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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
Internal Microsoft Memo Reportedly Debunks Always-Online Xbox
As Ars points out, in addition to debunking rumors of a constant internet connection, the email also seems to lend more evidence to rumors that the next Xbox will function as a cable box and allow playback of live TV. The email also seems to confirm …
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Xbox Infinity vs. PlayStation 4: Is the classic rivalry coming to an end?
Then the tide turned and Microsoft's Xbox 360 edged out the PlayStation 3 in the current generation console wars, having recently posted its 27th consecutive month as the top-selling console in the U.S. But we may soon see this rivalry fade as the …
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PS4? New Xbox? Nah, it's the little games that matter
There's a tiny orange box moving around the screen of the PlayStation Vita. Its name is Chris. It is an ordinary square — perhaps even less than ordinary. This square doesn't jump very high, can't float and it has largely committed to going through …
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Remember the Notion Ink Adam? We’ll forgive you if you don’t — the device fell a bit short of expectations, and news of its successor has been scarce. Save for a few teasing tweets, Notion Ink has kept the project pretty close to its chest. That changed this weekend, however, when the tablet’s price and specifications were announced at India’s National Technology Awards. According to a press release (after the break) and a pamphlet reportedly given to attendees, the Adam II will sell for 12,000 Indian Rupees (about $ 217) later this year, packing in a 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex CPU, twin 2MP cameras, 1GB RAM and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The tablet also boasts a secondary screen, albeit a small one: a monochrome ticker that displays Android notifications on the Adam’s book-like spine. HDMI, headphone and a micro USB ports crowd the device’s adjacent edges, which wrap around a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display — a concession that was apparently made to increase longevity. Specific and international availability was sadly left out of the announcements, but its nice to finally see this project gain some steam.
Gallery: Notion Ink Adam II Pamphlet
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LTE might be all the rage right now, but next generation mobile technology is already in the works. According to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, Samsung has successfully tested its 5G platform, pulling down data at 1Gbps in recent tests. The company apparently needed 64 antenna elements to pull the trick off, but says the technology will be available to customers by 2020 — matching the European Commission’s goal quite nicely. It may not be the fastest 5G test we’ve seen in recent months, but we’re not going to scoff at progress.
Source: Yonhap News
Google hasn’t even officially launched Babel, but word on the street has it that the aforesaid term was being used internally to reference a new, unified chat platform. Now, TechRadar is reporting that Babel will simply become a part of Google Hangouts — almost certainly as a means to continue the art of subtly shoving Google+ onto every user it can. Moreover, the newly expanded Hangouts could launch as early as next week during Google I/O, and we’ll be there to bring you the goods if indeed it does.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that Microsoft is prepping a streaming media box. The Xbox may have many of the same functions, but it’s still primarily a gaming console. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that there are prototypes of a simpler, cheaper set-top device designed exclusively for consuming media floating around Redmond. Obviously this would provide a cheaper path to consumer’s living rooms, but it could also offer a way to keep the Xbox brand separate and primarily gaming focused. On, the other hand, if a Roku competitor with Xbox branding were to hit shelves for $ 99, it would further broaden the scope of Microsoft’s entertainment division. The latter wouldn’t be terribly surprising, since some of the prototypes are reportedly designed to work with Kinect. Whether or not these devices will ever see the light of day is still anyone’s guess, but it could provide a cheap way to get that Heroes reboot into people’s living rooms.
Source: Wall Street Journal
TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft is trying to buy the Nook ebook and device ecosystem — for $ 1 billion. According to documents TechCrunch has obtained, Redmond hopes to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC; that’s the Barnes & Noble subsidiary behind the ebook business, as well as the Nook e-readers and tablets themselves.
The documents also reveal that the current Nook tablets aren’t long for this world. They reportedly state that Nook Media plans to discontinue its Android tablets like the Nook HD by the end of its 2014 fiscal year. The focus would then shift to what is referred to as “third-party partner” devices. It’s not clear what those devices specifically would be, but according to the document they’re scheduled to…
While we knew Nintendo was happy to hook-up its newest consoles to your smartphone, we thought that was only going to extend to social networking and shopping. Nope, it looks like the company is going a step further, with a report from Japan Times suggesting that the games maker is offering high-level conversion software to app developers “so they can produce smartphone games that can be played on Wii U.” A weak existing games library has been cited to as one of the main causes of Nintendo’s recent financial woes and it’s hoping that the addition of some popular titles will offer enough of a reason to invest in a dedicated games machine. We just hope it’s able to glean some fresh gaming gems — the first Angry Birds title launched in 2009.
Source: Japan Times
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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It hit a few snags along the way, but T-Mobile’s merger with MetroPCS now appears to be all but a done deal. Bloomberg is reporting that MetroPCS shareholders have approved the deal this morning, following a recommendation that the merger be approved from two previously-opposed shareholder advisory firms last week — and approval from the board before that.
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