Monthly Archives: June 2013

Songza introduces paid ad-free service that costs $0.99 a week

Songza introduces paid adfree service, costs $099 a week

Songza joined the ad-free music streaming club today with a club of its own: Club Songza. Like the premium services on Spotify and Slacker, you’ll have to cough up a few pennies to belong — about 99 of them a week, to be exact. Listening to music without commercial interruption isn’t the only benefit however; apparently paid subscribers will get additional goodies like twice as many skips and access to more premium content as well. Songza diehards can go ahead and sign up for the service at the source, though we should remind you that there are always cheaper options for your music fix.

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Via: TechCrunch

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 hits the FCC with LTE you probably can't use

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 80 hits the FCC with LTE you probably can't use

The FCC can be cruel sometimes, showing us devices we’re unlikely to see in the US without significant changes; this is one of those moments, unfortunately. A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has once again surfaced at the FCC, this time as the SM-T315 with built-in cellular access. However, it’s not optimized for American use — while there’s AT&T-friendly HSPA data, the LTE inside is only meant for a handful of other countries, like South Korea. As such, this model won’t be coming stateside unless there’s a frequency change. We’re not totally surprised at the lack of US-ready LTE when AT&T already offers the Galaxy Note 8.0, but it would be nice to have a little more variety in our 8-inch LTE slates.

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Digg Reader web, iOS apps are open for the public

As we stand on the precipice of the shutdown of Google Reader the search for replacement RSS clients is more frantic than ever, and now Digg has opened access to its app for any users interested. Currently available on the web and as an iOS app (Android coming soon), importing ones Google account is just a few mouse clicks away. The experience as it exists now is pretty barebones, and Digg says it plans to add a “View unread items only” option, “Mark as unread” button and the always crucial “accurate” unread counts for feeds and folders in the near future. Hit the source link below to give it a shot, and then let us know if it’s a contender for the throne.

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Apple reportedly clinches TSMC chip manufacturing deal

Apple reportedly clinches longsought TSMC manufacturing deal

Rumors of Apple switching its chip manufacturing from Samsung to TSMC have persisted for a long, long time. However, they may be more substantial this time around: the Wall Street Journal claims that Apple quietly signed a deal with TSMC earlier this month. The agreement reportedly has TSMC take over some of Apple’s chip production in 2014. Technical setbacks kept the agreement from happening any sooner, according to the sources. Neither company is commenting on the accuracy of the story, although few would doubt Apple’s incentives to reduce its dependency on Samsung-made silicon — it’s not keen on funding a primary competitor.

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Facebook implements new policy to crack down on objectionable ad material

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No one really likes ads, but for better or worse, they’re a sort of necessary evil when it comes to, you know, making money online. And while Facebook’s not likely to stop sprinkling your stream with paid content, the social network announced a new plan today to tackle some of the more…questionable content that’s made its way onto the site. Starting Monday, the service will implement a new review process for deciding which Pages and groups will get their own accompanying ads. That process will be manual to start, with an automated version in the future. Facebook plans to have all the offending violent, graphic and sexual content removed by the end of next week.

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Source: Facebook Newsroom

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ITC judge rules against InterDigital in first round of 3G patent case

After two long years, the International Trade Commission has finally come to a decision in favor of Huawei, Nokia and ZTE in a 3G patent case brought to them by InterDigital in 2011. According to an ITC judge, the three phone manufacturers did not violate the seven InterDigital-owned patents that covers various WCDMA and CDMA2000 technologies used to make their devices. InterDigital even went so far as to request the ban of US sales of these devices. Still, this is just a preliminary ruling; the final decision of the case is expected in October.

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Source: Reuters

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review: a top-tier phone in a water-resistant package

DNP  Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review a toptier phone in a waterresistant package

After Samsung’s latest product push in London, we have nothing short of a Galaxy S 4 franchise on our hands. While the company unveiled its expected Mini version along with a photography-focused variant, it also took a step in the rugged-device direction by announcing the Galaxy S4 Active. With IP67 water and dust protection, the phone promises to see you through 30 minutes of aquatic activity at a time. Ruggedness aside, though, this device is quite similar to the GS4, albeit in a slightly heftier — and arguably more attractive — package. We spent some quality time with Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T, which retails for the same $199.99 as the original S 4. So is this a better pick? You know where to find out.

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Yahoo shutting down a dozen products, including AltaVista and Axis

Yahoo shutting down a dozen products, including AltaVista and Axis

As expected, in amongst the high profile acquisitions that have thus far marked the next step in Yahoo’s evolution, the web company is doing some serious house cleaning. EVP Jay Rossiter took to the exclamatory search company’s Tumblr to announced a whole slew of shut downs. The list includes properties old and new, from AltaVista to Yahoo Axis, along with the sunset date of each one (July 8th and June 28th, respectively). There are a dozen properties in all — you can check out the full list of obits in the source link below.

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Intel hopes to speed up mobile Atom chip development

Intel shows Merrifield reference phone

Intel has a real presence in the smartphone world, but its tendency toward just one or two mobile chip releases per year makes it a slowpoke next to its ARM-based rivals. New CEO Brian Krzanich clearly isn’t happy with this gap — he tells Reuters that mobile Atom development could speed up under his watch. Although the executive is short on specifics, he notes that Intel is “evaluating” the schedule for future chips with hopes of improving their timing where possible. The proof will be in the pudding, of course — the company needs to give opponents like Qualcomm a real run for their money. Just don’t expect a similarly breakneck pace with Intel’s TV service plans. Krzanich says Intel is being “cautious” about entering an industry that depends more on content than pure technology.

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Source: Reuters

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