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Articles Archive for August 2011

SiriusXM Revamps Entire System To Stay Competitive

SiriusXM satellite radio will soon offer personal radio channels, kinda like what Pandora has got going on for them. I guess SiriusXM thought it was time to change the way they operate if they plan on remaining a player in the audio space.

SiriusXM’s new radio channels will be able to replay, skip, and ban songs, as well as some on-demand features. You’ll also be able to use it on your TiVo which might make the hefty monthly packages a bit more reasonable.

HTC Has Just Acquired Dashwire For ‘Cloud Safety’

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has just purchased Dashwire, a Seattle-based company. If you haven’t heard of Dashwire before, they are famous for creating a platform that allows users to back up their important data on their phones to a cloud-based system.

Dashwire is going to become a subsidiary of HTC and the company popular for their smartphones, plans on integrating Dashwire’s technology into its own HTCSense.com cloud services.

Pandora’s New Layout Came When It Was Supposed To

Pandora’s new layout is a welcome change for me, primarily because it is based on HTML5. With the previous version of Pandora, my 32-bit Firefox browser would often crash on my 64-bit operating system due to the flash player.

Since, I no longer use Firefox, it hasn’t been a problem with good ol’ trusty Chrome, but it’s still nice to know that Firefox will be safe.

New G+ Invite Sharing System: 150 Invites Per Person

Google+ invites used to be extremely rare, and even Google themselves pulled the plug on the invite system a couple times, claiming that they were overwhelmed with people wanting to join the new social network.

I remember anxiously awaiting myself, and quickly joining to see what it was all about once my boss sent me an invite. Fortunately, any Google+ user can invite some of their friends, but it’s about to get even easier.

Intel Rethinks It’s Netbook Strategy

With the introduction of so many gadgets and devices all around the world, now the demand for cheap computers has ended and now people desire for performance and better features in their computers.

Now people are concerned with buying either a low-priced tablet or an extremely good computer. Intel’s netbook was a success due to it’s low price, but now the netbook might not attract so many people as it did before.

Free 3D VOD From Samsung Reaches India

Samsung’s 3D Video On Demand service is now available for Indian consumers. The VOD service is already available in South Korea and will allow users to watch 3D video content on their 3DTVs without any additional fees.

Users will only need a couple things to get started. First, they have to download the Explore 3D app from the Samsung TV apps store. The second thing is, obviously, having a 3DTV. Those two things will allow users to enjoy hot content such as movie trailers, music videos, documentaries, you name it!

Microsoft Offers $250K Prize In Hacking Competition

Management at Microsoft are hoping to turn hackers into cyber security for the Digital Media giant. The company is offering hackers $250K to develop new security defenses for the organization.

It’s called the BlueHat Prize and is open to programmers all around the world. First prize is valued at $200,000 and goes to whoever develops the ‘best’ way to prevent cyber attacks. The second and third best strategists will share a $50K prize, and will each be able to develop their own subscription of their software for development.

Sony Ericsson Wilhelmina Concept, First Panoramic Phone?

We’ve heard about the PSP phone that lets you enjoy PS1 games on your phone, the Xperia Play, but this new concept by Sony Ericsson is much, much cooler. It’s called the Sony Ericsson Wilhelmina and it is powered by four cores in a clamshell gaming phone factor.

The gorgeous device looks much nicer than the stereotypical PS Vita. It caries two borderless touchscreens and offers a widescreen view for the player.

Gmail Finally Introduces Preview Pane For Desktop Computers

With the launch of new applications and services by Google, people have started to switch to GMail massively. But not many people would find GMail the way they hoped it to be.

When i switched to GMail, i didnt find it much impressive and to me, it seemed like old-fashioned inbox. I was pretty much used to the Preview Pane which Yahoo, Hotmail and almost every other e-mail websites provided.

World’s Smallest Battery

Research at Rice University has proved that the work done by Lithium-Ion batteries can also be done with very tiny batteries, which Rice University just produced.

The researchers have packed the energy produced by an entire Lithium-Ion battery into a small nanowire. This battery is 6 times thinner than a bacterium, 100 times thinner than a human hair and 60,000 times smaller than a AAA batttery.