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Intel is yet to close a single content deal for its upcoming Intel TV service, sources claim, despite reportedly offering media companies as much as a 75-percent premium over what traditional cable firms pay. The combination live and on-demand TV service is expected to launch this year, according to Intel, but insiders familiar with the
Toyota has announced the 2014 Corolla, the 11th generation in the line, bringing with it a new LE Eco trim line that offers 40+ MPG. The auto maker says the 2014 model features “dramatically amplified elements” in its overall design, while retaining the elements enthusiasts recognize and enjoy. The design is said to be the
Freemium wireless internet startup FreedomPop has been out to undercut traditional wireless carriers on data plan costs for over a year now, but now the company wants to up ante once more. In exchange for a recurring monthly fee of $ 0, users of the company’s forthcoming phone service will be able to get 500MB of wireless data access, 200 voice minutes, and unlimited messaging starting later this summer.
Oh, that’s not enough for you? For an additional $ 10, you get unlimited voice too.
Microsoft will boost its Azure cloud offering in Japan, adding two domestic data centers to speed response times and improve reliability in the face of natural disasters.
The Unity 4 engine has given Flash gaming a lot of TLC by simplifying web ports of complex projects. If you ask Unity Technologies, however, that love isn’t being requited — and the company feels jilted enough to stop offering new Flash licenses, effective immediately. Adobe supposedly isn’t committed enough to the plugin, having halted work on both a re-engineered Flash Player Next as well as an attractive revenue sharing model. Unity is equally concerned about the broader developer community shying away from Flash at the same time as its own plugin, Unity Web Player, has soared past 200 million installs. While those with existing licenses should have Flash support for as long as versions of Unity 4 are in the field, the exit is bound to have game creators scrambling to find alternatives for any future web-based titles.
Source: Unity Technologies
The last time that Xbox 360 gamers were treated with a free weekend of Xbox Live Gold was back in November. It’s certainly been a few months, but Microsoft has announced that the promotion is back this weekend, giving those who don’t have a Gold membership the opportunity to take part in the $ 60/year subscription
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing an Apple iMac, but haven’t been able to pull the trigger due to its expensive price tag, here’s some good news for you. Apple is now offering refurbished versions of its current-gen iMacs. The refurbished iMacs boast a 15-20% discount from its normal price-tag, and it also provides you
Virgin Mobile, the prepaid carrier with a name that makes teenagers giggle and price tags attractive to anyone on a budget, has rolled out a $ 100 rebate aimed at T-Mobile customers willing to convert and have their brain “retrained.” The rebate only applies to those who are switching over from a T-Mobile account, with the
Japan’s Midokura, a startup with offices in SF, Tokyo, Lausanne and Barcelona, today announced a $ 17.3 million Series A funding round, led by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, along with NTT Group’s DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and Innovative Ventures Fund Investment, the investment arm of NEC Group. The funding will be used to hire and grow the team in preparation for future deployment and expansion of Midokura’s MidoNet network virtualization services.
T-Mobile USA on Tuesday said it will start offering the iPhone 5 on April 12, filling what its CEO said was “a huge void” in its phone lineup.
InFocus has announced a 55-inch touchscreen PC with Windows 8, which has an upgradeable design that is uncommon in all-in-one PCs.
Apple has brought back its free next-day shipping promotion, only this time it’s for the iPhone. It was first introduced back in December just before Christmas to make room for those last minute shoppers looking to get that special someone a brand new Apple product for the holidays. This time around, Apple is opening those
Barnes & Noble has a deal for those looking to get a new ereader. Those who buy a Nook HD+ device starting tomorrow until the end of the month (March 31) will get a Nook Simple Touch for free. This is the latest promotion from a company that has had pretty regular specials and deals,
Its new backers are the French early-stage fund Kima Ventures, Jacques-Antoine Granjon (CEO of vente-privee.com), London’s #1 Seed and Playfair Capital, and the New York-based VC firm Windcrest Partners.
Festicket says the new capital will be used to further develop the platform and extend the range of products that it’s able to offer, as well as to bolster sales and marketing, including key hires, and to accelerate its plans for European expansion.
An anonymous reader writes “The SimCity launch earlier this week was a complete disaster. Single player games that require an Internet connection to enable forced multiplayer features (as well as acting as a form of DRM) is bad enough, but then to not be prepared for the demand such a popular franchise has, well, that’s just dumb, and Lucy Bradshaw, EA’s general manager for the Maxis Label, has admitted exactly that.” They did not provide much details, but supposedly anyone who has SimCity now should get “a free PC download game from the EA portfolio.” They are unrepentant about the always-online requirement though.
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The European Union Commission has fined Microsoft Corp. €561 million ($ 733 million) for breaking the terms of an earlier agreement to offer users a choice of Internet browser.
BitTorrent Sharpens Enterprise Focus, Launches SoShare To Send Large Files, Offering First Terabyte Free
BitTorrent, the once-notorious P2P file sharing site that has turned a new leaf as a legit, distributed computing provider, is today launching SoShare, a service to send large files from one computer to another, with the first terabyte of files sent free. Out today in beta for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari for Mac; and Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer for Windows, the service competes with the likes of YouSendIt, as well as DropBox, Box and other cloud-storage and file transfer services. SoShare was previously available in alpha as Share, and it complements Sync, Bitorrent’s cloud-based service that syncs your computer’s files with a cloud storage service, which itself launched in alpha in January. The idea behind SoShare is to target creative professionals – designers, photographers, musicians, and so on – who handle large data files and need to send them to others. That makes sense, since it also targets that community for content for its consumer-facing services. SoShare is built by BitTorrent engineers, on BitTorrent’s P2P framework (not clear whether it uses Amazon’s EC2 and S3 services for caching, as it did in the alpha version), and will sit alongside Sync in Labs, BitTorrent’s “test kitchen,” where it puts work in progress for its community to try out and develop into potentially more commercial products. “For now, we’re going into the public beta without fees,” Catherine Meek, BitTorrent’s director of product strategy, noted in an email exchange. “Leveraging the distributed BitTorrent protocol has helped keep our costs low. We’ll be looking at a few options along the way, but building something that is reliable and adds value to the user is our primary objective.” With a number of companies like YouSendIt and SugarSync, newer players like Mega, and more established startups like Dropbox all already developing names for themselves in the same space as SoShare, it will be worth seeing whether BitTorrent can entice more people to its platform by way of the very large file size threshold — one free terabyte being possibly the largest data allowance yet. BitTorrent is taking the approach of targeting one vertical first. “We saw a gap in the current offerings, a chance to introduce something new,” says Meek. “A key learning from the alpha was that there was a need within the creative community and we had the ability to fix a problem for them.” Meek cites figures from the Americans for the Arts that estimate 3.34
Cloud storage service Box always seems to be giving away free cloud storage left and right, and today is no exception. New users can sign up for an account and receive 50GB of space for free. This seems to be a “Dell Exclusive Offer,” but we’re seeing no restrictions here, meaning that it doesn’t look
You’ve only got four days left until Valentine’s Day, and if you’re scrambling for gift ideas, e-book startup Coliloquy has an unusual promotion. Be warned, though: It is, in the words of co-founder and CEO Lisa Rutherford, “very explicit and very dirty.”
That’s right, Coliloquy is offering free, personalized erotic short stories through a program called Val-Entwined. It’s part of the new Entwined erotica line that the company created with the L. Perkins Agency.
If you’re the fidgety type that’s also in the market for a new GPU, AMD’s ready to tempt you into springing for a Radeon HD 7000 series card with the promise of free gaming swag. The imaginatively named “Never Settle: Reloaded” bundle reuses several titles from last year’s promotion — Farcry 3, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution — and adds a few more it hopes will grab your attention: BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, DmC Devil May Cry and Tomb Raider. AMD’s 7770 GHz Edition GPU no longer qualifies, but purchase a 7800 or 7900 series card and you’ll be given at least a couple of games to enjoy on your new hardware. Exactly what software you’ll receive varies on how much dough you’re waving around and what region you’re shopping in, so head to the source link for a full rundown of the options. A single 7990 or a two-pack of 7900 series cards will get you the most games, but if you don’t quite have the bread, ask Lara for a loan — she might be willing to share some of her perilous adventure fund and help you out.
Earlier this week, we told you about the nasty situation some who pre-ordered the Ni No Kuni Wizard’s Edition are now facing. In short, Namco Bandai and Digital River oversold the Wizard’s Edition, meaning that it had to cancel some orders and delay the shipment of others. This, obviously, has a fair few gamers upset,
Apple is now offering early access to Hearst Magazines via its Newsstand for iOS. With the new feature, buyers will be able to check out any Hearst magazine before both the digital and print versions are available. In case you’re not familiar, Hearst boasts such titles as Seventeen, Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and Esquire. Hearst’s deal
According to a recent SEC filing, fashion news and e-commerce site Refinery29 has raised $ 3.5 million in a private offering from a total of seven undisclosed investors.
The Web site, which focuses on trends and independent designers, has grown rapidly since it launched in 2005 in New York City.
It would appear that the folks in Southington, Connecticut are looking to terminate the enemy with extreme prejudice – the enemy being violent media of all shapes and sizes. The group hosting the event by the name of “Violent Video Games Return Program” will be allowing in all manner of violent media with a promise
Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD was the company’s leading product throughout the holiday shopping season, and for good reason. The 8.9-inch version went on sale earlier last month, but if you happened to blink, the deal was gone. However, Amazon is offering the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 to students at $ 50 off all month long. Amazon
Chinese telecommunications manufacturing giant Huawei is once again in hot water over allegedly playing loose with trade sanctions. One of Huawei Technologies key Iranian partners reportedly offered to sell embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator in late 2010, according to documents unearthed by Reuters.
Two months after making its debut, refurbished models of the iPhone 5 are now becoming available from AT&T. For as low as $ 99, you can get Apple‘s latest smartphone after signing a two-year contract — this is half off of the normal price. Granted, it’s a refurbished model, but if you know anything about Apple’s
Virgin Mobile has announced that its customers can now get their hands on the Galaxy S II 4G, the predecessor to the wildly popular Galaxy S III smartphone. With this new addition, users can finally get 4G access on the Virgin Mobile network starting at $ 35 per month. This comes after repeat requests from users
zacharye writes “In version 7, RIM has added a voice calling feature that will allow BBM users to speak to each other for free when connected to Wi-Fi networks. While similar third-party solutions like Viber exist and extend the free calling feature to cellular data connections, an integrated solution that will eventually be baked right into the BlackBerry OS offers clear advantages over third-party options. It also can be counted as an advantage for RIM’s platform over Android and iOS, at least until RIM’s rivals begin to roll out similar solutions.”
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Gift cards often get a bad rap as the last resort in holiday shopping, what we supposedly get only when all hope of a carefully considered present has gone out the window. Apple isn’t quite so cyncial, and it may have injected new life into gift giving now that it has switched on buying gift cards through the recently updated Apple Store iOS app as of this weekend. Pick a color and a card value — up to $ 2,000, if someone’s been good enough to earn a MacBook Pro — and the resulting email lets iOS 6-touting recipients load the card into Passbook. Besides saving some plastic, the Passbook entry adds some worth through geofencing that reminds recipients to splurge if they’re near one of Apple’s steel-and-glass stores. All told, the card may be more than welcome by iPhone fans and save the ignominy of a last-minute rush to the store. Just make sure the recipient doesn’t mind going without a physical gift on the big day — it wouldn’t be right to drain all the romanticism out of a special occasion.
While you probably won’t be able to get Jack Dorsey to buy you a grande spearmint green tea the next time you go for coffee (we should know, we’ve tried), you can at least use his payment service. Yes, today’s the day that Starbucks begins accepting Square Wallet purchases at 7,000 of its stores — just scan a QR code or NFC-tap your smartphone to make a payment. In 2013, you’ll also be given the ability to tip your barista, presumably assuming you can go through the awkwardness of pre-selecting how much you think their service is worth in front of them.
When we think about Kentucky, we’re put in mind of dusky beverages, Harland Sanders’ chicken and its legendary derby. That’s why it’s so nice to see regional carrier Bluegrass Cellular offering the iPhone 5 on its network. The handset arrives on November 2nd, with the 16GB variant setting you back $ 150 on any of its plans, the cheapest offering you 200 minutes, Unlimited texts and 3GB data for $ 65. We’ve got all of the plans laid out for you after the break, so grab your twelve-string and join in.
When Microsoft announced that they would be getting rid of Windows Media Center and all of its codecs for DVD playback and broadcast television in Windows 8, many home theater PC fanatics were effectively disappointed and probably really aggravated. However, it looks like the company is offering anyone who has Windows 8 Pro a free
ValoBox Launches Pay-As-You-Go eBook Offering; O’Reilly Media, Guardian Books & Other Publishers Sign On
Persuading publishers to make their eBooks available to read over the Web is probably quite a big ask. Persuading them to sell those eBooks on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis, enabling readers to purchase specific pages or chapters of a book only — well, that’s just crazy talk. Not so crazy, it seems, that one UK startup is taking a stab: ValoBox launches its on-demand browser-based eBook service today, with publishers O’Reilly Media, Profile Books, Guardian Books, Constable & Robinson, and Snowbooks, signed on at debut.
Nokia and HTC’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 flagships are still on the standard release path: announcement, federal approval and now, pre-order. Keeping device availability tucked firmly under its hat, Best Buy is now offering Nokia’s Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X for pre-sale, priced at $ 149.99 and $ 99.99, respectively. Early buyers have options, too: the Lumia 920 is kitted out in red, blue, yellow, black and white shells. Fashionistas with a flair for purple, however, will need to stick to HTC’s hardware. Unfortunately, you don’t get that much choice — Bust Buy’s pre-orders don’t balk at the devices’ AT&T exclusivity. The retailer doesn’t say when devices are going to ship, but we imagine early adopters won’t have to wait too long.
MojoKid writes “Sprint has announced a new vanity phone number alias service called **Me. In a nutshell, **Me lets you create a custom name that people can use to call you if they don’t have your actual number programmed into their phone. For example, if your name is Jerry, you can use **Jerry as your handle. Or perhaps if your nickname is “Mad Dog”, you can opt for **MadDog. Monikers must be at least 5 characters in length but no more than 9, not counting the two stars. The service costs $ 2.99 per month, but there are no additional usage charges beyond your normal Sprint plan. Currently, **Me will only accept calls from Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and other Sprint customers, and doesn’t accept text messages yet.”
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It was almost a year ago that we first heard about FreedomPop, a startup built on the manifesto that every American (yes, you) should have access to free wireless broadband. Ten months later, the pay-as-you-go service is launching in beta, with “free” meaning 500MB of data per month. For the time being, the touted 4G service will come courtesy of Clearwire’s WiMAX network, but FreedomPop says it will switch to Sprint’s LTE spectrum sometime in early 2013. In the meantime, though, you can expect speeds anywhere between 4 and 10 Mbps down, and 1 to 2 Mbps up.
To take advantage of the service, you’ll need to either buy or rent some compatible hardware. Your options include the “Freedom Spot” hotspot capable of serving eight devices simultaneously, or the “Freedom Stick,” a USB dongle. Both of these are free, but require that you put down a refundable deposit ($ 89 for the hotspot and $ 49 for the stick). As we previously reported, too, the company will be selling $ 99 iPhone and iPod cases that double as hotspots, though these won’t actually be available for another four to six weeks. The iPhone version, in particular, does triple-duty as a charging case.
If you do venture past that 500MB data cap you’ll pay $ 10 for every subsequent gigabyte. Packaged deals will also be available. As we had heard, though, FreedomPop is hoping to recoup the costs of that free data by selling premium services, with three to start and more coming later. At launch, these add-ons will include device protection (24/7 customer service and replacement service within 48 hours) and notification alerts if you’re about to hit the data cap. You can also pay for speedier 4G, though the company’s claim of “up to 50 percent faster” performance is a vague one, given that the range of possible speeds is so broad to begin with.
There’s one last piece about how FreedomPop works, and it might help if we drew a comparison to Dropbox, or Zynga, even. As you would in Farmville, you can earn extra
Farmville cash free data by following through on certain tasks. Watch a 20-second ad, for instance, and you win three megs of data. Sign up for a Netflix trial and you get 1.2GB added to your coffer. And, similar to Dropbox, if you recommend a friend, you get 10MB for every month that pal stays on with the service. Finally, you can share data with a friend, but it really does have to be a friend: that person’s email address has to be in your contact list.
Gallery: FreedomPop launches in beta
Fox embraced a radical thought when it outlined its Digital HD initiative earlier this month: customers are more likely to buy digital movies if the content isn’t artificially delayed and priced to match the releases on conventional discs. The studio is about to see if that gamble on common sense pays off. As of today, you’ll find 600-plus Fox movies ready to buy or rent in HD across every major digital video store in the US, with many downloads cleared to arrive ahead of their physical counterparts at lower prices that reflect a disc-free reality. The media giant has also decided to play nicely with Google after a longstanding absence, putting its movies and TV shows on Google Play Movies and YouTube. Its tentpole movie release Prometheus is unsurprisingly being used as the prime incentive to try Digital HD; the title is available online three weeks before the Blu-ray launch at a more reasonable $ 15 price. The sci-fi thriller is even Fox’s first movie destined for UltraViolet cloud lockers. Only Americans will have expanded access to movies and TV at first, but it shouldn’t be too long before many countries can be creeped out by Michael Fassbender’s android — including on their Android devices.
Punk’s not dead, it’s just diversifying its portfolio. Having already conquered Broadway, East Bay pop-punkers Green Day are hitting the world of casual gaming with a new episode of Facebook’s Angry Birds Friends that features pig opponents “inspired by band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool.” The offering also features “Troublemaker,” an exclusive song that is most likely a tribute to the hard living ways of porcine egg thieves. Asked to justify his pro-swine stance, Pinhead Gunpowder member Armstrong answered, “We’re all fans of Angry Birds. It’s such an addictive game that when we first started playing it we couldn’t stop. Go Team Green!”
Kred today launches “Rewards” so you can win discounts and product samples if you get retweeted and Liked enough. That doesn’t mean you should TRY to get retweeted or Liked more, but now there’s at least a reason to sign up to see your influence score.
While you might think this score is meaningless, marketers want to reach people who can actually influence others to care about them, and services like Klout and Kred are an efficient way find them.
But it’s not all about follower count. If you’re going to give something away, you want to give it to someone who’ll actually mention your company. That’s why Kred Rewards are transparent, and brands can see why a recipient’s score is high so they’re not hooking up a hermit.
Nerval’s Lobster writes “Oracle CEO Larry Ellison claimed during a June 6 presentation that the upcoming Oracle Cloud would offer more than 100 enterprise-grade applications. While Oracle certainly intends on offering a broad range of cloud products, at least one analyst has questioned how the company is counting up to that magic ’100 applications’ total. Meanwhile, another analyst feels that, despite Oracle’s commanding presence in enterprise IT, it could face a significant challenge in its fight for the cloud-computing market.”
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If you have a new PS3 and hate the fact that you can’t play old PS2 games on it, then you’ll really appreciate this news. If you’re familiar with the Playstation Store, you know that you already can download a whole bunch of classic PS One titles, and there have been a handful of PS2
Facebook is working to increase the size of its IPO by 85 million shares, an increase could lift the company’s upcoming offering to about $ 18.5 billion.
An anonymous reader writes “In a move that will likely elicit a ‘why didn’t they implement that sooner?’ response, Verizon in the next 12 months will begin implementing a ‘text to 911′ feature that, as the name implies, will enable users contact 911 operators via text message to report an emergency. The feature will be particularly helpful for the hearing and/or speech impaired, and for folks who find themselves in dangerous situations where making a voice 911 call isn’t advisable. Beginning in early 2013, Verizon will start rolling out the feature in various metropolitan areas before progressing to a nationwide rollout soon thereafter. In many respects, this move has been a long time coming, and something the FCC has been championing for a few years.”
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I don’t want to become the publicity arm for every tech organization throwing contest or giveaway, but once in a while, something comes along that seems like a perfect fit for a big chunk of TechCrunch readers. For example: i/o Ventures, the co-working space and startup incubator based in the Mission District (that’s San Francisco’s best neighborhood, for those of you not in the know), is offering free desk space to three startups.
If you’re interested, it’s pretty easy to apply.
VMware Thursday announced that its SocialCast sharing tool will now work with Lithium Technologies tools to capture and integrate external customer data.
Two thousand years ago, an Egyptian purchased a mummified kitten from a breeder, to offer as a sacrifice to the goddess Bastet, new research suggests.