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Articles tagged with: digital media

Hulu Without Ads, But At What Cost?

Hulu has recently dropped a few clues to consumers that it is considering an ad-free version of its video streaming service. The company is specifically looking for a more expensive tier without dealing with the ads from either the free version, nor the $8 mobile plan.

While I am certainly intrigued, I think it’s safe to assume that the company would tack on an extra percentage (to increase, revenue of course)- rather than covering the price of the ads themselves. I mean, they are a business at the end of the day.

Save Time When Buying Apps With Password Pilot

Since buying stuff online is a risky process, online stores usually have your account setup with a password with which you can access the online material and save you the peril of losing important information or data. Apple also followed the same procedure where you only had to put in your password once, saving the trouble of punching the password again for next 15 minutes.

This was only until some lawsuits were filed against Apple. Apple, fearing an FCC investigation changed the method leaving users to enter password for every download. This sometimes becomes very troublesome for frequent downloaders who get lots of stuff.

Google Acquires Facial Recognition Company, Pittpatt

Google is keenly interested in upgrading its current projects and adding new and exciting features to them. Recently, Google bought Fridge, a social networking firm. Now Google has acquired PittPatt(Pittsburg Pattern Recognition), a face recognition software company.

Watch Out! Google+ Circles Is Getting Even Better!

Google+ circles is an adorable feature for privacy concerned folks allowing others only to see what they want them to. Now the latest buzz is that this feature is getting even better.

Fridge is a web-suite which provided the facility of creating separate groups for friends, sharing stuff and planning events much alike other social networking sites. But the new thing is, Google is procuring Fridge.

Google+ Games Coming Very Soon, Watch Out FaceBook

If you were not moving to Google+ because of Zynga Poker, Farmville, CityVille or any other game on Facebook. It is about time you do.

Zynga and Google were in a big partnership last year , in that partnership Google invested around 10 million in Zynga for the development of Zynga signature Products and helped it making it One of the biggest social game developer in the World.

Adobe Acquires Digital Signage, Echosign

Adobe has just purchased EchoSign, a startup that provides electronic signature technology. Adobe hopes to integrate the new technology in its current document exchange services.

The goal of digital signage is for enterprises to easily swap documents with one another for easy approval. Contracts can be easily sent to one another and signed with ease.

Nintendo 3DS Gamers Enjoy Netflix Streaming

Nintendo 3DS owners will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of Netflix streaming on their portable gaming devices with a free app. With The 3DS’ 3D capabilities, Netflix offers the golden ticket to watching 3D content ‘on demand’.

Of course, you are limited to a somewhat small screen, but you’ll have an entertainment portal wherever you go. Getting tired of trying to beat the same boss level 5 times? Why not unwind with an awesome 3D movie to get your mind off it?

More Dirt On The Amazon Tablet Surfaces

We’re learning more and more about the upcoming Amazon Android tablet, and it’s getting more interesting by the week. As of now, we are expecting the tablet to be released in October of this year, with an expected production line of 1.5 million units.

The tablet will be a bit smaller than you standard 10″, but will stand strong nonetheless with its 9″ screen. The expected 2011 production goal would be around 5 million units, including all quarters, posing a possible ‘risk’ for Apple’s iPad 2 business.

Spotify Comes To U.S. Residents, Perhaps For A Facebook Debut?

Spotify, a Swedish DRM-based music streaming service includes both major labels such as Sony, EMI, and Universal, and independent labels. The startup was launched in October of 2008, and I am please to announce that the service will soon be available to U.S. customers.

The announcement was actually made earlier in the month when Spotify had confirmed that it would come to the U.S., although it had not provided a specific launch date.

New Challenges For Netflix

Netflix, once known for providing the best flat rate DVD-by-mail and the on-demand internet streaming video in United States, has attracted millions of users and have delivered over a billion DVDs.

However, recently, the Studio is having competitors like Google, Amazon and others instill the mentality of ‘survival of the fittest’, resulting in the reason that the providers want to be paid more for the content they are providing.