It has a MicroSD slot, and a 1580 mAh battery. It seems very low-specced, however that ’ s likely by design– the Keon is just designer hardware after all, but it also sets a profile for a gadget that could easily appeal to a developing market.
The Peak on the other hand has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, also flaunts 3G HSPA wireless radios, however includes a 4.3-inch screen, an 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front shooter. It ’ s still only got 512MB of RAM under the hood and 4GB of onboard storage, nonetheless, however there ’ s a MicroSD slot for storage space growth, and a beefier 1800 mAh battery to take care of the added specifications.
Mozilla hasn ’ t revealed availability of the gadgets yet, or how they will be distributed, however it has announced Firefox OS App Days, which will take place today and permit designers to come together to learn Firefox OS, hack and develop app s for the platform. No word on if this hardware might make an appearance at those occasions.
The Firefox phones are certainly adorable, if a little weak in the specifications department. I ’ m ready to wager that these will become highly sought-after items in the tech community, specifications or no. I know I currently desire one of each.
Well, it certainly appears like a great time to be in the market for an Android tablet — Sony has simply announced its appealing new Tablet Z, and it seems that Samsung really does have another Note tab up its sleeves.
According to Korean information outlet iNews 24, Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin has verified that the business ’ s reported 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet will certainly be making an appearance at Mobile Globe Congress in Barcelona.
At this point there ’ s still no official word on what kind of internals we can anticipate from the 8-inch variation, but that hasn ’ t kept the rumor mill from churning as it constantly does. Ought to you believe the reports floating around out there, the new Note tablet could possibly deliver with Android 4.2 Jelly Grain, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facer. Strangely enough, there ’ s been really little babble about what type of processor will drive this package, however it shouldn ’ t be long before all those details are made available for us to chew on more attentively.
Still, this is a welcome morsel of information from Samsung — it had its share of drawbacks, however I was normally really keen on the Samsung ’ s 10-inch Galaxy Note — to me, it continues to be among the most thoughtful implementations of the Note concept (and its string of recent software updates sanctuary ’ t hurt either). That said, scaling down that S-Pen-friendly show to a more transportable 8 inches is a smart (if not unforeseen) move, and could possibly help Samsung combat back not only against Apple ’ s iPad mini, but popular devices like the Nexus 7 too.
That report additionally goes on to state that individuals shouldn ’ t anticipate to see Samsung ’ s oft-rumored Galaxy S IV on show in Barcelona, which isn ’ t precisely a shocker considering Samsung ’ s recent performance history. The Korean consumer electronics big displayed the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note tablet last year in lieu of any crown jewel smartphones at MWC last year (though the team ultimately went back to the drawing board for a couple of months prior to really launching the thing), and saved its Galaxy S III for a luxurious spectacle in London later on in the year. I wouldn ’ t anticipate Samsung to buck that trend any time soon, but that ’ s simply fine by me — if some consistent murmurs are any indication, the GSIV will make for a hell of show once the time is right.