ByÂ Terrence O’BrienÂ Â postedÂ Dec 6th 2011 3:45PM
We can’t say we’re entirely shocked by the move but, according toÂ Reuters,Â VerizonÂ is getting ready to enter the streaming media market. Reports are that the company is in talks with programming partners to provide content for a Netflix-like video service that it could offer to customers not currently covered by its high-speed FiOS network. Obviously, details are scant, and there’s no telling when it might actually launch, but you can bet its competitors will be watching closely… and we don’t just meanÂ Netflix. Cable and satellite TV providers are already wary of the public embracingÂ cord-cuttingÂ — when one of their own seems to beÂ encouragingÂ the behavior it sets off a lot of alarms.
ByÂ Terrence O’BrienÂ Â postedÂ Sep 26th 2011 10:46AM
GDrive, GDisk, Google DriveÂ – whatever they’re calling it these days – is coming. At least according to our friends over atÂ TechCrunch. The service has not just been a rumor, but an actual product since 2007. Sadly though, it never made it passed the dogfooding stage. The internal cloud storage tool for Googlers has been highly anticipated, but in 2010 it seemed like the final nail was put in its coffin whenÂ DocsÂ was turned into a makeshift replacement with the ability to store any file. Well, Google Drive still exists, and speculation is that Google Docs will eventually be rebranded as Drive and relaunched with non-Docs file storage moved to the forefront. What’s more, it’s rumored that there will be a desktop syncing component, similar to Dropbox. Of course, the image above (from a Google-sponsored presentation) and recently discovered mentions of Drive.Google.com in Chromium don’t necessarily mean anything. But, if Google actually plans on taking this Chrome OS thing seriously, Drive seems like a natural companion service. For now though, we’re just going to have wait patiently to see what, if anything, comes of these latest rumblings.
ByÂ Amar ToorÂ Â postedÂ Sep 12th 2011 3:33AM
Details are still sketchy here, but theÂ Wall Street JournalÂ is reporting thatÂ Amazon‘s looking to launch a Netflix-like subscription service for digital books, much to the chagrin of some publishers. According to unnamed sources familiar with the matter, Amazon is currently “in talks” with several publishers about the program, which would provide access to an online library in exchange for an unspecified annual fee. The insiders also claim that the service would be available forÂ Amazon PrimeÂ subscribers (who currently pay $79 per year for free shipping and access to shows and movies) and that the proposed library would feature primarily older works, with monthly restrictions on the number of books a subscriber could read for free. Publishers would reportedly pocket a “substantial fee” for signing on to the program, though some are reluctant to participate, for fear that doing so would “downgrade the value of the book business,” according to one publishing exec. In fact, it remains unclear whetherÂ anyÂ publishers have thrown their hats in the ring, but we’ll certainly be on the lookout for any developments.
ByÂ Terrence O’BrienÂ Â postedÂ Jul 7th 2011 8:20AM
It’s hard to believe, but with the show still six months away, we’re already getting bombarded withÂ CES-related e-mail. We do have one piece of intriguing news to report at this early stage of the game:Â Steve BallmerÂ is set to kick off the festivities with the preshow keynote on January 9th and it’s a safe bet the presentation will be loaded withÂ Windows 8Â goodness. Now, what exactly we’ll see when the reliably excitable Microsoft CEO takes the stage is still a mystery, butÂ WinRumors‘ little birdies have been whispering about a public beta of the upcoming OS and demos of both Intel- andÂ ARM-based tablets — predictable, but still exciting prospects. Check out the PR after the break.
ByÂ Sharif Sakr postedÂ Jun 23rd 2011 11:25AM
ByÂ Amar Toor postedÂ May 5th 2011 6:49AM
Like two knights jostling for the hand of a fair maiden, bothÂ Facebook andÂ Google appear to be courting the graces ofÂ Skype. A source close to Facebook recently toldÂ Reuters that CEO Mark Zuckerberg is thinking about buying Skype outright, as part of a deal that could be worth $3 to $4 billion. A second source, meanwhile, claimed that both Facebook and Google are more interested in forming a joint venture with the teleconferencing company, which has yet to issue an IPO. With discussions still in a nascent stage, both suitors are playing their cards close to their chests, while Skype, rather coyly, has declined to comment on the speculation. At this point, details are still hazy and rumor-infused, though it’s certainly not shocking to hear these kinds of murmurs buzzing around. Skype’s beenÂ integrating Facebookmore deeply into its software for a while now and hasÂ gradually branched out to Android, as well (albeit withÂ mixed results). Both Facebook and Google would also stand to benefit from Skype’sÂ millions of usersand all the targeted advertising potential they’d offer. Until we receive more substantiated reports, however, all discussions of possible unions remain restricted to the realm of conjecture.
ByÂ Tim Stevens postedÂ Apr 28th 2011 10:16AM
Okay, so if you had to guess a name for an Apple service that exists in the cloud it’sÂ pretty
safe to say you’d pick “iCloud,” right? Good, now that we’re past the obvious, there are some slightly more compelling indicators out there that this may indeed be what Apple is going to call its (presumably) soon-to-launchmusic streaming service
. We received anonymous tips about this name in the past, and now Om Malik is reporting some interesting history, that the domain iCloud.com is owned by a company called Xcerion, which recently re-branded its cloud-based storage service from iCloud to CloudMe.Â TechCrunch
reached out to the company and got a beautifully-worded non-denial talking about how the new name better embraces the company’s cross-platform approach. That it does, but the timing is interesting. Obviously nothing is confirmed, but with Warner and at least one other of the big four record labelsÂ signed on
, we’d guess the real name for this service should be drifting into view any time now.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
ByÂ Vlad Savov postedÂ Feb 18th 2011 4:37PM
Welcome back to our annual tradition of speculating on just when and how Apple will freshen up its laptop range.Â AppleInsider
is citing multiple sources today in support of its assertion that theÂ MacBook Pro
line will be getting upgraded by Apple, potentially as soon as next week. The Mac OS vendor is reportedly briefing folks to be ready for a “significant product launch” soon, which is narrowed down to its laptop division by a couple more pieces of circumstantial evidence. Apple’s Asian online stores have shifted their promised MBP delivery times from 24 hours to “one to five days,” indicating potentially lower stock quantities, while Italian blogÂ iSpazio
has dug up five new product SKUs that could be the markers for new laptop models. None of that sets anything in stone, of course, but we’re also hearing the expectedÂ upgrade to Sandy Bridge
won’t afflict Apple’s new machines with thatÂ Cougar Point chipset flaw
, soÂ whenever
Apple deigns to bring us this upgrade it should be nice and pristine.