One Step Closer to Google Music?

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One thing Google doesn't have, that Apple and Amazon, their current competition, do have, is a music store. Google will help you find music to buy, but you can't buy music from them. Sure, Google bought a music service, but it seems up in the air as to what that service will actually be doing. Well, courtesy of their dev blog, we just got a hint.

The Eco Extreme to Nature: STFU!

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One thing I think most reasonable human beings can't stand is when some jackass gets on the bus with his cell phone and starts playing his music over the tinny little speaker. It's annoying, it's invasive, and inevitably his taste in music sucks (at least listen to some Mos Def, suburban white kid who thinks he's "street"). Fortunately, Grace Digital, not wanting people in the country to...

Vudu Finally Gets Browser Streaming

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Online video streaming has gone from that goofy YouTube video you uploaded for your mom to a major industry in the space of about five years. But the number of competitors has stayed pretty limited: Netflix has dominated pretty much the entire market, with Hulu controlling most of TV only thanks to being owned by a few networks. But the 'Flix has controlled movies online, especially in...

Doom 2...On an eReader?

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Remember when "Doom" was the killer app for computers and for keeping you from killing your coworkers in the real world? And then "Doom II" came out and pretty much ruined American productivity for a year? Hard as it is to imagine now, "Doom" was a huge phenomenon; there were even people pretending to suffer from DAS, "Doom Addiction Syndrome". Of course, since them Doom's been ported to...

YouTube Getting Original Content?

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Some videos linked here may not be work-safe. Ahhhh, YouTube. Is there a greater site on the Internet? All the videos of dogs humping Pokemon plushies, grown men getting punched in the testicles, and godawful pop songs you could ever want. How could it be improved? It can't. Improving it is impossible. But Google would like it to be a little more respectable, so YouTube is...

Buffalo CloudStor: Your Media-Sharing Salvation?

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So, you've got a lot of photos, music, movies, and other digital media you've acquired via absolutely legitimate means with no torrents whatsoever. Now you're faced with a problem: you would like to share this material with your friends, but remote PC login is a pain in the butt. Buffalo feels your pain: that's why they made the CloudStor.

iPhone 4 + 360 Degree Video = Awesome

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360 degree lenses are one of those things that are just pure concentrated awesome. They're exactly what they sound like: a lens designed to give you a complete wraparound view of whatever the camera happens to be shooting. It's incredibly neat to see, and lots of fun to shoot, but 360 degree shooting has been largely limited to expensive extreme sports rigs and other specialized...

TDK Makes Boom Boxes Cool Again?

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The boom box was an '80s cultural icon. Either you shut out the world with a Walkman, or blasted your music everywhere with a boom box. OK, so a lot of guys with boom boxes were basically being jerks, but it helped to spread hip-hop and propagate mixtape culture in the '70s and '80s, so they were a good thing in that respect. And, now, after years of iPods and dweebs playing their music...

Netflix About To Go International?

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Netflix is a great service, and an extremely profitable one, raking in billions and building a stock price higher than the companies making the movies they sell. But it's also been a limited service: it was only available in the US and Canada. Netflix always planned to expand someday...and someday could be coming a lot sooner than everybody thought.

Sony Earbuds Kill 90% of Noise Dead

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It's a common problem: you're trying to listen to music on a busy street, and somebody keeps honking his honk at you, probably because you're scrolling through your iTunes in the middle of a crosswalk. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Fortunately, you can tune that guy out completely with Sony's luxurious new earbuds.

iPad 2 HDMI? Have Some USB 2.0 With That.

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I've been using Apple products for two decades and buying them for myself for the last decade, and one thing I have learned, whether it's the iMac dumping the floppy disk or Jobs deciding "No Flash for you!", is that Apple just has to do something to make its products a pain in the butt to use in some respect. Any respect. With the iPad, that apparently is USB connectors, because God...

Wall Street Journal: $2 an Issue On Your iPad

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One of the biggest problems with getting magazines and other content on your iPad is the fact that everybody wants a subscription. Really, guys? On a machine that can access billions of blogs, video news sites, and podcasts, you expect users to clutter up their desktop with your back issues, which come out monthly in some cases? Apparently that answer was "yes", because publishing...

Zediva: Streaming New Releases?

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One of the more hilarious attempts by movie studios to keep physical DVD rentals relevant is demanding, and getting, current dominators of the home video field Netflix and Redbox to not feature their new releases for 28 days. That way, the studios think, people who didn't bother to see their movies in the theater will run right out and buy them once they discover rentals aren't available...

Transformer Cufflinks, Just in Time for the Show

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On your way to see the most transcendant movie of modern times? Arrive in style with a pair of Transformer cufflinks. Each set includes one Autobot logo and one Decepticon emblem, and they're both crafted with silver plating, measuring 0.78 inches by 0.59 inches. A black, PVC-covered cufflink box is also included. Not a bad deal at $20 bucks plus shipping, but there's a problem. Like any Etsy...

Google Squared Now Live in Beta

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Google Squared has officially entered the picture and is now available to test out. The premise of the search is that it offers a neat and tidy table of results for your search term. The results include a variety of facts and attributes pulled from the web. Essentially, it's an attempt to weed through the gigantic aggregate of information on the web and provide you with all the...

New Numbers Confirm Our Fears: Social Networking is Getting Even Bigger

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Despite seeing the left-field surge of social networking years ago, usage is rising more rapidly than ever. The time people spent on social network sites in the US has risen by 83% from last April to this April. No surprise, Facebook has decisively sped past MySpace as the most popular networking site--users spent 1.7 billion minutes on the site last April and 13.9 billion this April,...

YouTubeXL: Streaming Video for Your TV or Console

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After dropping two bills on that sleek, shiny plasma television, your first instinct probably isn't to see what kind of mindless drivel you've missed out on all afternoon on YouTube. However, once you tire of summer repeats, "celebrity" reality shows and four and half hour baseball games tied at one run, you may be looking for a reprieve. And thanks to an upgrade from Google, you'll be able...

Motion-Based Gaming on the Horizon for Xbox

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After curling up in the fetal position and taking a thorough ass-kicking from Wii for a while, Microsoft has opened its eyes to make sure it was clear, pulled itself up, hobbled battered and bruised back to the proverbial drawing board, and taken solace in the old maxim that starts off by admitting defeat then advocates mimicking the competition. In other words, they've announced a new package...

Bing Jumps Into Action Several Days Early

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Bing Search Engine by Microsoft - Ahead of schedule appears to be the theme of this beautiful, bright 1st of June. Microsoft's anticipated new search engine Bing was originally scheduled to launch on Wednesday, but is already available today. Though it will take more than a couple of hours to decipher just how much of a "Google killer" it is, it does offer some new features...

YouTube Gets Social with RealTime

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If you've ever discovered a meme-worthy video on YouTube, only to feel the soul-crushing agony of having no one around to immediately share it with, the new RealTime toolbar might be the answer.  RealTime lets you discover other like-minded users and find out what your friends are watching through a set of buttons on the bottom of each page. Users can suggest videos, look at their friends'...