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Apple’s CDN Plans Would Give It Greater Control Over Streaming For Expanded Offerings

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Apple is said to be working on a content delivery network (CDN) all its own, according to new information reported last night by the Wall Street Journal. Cupertino wants to build a large network capable of driving more data to its customers, for the purposes of providing improved streaming offerings for its television products.

Apple is making its way down a path that has already been walked by other major Internet content players including Google, Facebook and Netflix, each of which has invested heavily in network infrastructure in order to support the vast amount of media being streamed via their online portals and products.

The WSJ report also notes that building its own CDN will help Apple manage its growing iCloud service usage, as well as hosting and delivering content from the iTunes and App Stores, both streamed and downloaded. Apple has managed to accumulate enough bandwidth from web providers to allow it to move “hundreds of gigabits per second,” however, according to Bill Norton, CSO for the International Internet Exchange, speaking to the WSJ, and that likely means they’re laying the groundwork for much bigger plans beyond existing needs.

The biggest advantage for Apple in building its own CDN might come from improved quality and reliability of services. Apps, movies and music would all potentially download faster if Apple controlled the entire chain, for instance, since it has to spend less time dealing with third-party players outside of its corporate domain, which invariably add delays, miscommunications and possible points of failure into the mix.

WSJ also notes that Apple has been on a bit of a hiring spree when it comes to adding talent specializing in both TV content and CDN tech: Lauren Provo, a Comcast exec came on board in September; Jean-François Mulé, a former VP at a TV research and dev company is another recent hire; the company is also building a roster of CDN specialists, the report suggests.

Netflix’s decision to do the same, which was detailed by GigaOM back in June 2012, was cited as a key factor in the company’s evolution as its streaming volumes increased. It gave Netflix a more direct relationship to the Internet service providers who were the ones tasked with getting their shows to their audience, and Netflix cited YouTube as the archetypical example of how at a certain point of volume, the economic case for doing it yourself becomes overwhelming.

Apple continues to add new content channels to the Apple TV with fair frequency, which adds to its streaming media load, and recent reports suggest that there’s even more coming on the horizon, with a potential SDK for new Apple TV hardware. This WSJ report suggests that’s a very real, very immediate possibility, and offers one more hint that TV may soon be something more akin to a core product line at Apple.

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Apple’s CDN Plans Would Give It Greater Control Over Streaming For Expanded Offerings

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Apple is said to be working on a content delivery network (CDN) all its own, according to new information reported last night by the Wall Street Journal. Cupertino wants to build a large network capable of driving more data to its customers, for the purposes of providing improved streaming offerings for its television products.

Apple is making its way down a path that has already been walked by other major Internet content players including Google, Facebook and Netflix, each of which has invested heavily in network infrastructure in order to support the vast amount of media being streamed via their online portals and products.

The WSJ report also notes that building its own CDN will help Apple manage its growing iCloud service usage, as well as hosting and delivering content from the iTunes and App Stores, both streamed and downloaded. Apple has managed to accumulate enough bandwidth from web providers to allow it to move “hundreds of gigabits per second,” however, according to Bill Norton, CSO for the International Internet Exchange, speaking to the WSJ, and that likely means they’re laying the groundwork for much bigger plans beyond existing needs.

The biggest advantage for Apple in building its own CDN might come from improved quality and reliability of services. Apps, movies and music would all potentially download faster if Apple controlled the entire chain, for instance, since it has to spend less time dealing with third-party players outside of its corporate domain, which invariably add delays, miscommunications and possible points of failure into the mix.

WSJ also notes that Apple has been on a bit of a hiring spree when it comes to adding talent specializing in both TV content and CDN tech: Lauren Provo, a Comcast exec came on board in September; Jean-François Mulé, a former VP at a TV research and dev company is another recent hire; the company is also building a roster of CDN specialists, the report suggests.

Netflix’s decision to do the same, which was detailed by GigaOM back in June 2012, was cited as a key factor in the company’s evolution as its streaming volumes increased. It gave Netflix a more direct relationship to the Internet service providers who were the ones tasked with getting their shows to their audience, and Netflix cited YouTube as the archetypical example of how at a certain point of volume, the economic case for doing it yourself becomes overwhelming.

Apple continues to add new content channels to the Apple TV with fair frequency, which adds to its streaming media load, and recent reports suggest that there’s even more coming on the horizon, with a potential SDK for new Apple TV hardware. This WSJ report suggests that’s a very real, very immediate possibility, and offers one more hint that TV may soon be something more akin to a core product line at Apple.

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Apple’s CDN Plans Would Give It Greater Control Over Streaming For Expanded Offerings

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Apple is said to be working on a content delivery network (CDN) all its own, according to new information reported last night by the Wall Street Journal. Cupertino wants to build a large network capable of driving more data to its customers, for the purposes of providing improved streaming offerings for its television products.

Apple is making its way down a path that has already been walked by other major Internet content players including Google, Facebook and Netflix, each of which has invested heavily in network infrastructure in order to support the vast amount of media being streamed via their online portals and products.

The WSJ report also notes that building its own CDN will help Apple manage its growing iCloud service usage, as well as hosting and delivering content from the iTunes and App Stores, both streamed and downloaded. Apple has managed to accumulate enough bandwidth from web providers to allow it to move “hundreds of gigabits per second,” however, according to Bill Norton, CSO for the International Internet Exchange, speaking to the WSJ, and that likely means they’re laying the groundwork for much bigger plans beyond existing needs.

The biggest advantage for Apple in building its own CDN might come from improved quality and reliability of services. Apps, movies and music would all potentially download faster if Apple controlled the entire chain, for instance, since it has to spend less time dealing with third-party players outside of its corporate domain, which invariably add delays, miscommunications and possible points of failure into the mix.

WSJ also notes that Apple has been on a bit of a hiring spree when it comes to adding talent specializing in both TV content and CDN tech: Lauren Provo, a Comcast exec came on board in September; Jean-François Mulé, a former VP at a TV research and dev company is another recent hire; the company is also building a roster of CDN specialists, the report suggests.

Netflix’s decision to do the same, which was detailed by GigaOM back in June 2012, was cited as a key factor in the company’s evolution as its streaming volumes increased. It gave Netflix a more direct relationship to the Internet service providers who were the ones tasked with getting their shows to their audience, and Netflix cited YouTube as the archetypical example of how at a certain point of volume, the economic case for doing it yourself becomes overwhelming.

Apple continues to add new content channels to the Apple TV with fair frequency, which adds to its streaming media load, and recent reports suggest that there’s even more coming on the horizon, with a potential SDK for new Apple TV hardware. This WSJ report suggests that’s a very real, very immediate possibility, and offers one more hint that TV may soon be something more akin to a core product line at Apple.

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New Sirius XM CEO considering infotainment, in-car safety offerings

New Sirius XM CEO considering musicstreaming hedge with infotainment, incar safety offerings

Satellite-based streaming is a successful enough enterprise for the time being, but even the most naive of executives must know that the momentum isn’t sure to last. In-car LTE and cheap web-based solutions provide access to millions of tracks on demand, making other options less relevant. Doom and gloom aside, there’s still an opportunity to remain afloat, and Sirius XM’s new CEO, Jim Meyer, has a plan to diversify his company’s portfolio of products.

The music would continue to flow, but OnStar-like options would become available as well, according to a Reuters interview with Meyer. Other services, such as weather, realtime gas prices, roadside assistance and stolen car tracking could be implemented with the company’s existing satellite infrastructure, and might be offered on a subscription basis down the line. “This is going to take a while,” according to the new chief executive, who said that the new products might be implemented in certain 2017 and 2018 vehicles, but likely not sooner. Sadly, he’s not talking details just yet, but there may be more to share before the end of next year.

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Outlook.com preview: Microsoft reinvents its on-line e-mail offerings

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Possibly you heard, however Microsoft introduced a brand-new email service today. No, not Hotmail– a completely new, built-from-scratch service. This is Outlook.com, and for the time being, at the very least, it will exist separately from Hotmail. So why didn’t Redmond merely give Hotmail a drastic overhaul? Well, buddies, there are 2 explanations. Initially, the respectful one: for technical explanations, the engineers located it much easier to build a new service from scratch instead of retrofit the old one. The honest answer: Microsoft is acutely conscious Hotmail has a bad rap, thanks to those banners and fancy video ads. In fact, the business has actually been really candid that it prefers not merely to contend with Gmail, but siphon away a couple of its growing individual base. As such, Outlook delivers a fresh, low interface– far cleaner than Hotmail ever before looked. What’s more, the advertisements are more pared-down here: no video adverts, and no targeted advertisements on messages between individuals (newsletters are still fair game).

The service is open to the general public as of today and you get basically unrestricted storage, along with 7GB of SkyDrive area if you create a brand-new Microsoft account. (Microsoft utilizes the word “virtually” to hedge itself against spammers who could otherwise utilize limitless storage space to game the system.) And you should take our word when we state it’s worth offering the service a shot: we have actually been testing it for practically 2 weeks. Go get yourself located and then fulfill us after the break for details, impressions and tons more screenshots.

Note: several of our screenshots say “NewMail” instead of “Outlook.com” in the upper left corner. NewMail is a codename Microsoft made use of prior to announcing the service to the public.

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Nintendo’s gunning for retailers, expanding eShop offerings for Wii U, 3DS

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Nintendo is going to sell its 3DS and Wii U games through the eShop as well as on the high street. Concerned about the money wasted in “inventory,” the company will let consumers choose where they get their fix from. The first two games to get the treatment will be New Super Mario Bros 2 and Onitore Brain Training (working title) for the handheld, with more expected in the future. As consumers transition to downloads, the company will keep its brick-and-mortar partners on-side by allowing them to sell “activation codes” to the digital titles — although that does mean you’ll have to drive down to Gamestop and back.

Nintendo’s gunning for retailers, expanding eShop offerings for Wii U, 3DS originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Panasonic prices its 2012 home theater and audio offerings

Panasonic just outed the availability for its 2012 HDTVs, so it’s no surprise the company would roll out its home theater and audio component pricing as well. Remember those high-end home theater 3D Blu-ray players that made their debut at CES packing WiFi, DLNA and Viera Connect? Well, if you want to pick them up when they go on sale in April, the SC-BTT490 will set you back $ 500, while the SC-BTT195 and 190 models will cost $ 400 and $ 300, respectively. Meanwhile, the micro sound systems we saw in Vegas also got priced — the elegant SC-AP01 packing AirPlay debuts in June for $ 170, while its hockey puck-sized and Bluetooth-powered cousin, the SC-MC07, can be had for $ 70 a month later. Panny’s also letting loose a trio of HTB series home theater systems ranging from $ 230 – $ 400 that offer Bluetooth for streaming music from your phone and wireless subwoofers to cut down on living room cord clutter. Don’t believe us? Well, head on past the break to get your fill of model numbers, price points and feature sets straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Panasonic prices its 2012 home theater and audio offerings

Panasonic just outed the availability for its 2012 HDTVs, so it’s no surprise the company would roll out its home theater and audio component pricing as well. Remember those high-end home theater 3D Blu-ray players that made their debut at CES packing WiFi, DLNA and Viera Connect? Well, if you want to pick them up when they go on sale in April, the SC-BTT490 will set you back $ 500, while the SC-BTT195 and 190 models will cost $ 400 and $ 300, respectively. Meanwhile, the micro sound systems we saw in Vegas also got priced — the elegant SC-AP01 packing AirPlay debuts in June for $ 170, while its hockey puck-sized and Bluetooth-powered cousin, the SC-MC07, can be had for $ 70 a month later. Panny’s also letting loose a trio of HTB series home theater systems ranging from $ 230 – $ 400 that offer Bluetooth for streaming music from your phone and wireless subwoofers to cut down on living room cord clutter. Don’t believe us? Well, head on past the break to get your fill of model numbers, price points and feature sets straight from the horse’s mouth.

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MetroPCS expands LTE offerings with Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G, LG Connect 4G

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Two new Android handsets will soon be destined for MetroPCS, as the company has today announced plans to offer both the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G and LG Connect 4G. Together they serve as the latest LTE-enabled additions to the carrier’s lineup. Samsung’s Galaxy Attain carries a 3.5-inch display and is powered by a 1GHz processor. Both front and rear cameras are on board the Gingerbread phone, at resolutions of 1.3 and 3 megapixels, respectively. MetroPCS users on the $ 50 / $ 60 service plans will have exclusive dibs on the device, which will be priced at $ 200 for a limited time.

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Seagate Streamlines Hard Drive Offerings With 1TB Per Disk Technology

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Just a couple months after selling its 1 millionth hybrid hard drive, Seagate has some fresh news to announce, including the death of its Barracuda green drive and the announcement of its new enhanced Seagate desktop drives. The Barracuda, Seagate’s flagship, has been revamped to offer performance of 7200 RPM for every capacity — from 250GB up to 3TB.

Using 40mm fabrication technology, the dual-core Seagate Barracuda drive is now 45 percent faster. Thanks to AccuTrack technology, the drive boosts capacity, speed and performance by offering track density of 340,000 TPI.

Meanwhile, the Barracuda XT hard drive will be migrating over to solid state hybrid technology, which basically offers the best of both worlds. You can enjoy hard drive capacity points at solid state speeds, all at a less expensive cost per GB. The Barracuda and Barracuda XT will now round out Seagate’s hard drive offerings, in an attempt to make the buying process that much easier for customers.

According to the company, the electricity savings from reduced RPM in Barracuda Green were totaling around 20 cents per year. When measured against productivity during the extra hours a faster and more efficient hard drive yields, it seemed like an easy decision. However, Seagate maintains that it’s still environmentally friendly as far as manufacturing goes.

The Barracuda drives will be available by the middle of November, with MSRPs starting at $ 71.99 for 1TB.



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