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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Clearwire borrows $80 million from Sprint but still flirts with Dish

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Who knew that the greatest love triangle of the decade would involve the mobile industry’s own Bella Swan, Clearwire? The network provider has accepted an $80 million loan from nailed-on suitor and sparkly vampire, Sprint, but Clear is still pondering a buyout offer from Jacob, sorry, Dish Network. The scuttlebutt around Forks the industry is that Dish will withdraw its bid after spurned by Clearwire one too many times — but you never can tell with true love, or multi-billion business deals. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 27/02/2013 in IT

 

Kindle iOS app users should not update to version 3.6.1

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This one’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth. Amazon is acknowledging a “known issue” with version 3.6.1 of its Kindle app for iOS — the company is recommending that current users avoid the latest update, which hit the App Store today. According to TUAW, the new version may completely erase a user’s book library. How this passed the e-book giant’s QA team is anyone’s guess, but until a revision hits the cloud, we suggest you stay away. by engadget

 
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Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription service is now available for businesses

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Back when Microsoft released its Office 365 subscription service for home users, it said the business version would be arriving on February 27th. Sure enough, today’s the 27th, and Microsoft’s issued a press release explaining the pricing for Office 365 ProPlus, Midsize Business and Small Business Premium.

At the least expensive end of the spectrum is ProPlus, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath and Access. Like the Home Premium version of Office 365, a user can install the software on up to five devices, though IT controls are of course more of selling point here than they are on the consumer version. That costs $144 per user for a one-year subscription.

Moving on, the medium-sized-business sku costs $180 per user per year, and adds Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and a few IT tools. It, too, is based on the same five-device-per-user model as ProPlus. As for the small business version, you get all the basic Office apps, plus email, shared calendars, website tools and videoconferencing. Pricing there is $150 per user per year. Sorry, though, no dice on ProPlus — that’s not included in the small biz version.  by engadget

 
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Posted by on 27/02/2013 in IT

 

Canonical posting daily builds for plenty more Ubuntu Touch devices

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After letting us lay our hands on Ubuntu Touch for the Nexus 10, Canonical is now providing daily builds for its mobile OS on a variety of flagship devices. At this point in its gestation, the software is strictly developer-only, but people are beavering away on getting it running on smartphones like the Galaxy S III, One X and Galaxy Nexus, as well as tablets like the Transformer Pad Infinity, Galaxy Tab 2 and Kindle Fire HD. If that doesn’t make you wish that you’d paid more attention to that early programming class, then perhaps you haven’t seen this clip from Bill’n’Mark. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 27/02/2013 in IT

 

Spotify for iOS gets a much-appreciated interface makeover

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Spotify gave its Android app a very overdue interface overhaul last year. The iOS version wasn’t in quite as dire straits, but we’d still call today’s redesign a long-needed modernization that pulls out some of the clutter. Its 0.6 update mostly brings in useful concepts from the Android version, including the always-on Now Playing strip and the seemingly inescapable navigation sidebar. The update also solves a handful of stand-out flaws, such as reflecting the right track on the lock screen — about time, really. Listeners will need a Premium subscription for more than just radio, but everyone in Spotify-supported countries can grab the update today. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 27/02/2013 in IT

 

Leap Motion Controller starts shipping May 13th, hits Best Buy on the 19th

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Chances are, you’ve been gawking at that gorgeous new Pixel Chromebook, but aren’t planning on, you know, buying it. No matter. For those of you who enjoy software porn, we’ve got a few more shots of the Pixel’s forthcoming Photos application, which will eventually make its way to other Chromebooks, too. A developer on Google+ named François Beaufort has uploaded a series of screenshots, giving us a more detailed look — good news since we only had three screens to show you when the software was first announced. Included in Beaufort’s gallery is the settings page, which confirms that automatic photo uploads from SD cards are actually optional. The one thing you won’t see in those pics? A full illustration of the intelligent photo selector, which is supposedly smart enough to weed out your blurry and poorly exposed shots. Hopefully all you Pixel owners out there will see for yourselves soon enough.  by engadget

 
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Posted by on 27/02/2013 in IT

 

Google+ Photos app for Chromebooks revealed in more detail, thanks to new screenshots

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Chances are, you’ve been gawking at that gorgeous new Pixel Chromebook, but aren’t planning on, you know, buying it. No matter. For those of you who enjoy software porn, we’ve got a few more shots of the Pixel’s forthcoming Photos application, which will eventually make its way to other Chromebooks, too. A developer on Google+ named François Beaufort has uploaded a series of screenshots, giving us a more detailed look — good news since we only had three screens to show you when the software was first announced. Included in Beaufort’s gallery is the settings page, which confirms that automatic photo uploads from SD cards are actually optional. The one thing you won’t see in those pics? A full illustration of the intelligent photo selector, which is supposedly smart enough to weed out your blurry and poorly exposed shots. Hopefully all you Pixel owners out there will see for yourselves soon enough. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 27/02/2013 in IT

 
 
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